Monthly Archives: December 2019

Liverpool and Southampton target was ‘very close to leaving Napoli’ in the summer

first_img1 Jorginho The agent of Liverpool and Southampton target Jorginho has revealed his client had offers in the summer.The Napoli midfielder struggled for playing time last year and appeared just 13 times in Serie A.That led to clubs showing an interest in the 23-year-old during the summer, including the likes of Liverpool and Southampton.But now Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos, claims his client is happy at Napoli despite receiving proposals from several sides.“Everything has changed since the summer. After the arrival of new players, we thought the moment had come to leave. A quality player like Jorginho cannot sit on the bench,” Santos told“There were five sides interested in Jorginho: four Italian and one English. We were very close to leaving Napoli, then director of sport Cristiano Giuntoli arrived.“He told us that the club really believed in him and considered him untouchable. Therefore we decided to postpone any discussions until January.”last_img read more

Watch! Is he going to start doing this for Palace regularly?

first_imgYohan Cabaye scored a stunning goal as France destroyed Armenia at the Allianz Riviera.The Crystal Palace midfielder smashed a curling effort into the corner past Gevorg Kasparov from the edge of the box to bring the Allianz Riviera to its feet.The Euro 2016 hosts look in good shape ahead of next summer, as a goal from Antoine Griezmann and two furtherr strikes from Karim Benzema gave Les Bleus a 4-0 win.Watch Cabaye’s goal below. 1 Yohan Cabaye scores for France against Armenia last_img read more

BOOST! Key Manchester City duo in line to return against Stoke

first_img1 Manuel Pellegrini is hopeful Joe Hart and Sergio Aguero will return for Manchester City’s trip to Stoke on Saturday.Hart missed Saturday’s Premier League win over Southampton with a hamstring injury, while Aguero was forced off in the game with a heel problem.The duo were both absent from the squad for Tuesday night’s 4-1 Capital One Cup quarter-final win over Hull, but Pellegrini expects to have them both back soon.“Kun has a pain in his heel. He is improving and we will see tomorrow or Thursday if he can play on Saturday,” said the City boss.“Joe Hart can be fit, I am not sure for Saturday but if not for Tuesday [against Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League].“Fernando [also] has a small problem but I think can play on Saturday.”Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta will again miss out against Stoke, but City will have David Silva available after the Spaniard made his first start in two months against Hull.The playmaker helped City book their place in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup and Pellegrini is delighted to have him back.“The most important thing was to qualify for the semi-final but after that it was important for David to have 80 minutes after a long injury,” said the Chilean. Joe Hart last_img read more

United’s 8 top transfer targets power ranked – worst to best including £70m striker

first_img 8 4. Felipe Anderson: Lazio’s Brazilian could cost £37m – Lazio fans love their creative genius and Anderson has even been christened FA7, in reference to Cristiano Ronaldo’s CR7 moniker. The 22-year-old will not come cheap and there are reports United have already offered £37m for him. 2. Gareth Bale: Real Madrid forward linked but is happy at the Bernabeu – Bale was the subject of a bid from United prior to his transfer to Real Madrid in 2013. This season he has been linked with the club again, but says he is happy in Spain right now and scored a hat-tick in new manager Zinedine Zidane’s first game in charge. 8 8 8 6. Saul Niguez: Atletico Madrid youngster on United’s radar – Last season Niguez was unhappy with a lack of playing time, but has played 13 times in La Liga this term. United are reportedly preparing a £15m bid for the 21-year-old midfielder, says Spanish radio station Cope. He definitely has a bright future ahead. 8 5. Romelu Lukaku: Everton striker would prefer a Champions League club if he moves – Lukaku is enjoying a goal-laden season at Everton and it has not gone unnoticed by Man United. However, it is being rumoured the striker would prefer to join a club competing in the Champions League if he were to leave Merseyside. 3. Robert Lewandowski: £70m striker to seek a new challenge – He is one of Europe’s deadliest strikers and is said to be considering a new challenge in a new league while the 27-year-old is still in his prime. A £70m offer could be enough to bring him to Old Trafford. Major surgery is required at Old Trafford, based on performances so far this season.Just under £100m was spent on players in the summer, but even more is going to be needed to address problem areas.The club continue to be linked with football’s best players despite the very real possibility they may not qualify for the Champions League, so here talkSPORT has looked at eight of the best names linked and ranked them in order of quality.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the rankings. 8 8 8. Ricardo Rodriguez: Wolfsburg full back to join United for £30m? Continue reading our ranking of Man United’s top mid-season targets by clicking the arrow above! – The 23-year-old full-back has bolstered his reputation with some great displays for Wolfsburg, who helped knock Man United out of the Champions League this season. It is being reported by German publication Bild that Rodriguez could cost a huge £30m. 7. Sadio Mane: Southampton will make it difficult for United to land no.10 – For the past year Mane has been linked with Man United, but Southampton manager Ronaldo Koeman has warned he is in no mood to sell his no.10. 8 1. Neymar: Barcelona forward is one of Europe’s best players – do you agree with this ranking? – Signing Neymar would certainly be a huge coup, though United need to make sure they are at least in the Champions League next season to even be in with a chance of pulling it off. The Barca ace had a wonderful year in 2015 and was pushing Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo close for the Ballon d’Or. There was said to be summer interest from United in the 23-year-old.last_img read more

