Sorry Everton fans – Liverpool supporters reveal who their biggest rivals are

first_img1 Man United, not Everton, are Liverpool’s biggest rivals The majority of Liverpool fans overwhelmingly view Manchester United as their biggest rivals, ahead of the more historic local rivalry with Everton.Liverpool’s Merseyside neighbours originally played at Anfield and the Reds were born out of a dispute between the Toffees and the football ground’s landlord.While the rivalry with Everton dates back to 1892, Liverpool’s needle with the red half of Manchester only ramped up in the 1970s and 1980s.When United replaced Liverpool as English football’s dominant force in the 1990s, the rivalry only increased, as Everton’s trophy successes dried up, with just one FA Cup to show for their efforts since claiming the title in 1987.As a consequence, according to the results of a talkSPORT poll, 72 per cent of Liverpool fans see Man United as their biggest rivals.By comparison, 22 per cent voted for Everton as the Reds’ biggest rivals, with five per cent opting for Chelsea and one per cent for Arsenal.Who do you think are Liverpool’s biggest rivals? Comment below.last_img read more


first_imgBy Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER Mark Edmunds had been swimming for 12 hours straight, crossing the Catalina Channel to Long Beach. About a mile from shore, his body temperature dropped and he went into cardiac arrest. Edmunds was pulled into the boat that was trailing him and taken to Little Company of Mary San Pedro Hospital. After performing CPR for an hour to no avail, exhausted nurses pulled in security guard Jose Cuervo to do chest compressions. Soon, they found a pulse. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“I kept going and the doc brought in the ultrasound and did an ultrasound with the screen right there, and I saw his heart start beating,” Cuervo recalled. “It was amazing.” The 41-year-old swimmer’s vitals slowly improved, and he finally warmed from his hypothermic state. Thanks to the hospital staff and the critical assistance from Cuervo, Edmunds left the hospital Sept.29, after a 19-day stay, and went home to Bethesda, Md., with his family. The impact of his recovery, which some are calling a miracle, will be felt at the hospital for a long time. Dr. David Mu oz, the emergency room doctor who treated Edmunds, recalled the swimmer’s terrible prognosis. “I don’t think anybody believed that he was going to make it out of it,” Mu oz said. “When he came in, he was blue.” Edmunds’ body temperature was 80degrees when he arrived at the hospital, and he had been without a pulse for 45 minutes. He also had a flat electroencephalogram, as if he were brain dead. However, doctors knew not to give up until his body was warm. “We proceeded to start warming him,” recalled emergency room nurse Joan Mostert-DiColla. “He just hung in there. I kept telling everybody, `He doesn’t want to die today.”‘ Nurses warmed Edmunds to get him out of a fatal arrhythmia, then let the room temperature warm him as his heart rhythm stabilized. “It was like a real team save because every person did what they were supposed to do,” said nurse Peggy O’Donnell, who was in the CPR line on the day Edmunds was admitted. Dr. Herb Webb, who treated Edmunds during his hospital stay, couldn’t get over the two-sided effect of Edmund’s hypothermia. “It’s what killed him but saved him,” Webb said. “The hypothermia caused him to have a fatal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation. But it also protected his brain from the injury of no oxygen.” Edmunds spent the next two weeks recovering from pneumonia and rhabdomyolysis, a potentially fatal condition in which skeletal muscles break down and which injured his kidneys. He will have to undergo dialysis at home in Maryland, but probably for only a few weeks, Webb said. Edmunds’ family, including his wife, Terri, and his father, Philip, said they were profoundly grateful to the hospital staff. “This is about the emergency room people not giving up, and then calling who they had to just to get the job done,” Edmunds said. “You wouldn’t think to call the security guard. It’s out-of-the-box thinking that kept me going.” The experienced long-distance swimmer, who had been participating in an event with a channel swimming organization, doesn’t have any more such events on his calendar yet and is still dealing with his near-death experience. “It’s kind of hard to comprehend that I literally was gone for that period of time and now I’m not,” he said. “It’s just hard to grasp.” “We believe in miracles,” Terri Edmunds said. Those who treated Edmunds all came away with different lessons. For O’Donnell, it was “don’t give up.” For Mu oz, it was “miracles happen.” For Webb, it was “everyone did their job.” Most importantly, they joked, their Jose Cuervo, who stands 6 feet 4 inches and weighs 295 pounds, is stronger than the tequila. “I ain’t no hero,” Cuervo insisted. “There’s a lot of people involved.” He admitted, however, that he gets emotional when thinking about how he helped save Edmunds’ life. “Aside from marrying my wife and having kids, this is it,” he said. “That was amazing.” Cuervo also said the event will not change how he does his job, which he took to give something back to the hospital after it had helped him. “I was in recovery here 13 years ago,” he explained. “So every day I come in, I try to do something for somebody … whether it’s go up and sit with a psych patient and talk to them, or go to the chemical dependency and talk to them. It’s rewarding.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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. [email protected] 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

