Month: December 2019

Everton preparing £3m January move for Portugal sensationEverton preparing £3m January move for Portugal sensation

first_img1 Everton boss Roberto Martinez is considering a swoop for Ricardo Horta in January, according to reports in Spain.The Malaga man is already a highly-regarded Portugal Under-21 star and is attracting attention from the likes of Valencia and Sampdoria.Now Everton have joined the list of clubs eyeing Horta, with Spanish media claiming the Toffees are preparing to slap in a £3m bid when the transfer window reopens.The 21-year-old, who is under contract at his current club until 2019, has made eight appearances for Malaga this season.He has already has made his debut for the senior Portugal side and is being tipped to enjoy a lengthy and successful career alongside Cristiano Ronaldo. Ricardo Horta last_img

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Former Manchester United star unlikely to make Premier League returnFormer Manchester United star unlikely to make Premier League return

first_img Giuseppe Rossi 1 Former Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi will not be returning to the Premier League as he is happy at Fiorentina.The 28-year-old spent three years at Old Trafford during his youth but was eventually sold to Villarreal in 2007.Since then the striker has gone on to earn 30 caps for Italy and impress watching scouts with his performances for Fiorentina.A serious knee injury last season has led to Rossi fall down the pecking order, though, and it was said he could return to England in search of first-team football.However the Italy international’s agent, Andrea Pastorello, has denied such talk and instead claimed his client is happy in Florence.“He’s like a dog chasing his tail,” Andrea Pastorello admitted, speaking to FirenzeViola.“To be a top player he has to get back to full fitness, but to do that he needs to play consistently.“It’s a thought, nothing more. It’s absolutely not a problem or a controversy, but there’s no doubt that if he doesn’t play it’ll be difficult for him to get back to being the top player he is.“Could he leave? No, the destinations I’ve read about aren’t true. Let’s wait and see how he does up until Christmas.”last_img read more

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Crystal Palace boss questions Patrick Bamford’s comments: ‘He was given every chance’Crystal Palace boss questions Patrick Bamford’s comments: ‘He was given every chance’

first_img Patrick Bamford 1 Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew insists Patrick Bamford was given “every chance” to make an impact during his loan spell at Selhurst Park.Bamford has returned to Chelsea after failing to hit the target in nine appearances for the Eagles and after Monday’s goalless draw with Swansea he stated his five months in south-east London had been “terrible”.The 22-year-old forward has retracted his comments two days on, apologising and adding: “I couldn’t have been at a nicer club. I’m just disappointed I couldn’t do more for the team.”Pardew has accepted the apology of the England Under-21 international, whose only two starts at Palace were in the Capital One Cup.“Patrick made a slight error after the game. I think he was a little bit emotional. He has addressed that. I appreciate that,” Pardew said.“His comments on Wednesday were much nearer the mark. He has had every chance here.“We have been getting fantastic results, so his chances (to start matches) have been limited. We kept on winning and you have to keep the balance of the side. It is as simple as that.”Bamford fired 19 goals in 44 appearances for Middlesbrough last season and while his time at Palace was far less productive, Pardew insists he has a future in the Premier League.“Patrick has learned from that experience and I would like to think he will be a very good player for Chelsea and England going forward,” Pardew said.“This was a learning curve for him. He knows this is a little bit of a step up from the Championship, but there is nothing to suggest he can’t make that step up. I wish him all the best for the future.“I like him. He’s a prospect. His game time here was disappointing. I get that. Now he needs to find game time in the Premier League. Will he get that at Chelsea?“I hope he becomes a top player because he has some really nice attributes as a person and if he becomes a great player, then great.”Palace stormed Stamford Bridge with a 2-1 victory on August 29 but Pardew believes completing the double over the ailing champions is unlikely with Connor Wickham and Yannick Bolasie injured and Yohan Cabaye suspended.“It’s unrealistic because of the bodies I have available,” said Pardew, who added there is “no chance” Chelsea could be relegated.“Chelsea look like they have gone into a controlled phase of making sure they are stable in the league and will probably attack the cups,” he said.“They looked a bit more assured against Manchester United, so they are favourites for this game. Having said that, we are difficult to play at home at the moment.”last_img read more