Video: Check out this stunning back-heel assist against Barcelona

first_imgStruggling La Liga side Las Palmas probably weren’t expecting too much as Barcelona arrived in Gran Canaria.An early Luis Suarez goal would have added to that too but with 10 minutes on the clock they provided an equaliser to enliven the home fans.And what a leveller it was as Jonathan Viera laid on a back-heel assist for Willian Jose to bury past Claudio Bravo.You can see the awesome assist below… 1 Barcelona star Luis Suarez looks shocked last_img

Police say Menard changed his story in family slayings
first_imgIn the backyard, police discovered Menard’s little sister, Ashley, 16, stabbed repeatedly in the back of the neck. She wore a black tank top, stretch pants and socks, a cordless phone abandoned near her feet. Minutes earlier, at 6:03 a.m., she had called 911, pleading for an operator to help. “Please, please, my parents have been shot,” she said, according to one of three detectives who testified Tuesday. Nine minutes after that call, her brother called 911 himself to report the carnage. They brought him in for questioning and several detectives, including Terence Keyzer and Michael Oppelt, interviewed Menard. Keyzer went first. “He changed his story several times,” he testified. Menard had been out with friends and his brother at a club the night before and returned home about 5 a.m. after stopping off at the International House of Pancakes, he told Keyzer. He had a few beers and maybe a mixed drink at the club and had horsed around with friends at the restaurant. When he got home, he said, he smoked several cigarettes and about an hour later walked in to find his parents’ limp bodies on the living room floor, Keyzer said. He then called 911. It was 6:12 a.m. During intense questioning, Menard’s demeanor was alternately calm, then sarcastic. He sometimes cried. The detectives pressed him on a story they said didn’t sound believable. They pointed out the blood on his shirt and the mud on his shoes and told him they thought he was lying. What about the knife, apparently from the family’s knife collection, found in the pool, they asked him. When accused of being involved in the struggle that resulted in his parents’ death, “He would just say, `I didn’t do it,”‘ Keyzer testified. During two hours of interrogation and later questioning, Menard continued to contradict himself, mentioning the gunshots and screams he said he heard as he thumbed through a book. He told the cops he locked his door, too scared to come out. When he did emerge, he said, he found his parents, but failed to mention his dead sister. When pressed about the mud on his boots – presumably from the backyard – he said he found the young woman clinging to life. He had a good relationship with his parents, he told police, but he later admitted he had stolen thousands of dollars from them and had left the house the year before for several months. At the time of his arrest, his hair was dripping wet and he wore a shirt with a blood stain on the sleeve. At the scene, detectives discovered a bag of damp clothes stained red in a bag in his room. Eventually, he told Oppelt he knew his story sounded suspicious. He switched to the version in which his father did the killing. When David Menard confronted him, Menard said he wrestled with him and put him in a head lock, Oppelt testified. His dad then grabbed him, and Brandon stabbed him. Still holding the knife, he ran out to the backyard and saw his sister on the ground. Covered in blood, he jumped in the pool, where detectives later found a 13-inch kitchen knife, believed to be one of the murder weapons. Detectives pushed him further, saying his story just didn’t add up. Menard then told Oppelt “he could have accidentally stabbed his sister.” [email protected] (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FERNANDO – Brandon Menard sat in the police interrogation room face to face with detectives a few hours after his family was slaughtered inside their Northridge home. First, he said he came home from a night of partying, smoked some cigarettes outside for an hour, then went inside and found his family dead, according to detectives who testified Tuesday in his preliminary hearing. Later, he said he went inside, disrobed and read a book. A half-hour later, he heard screams and gunshots. Finally, he said he walked in on his dad standing over his mother with a knife, struggled with him and stabbed him in the process. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The detectives confronted him with the evidence: blood on his shirt, mud on his boots that likely came from the backyard where his sister was found stabbed to death, a knife in the pool. By the end of the interview, Menard was the key suspect in the triple homicide. Details of the interview emerged during the first day of a preliminary hearing in San Fernando Superior Court, which continues today. After hearing testimony, a judge will decide whether there is enough evidence to have Menard, 22, stand trial in the Aug. 4, 2006, killings. During a day of testimony in which only the prosecution called witnesses, three Los Angeles police homicide detectives recalled the horrific scene of a blood-splattered house in the 17000 block of Stare Street. Menard’s adoptive parents, David, 56, and Toni, 55, were found just inside the front door in their pajamas. Both had been stabbed in the chest several times, and David Menard had also been shot. last_img
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP North Torrance overpowers El Segundo

