Transfer news – Wolves reject £10m Norwich bid for Afobe

first_imgWolves have rejected a third bid from Norwich City for striker Benik Afobe. The Championship club’s position remains unchanged over Afobe’s future and they have reiterated he is not for sale. Norwich are searching for a new forward and had two previous bids rejected by Wolves but have continued their chase for the England Under-21 international.A statement read: “Wolves can confirm that a third bid from Norwich City for Benik Afobe has been immediately rejected.“The club’s position, outlined on Wednesday, 19th August 2015, remains unchanged.”Wolves are determined to keep the 22-year-old who scored 32 goals last season after arriving from Arsenal for around £2million in January. He netted 13 times for Wolves following his move from the Gunners after scoring 19 on loan at MK Dons in the first half of last season. Afobe was left out of Tuesday’s 2-1 Capital One Cup win over Barnet and afterwards boss Kenny Jackett insisted the forward was going nowhere before next week’s transfer deadline.He said: “There is an enormous amount of speculation but he won’t be leaving. There are big things at stake and it is not just about one player.“We are looking at the whole picture, the amount of time left in the window, the overall prices. There is so much to consider and everything points towards not letting anyone go.” Benik Afobe 1last_img read more

Liverpool boost! Star man in contention for Jurgen Klopp’s first game at Tottenham

first_img Philippe Coutinho 1 New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was handed a boost after holding his first training session since taking control of the Merseyside club.Reds’ star man and prize attacking force Philippe Coutinho pulled out of Brazil’s squad for their World Cup qualifiers with a minor groin injury, but is understood the 23-year-old was one of the nine first-team players who were present at Melwood on Monday.International duty meant only a small section of the squad, supplemented by three youth team goalkeepers, were around as the former Borussia Dortmund boss began work proper on Monday afternoon after his appointment on Thursday.Early indications are that Coutinho will be available for Klopp’s first match in charge at Tottenham on Saturday lunchtime.Other first-teamers present for the session which lasted just over an hour were James Milner, Daniel Sturridge, Mamadou Sakho, Alberto Moreno, Lucas Leiva, Kolo Toure, Dejan Lovren and Joao Carlos Teixeira.With the first six of those plus Coutinho all realistically in with a good chance of starting at White Hart Lane, Klopp at least had a decent base on which to begin his planning for the game.The remainder of Liverpool’s internationals are expected to return to Melwood by the middle of the week, giving the German three days to work with his full squad – minus the likes of captain Jordan Henderson, striker Christian Benteke and forward Roberto Firmino who are all still out injured.Klopp spoke to those assembled players present on Monday afternoon in a huddle for five minutes before training commenced under him, Peter Krawietz, Klopp’s analyst and scout at Borussia Dortmund, and existing first-team coach Pep Lijnders – both of whom were at the club’s academy with the German on Saturday to watch Liverpool’s Under-18s beat Stoke.last_img read more

Revealed! 10 players that made the most sprints this season – good reading for Klopp!