Elephant flies south to retire

first_imgShe lived as the sole occupant in the zoo’s elephant house with concrete floors and a small outside enclosure. The move comes after a long battle between those wanting Maggie to stay at The Alaska Zoo and those advocating for a warmer climate. The zoo board initially balked at sending Maggie to another facility. With pressure mounting to do better by the elephant, the zoo embarked on an expensive campaign to improve her quality of life, including building a $100,000 treadmill Maggie couldn’t be coaxed into using. Pleas to have her moved grew louder this year when Maggie twice couldn’t get back on her feet. Firefighters were called to hoist the 8,000-pound animal into a standing position. The move became reality after retired game show host Bob Barker promised to donate $750,000 for her care.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NATURE: Alaska’s only pachyderm, Maggie, exchanges zoo quarters for a California lifestyle. By The Associated Press SAN ANDREAS – After living nearly her whole life in Alaska, Maggie the elephant on Friday made her way to a new home in Northern California. The 25-year-old African elephant arrived by plane at Travis Air Force Base, then boarded a truck to the Performing Animal Welfare Society in San Andreas AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. 85 miles away, arriving around 6 a.m., said Vickie Alameda, PAWS’s office manager. The Air Force agreed to transport Maggie – for years Alaska’s only elephant – as part of a training mission after officials with PAWS and the zoo discovered she was too big for a commercial airline. Maggie was locked and loaded into a special metal crate Thursday and arrived about midnight at Travis in Fairfield. At the sanctuary, she will have 30 acres to share with nine other elephants. Maggie arrived in Alaska as a baby in 1983 after her herd was culled in South Africa. last_img read more