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Unfamiliarity breeds concernUnfamiliarity breeds concern

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityWith all that Matsuzaka offers, it might be that first look that causes the most problems. The Angels typically have struggled the first time they have faced a pitcher, and Matsuzaka usually is not kind to new opponents. By the end of May, Matsuzaka was 7-3 and only the New York Yankees had been victimized twice. He could have easily been 9-1, but in two April defeats, the Red Sox gave him just one combined run of support. So the Angels will load up on highlight tapes and then see first-hand tonight just what the fuss is all about. They trail, 1-0, in the best-of-5 American League Division Series and would feel just fine with things if they headed home with a split in Boston. “You have to get in the batter’s box and you have to experience it,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said about facing Matsuzaka. “You can watch videotape all you want and look at tendencies and look at some charts. That will give you a little piece of the puzzle, but you have to get in there and experience it. “I don’t think it’s a general rule that you’re not going to have success against a guy you’ve never seen, but certainly there is a little edge that will go toward the pitcher until you see some pitches.” By Doug Padilla STAFF WRITER BOSTON – Watching Daisuke Matsuzaka pitch is like waiting for a YouTube video to load. There are stops, starts, hiccups and glitches before the finished product is revealed. The Angels will face the phenomenon that is Matsuzaka for the first time tonight, will be doing it under the heat lamps of postseason play, and will have to figure out this puzzle with their season hanging in the balance. It wasn’t by accident that Red Sox manager Terry Francona moved playoff-tested veteran Curt Schilling to Game 3 and gave Matsuzaka the Game 2 start. He cited the Angels’ unfamiliarity with the right-hander. Matsuzaka can now pitch twice if the series goes five games while Shilling will be limited to one start. But it was a curious move to put somebody with so little major league experience into such a key role. “We have enjoyed watching the way he has handled certain things that have been thrown to him,” Francona said. “And we have seen all of the bumps in the road. But being intimidated or shrinking from a challenge won’t be one of them. We feel that is really one of his strengths.” If anybody in the Angels clubhouse is panicked about a matchup with Matsuzaka and his extensive arsenal of pitches, he isn’t showing it. A nasty slider might be Matsuzaka’s best pitch. “He’s 14-12 this year, so somebody saw (his pitches),” Garret Anderson said. “It’s not like he’s 20-2 or something like that.” As of Thursday afternoon, Chone Figgins said he hadn’t even watched tapes of Matsuzaka. He said he would get around to it. “I just like to watch what his ball kind of does – his curveball, changeup, slider, whatever he throws just to see how he moves,” Figgins said. “And then after that, get in the box and get ready to hit.” After collecting just four hits Wednesday and getting shut out by Red Sox ace Josh Beckett, the Angels don’t need another slow start tonight. They might not have any choice, though. “When you see a guy you haven’t seen, it’s just weird because I’m a feel guy,” Anderson said. “I like to have a feeling. Usually when I face guys I haven’t seen, I just try to look for a mistake out over the plate. “I try to just know what he has and what he throws and not really worry about what he likes to do to finish guys off. Then you’ll find yourself guessing up there and I don’t want to guess. I just like to know the pitches he has, and hopefully, I can keep him in the zone.” Maybe this is the perfect spot for Vladimir Guerrero to step to the forefront. He isn’t bothered about facing a pitcher for the first time and has shown that as long as the pitch is thrown, he likes the location. “I don’t see an advantage (for the pitcher) because you face so many guys throughout the years that you haven’t faced before,” Guerrero said through broadcaster Jose Mota, serving as interpreter. “You’ve got to go up there and see how they pitch you the first time. We see a lot of video. Obviously it’s not the same, but I’ve got to see how he pitches to me and then I’ll make an adjustment.” doug.padilla@sgvn.com160Want 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

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Weather isn’t giving break to firefightersWeather isn’t giving break to firefighters

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Temperatures in the 80s and 90s are expected in eastern Ventura County and the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, with sustained winds of 20-30 mph and gusts topping 60 mph. “If we can get through the next 24 hours, it’s the worst situation, things will start to improve,” Gomberg said. “Wind is the driving factor for the fire growth. Firefighters will get a handle on the fire once the wind drops off.” In addition to the red-flag warning, a health alert is in effect because of smoke and particulate matter generated by the fires. All residents were advised to avoid sports and other strenuous outdoor activity, while those with asthma and other chronic health problems were told to limit their time outside. Elderly residents should also take precautions to protect their health, officials said. “Despite significant efforts toward fire containment, air quality in some parts of the county is being adversely affected by the fires,” said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Los Angeles County’s health officer. “Small air particles carrying through Los Angeles County can have adverse health effects, and will be particularly unhealthful for sensitive individuals. Those individuals should avoid strenuous outdoor activities.” For more information about air-quality issues, call (800) 288-7664 or see www.aqmd.gov.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 Erratic Santa Ana winds and hot weather will continue to bedevil firefighters as they battle to contain more than a dozen wildfires around Southern California, officials said Monday. A red-flag warning remains in effect through Wednesday – and could be extended through Thursday – with forecasts for high heat, strong winds and single-digit humidity. The winds are expected to be strongest overnight and in the early-morning hours. “We’re not out of the woods,” said David Gomberg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “The conditions are coming together for the most fire danger. last_img read more

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Chivas’ season comes to an endChivas’ season comes to an end

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre All the accolades collected by Chivas during the regular season didn’t matter. A 0-0 draw with Kansas City in the second leg of a two-match Western Conference playoffs semifinal series at Home Depot Center wasn’t enough. It was Davy Arnaud’s goal in last week’s 1-0 Wizards win in the first match of the series that was valid. And it sent Chivas to the locker room with its best season coming to an end. Chivas became Major League Soccer’s sensation by reaching the playoffs for a second straight season in only its third year of existence. Chivas finished this campaign as the second best team in the league with 53 points, and also with the league’s best home record (10-1-5) and home-field advantage in the playoffs. But it all became irrelevant against Kansas City, as a league-best 11-game unbeaten streak that lasted more than two months was erased. MLS: Wizards’ goal in last week’s opener is all the scoring in series. By Iv n Orozco Staff Writer What was supposed to be the most important game in Chivas USA history became perhaps its most disappointing Saturday. Chivas players left the field with stale expressions. Bloodshot eyes and hugs of consolation were the common theme in the Chivas locker room, where just two week’s ago champagne was sprayed by the players. The Wizards exchanged hugs and high fives, knowing the Western Conference championship game awaits next Saturday in Houston. “It’s a tough loss,” said Chivas midfielder Jesse Marsch, an 11-year veteran. “It’s maybe the toughest one of my career. Just because it felt like this team had so much potential left in it. It felt like today we couldn’t catch a break. I’m fairly pleased with the way the series went, (but) we just couldn’t score a goal.” After a week of speculation surrounding Maykel Galindo and his health, Preki decided to start the Cuban striker and the team’s leading scorer. Galindo helped create mobility for Chivas’ attack, but with Kansas City plugging its territory most of the match, he couldn’t find a goal. Kansas City’s left post helped keep a Galindo ball out of the net in the 69th minute and a John Cunliffe header in injury time hit the crossbar. Cunliffe had a shot ricochet of the crossbar in the first match at Kansas City. With a red-and-white-clad crowd of 19,711 – the largest in Chivas’ HDC playoff history – making its way around the stadium and the chants of “Chi-vas, Chi-vas” pouring down, Galindo sent a rolling shot across his body from right to left with the defenders beat, only to bounce it off the post. “I felt that from the first six, seven minutes of the game we totally dominated, had plenty opportunities,” Preki said. “(We) hit the post a couple of times, (and) a couple of calls that I’d like to see go in our favor don’t go in our favor. “But I’m so proud of my guys. To play like that for that period of time it was unbelievable. They left their hearts. I think that team (Kansas City) should be very, very fortunate that they’re in the playoffs and that they beat us tonight.” Chivas perhaps did everything right, but a goal wouldn’t fall. Wide left, wide right, high in the middle were the results of most of Galindo’s shots. But Galindo, who came into the game nursing a sports hernia that has hindered him for more than a month, didn’t let up for most of the match. “I came in today and I felt really good,” said Galindo, who is not sure if he will undergo surgery soon, perhaps in Germany. “The doctors spoke with me and I told them I wanted to play. Despite all the adversity I think I gave everything on the field. I struggled forgot about the pain.” ivan.orozco@dailynews.com160Want 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

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Striking writers to bring their children on the picket lineStriking writers to bring their children on the picket line

first_imgDaily TV talk shows have been hit hard by the strike, and many other programs have also stopped production without writers to provide no dialogue. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has urged both sides to settle their differences quickly. He said the strike was already having a major impact on the state’s economy.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The children of some striking TV and film writers will be heading to Disney studios today, but it won’t be to see a taping of the popular “Hannah Montana.” Instead, they will be joining their parents on the picket lines at Disney, CBS, Fox and several other studios as the Writers Guild of America strike enters its second week. The writers took the weekend off from the picket lines while negotiations remain stalled between the guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. A major stumbling block has been payments for reruns aired on the Internet and other new media. No new talks are scheduled. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Picketing is planned for between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. today. Over the weekend, the writers expressed solidarity for striking stagehands in New York, offering their assistance and support. The lights of Broadway went dark Saturday when members of the International Association of Theater and Stage Employees, Local 1, went on strike against the League of American Theatres and Producers. Patric Verrone, president of the Writers Guild of America, West and Michael Winship, president of the Writers Guild of America, East, today sent a joint letter of support to James Claffey, president of the IATSE local in New York. “Just as you have stood with us in our current strike against the motion picture and television studios and networks, so, too, do we stand with you as you seek the fair and respectful contract that you have earned and deserve,” they said in the letter. last_img read more

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Music prof was `one of our best’Music prof was `one of our best’

first_imgA California State University, Dominguez Hills music professor known for his humor, his leadership skills and his love of the campus that served as his professional home has died. Rodney Butler, a 60-year-old Redondo Beach resident, unexpectedly died at home on Nov. 27. The cause of death is believed to be heart failure. Butler “was one of our best,” university President Mildred Garcia said this week. Born Sept. 26, 1947, Butler grew up in El Monte, later moving to the South Bay and attending Carson High. After a short stint in the Army – during which he served in Texas and Okinawa, Japan, and won a composer of the year award – he earned a bachelor’s degree from Dominguez Hills in 1973. Campus colleagues remembered him for his vision, leadership and an ability to foster fluid relationships between faculty and administration. “(Butler) contributed in countless ways,” anthropology professor Jerry Moore said. “He was a constant champion of academic freedom, educational excellence and human decency.” At home Butler was known for his tireless efforts on behalf of his three children. Son Andrew, 29, of Maryland remembered that his dad “always went the extra mile for us was always there for us and encouraged us to discover life.” Oldest son Ben Butler, 34, of Dallas recalled frequently playing music and sports with his dad, a gifted home chef who cooked for his kids and taught them to cook for themselves. “He made growing up fun and easy,” Ben said. “He believed you get to know a culture through their food, and he took it to another level with his cooking. “He taught us everything he knew about life and philosophy. He encouraged us to read and educate ourselves. There’s not enough I can say about him. He was a one-of-a-kind individual.” In addition to his two sons, Butler is survived by a daughter, Amanda Fagan of Lake Elsinore; a brother, Dennis of Costa Mesa; and two granddaughters. Donations are being accepted in Butler’s name to the CSUDH Department of Music, which will establish a memorial scholarship for students majoring in jazz or composition. A small memorial service for Butler is planned for noon Friday on campus. shelly.leachman@dailybreeze.com 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 KingsThen spending a year studying in Norway at the University of Oslo and the Musikhogskolen, Butler went on to earn master’s and doctorate degrees in music theory and composition from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He headed the music department at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., and served as music faculty and fine arts division chair at Brookhaven Community College in Dallas before joining Dominguez Hills in 1991. Ever since, Butler chaired the local university’s music department, where he was instrumental in building a recording arts program. He was a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. “He was into music pretty much from the beginning,” recalled brother Dennis Butler, 65, of Costa Mesa, further describing his sibling as an accomplished golfer, someone who never met a stranger and the guy who “always had a joke.” “He had that gift to see the humor in darn near anything,” Dennis Butler added. “He was one of those people that if he was here and you came by, within about 20 minutes you’d feel like he was your old friend. He was just that type of guy.” Butler also chaired the Academic Senate and the Division of Performing, Visual and Digital Arts. last_img read more

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Mayor to announce plans for more left-turn arrowsMayor to announce plans for more left-turn arrows

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe plan is similar to the mayor’s 30/30 Initiative, which he launched in October. Department of Transportation crews installed 30 left-turn arrows at the city’s most congested intersections. “We have a traffic crisis in Los Angeles and people demand immediate relief, which these left-turn signals will provide. No longer will you have to play chicken with oncoming traffic to see if you can make it through the light,” said City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, chair of the council’s Transportation Committee. Sixty of the new lights will be installed in the San Fernando Valley. The Westside and Central parts of the city will each get 12, and South Los Angeles will get 14. The mayor will announce the plan this morning at a news conference in North Hollywood. NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will announce today a plan to add 100 left-turn arrows to the city’s most congested intersections. Work on the Right to Turn Left Initiative, which will cost the city $3 million, is expected to start Jan. 2. The 100 new signals will be installed at 45 intersections by June 30. “Every commuter in this city has a fundamental right to turn left,” Villaraigosa said. “Logjams created by intersections without left-turn signals are responsible for some of the worst gridlock in the city. These 100 new left turn signals will improve the commutes of thousands of Angelenos every single day.” 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

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TD PRINGLE CRITICISES REPORT ON KILLYBEGS’ FUTURETD PRINGLE CRITICISES REPORT ON KILLYBEGS’ FUTURE

first_imgTHERE is growing controversy over the future of KillybegsAnd Independent TD Thomas Pringle is just the lastest person to express disappointment after reading the High Level Report on employment prospects in Killybegs.“Everyone welcomed the creation of the group in Killybegs in June by Minister Coveney on his first visit to the town,” said Deputy Pringle. “We all know that there is potential for job creation in the fishing industry, particularly in adding value to the fish that is already landed in the town and people hoped that the high level group would create a plan that would clearly map out how this could happen.“Hopes were raised hugely when the chairperson of the group announced last week that eighty jobs had already been created by the report. Many people waited to see the report and where the jobs are, however we were disappointed to find that the jobs may be delivered over the coming years as grand aid is rolled out and are not on the ground at the moment.‘The report was quietly launched by Minister Coveney in Dublin last Wednesday evening. On receiving the report on Thursday I read it with a sense of anticipation but unfortunately it did not last.“There is scant detail in the report and the actions required are not significant. The main recommendation appears to be that a port manager be appointed that would have responsibility to develop the business of the port. Given that the report has to be implemented on a cost neutral basis it is hard to see how the manager can be appointed and work independently to ensure that the port develops appropriately. ‘The target job numbers for each of the actions do not show where or how they will be created and the lack of detail is disappointing. However we all hope in Killybegs that they are achieved, and more, but it is difficult to see how they will be verifiable jobs. Previously when there was talk of efficiencies in the processing sector it has meant job losses for many people in the town.”The local TD said that the bringing together of the stakeholders that were involved in the drawing up of the report is the “one real positive.”He added: “If Minister Coveney wants this report to be different to the government’s jobs initiative he will need to drive the implementation of all the reports and make sure that his officials are working with everyone to make it happen.”Minister Simon Coveney has rejected a claim by former fishing industry leader Joey Murrin that the State’s new jobs plan for Killybegs is a “charade”.Mr Murrin, who ran for Fine Gael in the European elections in 1984 and is a former Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) chair, said the jobs plan was a “cynical public relations exercise” which could “give people false hope”. TD PRINGLE CRITICISES REPORT ON KILLYBEGS’ FUTURE was last modified: November 28th, 2011 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)Tags:KillybegsThomas Pringlelast_img read more

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