Month: December 2019

Napoli star’s agent responsible for failed move to Bournemouth

first_img1 Jonathan de Guzman’s agent is to blame for the collapse of the Dutch star’s move to the Premier League, according to an intermediary involved in the deal.The Napoli midfielder was all set for a deadline day switch to top flight new boys Bournemouth but the 27-year-old did not arrive on the South Coast to complete a medical.Sunderland were also in the hunt for the former Mallorca and Villarreal star but could also not finalise terms for De Guzman.And now, according to FIFA agent Vincenzo Morabito, the role of the Dutch international’s agent was the reason the transfer did not happen.“I tried to mediate between them, but the move collapsed due to the arrogance of his agent,” Morabito told Radio Marte.“We often see some agents think they are the owners of the player, forgetting it’s the club who buys his services.“There was an agreement for a £1m loan plus option to buy for £3.5m, but they dragged in other non-existent offers from Hamburger SV and Olympique Marseille.”It is not known whether Eddie Howe or the Black Cats will renew their interest in the versatile midfield star during the January transfer window. Jonathan de Guzman’ last_img read more

Barcelona and Holland legend Johan Cruyff diagnosed with lung cancer

first_imgJohan Cruyff has been diagnosed with lung cancer, his former club Ajax have confirmed.Spanish media reported the news on Thursday, and Ajax director Edwin van der Sar said on the club website: “We have had contact with his manager, Carole Thate, and she confirmed to us that Johan indeed has lung cancer.“It has just been discovered, so they could not yet provide much more information. On behalf of the club, I wish Johan and his family a lot of strength and a speedy recovery.”Cruyff, 68, is regarded as one of football’s greatest ever players having won the Ballon d’Or three times, in 1971, 1973 and 1974, and led Holland to the final of the World Cup in 1974.He is most strongly associated with Ajax and Barcelona, playing for and managing both teams.He oversaw a golden period at the Nou Camp, which included winning the European Cup in 1992, and has been cited as a major influence by many of those he used to manage, most notably Bayern Munich and former Barca boss Pep Guardiola.Cruyff was a heavy smoker prior to double heart bypass surgery in 1991, after which he took to sucking lollipops on the touchline. 1 Johan Cruyff last_img read more

Premier League round-up: Tottenham go second with Watford victory and Sunderland stun Liverpool