Delays spur airlines to update tracking technology

first_imgFORT WORTH, Texas – At any given moment, the airline industry’s powerful networks of computers are setting fares, tracking reservations and calculating how much fuel each plane needs to reach its destination. So when a storm shut down Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport last Dec. 29, forcing American Airlines to divert 130 planes to other airports in the region, what high-tech system kicked into gear at the world’s largest airline? “A legal pad,” said Don Dillman, managing director of American’s operations center here, where dispatchers direct flights around the world. Lacking any high-tech system for keeping track of all those diverted planes, Dillman and his colleagues furiously scribbled down details of where they had gone, how long they had sat there, and whether pilots had enough time left on their daily work limits to keep flying when the weather cleared. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Ultimately, 44 of the planes sat out on tarmacs for more than four hours. That episode and others – including JetBlue Airways’ stranding of 21 planes for more than four hours in New York in February – exposed industry weaknesses, and set off consumer protests and calls for tougher airline regulations. It also sent many airlines into a computer-programming frenzy to reduce embarrassing service lapses. And now, after upgrading their software, airlines claim they can make good on promises not to strand passengers. Those vows will be tested as the holiday travel season begins and winter storms descend on airports across the United States. The technology improvements at American are, in one sense, encouraging. Pen and paper have been replaced by computer programs that display flight information in ways that are supposed to help prevent long waits on tarmacs and other service disruptions that most infuriate passengers. Top managers also now automatically receive text messages when things begin to go awry. Similar improvements have been made at JetBlue and at United Airlines. Other big carriers either have similar software or are in the process of acquiring it, they said. But, in another sense, the improvements are troubling because they reveal the industry’s relatively primitive approach to dealing with service disruptions. “What took so long?” said Mark Mogel, a retired software engineer who was stranded for five hours on an American flight in 2001, and then recently joined with others who had been stranded to lobby Congress for a limit on tarmac waits. The kinds of programs American and others are installing are neither terribly expensive nor “a great leap” in technology, and thus could have been in place years earlier, Mogel said. Not stranding passengers “is just a matter of will,” he added. Airlines also promised not to strand passengers on tarmacs after a Northwest Airlines flight sat for hours in Detroit in 1999, but then the industry backslid. Monte E. Ford, American’s chief information officer, acknowledged that programs to help the airline recover quickly from storms and other disruptions were developed too slowly. “Why didn’t it happen before?” Ford said. “There wasn’t as much a sense of urgency. There wasn’t as much concern about delays.” American and other airlines built state-of-the-art computer systems prior to 1990. But investments did not keep up after that, he said. By the time he arrived in 2001, “the back-end systems were antiquated, the network was small,” Ford added. And as American was preparing to make big investments in computers, the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, occurred and sent the airline industry into a deep decline. Spending on technology was reduced. “That changed our investment profile from innovation to survival,” Ford said. So when a storm descended over the Dallas-Fort Worth airport last Dec. 29, dispatchers at American’s operations center did what they had been doing for years: They ordered planes to circle in hopes the storm would pass, and then sent them on to other airports when it didn’t. But with no single computer program keeping track of the diversions, and dispatchers too busy to compare notes, smaller airports were soon overwhelmed. “We had 16 or 18,” said Bonnie Sutton, American’s general manager in Little Rock, Ark., where the airline has just two gates and typically handles only smaller regional jets. The storm camped over Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. Austin, Texas, took 11 diverted American flights. Workers there opted to keep using their four gates for on-schedule flights headed to airports that were not closed down. “We had an attitude that was pretty much a brick wall,” said Dillman, the operations chief. “You don’t want the diverted flights to pull your normal flights down.” So, the 11 planes sat in Austin, away from the terminal, four of them for more than six hours – one for 9 hours and 16 minutes. Dillman tried to keep his legal-pad list up to date as Dec.29 wore on. “The list just keeps getting longer and longer,” he said. “The way you find out something is you pick up the phone and someone starts yelling at you: `What the heck are you doing letting five planes divert to Abilene – and they all arrive within 20 minutes?”‘ In the wake of Dec. 29, American promised not to leave passengers on grounded planes for more than four hours and began searching for ways to keep its word. At an internal postmortem with top executives after the episode, one of Ford’s technology lieutenants mentioned software under development at American that could track diversions and display them on a single screen. When could he have it? Ford asked. The program, in the works for two years, was rushed into the operations center in two weeks. The work of Tim Niznik, a senior manager who has a doctorate in operations research, is called diversion tracking and uses color codes to warn dispatchers that an airport is receiving too many diverted flights. Little Rock’s limit now, for instance, is six. Austin’s is eight. Other color codes warn when planes have sat too long on the ground. Crew time limits, whether the lavatories have been serviced on the ground, whether the plane has been to a gate – they are all tracked and automatically updated. A companion program, called taxi monitor, shows all the planes that have pulled away from the gate but have not yet taken off, listing the time they have sat. American had occasion to use the new software almost immediately. On Feb. 24, 101 flights were diverted as severe wind gusts closed Dallas-Fort Worth for more than five hours. This time, the diverted flights were divvied up more evenly among surrounding airports. None took more than nine planes. Only one plane sat for more than four hours, the Transportation Department’s inspector general said. Through the summer, Niznik worked with dispatchers to train them and add new features to the diversion software. On Sept. 10, a storm moved over Dallas-Fort Worth early in the morning. By 7:30, four flights had been diverted; by 8:15, 15 flights had been sent to five surrounding airports; by 9:15, 56 flights had diverted and the software was showing that five airports had all reached their limit. There were long waits, to be sure. By noon, planes at five airports had been on the ground for more than three hours. But passengers had been taken to the gate and let off, Niznik said, looking at the program’s account of the day. What if all this stuff – the new software and training, the new procedures and corporate commitment to getting passengers off stranded planes – had been around last Dec. 29? On a scale of 1 to 100, how much of that day’s misery might American’s passengers have been spared? Charlie Mead, a manager in dispatch, pondered that question. American could reduce the suffering “maybe 20 to 25″ percent,” he said. “It’s not like we want to trap people in these airplanes.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Writer’s fans seek poetic license for his L.A. digs