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Also in the Pioneer League … Torrance 3, Lawndale 0: Chelsea Tupuola had 11 kills for Torrance in a 25-14, 25-5, 26-24 win at Lawndale (1-7 in league). Ashley Parker had three aces and served for seven straight points in the second game for Torrance (13-7, 5-3). South Torrance 3, Centennial 0: Danielle Lindahl had six kills, Sarah Wachtfogel had nine assists and Katie Kuehn had 11 aces to lead South (22-8, 7-1) to a 25-4, 25-8, 25-3 victory at Centennial (0-8). In the Bay League … Palos Verdes 3, West Torrance 2: Shauna Moss had 12 kills and 11 digs in a 25-16, 25-12, 20-25, 17-25, 15-11 win for host Palos Verdes (12-8, 4-4). Stacie Groat added nine blocks and Caroline Daly had eight. Katie Colin had 36 assists and 17 digs for West Torrance (8-12, 1-7). Laura Day added 14 kills and seven digs for West. In the Camino Real League … Serra 3, St. Monica 1: Seini Tukutau had 20 kills, five digs and four aces in a 25-11, 20-25, 25-12, 25-21 win for visiting Serra (10-6, 3-4). Marielle Brosmer recorded nine kills, 16 digs and four aces. Christine Barba added 34 assists for Serra. Mary Star 3, Cantwell 1: Robin Skale had nine kills and four aces to lead host Mary Star in a 25-4, 20-25, 25-14, 25-21 win. Lauren Costa had 26 assists and three aces. In the Del Rey League … Bishop Montgomery 3, St. Bernard 0: Jennifer Edmond had eight kills and Sarah Prather had five kills to lead host Bishop Montgomery (20-6, 7-0) to a 25-13, 25-9, 25-15 Del Rey League title-clinching victory. Ashley Thompson had eight kills for St. Bernard (8-12, 0-6). In the Marine League … Carson 3, King-Drew 0: Kristiana Tuaniga had 15 kills and 10 digs to lead visiting Carson (12-2, 10-2) in a 25-15, 25-19, 25-14 win. Rosita Fualau added nine kills and six digs. Abigail Villena recorded 25 assists, eight digs and three kills. San Pedro 3, Washington 0: Shannon Miller had 12 kills and three aces in a 25-7, 25-6, 25-13 for visiting San Pedro (12-1, 12-0). Alexis Hathaway added nine kills. Marissa Bubica added 10 aces and 16 assists. Narbonne 3, Banning 0: Jessica Kerr had seven kills and Shainiece Gonsalvez had four digs and six assists to lead Narbonne (8-5, 8-4) to a 25-23, 25-20, 25-13 victory at Banning.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From staff reports Ilyanna Hernandez had 20 kills and eight aces to help North Torrance move a step closer to its fourth straight Pioneer League title in a 25-14, 22-25, 25-15, 25-18 win at El Segundo. Kristen McNeese had all 14 of her kills in the final three games, including seven in the deciding game to clinch the victory for North (19-3, 8-0). The win marked the first time in four seasons that North has swept the season series with El Segundo, with whom it shared the league crown in 2004 and 2005. Jen Stutzel led El Segundo (4-10, 3-5) with 11 kills. last_img read more