first_img 9. Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal has made 457 sprints so far this season – Spanish defender Nacho Monreal is currently Arsenal first-choice left-back, ahead of Kieran Gibbs, and part of that is down to his tireless workrate. The 29-year-old has played every minute of Arsenal’s eight league matches, completing two more sprints than Milner – with 457. 10 8. West Ham’s Diafra Sakho has made 469 sprints so far this season – West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has netted three times in eight appearances so far for Slaven Bili?’s side, but statistics show he has more to his game than just goals. The Senegalese forward has been putting in the extra work in the absence of strike partner Enner Valencia, who is injured. His 469 sprints have been key in helping West Ham start life promisingly under the Croatian boss. 10 10 10 3. Bournemouth’s Simon Francis has made 519 sprints so far this season – Defender Simon Francis is the second Bournemouth player to feature in the top ten, two places above Matt Ritchie. Francis, 30, has played in all of Bournemouth’s Premier League matches, including their first clean sheet of the season in the 2-0 home win over Sunderland, and the former Charlton man has recorded 519 sprints in those eight fixtures. 10 7. Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne has made 475 sprints so far this season – Summer signing Nathaniel Clyne is the second Reds player to feature in this top ten, with the England right-back keen to make an impression at Anfield. Clyne, who cost Liverpool a reported £12.5m, evidently has an impressive work rate down the right-hand side, which may impress his new boss. The ex Southampton and Crystal Palace man has made 475 sprints to put him seventh in the charts. Theo Walcott, Hector Bellerin, Memphis Depay and Raheem Sterling may be among some of the Premier League’s fastest players, but how consistently do they put in the hard work? We have the stats, provided by the EA Player Performance Index, to bring you the top sprinters so far this season. By tracking real-time player movement, each sprint above 25.2 kilometres per hour is recorded and here are the ten players with the highest tally so far in 2015/16.*All stats correct on 13 October 2015 10 10 6. Tottenham’s Kyle Walker has made 483 sprints so far this season – Kyle Walker will be glad to be ahead of fellow England right-back Clyne in the charts, after completing a credible 483 sprints, eight more than the Liverpool defender. Walker looks to have cemented his place as Mauricio Pochettino’s first-choice man on the right-hand side of defence, as he has played in all of Spurs’ eight Premier League matches this term. 10. Liverpool’s James Milner has made 455 sprints so far this season* – New Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp will be pleased to see James Milner in tenth place. The summer arrival from Man City is renown for his hard-working style of play and he has notched up 455 sprints in 8 appearances so far this term. 4. Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon has made 517 sprints so far this season – Crystal Palace fans on social media regularly express how Jason Puncheon deserves an England call-up, after an impressive string of performances in recent months. Puncheon has flourished under manager Alan Pardew and his tireless efforts have been backed up by EA’s statistics. Puncheon is fourth in the list, 43 behind the leader, as he has notched 517 sprints so far for the Eagles, who are currently fourth in the Premier League. 2. Watford’s Ikechi Anya has made 533 sprints so far this season – Scottish winger Ikechi Anya has been key in providing support for Watford’s strike force of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo. Anya, who featured for his country in September’s Euro 2016 qualifiers, has completed an impressive 533 sprints for the Hornets, to put him second in the standings. 10 1. Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey has made 560 sprints so far this season – Welshman Aaron Ramsey tops the list of most sprints accumulated in the Premier League this term. Ramsey, who has just helped Wales to qualify for Euro 2016, tops the charts by a considerable amount – 27 ahead of second-placed Anya – leading the way with an impressive 560 after just eight games. 10 10 5. Bournemouth’s Matt Ritchie has made 506 sprints so far this season – talkSPORT fans may fondly remember Matt Ritchie for THAT wonder strike in the Cherries’ 2-0 win over Sunderland, but he is not just a one-hit wonder. The former Swindon man netted some key goals to help Eddie Howe’s men to the Championship title in 2014/15, and the Scottish international has made the step up to the Premier League well, completing 506 sprints in the process. He also tops the list for the highest amount of sprints accumulated in one game, with 102 in the draw with Watford. last_img read more

Ex-Manchester United and City star withdraws from charity match for health reasons

first_img Ex-United striker Cole says the abuse of Pogba would have affected him 1 Former Manchester United striker Andrew Cole has withdrawn from an upcoming charity match at Old Trafford and revealed he has been suffering from kidney failure.The 44-year-old, who won five Premier League titles and the Champions League during a trophy-laden spell with United, said he is not well enough to play in the UNICEF Match for Children, which will take place on November 14.“In June of this year I suffered kidney failure, caused as a result of contracting an airborne virus and I have been under medical care ever since,” Cole said in a statement. “I was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with a condition called Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis.”Cole said he had spent close to three weeks in hospital undergoing a kidney biopsy and dialysis, and he is continuing on a course of steroids which has led to a slight change in his appearance.In thanking his doctors at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, as well as his family, Cole added: “Together we have been through some dark days. However, the good news is that I am feeling better as each day passes and the consultant is hopeful that I will make a full recovery by next spring.”Cole said he would remain in his role as an ambassador for United.last_img read more

Poll: What is worse – Fans leaving early, fans turning up late or standing on an upturned plug?

first_img1 Poll: What is worse – Fans leaving early, fans turning up late or standing on an upturned plug? Jurgen Klopp hit out at the Liverpool fans who left early during the defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday.The Liverpool manager said he felt “pretty alone at this moment” as he suffered his first defeat in his new job.So the Drivetime team want to know what is worst – Fans leaving early, fans turning up late or standing on an upturned plug?Cast your vote below!last_img