first_imgBrutally frank and often obscene, Bukowski was a heavy drinker who wrote poems that rely on the musicality of colloquial speech, instead of rhyming meter. Born in Germany in 1920 and raised in Los Angeles, Bukowski won many readers in Europe before breaking through in the United States. But after he did break through with the 1971 novel “Post Office” – which he wrote at De Longpre – Bukowski’s public image was burnished as something more than the “dirty old man” he claimed to be. Movies were made about his life. He hung out with such luminaries as actor Sean Penn and moved to a nice house in San Pedro. Voice for down, out After he died in 1994, his papers were placed in a collection at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, where he had often dropped off his wife before going to Santa Anita to bet on the horses. Admirers describe Bukowski as the quintessential Los Angeles writer, and as a voice for the down and out. But the owners of the De Longpre fourplex apartment complex have a different view of the writer. And they say there’s no reason to designate the home he lived in from 1963 to 1972 as historic. One of their accusations has caught Bukowski readers off guard. “He was an anti-Semite, and he was pro-Nazi, and (Bukowski fans) have to read about it, and they have to know about it,” said Victoria Gureyeva, one of the property’s two owners. Gureyeva, a Jewish refugee from the Ukraine, said she bought the apartment complex five years ago not knowing that Bukowski had lived there. “At that time, if they loved him so much or so deeply, why no one during those five years said nothing, didn’t say a word about Charles Bukowski?” she asked. To support her accusation that Bukowski had fascist leanings, Gureyeva points to the writings of Ben Pleasants. A Bukowski acquaintance, Pleasants has written that Bukowski made anti-Semitic comments and expressed admiration for Nazism, especially as a young man. But Bukowski biographer Neeli Cherkovski, author of “Hank: The Life of Charles Bukowski,” said that was not the Bukowski he knew. As a Jewish teen impressed by some of Bukowski’s early writing, Cherkovski sought out a 40-year-old Bukowski in 1960, and the two started a friendship that spanned decades. “I challenge anybody to find any hint of anti-Semitism or pro-Nazism in any of his books,” Cherkovski said. Cherkovski also disputes what he calls another misconception about Bukowski – the title “Poet Laureate of Skid Row” that some give him. Hollywood years Bukowski lived for years in Hollywood, not on Skid Row, and he moved to a house in San Pedro with a pool and a couple of nice cars, Cherkovski said. The apartment on De Longpre, where Cherkovski spent a lot of time, was the lived-in, “mildewed” Hollywood – not the Hollywood of glitz and glamour that Bukowski loathed, Cherkovski said. There was a banana plant out front, and inside was a cluttered living room with an Underwood typewriter on a table near the window, he said. These days, the apartment complex is vacant, the residents all gone. The nearest neighbors are a homeless couple – George Padilla and Linda Vellutini – who live in an RV on the street out front. Every day for the past couple of weeks, at least one visitor interested in Bukowski – usually male and often of college age – has approached the chain-link fence surrounding the property. “They look around first and make sure that they’ve got the right spot,” said Vellutini, 56. “And so I talk to them and let them know that they do.” Lauren Everett, 26, a Silver Lake resident who works as a temp and started reading Bukowski in high school, is more than just a passing fan of Bukowski. She wrote the application seeking historical designation for the property after seeing the Craigslist ad. A city report before the Cultural Heritage Commission notes that when he lived at De Longpre, Bukowski wrote “Post Office,” his newspaper column “Notes of a Dirty Old Man” and other works, and he used the apartment as a setting for his novel “Women.” From outside, the apartment looks a lot like it did when Bukowski lived there, Everett said. “It’s not the most glamorous place. It’s pretty bare-bones,” she said. “But it doesn’t look any worse, certainly.” City Council President Eric Garcetti, who represents the area, supports the application to designate the property as historic, spokeswoman Julie Wong said. The application also has received the support of the city’s Office of Historic Resources and the Los Angeles Conservancy. “The nomination really makes a strong case that this particular residence was pivotal in the writer’s career,” said Mike Buhler, director of advocacy for the conservancy. Cherkovski, who remembers Bukowski as a wryly funny man who play-acted the wild-man part, noted that Bukowski’s real “temple” was the Santa Anita Race Track. The biographer said he wonders what Bukowski would think about a proposal to put a literary center at the old apartment. Cherkovski said, “A signpost would be fine.” [email protected] 818-546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Everyone agrees there’s nothing about the architecture that makes poet Charles Bukowski’s former Hollywood apartment stand out. At 5124 De Longpre Ave., it’s just a small, stucco structure. On a recent day, a lone shoe sat on the trash-strewn, cracked pavement fronting the low-slung home. A small chimney streaked with grime stands beside a tree, and everything is fenced off and boarded up. But it was here – before his glory days – that Bukowski lived for most of the 1960s, trudging off daily to his post office job and coming home every evening to get drunk and write. “This is where he stopped thinking of himself as a working-class stiff in a post office and realized he was a world-class poet,” said Richard Schave, 38, who leads a bus tour of Bukowski haunts and is pushing to have the home classified as a historic structure. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAnd if Bukowski’s fans succeed in their bid for historical designation, it will be one of the rare times the city has placed that status on a building solely because of who lived there, not for its architectural significance. In July, the owner of the apartment complex at 5124-51263/4 De Longpre in Hollywood posted a for-sale ad on, suggesting a buyer could pay $1.3million for the property, tear down the buildings and build new. But the ad prompted a flurry of activity among Bukowski fans, who organized to try to save the property. While the building’s owners are vowing to fight the designation because of the restrictions it would carry, officials with the city and the Los Angeles Conservancy support the application from Bukowski’s fans. The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission is scheduled to consider the application for historic designation today. If the commission approves it, it will go to the City Council for a final vote. last_img read more


