Nine transfer deadline day deals that SHOULD have happened

first_img 9 9 9 The transfer window madness is over for another few months.A huge amount of money was spent, with clubs flexing their financial muscle, but there were still some transfers that failed to materialise.ALL 20 PREMIER LEAGUE CLUBS RANKED BY TRANSFER BUSINESSClick the yellow arrow above, right, to see the deals that didn’t cross the line before the transfer window closed.In the meantime, we look forward to January’s showdown of Levy v Peace II… 6. Jon Walters: Stoke to Norwich – click the arrow above, right to see more transfers that should have happened – Walters wanted to leave Stoke and handed in a transfer request with interest from Norwich looming, but nothing materialised. Click here to see all 20 Premier League clubs ranked by their transfer business. 9 3. Saido Berahino: West Brom to Tottenham – click the arrow above, right to see more transfers that should have happened – Tottenham made four bids for Berahino – two on deadline day – but were knocked back by West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace on each occasion. The 22-year-old forward wanted to join Spurs and even tweeted he would never play for West Brom again, in a message aimed at Peace. Click here to see all 20 Premier League clubs ranked by their transfer business. 9 4. Emmanuel Adebayor: Tottenham to West Ham or Aston Villa – click the arrow above, right to see more transfers that should have happened – The striker was linked with both West Ham and Aston Villa, with Tottenham wanting him out. A late move to the Hammers fell through as Spurs reportedly would not agree to pay him off to leave, a sum thought to be around £5m. Adebayor, who does not have a squad number, will have to wait until January for another chance to leave. As reported on talkSPORT.com, the striker was also offered to Marseille on deadline day. Click here to see all 20 Premier League clubs ranked by their transfer business. getty images – getty 9. Marquinhos: PSG to Chelsea – Following Chelsea’s failed bids for Stones, it was rumoured the club made efforts to sign PSG stopper Marquinhos on transfer deadline day. Sky reported fees between £25m and £40m were turned down by the French champions, with defenders Papy Djilobodji and Michael Hector joining instead. Click here to see all 20 Premier League clubs ranked by their transfer business.center_img 9 1. Charlie Austin: QPR held on to their striker, somehow – click the arrow above, right to see more transfers that should have happened – It was an expensive transfer window, but it could have been even costlier had these deals happened. Many Premier League clubs were linked with QPR striker Austin, but Rangers did not budge on their £15m valuation of him. Newcastle, Tottenham and Crystal Palace were reportedly keen on the 26-year-old, but with no approaches forthcoming, Austin posted a tweet on deadline day saying he had a “big season ahead” with QPR. Click here to see all 20 Premier League clubs ranked by their transfer business. 9 7. Karim Benzema: Real Madrid to Arsenal – click the arrow above, right to see more transfers that should have happened – Real Madrid striker Benzema had been strongly linked with Arsenal, but shortly before deadline day, he tweeted his ‘home’ was in the Spanish capital. A deal for PSG’s Edinson Cavani also didn’t get across the line, either. Arsenal should have broken the bank. Click here to see all 20 Premier League clubs ranked by their transfer business. 9 9 5. David De Gea: Man United to Real Madrid – click the arrow above, right to see more transfers that should have happened – It looked like De Gea was off to Madrid, but it all fell through and, to the delight of Man United fans, he will remain at Old Trafford for another season at least. Click here to see all 20 Premier League clubs ranked by their transfer business. 8. Paul Pogba: Juventus to Chelsea – click the arrow above, right to see more transfers that should have happened – Pogba has been linked with a move back to Juventus following his up and down second spell at United 2. John Stones: Everton to Chelsea – click the arrow above, right to see more transfers that should have happened – Despite handing in a transfer request, Everton kept hold of their 21-year-old defender despite Chelsea’s summer pursuit. Stones is likely to be targeted again in January. Click here to see all 20 Premier League clubs ranked by their transfer business. last_img read more

Arsenal to pounce for Juve starlet? Italian giants to sanction loan move

first_img1 Daniele Rugani, a rumoured Arsenal target, could be leaving Juventus on loan in January.The Italian centre-back has been an unused sub in 11 of his side’s Serie A matches this season and his progress is clearly being hampered by a lack of action.In his previous two seasons out on loan to Empoli, the defender racked up 78 Serie A starts and scored five goals.But he has yet to convince Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegrito to give him a chance at the Turin club.Juve have the Italy U21 star under contract until 2020 but he already has league leaders Fiorentina on his case as well as Napoli and the Gunners.Juventus paid Empoli around £3m for the starlet back in 2013, before loaning him back, and they could now demand around £15m if they wish to sell him on. Daniele Rugani last_img read more