first_img1 Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 WatfordTottenham Hotspur leapfrogged Manchester City to go second in the Premier League.Spurs had numerous chances to put themselves in front, and continued to dominate play from deep inside Watford’s half. The hosts, though, failed to take advantage of their possession, leaving the game all square at half time.With the game still within their reach, Quique Sánchez Flores opted for a double substitution at the break, bringing on Valon Behrami and Troy Deeney in the hopes of ruffling a few Spurs feathers.The decision certainly didn’t have the desired effect, though, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men continuing to push for the first goal of the game and finally Tottenham got their way.Dele Alli, who only minutes before had come on, sent the ball across the face of goal with the outside of his boot, which was slotted in by the rushing Kieran Trippier at the far post.The one goal was all that was needed for the hosts, and the three points sends them second – just five points behind leaders Leicester City.Liverpool 2-2 SunderlandLiverpool, without manager Jurgen Klopp, threw away a two-goal lead to take only a point from their clash with Sam Allardyce’s men.Alberto Moreno came close after 20 minutes having been slid in by Roberto Firmino, but the Spaniard’s effort was halted by Vito Mannone.With few chances to speak of in the opening 45 minutes, there was much work to be done from both sides when the referee kicked off the second half – and it was Liverpool who took the lead.James Milner delivered an exquisite ball, from the left flank, into the box, and Firmino headed in the opening goal of the game.The Brazilian later set up their second, having won the ball deep inside the Black Cats’ half and muscling his way into the box to square the ball to Adam Lallana who tapped his effort home.The game appeared to be over for Sunderland, but that was far from the case. Adam Johnson saw his free kick sneak in under Simon Mignolet before Jermain Defoe grabbed the equaliser in the 89th minute – with both goals arriving shortly after a section of Liverpool fans left in protest of the rise in ticket prices.Aston Villa 2-0 Norwich CityAston Villa, rock bottom of the Premier League table with a miserable 14 points before kick off, required no less than victory from Norwich City.It was a tame first half, with Sébastien Bassong failing to take make the most of the best opportunity of the clash.They were to rue this missed chance further when Joleon Lescott ended the first half perfectly for the hosts, sending the ball through the legs of Declan Rudd having latched onto a free kick which was kindly deflected off new Canaries signing Timm Klose.Soon after the break, the Villans doubled their lead, with Gabriel Agbonlahor scoring his first for the club in 11 months after being played in by a beautifully weighted pass from Jordan Veretout and easing through the Norwich defence.The Canaries showed few signs of staging a comeback and Villa took home three crucial points.Stoke City 0-3 EvertonStoke City have sent a huge message of intent to their rivals this season, breaking their transfer record twice in six months – suggesting their desire to challenge for a European spot.The Potters, however, looked far from a side capable of challenging at such heights after being brushed aside by Everton in their own backyard.The Toffees got off to a fine start, opening the scoring from the penalty spot, courtesy of Romelu Lukaku, after Tom Cleverley was felled by goalkeeper Jack Butland.Seamus Coleman later deservedly doubled their lead, heading home Cleverley’s dangerous corner. The visitors were firmly in the ascendancy, and Aaron Lennon made it three before the break, having latched onto a woeful back pass from Philipp Wollscheid.Only a spectacular turnaround would see Mark Hughes’ side take something from the game and it proved a task too difficult, with Everton’s three goals before half time sealing the victory.Newcastle United 1-0 West Bromwich AlbionNewcastle were victorious over a West Brom side void of ideas at St James’ Park.Aleksandar Mitrovi? almost scored the first of the game, but – in what has been said far too often this season – the striker failed to take his chance.Soon after, Chiek Tiote thought he had given his side the lead via a superb strike from 30 yards, only for the officials to rightly disallow the goal for an offside Magpies player blocking the view of Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster.This was soon forgotten, though, when Mitrovi? calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net, putting to bed any criticism from his earlier missed chance.The Magpies therefore took to the second half in control, and after a timid opening, Andros Towsend almost put his side two goals to the good – only to see his curled effort rebound off the post.It was a narrow victory for the Magpies, but one that lifts them out of the drop zone.Swansea City 1-1 Crystal PalaceIt finished all square at the Liberty Stadium.Alan Pardew handed winter acquisition Emmanuel Adebayor his first start for the club, and it didn’t take long for many to question the decision. The striker clumsily conceded a free-kick just outside the box, and Gylfi Sigurðsson comfortably stepped up to curl his effort expertly around the wall and into the far corner.The Swans headed into the dressing room one goal up but at the restart, their lead was no more.Yohan Cabaye delivered a dangerous ball into the box, which was flicked on by Damien Delaney at the near post and fired into the back of the net, from close range, by Scott Dann – making him the top scoring defender in the Premier League with a tally of five.This was the last of the notable action, with both having to settle for the one point. Kieran Tripper scored the winner for Tottenham last_img read more

Bonaduce won’t face charges for body slam

first_imgBonaduce, 48, was a child star on “The Partridge Family,” starred in the 2005 reality show “Breaking Bonaduce,” and has recently co-hosted Adam Carolla’s radio show. Owen Wilson back in spotlight Owen Wilson has returned to the public eye, making an appearance at the Los Angeles premiere of his new film, “The Darjeeling Limited.” Sporting a shaggy blond beard and wearing a dark jacket, Wilson was joined by cast mates Adrien Brody, Anjelica Huston, Jason Schwartzman and filmmaker Wes Anderson. It was among Wilson’s first public appearances since an apparent suicide attempt in late August. The premiere was held Thursday night at the headquarters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “The Darjeeling Limited,” now in theaters, is the story of three brothers who journey by train through India. Before the movie started, Anderson introduced Wilson, his longtime friend and collaborator, saying, “I’ve never made a movie without him and I hope I never have to.” Anderson and Wilson have worked together on several films, including “The Royal Tenenbaums,” for which they were nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Danny Bonaduce won’t face charges for giving former “Survivor” contestant Johnny Fairplay a face-plant on stage at an awards show. A charge-evaluation document released by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on Friday said there was “insufficient evidence” to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Bonaduce committed battery because Fairplay “initiated contact and acted offensively.” Fairplay, 33, said he underwent 2 hours of dental surgery after Bonaduce tossed him over his shoulders at the Fox Reality Channel’s Really Awards on Tuesday. The evaluation worksheet said Fairplay jumped on Bonaduce, “wrapped his arms and legs around the suspect and thrust his pelvis into the suspect’s body.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityDeputy District Attorney Jeffrey Boxer wrote that Bonaduce did not intentionally injure Fairplay and his “actions fell within the realm of self-defense.” Fairplay’s police report claimed Bonaduce walked on stage uninvited and made a “derogatory statement.” Fairplay later said he was giving Bonaduce a hug, one of his signature moves. A video of the incident captured the sound of the audience booing. Fairplay, whose real name is Jon Dalton, appeared in the 2003 CBS show “Survivor: Pearl Islands” and came in third. last_img read more

Montebello OKs background checks

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – The city council recently approved the first step in its evaluation of the city’s background check policy for employees, commissioners and elected officials. The resolution, which passed unanimously, authorizes the city administrator and/or personnel director access to the criminal history for candidates for the city’s commissions. They are the arts and culture, the civil service, the golf course, the parks and recreation, the planning, the traffic and safety and the youth commissions.last_img read more

DMV, driving schools join the youth movement online

first_imgSome people will do nearly anything to try to be part of the “in” crowd. They play sports. Cheer on the sidelines. Throw parties. Now the state Department of Motor Vehicles – and driver-training schools – want to fit into the scene. And they’re using technology to get there. The DMV, for example, recently went YouTube. Although it makes perfect sense for the DMV to reach out through YouTube and MySpace – because that’s where its audience is – it’s no guarantee that anyone will pay attention, Thompson said. “When you put a public service announcement on television in the old days, you were certain everyone would see it,” Thompson said. “You don’t get that guarantee on YouTube.” But the DMV is not the only agency reaching out to youths online. Driving schools are proliferating online – boasting 24-hour, seven-day-a-week convenience for students who can participate at their own pace. Stuffed full of interactive rules on road lessons – with case studies and quizzes – the online driving courses cover traditional driving theories that take about 30 hours of classroom work at DMV-licensed schools. They’re also leaving traditional driver’s education classroom lectures in the dust. After starting online driver’s education about three years ago, Valley Bob’s Driving School Inc. noticed a significant shift from its sign-ups for in-house classes, said Zack Tamir, vice president of the Woodland Hills-based business. Once offered every Saturday and Sunday, classroom driver’s education at Valley Bob’s now takes place every other weekend because there are fewer students signing up for the traditional $159 lecture courses. These days, more are opting for the $59 online courses. “There’s no doubt that we are offering less and less classroom,” said Tamir. “Once you had a classroom of 30 students. Today you can have a classroom of eight.” So who fares better – Internet or classroom students? A 2003 DMV study on students who took online courses versus in-house driver’s education did not find any particular benefit or disadvantage to either method, said Steven Bloch, senior research associate at the Automobile Club of Southern California. Still, technology can’t replace everything. And whether they pass the online or in-house classroom final exam, students head to behind-the-wheel training for six hours of face-to-face driving lessons. Plus, parents in California must sign off before the DMV that they spent an additional 50 hours driving with the family’s young motorists. “The Internet can only go so far,” said Thompson. [email protected] 818-713-3683160Want 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 KingsWith 55 short videos online – covering everything from the top 10 reasons for failing driving tests to unsafe lane changes – has received 4,500 hits since it launched in mid-October. “We’re trying to keep up with the times,” said Armando Botello, a DMV spokesman. “It’s not like going to high school anymore and watching that old black-and-white driving movie.” While not made specifically for, the DMV videos mainly star department employees and are produced by the DMV’s own audio-visual department, Botello said. But the DMV’s acceptance into the “in” crowd has been slow: On the social-networking site, the beleaguered department has just one friend signed up. And that’s the risk institutions run when trying to look too hip, said Robert Thompson, Syracuse University professor of popular culture. last_img read more

Chelsea transfer report – Antonio Conte holds talks with top defensive target

first_img Roma centre-back and Greece international Kostas Manolas 1 Incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has held talks with Roma defender Kostas Manolas, according to reports in Italy.The former Juventus boss was announced as the new manager at Stamford Bridge this week and will take over after Euro 2016.The Italian has already ready set about revamping his squad and Chelsea have been linked with a host of top players.Manolas, according to Calciomercato, is the latest to be targeted and Conte has spoken to the player about moving this summer.The centre-back was a target for Arsenal back in 2014, but he eventually left Olympiakos for Roma.Chelsea, though, are now ready to test the Italian’s club resolve to keep hold of the Greece international with an offer this summer.last_img

Ex-Liverpool star to shine? Predicted Atletico Madrid XI v Bayern Munich

first_imgYou can listen to the Champions League semi-final first leg between Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich live on talkSPORT from 19:45(BST).Diego Simeone’s well-drilled battlers will host their German opponents at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday night, as they look to progress to their second Champions League final in three years.It will be a tough task to make it past Pep Guardiola’s red machine, but if anyone can snuff out the Bundesliga’s leading light, it’s a team led by El Cholo.Having already dumped out trophy holder Barcelona in the last round, confidence will be high, but their attempts have been made more difficult by the loss of star centre-back Diego Godin (hamstring) with either ex-Manchester City player Stefan Savic, or Jose Giminez, likely to replace him.At the other end of the pitch, Simeone has another selection dilemma with ex-Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres back on form with five goals in six games, while Angel Correa has two goals in his last two substitute appearances – and that’s before you consider Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, whose ball retention could prove handy against Bayern.So what could the Atletico Madrid XI look like tonight? Click the right arrow above to see our predicted team… 6. Koke (centre midfield) 3. Filipe Luis (left back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 12. Augusto Fernandez (centre midfield) 17. Saul Niguez (right midfield) 14. Gabi (centre midfield) 11 11 9. Fernando Torres (attack) 20. Juanfran (right back) 11 11 11 11 7. Antoine Griezmann (attack) 13. Jan Oblak (goalkeeper) 11 19. Lucas Hernandez (centre back) 11 11 11 24. Jose Giminez (centre back)last_img read more

Swansea’s £5m flop Eder set for permanent France move

first_img1 Eder celebrates a Lille goal Lille want to complete the transfer of Swansea striker Eder before Euro 2016, according to the player’s agent Mikkel Beck.The Portugal forward joined Ligue 1 Lille on loan in the January transfer window after a disappointing time at Swansea following his £5million move from Braga last summer.Eder failed to score in 15 Swansea appearances, but he has struck six times in 15 games at Lille and also won a French League Cup runners-up medal.“There is an interest from Lille in keeping Eder and Eder would like to stay at Lille because he feels like this is the right place for him,” Beck, the former Middlesbrough and Denmark striker, said in an interview with Get French Football News.“So it is something we are trying to work on. There are discussions ongoing.“He has had a great six months at Lille, he has shown not only is he a great goalscorer but he has proved a capacity to set others up as well.“I think in the form he is now, I am 100 per cent sure that he can play a big part for Portugal in the Euros.”Asked if he expected Eder’s transfer to be completed before next month’s European Championship, Beck said: “That is the idea, we are working on it.”last_img read more

Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri named LMA Premier League manager of the year

first_imgClaudio Ranieri has been rewarded for leading Leicester to their improbable Barclays Premier League triumph by being crowned the League Managers Association manager of the year.The 64-year-old becomes only the second non-British manager to win the prestigious accolade, after Arsene Wenger, who won it in both 2002 and 2004.Ranieri had already picked up three manager of the month awards in the course of his side’s remarkable campaign, and was named Italian manager of the year in his homeland last month.He succeeds Eddie Howe, who took the overall award last year after leading Bournemouth into the Premier League, pipping Jose Mourinho, who had to settle for the top-flight title.Ranieri’s spectacular success in his first season with Leicester came despite widespread predictions he would struggle after replacing Nigel Pearson in the summer. 1 Claudio Ranieri: The Italian guided the Foxes to a shock Premier League title in 2015/16 last_img read more