first_imgTODAY sees the last ever edition of the newspaper Donegal On Sunday.Johnston Press, the Scottish-based owners of the title, have closed the paper as part of a cost-cutting plan.Three long-serving members of staff are leaving the compnay as part of the shake-up. Donegal On Sunday was launched in March 2004 at the height of the Celtic Tiger and the boom in newspaper publishing and advertising.But sales of the paper had declined to around 3,000 copies in recent months and advertising revenues in newspapers have slid by more than 70%.Johnston Press says it will commit existing staff to its Tuesday and Thursday titles.   LAST PRINT-RUN FOR DONEGAL ON SUNDAY NEWSPAPER was last modified: July 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

TRANSFER BLOW! Tottenham miss out on midfield target as Barcelona make move

first_imgTottenham have received a blow in their pursuit of Villarreal’s Denis Suarez after it emerged that Barcelona want to activate their buy-back clause for the playmaker.Barca sold Suarez to the Yellow Submarine last summer with the option of re-purchasing him for around £2.5m.Tottenham had hoped to lure the Spaniard to north London this summer having scouted him regularly since January.But, according to Sport, Barca manager Luis Enrique has also been keeping close eye on the 22-year-old since he left the Nou Camp and has decided the player will add something extra to the Catalans’ squad next term.Villarreal are desperate to keep hold of Suarez, who has played a pivotal role in their successful pursuit of Champions League football this season, but they know their hands are tied by the buy-back option in his contract. Denis Suarez in action for Villarreal 1last_img read more

The Two Mikes – Sunday, May 29: Taking over The Warm Up

first_imgThe Two Mikes took over from Max Rushden and Barry Glendenning to tackle the important – and utterly trivial – sporting matters of the day.Listen above or, to get the Warm Up with Max Rushden podcast every week, click here and download from the iTunes store for free.last_img