Sensational Serie A star the answer to Chelsea’s prayers

first_img1 Football statistics analysts WhoScored.com analyse a player linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. For more Chelsea stats, check out WhoScored.com.It’s tough to pinpoint the root of Chelsea’s current problems, with so many areas at the club under scrutiny for underperforming.A 1-0 defeat at Stoke left the Blues just three points above the Premier League relegation zone after the opening 12 games of the season.A 2-1 win over Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League last week was supposed to be the turning point in their campaign, but once again it proved to be a false dawn in a season that has seen a catastrophic start to the defence of their title.At both ends of the pitch, Chelsea are floundering. Their three strikers – Diego Costa, Falcao and Loic Remy – have bagged just three league goals between them this season.The Blues have been linked with a host of frontmen to ease the striking burden on the blunt triumvirate in the New Year, the latest being Inter star Mauro Icardi.The 22-year-old may have underwhelmed thus far this term, gaining a WhoScored.com rating of just 6.75, but his goalscoring exploits have not been called into question.No player has scored more league goals than Icardi (three) in this low scoring Inter side. As a result, it is perhaps no surprise that the Argentine’s only statistically calculated strength is ‘finishing’.In fact, only in-form Gonzalo Higuain (27) has scored more goals in Serie A than Icardi (25) since the beginning of last season. Over the same period, Higuain (36) is also the only player who has been directly involved in more league goals in Italy’s top tier than the Inter star (32).Naturally, hopes are high for Icardi to succeed at the San Siro. Manager Roberto Mancini named him captain for the season – a huge responsibility for a player his age – but that the youngster has undertaken the challenge without batting an eyelid shows he is not one to shirk his duties.In the final third, he’s largely responsible for spearheading Inter’s attack. While Mancini’s side have laboured in front of goal – only the bottom five teams in Serie A have scored fewer goals than Inter (12) this term – Icardi is striving to hit the net as and when the opportunity presents itself.All three of his goals this season have been deemed clear-cut goalscoring chances, while no player in Serie A has scored more of said opportunities than Icardi (16) since the start of last term.His knack for getting into the right place at the right time to hit the back of the net is an endearing trait, of that there is no doubt. With the creative talents of Willian, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, to name three, Icardi would likely thrive at Stamford Bridge more so than at Inter, despite the latter duo’s lacklustre start to the season.Of course, Chelsea would face competition for his signature should Inter decide to cash in on their captain, while he’s not expected to be sold on the cheap.With Falcao’s lackadaisical form and Remy’s poor performances, coupled with Costa’s injury and suspension issues, however, the Blues would be wise to invest in a new striker.The current Premier League champions would need to part with a hefty fee to convince Inter to sell their prized striker. However, if Chelsea hope to re-establish themselves as one of Europe’s top teams, they could do much worse than bringing in a frontman of Icardi’s ability and potential.For more stats on Mauro Icardi, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page Mauro Icardi last_img read more

USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK USC to rely on its experience

first_imgBy Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER USC does not alter its defense much for its opponents and a Pacific-10 Conference coach questioned this week whether the Trojans needed to respond to Oregon’s successful spread-option offense. “They need to become more progressive in their thinking,” said the coach, who asked not to be identified. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But USC coach Pete Carroll defended his record against spread-option teams. “Most teams, with few exceptions, have some things they do in the spread offense,” Carroll said. “We’ve faced all kinds of teams that use it. We played Oregon last year, Washington State uses it, we played Hawaii a couple times and they use it. “It doesn’t matter how many yards you give up, it only matters how many points you allow. We’ve handled it.” Oregon scored only 10 points in a 35-10 loss to the Trojans last year at the Coliseum but the Ducks currently have the Pac-10’s best offense. Quarterback Dennis Dixon has thrown 16 touchdown passes with just three interceptions. “We have to do a lot of repetitions,” Carroll said. “People make mistakes and break down. Everyone runs one way and the quarterback runs the other.” Quarterback derby Senior John David Booty enjoyed his best day of practice since breaking his middle finger but is still not fit enough to start a game, Carroll said. Booty’s biggest handicap is his velocity. “That’s the issue, how hard he can throw,” Carroll said. “He really threw down the field for the first time. He was not throwing at his best, but he was pretty good.” Booty played on the scout team but did not take snaps to protect his finger. A key for Booty will be how much swelling develops today. “My accuracy was fine,” Booty said. “I even took a couple snaps before practice. I just want to know how it’s going to react.” Mark Sanchez remains on track to start. “I’m motivated as can be,” Sanchez said. “I’m trying to play and prove I can play. That’s my goal.” Practice fit Offensive guard Chilo Rachal threw his helmet to the ground and pulled himself out of practice after being upset because his injured knee bothered him. Rachal said fluid in his knee traveled down to his calf but that the situation would not prevent him from playing against Oregon. “It’s just me being a competitor and this is my first injury,” Rachal said. “I was getting frustrated because I’m not where I want to be.” Carroll was not concerned about the practice outburst. “He’s just frustrated,” Carroll said. Scout quarterback Quarterback Mitch Mustain, who used a spread offense in high school, is pretending to be Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon this week. “It’s not that hard,” Mustain said. “We should be able to run it without problems in practices, it’s kind of similar to Washington’s offense.” Practice visitor Former USC wide receiver Johnnie Morton (South Torrance High) attended practice and gave advice to freshman wide receiver Ronald Johnson afterward. It was Morton’s first practice since he tested positive for steroids prior to a mixed martial arts fight in June at the Coliseum. [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

Taxi driver was held hostage

first_img“Certainly, (the alarm) is for incidents like this, traffic collisions or anything of the sort,” