£36m Man United star Anthony Martial won’t be weighed down by price tag, claims team-mate

first_imgEliaquim Mangala claims new Manchester United signing Anthony Martial will not be affected by his hefty price tag.The 19-year-old moved to Old Trafford from Monaco on transfer deadline day in a £36million deal, though that fee could potencially rise to over £50m.However Martial’s France team-mate, Mangala, believes the striker will not be weighed down by the price tag.“I do not think that the amount of the transfer would be a problem,” said Mangala.“Obviously no-one will look at him the same way anymore. Manchester United paid a lot of money for him.“Let’s see how he and people around him like the club or his family, deals with it, that’s important. He must focus only on his football.“It is what will be asked anyway. Everything else is inherent to the football world.“Currently we can see some big amount within the transfer market. If we make a comparison with what we used to spend in the past, we realise it could go too far.” New Man United striker Anthony Martial 1last_img read more

Bad news Arsenal! Aguero expected to be fit for Monday’s title clash

first_imgSergio Aguero looks certain be part of Manchester City’s squad to face Arsenal on Monday.The Argentina international has been out since the end of November with a heel problem.But he returned to training this week and Manuel Pellegrini expects his star striker to be fit for the crucial clash with their title rivals.However, Vincent Kompany, Fernando, Samir Nasri and Pablo Zabaleta will all miss out again for City.“Pablo Zabaleta continues without working. I hope next week he’ll start again,” said Pellegrini.“Vincent Kompany, Fernando and Nasri are also out. Kun is working with the squad without problems.“We’ll assess him to see if he’s 100% to start the game but I think he’ll be in the squad on Monday.“Vincent is improving. I hope next week he’ll start working with the squad.” 1 Sergio Aguero last_img read more

Liverpool news: How would £38m man fit into the Reds’ attack?

first_img3 Roberto Firmino, Alex Teixeira and Philippe Coutinho 3 Teixeira in a 4-2-3-1:center_img Liverpool and Shakhtar Donetsk are still very much locked in talks over a deal for Brazilian forward Alex Teixeira.The Ukrainian side reportedly rejected a second Reds bid on Monday in the region of £28m, according to Sky Sports.While the two clubs’ valuations of the player still appear some distance apart, Teixeira has made it clear of his desire to leave Ukraine in this transfer window to enhance his international recognition.Teixeira – who has struck 26 goals in as many games across all competitions this season – has amazingly never played for his country and feels moving to Western Europe could facilitate his first call up.Liverpool’s struggles in front of goal this season have been well publicized. The Reds have mustered just 30 goals in 23 Premier League games this season and five of those came in the daft last-gasp win at Norwich on Saturday lunchtime.Christian Benteke has struggled to make an impression while Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Danny Ings are all injured, leaving Jurgen Klopp with little room for experimentation.Roberto Firmino has emerged as Liverpool’s standard bearer in recent weeks in the face of a debilitating injury crisis, with the Brazilian notching four goals in his last three games including a brace against Arsenal.And it is Firmino and Brazilian compatriot Philippe Coutinho who Teixeira should thrive around. Klopp has made it no secret that he yearns for fluidity and mobility in his attacking line and the thought of the trio in a Samba triumvirate buzzing around, interchanging relentlessly, is mouthwatering.Teixeira’s versatility is one of his most attractive traits. After Fernandinho’s departure to Manchester City in 2013, he even dropped into a more defensive midfield role but he has largely operated as a number ten or support striker. His proficiency in front of goal this season, however, suggests Liverpool would look to deploy him as far forward as possible.Adam Lallana’s anonymity this campaign – he hadn’t scored in the Premier League until the weekend win at Carrow Road – means he’s the one likely to make way if the Teixeira deal does go through before next Monday.Considering Klopp’s preferred formations and Sturridge’s continued absence from the side, is this how Liverpool could line up with Teixeira in their ranks?Teixeira in a 4-3-3: 3last_img read more

Gardena seeks robbery suspect

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Delos Moore, 24, is known to frequent Hawthorne, but his car was registered in Palmdale, Gardena police Lt. Ed Burnett said Thursday. Moore has been identified from a tape as one of two suspects in the Sept. 27 holdup of Jack’s Tobacco in the 1700 block of El Segundo Boulevard. Two men went into the store shortly after 2 p.m. and forced the owner into a back room at gunpoint, Burnett said. They bound him and covered his mouth with duct tape. During the next 10 minutes, the robbers scooped up cash, 150 cartons of cigarettes and several lighters as the owner tried to free himself in the back room. CRIME: Police are looking for a man who tied up, punched and stole from a store owner last month. By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER Police in Gardena are searching for a man suspected of beating, tying up and robbing a tobacco store owner at gunpoint last month. Even as they committed the crime, a customer entered the store and was told it was closed. At one point, the owner freed himself and entered the front of the store. Moore allegedly grabbed him, forced him into the back, tied his hands behind him with duct tape, and attached it to a railing. Moore repeatedly punched the owner in the face with his closed fists, Burnett said. Despite cuts and bruises to his face, nose and eye, the owner managed to free himself and ran after the men, spotting the license plate number of their getaway car. The car was registered to Moore. Sheriff’s deputies spotted the car four days later in Paramount. Deputies pulled it over, arresting its occupants: Trevon David and Terrance Adams, both 18 and of Los Angeles. “These guys had just done a robbery in that jurisdiction,” Burnett said. Moore was not with them. Police soon identified David as the other suspect with Moore in the videotaped Gardena crime, Burnett said. A gun believed used in the Gardena crime was found in the car. Investigators have identified David as a suspect in three armed robberies. Moore is suspected in the Gardena crime and another in Los Angeles, Burnett said. [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 read more

Hermosa bar scene drives race

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Regardless, what’s emerged as the driving issue in Tuesday’s City Council election is Hermosa’s signature political cocktail: its raucous nightlife. Community outrage over the city’s well-marinated bar scene seemed to reach a fever pitch this year, as activists galvanized enough voters to trigger a ballot referendum opposing a city ordinance that would have allowed downtown businesses to avoid parking requirements, in turn helping a popular nightspot expand after a devastating fire. The council repealed the ordinance and pulled the referendum from the ballot in August, but, three months later, the community is apparently still nursing a hangover as debate over the city’s nightlife has dominated the election season. With Councilman Sam Edgerton not seeking another term, voters will elect at least one new council member Tuesday. Here’s a look at the six candidates vying for two seats behind the dais: Janice Brittain, a 64-year-old retired school administrator on her second council run, wants to close all Pier Plaza outdoor patios at midnight to help muffle noise and disturbances. COUNCIL: Six candidates for two seats offer ideas on dealing with establishments one says are `out of control.’ By Andrea Woodhouse Staff Writer Many Hermosa Beach streets could still use some repaving, traffic is snarled at key intersections and major thoroughfares are due a makeover. “(The bars are) out of control, and they’re not being good neighbors,” said the 17-year resident. “The bars belong to Hermosa; Hermosa doesn’t belong to the bars. One thing we can do is control the plaza – that’s our street.” Brittain, a public works commissioner, believes closing patios would give police a better handle on rowdy bar patrons. Michael DiVirgilio, an eight- year resident and public works commissioner, has proposed stepping up enforcement of public drunkenness and open container laws, as well as stricter enforcement of the bars’ conditional-use permits in the short term. But the 36-year-old public affairs executive sees the real solution to Pier Plaza’s problems as something to be played out in the coming years through better civic planning and economic recruitment efforts. “Because we don’t have a direction and a plan, a place we’re trying to get to in 10 years, I think it perpetuates a lack of enforcement downtown,” said DiVirgilio, who, with about $21,000, leads the pack in campaign contributions. Jeff Duclos, a 62-year-old college instructor and small-business owner, said a restaurant and bar owners’ association was a good start to curbing downtown problems, but expected its efforts to fall short. Instead, the 28-year resident on his third council bid proposed creating a coalition of residents, elected and safety officials, and bar owners to work together to find solutions to the city’s rowdy downtown. “We have to face the facts,” he said. “It is a problem and the interests of our city are not being served. We never get beyond this level of rhetoric.” Political newcomer Michelle Keegan, 39, opposes slashing bars’ existing hours of operation, but proposed using private security teams to monitor downtown, freeing up police officers for the nearby residential areas hit with the plaza’s residual litter and noise. “Enforcement in neighborhoods needs to be stepped up,” the three-year resident said. “There’s a nice presence on Pier Plaza, but we haven’t seen enough of neighborhood patrols.” Keegan, who is not related to Mayor Michael Keegan, would also like Hermosa Beach to foster a closer relationship with the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and stop issuing conditional-use permits to new taverns. Jeff Maxwell, the 46-year-old owner of a limousine company, believes Hermosa Beach police have successfully curbed Pier Plaza antics, but nevertheless proposes installing video cameras downtown to monitor activity. The seven-year resident, making his third council bid, wants to stop issuing further conditional- use permits to bars, and wants to better police bar patrons who litter and urinate in the residential areas surrounding the downtown. “It’s just bad manners,” he said. “No one is writing littering tickets down there. That should be taken care of.” Incumbent Peter Tucker, seeking a second council term, said Pier Plaza incidents were down this year thanks to police efforts. Still, the 35-year resident wants to keep pushing bar owners to be good neighbors, and form a committee of residents, city leaders and tavern proprietors to work out solutions. “We need to keep pressure on them,” said Tucker, 61. “Enough’s enough. We don’t mind you doing this, but let’s be good citizens and not offend other people’s rights. It’s an effort that needs to be all over the whole spectrum.” Though Tucker and Maxwell have both earned the support of the Hermosa Beach Restaurant Association, a group of local eatery and bar owners, neither candidate is touting the endorsement. Both repeatedly said they never received word of an endorsement, though an e-mail from the organizer of the association’s lobbying efforts obtained by the Daily Breeze states the group notified both men’s campaigns of their endorsements nearly a month ago. Tucker – the subject of recent negative mailers accusing him of being pro-bar – said he was baffled to be portrayed as bar-friendly and cited several decisions he made as a councilman to cap bar hours at midnight as evidence to the contrary. Maxwell also said he was surprised to be depicted as a tavern ally, though he was an original investor in Shore, a bar and restaurant on Hermosa Avenue. Despite all the alcohol talk, an overhaul of upper Pier Avenue is likely to become the next City Council’s legacy. A committee is working to develop a plan for the city’s main commercial drag and will likely present a concept to the council in March. Tucker, who is on the committee, envisions a family-friendly corridor with revamped infrastructure, landscaping and traffic-calming measures. Maxwell would like to see the facades of Pier Avenue business revitalized, and a four-lane configuration maintained. Keegan sees upgrading Pier Avenue’s sewer system as the most important component of its overhaul, but would also like to dress up its appearance with art pieces. Instead of focusing just on Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach should include Pacific Coast Highway and Aviation Boulevard in its plans, Duclos said. DiVirgilio’s priorities for Pier Avenue are upgrading sidewalks and intersections and then working to develop a long-term plan for its future. Brittain, also a committee member, would like to continue the public process to determine how residents and business owners envision the corridor, but has said an upgrade to the street’s infrastructure is a necessity. City Clerk Elaine Doerfling and Treasurer John Workman both are unopposed Tuesday for their respective posts. [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

Revealed! Premier League final table based on form over the last five games

first_img 20 8th: Chelsea would finish on 59 points based on current form – Guus Hiddink has turned the Blues into one of the most in-form sides in the league and had he been able to turn more of the draws into wins, they could have threatened the European places. 20 7th: Liverpool would finish on 61 points based on current form – Liverpool have two games in hand on current seventh-placed Southampton and according to the form guide they are on course to overhaul them. However it won’t be enough for a European place. 19th: Newcastle would finish on 27 points based on current form – Only Villa are in worse form than Newcastle at the moment, and that’s not saying much. Rafael Benitez is projected to fall ten points short of Premier League survival – and that’s a fact. 20 20 20 17th: Crystal Palace would finish on 37 points based on current form – Palace are lucky the three bottom clubs have been so poor, otherwise they’d be in deep trouble. After a strong start to the season, Alan Pardew’s men have now failed to win since December 19th. But even if their poor form continues, they may still comfortably avoid relegation. 16th: Watford would finish on 38 points based on current form – Watford have only taken one point from their last five games. Continue that kind of form and they will finish 16th. 5th: West Ham would finish on 66 points based on current form – West Ham’s brilliant form is forecast to win them a Europa League place but miss out on that final Champions League spot, despite being joint third in the current form table. 20 15th: Norwich would finish on 39 points based on current form – Back-to-back wins, including a relegation six-pointer against Newcastle, has improved Norwich’s form so dramatically that they are on course to finish six points clear of the drop, if they can maintain the momentum. 20 12th: Swansea would finish on 49 points based on current form – Relegation was a very realistic prospect for Swansea a few months ago but ten points from their last five games looks to have preserved their Premier League status for another season. 20 20 20 20 18th: Sunderland would finish on 33 points based on current form – Sam Allardyce’s side have drawn four of their last five but failure to transform performances into victories will cost Sunderland and condemn them to the Championship next season with their neighbours. 6th: Manchester City would finish on 64 points based on current form – Pep Guardiola will hope Manuel Pellegrini can improve City’s form between now and the end of the season or he will be inheriting the sixth best team in the country. 20 10th: Southampton would finish on 55 points based on current form – The Saints’ form is indifferent at the moment and they are consequently projected to drop a few places down the table before May 15th. 20 20 4th: Arsenal would finish on 68 points based on current form – Gunners, look away now because you’re back in fourth place again! Arsenal have only taken seven points from a possible 15 which, if continued, will see them slip down a place at the end of the season. 13th: Bournemouth would finish on 49 points based on current form – Eddie Howe has done a fantastic job at Bournemouth this season and three consecutive wins before the international break has all but guaranteed their safety. 11th: West Brom would finish on 51 points based on current form – Tony Pulis celebrated the club’s Premier League survival last weekend having reached the magical 40-point mark and a continuation of recent form would see the Baggies finish comfortably mid-table. 20 20 20 20 20 9th: Stoke City would finish on 57 points based on current form – After a poor start to the season, Stoke’s results have picked up having only lost one of their last five. 20th: Aston Villa – 16 points is the Villans’ projected final Premier League points total, if they continue the form they have shown in their last five matches (Click the arrow, right, to see the projected table based on current form and where your team would finish) – Despite not yet mathematically relegated, Villa have practically been condemned to the Championship for months. Having lost all of their last five games, Aston Villa are not projected to pick up another point between now and the final game of the season, if they continue their recent form (seven defeats on the bounce). 1st: Leicester City would finish on 84 points based on current form – The Foxes have won four of their last five games and are projected to drop only six more points between now and the end of the season. Can they really keep up that kind of pace when the heat is on? We shall see! 3rd: Manchester United would finish on 70 points based on current form – It may come as a surprise that, based on recent form, the Red Devils will not only finish third but actually come so close to stealing second place. Despite the pressure on Louis van Gaal, only Leicester have taken more points in their last five Premier League games. Leicester City are seven points clear at the top of the Premier League and Aston Villa are 15 points adrift of safety, but where does recent form dictate they will finish?With most sides only having six or seven games remaining, form will be crucial in deciding tightly contested battles such as the race for Champions League places, where the gap is currently only one point between fourth and fifth.Based on the recent form of the 20 sides over the last five games, a final Premier League table has been drawn up and there are a few surprises.Will the current form of Manchester City and Arsenal be enough for them to secure Champions League football? And if Tottenham continue with their present trend of results will they be able to overhaul Leicester?Click the arrow above, right, to see the projected final Premier League table based on the form of clubs over their last five games. 2nd: Tottenham would finish on 72 points based on current form – Mauricio Pochettino’s side are projected to fall well short in their chase of Leicester City having only won two of their last five games. On form they will only win another ten points. This final total is the average points tally for fourth place over the past five seasons, but would be good enough for a runners up spot. 20 14th: Everton would finish on 44 points based on current form – The Toffees are only forecasted to win six more points this season after losing four of their last five matches. That wouldn’t be good enough for a club of Everton’s stature and could leave Roberto Martinez hanging on to his job. last_img read more

TRANSFER BLOW! Tottenham set to lose out to Juventus for £16m striker

first_img Domenico Berardi in action for Sassuolo Tottenham target Domenico Berardi is on the verge of completing a move to Juventus, according to reports in Italy.The Sassuolo forward, who at just 21 has hit 38 goals in his 90 Serie A outings to date, has been linked with a move to White Hart Lane with manager Mauricio Pochettino keen to add to his forward line this summer.However, he will not be able to count on doing a deal for Berardi, with Juve reportedly set to announce his arrival this week.The Turin giants are still unsure about the future of Alvaro Morata, who could be bought back by Real Madrid and then sold on to Arsenal or Chelsea this summer.Meanwhile, Juve are still being heavily linked with Premier League strikers Romelu Lukaku, of Everton, and Liverpool’s Christian Benteke.But that will not stop them finally tying up the signing of Berardi, who will cost them around £16m, with a couple of their young players also joining Sassuolo on loan to sweeten the deal. 1last_img read more

Arsenal and Chelsea blow as Lyon starlet opts for Barca move

first_img Samuel Umtiti – reports suggest the Frenchman could be heading to Barcelona 1 Lyon starlet Samuel Umtiti has snubbed Arsenal and Chelsea in favour of a move to Barcelona, according to reports in France.The 22-year-old has been tipped as a future star, having already made over 160 senior appearances.Arsene Wenger’s Gunners and Antonio Conte’s Blues have been scouting the centre-back for a few months and it was rumoured they were ready to make moves this summer.But, according to LeDauphine.com, Umtiti is on the brink of signing for Barcelona instead.The Spanish champions are in the need of a new centre-back with Javier Mascherano reportedly on his way out of the Nou Camp.As a result, Barca have swooped for Umtiti and they are hoping to tie up a £24m deal in the coming days.last_img read more

10 pictures that capture the emotion, passion and pride of the Euro 2016 semis

first_img 9. Triumphe – French fans flocked to Paris’ most famous landmarks to celebrate reaching the final. 10 8. Heaven and heartbreak – The contrast between German and French emotions is clear to see. 10 10 10 7. Griezmann at the double – Antoine Griezmann scored twice to take his finals tally to six goals and make him the toast of the host nation. 10 1. French fate? This could well be the defining image of the tournament so far, as France came together in scenes of joy, with a final now to look forward to. Take a look at another nine stunning images from the Euro 2016 semi-finals, just click the arrow above – It’s only football, but France reaching the Euro 2016 final can only help a nation that’s been rocked by problems away from the pitch in the recent past. 10 5. And proud Welsh fans – If there was one thing more impressive than Wales’ performances on the pitch, it was the support they received off it. 10. Dragons fly – This picture was actually taken after Wales’ incredible 3-1 quarter-final win over fancied Belgium, but we wanted to sign off this week’s Frozen In Time gallery with a moment that summed up the elation this Home Nation brought to the tournament. 6. Germany pay the penalty – A hero of the 2014 World Cup, Bastian Schweinsteiger was penalised for handball just before half-time, gifting France the chance to go 1-0 up. 10 Euro 2016 is approaching its climax and what a tournament it has been.There was a touch of fate in France’s progression to the Paris final, beating world champions Germany in Marseille just months after a friendly meeting between the two sides was interrupted by horrific terrorist attacks in the French capital.The host nation will now meet Portugal, who made the final two thanks to the inspirational Cristiano Ronaldo, whose magnificent headed opener put his side on the path to victory over Wales.Despite falling short in the last four, the Welsh have probably achieved more in this tournament than any other nation, including the finalists and the memorable Icelandic team.Take a look at our gallery of fantastic frozen in time pictures from the past week’s action, plus a memorable moment from Wales’ magnificent quarter-final victory. 10 4. Proud Welshman – Bale’s commitment to the Welsh cause shone through. 10 2. Giant leap forward for Portugal – Ronaldo towered above the Welsh defence to power his nation into the Euro 2016 final. 3. The Real deal – Team-mates for Madrid, rivals for Wales and Portugal, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have inspired both their teams to reach heights few expected of them before the Euros kicked off. 10last_img read more

Golf roundup: Wie’s 68 isn’t enough to make the cut

first_img Furyk still feels like it’s the tail end of 2005. He played in South Africa, went halfway around the world to the Target World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, and three weeks later it was time to start the new year. He was third at last week’s Mercedes Championships and his game hasn’t changed much. “Maybe I’m not as fresh, but my game … I was able to keep that up easily,” he said. The 2007 schedule: The absence of the Booz Allen Classic in the Washington D.C. area was among the biggest changes in the 2007 PGA Tour schedule, two days after the tour announced a new six-year TV deal. Washington has been a fixture on the PGA Tour since 1968, when Arnold Palmer won the Kemper Open. Another PGA Tour event that has been demoted include Hartford, Conn., which has been around since 1952 and traditionally was played before the football season began. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said he was in discussions with six tournaments __ the Booz Allen, Hartford, Disney, Texas Open and Southern Farm Bureau Classic – about becoming part of the post-Tour Championship schedule. The 2007 Nissan Open is scheduled for Feb. 12-18 at Riviera Country Club. 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Asked about an 11-shot swing over two days – she opened with a 79, her worst score on the PGA Tour – the high school junior replied, “I think I was possessed out there yesterday. I felt really comfortable today.” This isn’t the last of Wie playing in men’s events this year. Friday, it was confirmed that she will return to Japan in November and play in the Casio World Open, where she almost made the cut and received $1.5 million in appearance money. Wie is also expected to play twice more on the PGA Tour this year, although the events have not been determined. Campbell, coming off a winless year on tour, took the last two months off and showed up in Hawaii ready to go. “I didn’t do much, started practicing a little bit the last few weeks, but didn’t really play that much at all,” said Campbell, who joined Furyk at 6-under 134. “That made it really good to come out here and be refreshed and stay patient during my round.” With a 5-foot putt on the 18th hole for her seventh birdie of the round, the 16-year-old finished with a 2-under 68 to match her record from two years ago as the lowest score by a woman competing on a male tour. Even so, she was at 7 over and missed the cut by four shots. And at the end of two days, all she could do was say to playing partner Camilo Villegas, “Play well tomorrow.” center_img Chad Campbell and Jim Furyk each shot 3-under 67 on Friday and were tied for the lead at the Sony Open in Honolulu going into a weekend that again will not include Michelle Wie. But as always, she kept it entertaining. last_img read more