‘Pellegrini undermined by Pep Guardiola speculation’, says ex-Man City defender

first_imgFormer Manchester City and England defender Danny Mills has told talkSPORT Manuel Pellegrini is being undermined by speculation that Pep Guardiola will replace him as manager in the summer.The Blues have long been linked with the former Barcelona boss, and they are now favourites to land the Spaniard after Bayern Munich confirmed he will leave his post at the end of the season.Pellegrini has never seemed to have the full backing of club and fans during his tenure, with the Chilean facing criticism for City’s failures in Europe, and reports claim the club are now ready to wield the axe and appoint in-demand Guardiola before it’s too late,But with Pellegrini’s contract not set to expire until June 2017, there is widespread confusion over the current situation.And Mills believes the club have the responsibility to let supporters, and most of all the manager, know of their long-term plan, warning that their form may suffer if they don’t.Reacting to Monday night’s 2-1 defeat to Premier League title rivals Arsenal, he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “The Pep situation is an interesting one.“I almost think the club have to come out and make some sort of statement or at least tell Pellegrini the situation.“Speculation was rife at the start of the season and Pellegrini has always been under pressure, and now we know that Pep is definitely available.“The rumours are that, with the ex-Barcelona guys at Manchester City, that he will be coming in at the end of the season, but they are only rumours at the moment.“Manuel Pellegrini must feel a little undermined. The players will be thinking that the manager might not be with them for much longer, and sometimes that can just drop five per cent off your performance.“That’s not what City need at the moment.”last_img read more

Illinois building a streak of its own

first_imgBIG TEN: Illini’s second straight win over top-25 team ends Wisconsin’s 14-game winning streak. By David Mercer THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Last weekend’s upset of a top-25 team wasn’t enough to get Illinois ranked. Maybe this one will be. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityRashard Mendenhall and Juice Williams carried the surprising Illini to a 31-26 win over No. 5 Wisconsin on Saturday, ending the Badgers’ 14-game winning streak. A week ago, Illinois beat then-No. 21 Penn State, 27-20, the school’s first win over a ranked opponent since 2001. Mendenhall ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns, and Williams added another 92 yards rushing as Illinois improved to 5-1 overall. The Illini are off to a 3-0 start in the Big Ten for the first time since 1990, when they won a share of the conference title. None of it is a surprise to Illinois coach Ron Zook, who challenged Mendenhall before the season to lead the potent offense. “I said, `Rashard, if you have the kind of year we think you’re capable of having, and if you do the things the coaches are trying to get you to do, we have a chance to be pretty special,” Zook said. Zook’s resurrection of Illinois has mirrored his own. He was run out of Florida after three winning seasons, only to surface in Champaign in 2005. After winning only four of his first 23 games, and just one in the conference, he has Illinois talking Big Ten title. “With a team like us,” Mendenhall said, “we haven’t had too much success like this. (Now) we know we can play with anybody.” The Badgers (5-1, 2-1) hadn’t lost since Sept. 16, 2006, at Michigan. It was also only the second loss in 19 games for Coach Bret Bielema, who said the Illini played up to Wisconsin’s ranking. “I think it has to do with we’re ranked No. 5 in the country and everybody wants to talk about why we shouldn’t be,” he said. Whether that ranking was justified is another thing. The Badgers struggled to wins over UNLV, Iowa and Michigan State and were 21/2-point underdogs against the Illini. It looked like Illinois was the better team most of the way. Mendenhall, the Big Ten’s third-leading rusher at better than 122 yards a game, had 100 by halftime, and his two touchdowns carried Illinois to a 17-6 lead. “That guy’s got muscles,” Wisconsin cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu said. “He’s just a hard runner.” The Illini didn’t pound the ball inside until late, relying instead on a no-huddle spread offense and the option. “We take pride in our running,” Mendenhall said. “With our scheme and the playmakers we have out there, it’s hard for the defense to focus on one person.” Although Williams passed and ran Illinois to the lead, it was the sophomore quarterback’s relief, Eddie McGee, who essentially sealed the win. For the second week in a row, Zook sent McGee in during the second half. Against Penn State, the redshirt freshman ripped off a 53-yard run to secure the win. This time, he scored on a 5-yard keeper that put the Illini up, 31-19, with 5 minutes to go. Wisconsin quarterback Tyler Donovan threw two interceptions in Illinois territory, the first to safety Kevin Mitchell and the second to cornerback Vontae Davis.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