Ty Treadway puts on best game face
first_imgAlex Trebek, Pat Sajak and Ty Treadway? They are the hosts of the three game shows created by the late Merv Griffin currently on the air. While Trebek of “Jeopardy” and Sajak of “Wheel of Fortune” are game show institutions, Treadway is the new kid on the block as the host of “Merv Griffin’s Crosswords.” “It’s an amazing and surreal experience,” Ty told me recently. “I hope I can live up to what they’ve done. The beauty of both of them is they make it look so easy when I know it’s not.” Just four months before he died, Griffin personally chose the 40-year-old Treadway for the gig and his selection was definitely a decision to appeal to younger viewers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “Actually I’m 85,” Ty joked. “I just look younger. It’s all the Botox.” He’s still amazed at how quickly he landed a job that he felt was a real long shot. “I thought I was going to have to go through 20 or 30 levels of executives before I ever got a glimpse of the man behind the curtain himself. As fate would have it, I walked into that very first meeting on March 2 and the first hand that reached out to shake mine was Merv himself. … I couldn’t feel any more honored or privileged to hopefully carry the torch for his legacy.” Ty gained fame on the ABC soap “One Life to Live” in 2000, and after his character was killed off a year later he returned as his nicer twin brother. He spent three more years on the show until his character went insane. The soap exposure led to his co-hosting “Soap Talk” on the Soapnet cable network with Lisa Rinna. They had a four-year run and were nominated for Emmys three of those years. Ty has clearly learned the ropes of being a good host. But c’mon, doesn’t he ever miss being a soap stud? “What do you mean? I’m still a soap stud! (laughs). There are things that you miss about it; there are things that you don’t miss. You don’t miss having to take your shirt off every five seconds and I’m really glad I have a job that lets me use my other assets, such as my brain. But occasionally I think, well, maybe I’ll take my shirt off for `Crosswords.’ No, I’m kidding. You get to eat a little bit, you get to enjoy life a little bit more. You don’t always have to be on your toes workout-wise.” And hosting means it’s no longer all about him. “Hosting, a lot of it is about the other person,” Ty said. “Their No. 1 job is to make people feel comfortable and bring out the best in them while entertaining people in the downtime in between.” Looks like he’s got the job down.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
Motorists cited in traffic decoy sting

first_img• Video: Pedestrian Sting MONTEREY PARK – Even in the early morning sunlight, the tall undercover officer was hard to miss as he walked across an intersection near a high school traversed daily by hundreds of students. Yet reserve Officer Michael Cooper had a few close calls when some drivers sped past him or switched lanes to avoid him as he walked repeatedly across New Avenue, about a block from Mark Keppel High School. Police stopped and cited numerous drivers who failed to yield for Cooper during a decoy operation Wednesday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Although the street is not marked by a crosswalk, Monterey Park police Sgt. Dave Elliot said drivers must still yield for pedestrians at intersections. In a city that just a few years ago ranked No. 1 in the state for per-capita pedestrian collisions involving seniors, the decoy operations have helped curb such accidents, Elliot said. “This enforcement has made an impact,” he said. “We’ve seen a steady decline.” Along with conducting pedestrian sting operations, police have implemented programs to educate the public on traffic laws, and the city has installed new traffic signs. “We’ve combined education, engineering and enforcement,” said. But some drivers weren’t happy. “It is basically a trap, causing people to break the law,” said Rosemead resident Greg Luevano, who got a ticket. Monterey Park resident Joseph Lao disagreed. “There’s so many kids here – people don’t pay attention and they might hit them,” he said. As the morning drew on, Monterey Park police Lt. Chris Keller dropped by in civilian clothes to see how things were going. He joined Cooper on a few trips across the street. “I wanted to experience it for myself,” Keller said. Although some people dislike enforcement operations that use decoys, Keller said they benefit residents . Elliot in the long run [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586 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