The 15 biggest transfer targets you must watch this summer at Euro 2016

first_img 15 15 15. Christian Benteke (Belgium and Liverpool) – Benteke endured a fairly miserable debut campaign at Anfield, leaving his future on Merseyside unclear. The striker has previously been linked with a move to West Ham, but shock reports from The Times now claim Chelsea are considering a bid. It’s stated Conte could turn to Benteke if a deal to bring Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge fails. 15 8. André Gomes (Portugal and Valencia) – Gomes’ stock has risen tremendously after an influential season for Valencia, and Manchester United have been impressed. New Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly planning a bid for the Portugal midfielder, and the Express claim Juan Mata could be involved in a swap deal. 14. Antoine Griezmann (France and Atletico Madrid) – It’s been another superb season from the Frenchman, whose value continues to rise. Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move over the past year, but it’s now being reported that Manchester United are interested. Jose Mourinho, according to ESPN, has his eyes on Griezmann. 13. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) – Zlatan is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain from July 1 and his future hasn’t yet been confirmed. The Guardian have claimed Manchester United have agreed personal terms with the striker, while the Daily Mail report he will be allowed to leave Sweden’s training camp to complete his move to Old Trafford. 10. Grzegorz Krychowiak (Poland and Sevilla) – Krychowiak is another player reportedly on Jose Mourinho’s transfer wish list. The Sun claimed at the end of May that United had set aside £30m for the Sevilla midfielder. They could, though, face competition from Barcelona. 4. Radja Nainggolan (Belgium and Roma) – Nainggolan is expected to play a key role for Belgium this summer and one club whose scouts could be keeping a close eye on his performances is Chelsea. The player himself recently said, “Chelsea are keen to strengthen their squad and Conte is a manager who wanted to sign me before.” 15 1. Alvaro Morata (Spain and Juventus) – read all about the speculation on the striker’s future below, then click the arrow above to see the top 15 transfer targets on display at the Euro 2016 finals – Morata has been linked with a return to former club Real Madrid, with the La Liga giants reportedly considering activating the £23.6m buy-back clause written into his contract and selling him on for a higher fee. Arsenal have been credited with interest. 9. Andriy Yarmolenko (Ukraine and Dynamo Kyiv) – Yarmolenko is Ukraine’s star player and could be one to watch at the tournament. Arsenal were previously credited with interest but it seems Everton, according to ESPN, are leading the chase. AC Milan are understood to be considering a bid, too. 15 6. Paul Pogba (France and Juventus) – It wouldn’t be a transfer window without speculation over Pogba. The Frenchman has been linked to Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and former club United over the past two seasons, and interest remains high. United have allegedly tabled a £60m bid for his signature, The Sun reported, while City have too been linked with a move. 7. Leroy Sane (Germany and Schalke) – Sane was linked with a move to Manchester City and Liverpool in the winter window and reports have claimed both have continued to scout his performances. The 20-year-old is one of the most highly-rated young players in Europe and an impressive Euro 2016 campaign would only increase his value further. 15 15 5. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium and Everton) – Lukaku is said to want out of Goodison Park this summer and isn’t short of options. Chelsea and Manchester United are being credited with interest, though there could be problems over his reported £65m price tag. 15 3. N’Golo Kante (France and Leicester City) – Kante, the Daily Mirror claim, has a £20m release-clause written into his contract at Leicester, which has reportedly alerted Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain. His future remains unclear; particularly after the player himself said this: ‘For now, I have not taken a decision even if I have been made offers. It will be great to play in the Champions League. I will decide my future after the Euros.’ 2. Mario Gotze (Germany and Bayern Munich) – Gotze appeared to commit his future to Bayern at the end of May, voicing his excitement over playing under Carlo Ancelotti next season. This isn’t, however, likely to end speculation over his future and Liverpool continue to be linked with a move. It’s not all about the 2016 European Championship this summer.Transfer season is approaching and the tournament in France is the perfect platform for many to impress potential suitors.And with Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all employing new managers, along with the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain looking to strengthen, plenty of players could catch the eye.But who are the most high-profile transfer targets that’ll be on show? talkSPORT has taken a look at 15 of the most in-demand players for England’s top flight – so check them out by viewing the slideshow above. 15 15 15 12. Robert Lewandowski (Poland and Bayern Munich) – Having scored 42 goals in all competitions last season, it’s inevitable interest in Lewandowski’s signature would be high. Real Madrid have been linked with a move in recent weeks, and despite any such move being rubbished by Bayern’s technical director Michael Reschke, a record bid isn’t beyond the realm of possibility. 11. Leonardo Bonucci (Italy and Juventus) – At the end of March, the defender rubbished interest from Chelsea, seemingly committing his future to Juve. This, though, hasn’t deterred speculation that Conte – also his international coach – will make a move for his signature this summer. 15 15 15 15last_img read more