Ethics panel fines port operator, officials for money laundering

first_imgThe commission also fined Pisano $2,750 and Axelson $1,750 for making contributions to the campaigns of former Mayor James Hahn, Councilman Tony Cardenas and City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo with TraPac funds. The Los Angeles city charter prohibits contributions from being made under a name “other than the name by which they are identified for legal purposes” and prohibits anyone from making a contribution “of anything belonging to another person.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By City News Service The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission imposed $20,000 in fines against a Port of Los Angeles terminal operator and two of its vice presidents Tuesday for laundering money in the 2003 and 2005 city elections. Trans Pacific Container Service Corp. was fined $15,500 for making seven contributions to campaigns under the names of two of its vice presidents, Frank Pisano and Scott Axelson. The contributions were made from June 2003 to May 2005, when the company was in the process of renegotiating its lease with the city. TraPac officials could not be reached for comment on the fines. last_img read more

More than 500,000 pieces of children’s jewelry with lead recalled

first_imgWASHINGTON – More than a half-million pieces of Chinese-made children’s jewelry contaminated with lead are being recalled, it was announced Wednesday. The recalled merchandise involves 205,000 pieces sold by Family Dollar Stores Inc., 200,000 pieces sold by Michaels Stores Inc., 43,000 charm bracelets and tack pin sets sold by Big Lots Inc. and 45,000 stretchable bracelets imported by Cherrydale Fundraising LLC, 10,400 necklaces and bracelets manufactured by Colossal Jewelry & Accessories Inc., and 4,500 necklace and earring sets made by La Femme NY 2 Inc., officials announced. The enforcement action was a cooperative effort by New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission. The CPSC said it was tipped about the hazardous jewerly by Cuomo’s office. In addition to the recall, a number of retailers, including Big Lots and Michaels, agreed in a settlement to immediately stop sales of lead-tainted jewelry. “Today’s metal jewelry recalls are a good example of when CPSC partners with a state agency that shares our commitment to protecting children from products with dangerous lead,” spokesman Scott Wolfson said. “Metal jewelry is a product where one child has died in the past and others have suffered lead poisoning.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsA total of 507,900 pieces were involved in the recall. The CPSC works with companies to issue recalls when it finds consumer goods that can be harmful. Most such recalls are voluntary. Under current regulations, children’s products found to have more than .06 percent lead are usually subject to a recall, in which the company must reimburse consumers for the value of the product, provide a replacement or offer a repair.last_img read more

MCCONALOGUE PRAISES FIRST STEPS TO HIGH SPEED BROADBAND NETWORKS

first_imgThe first steps have been taken in the effort to have the Metropolitan Area Networks’s for broadband lit in Buncrana and Carndonagh, Deputy Charlie McConlogue now believes.His comments came following a successful public meeting last night in Buncrana, which was organised by Deputy McConalogue and where local businesses and public sector organisations where represented along with other public representatives.Commenting on the meeting McConalogue said, “It was a productive meeting in that it was about communicating the benefits of the networks to organisations. “Niall Beirne, the e|net representative gave us a full overview of where the networks are currently at. It was informative and it highlighted the further need to work together to make the business case to have the MAN’s lit”.“By working together we can not only communicate the benefits of the networks but also work towards bringing down the costs of the service which are an inhibiting factor at present.“Key to this is to further determine the real level of demand which exists both among private organisations and publically owned organisations. The meeting last night was a useful first step in this process.“It is unacceptable that we are in a situation whereby we have the infrastructure available to us but not in a position to use it. “We need to move towards a solution to this and I believe the interest and support shown to date has been heartening and a collective effort will be instrumental in achieving a result”, concluded McConalogue.EndsMCCONALOGUE PRAISES FIRST STEPS TO HIGH SPEED BROADBAND NETWORKS was last modified: September 27th, 2011 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:broadbanddeputy charlie mcconaloguelast_img read more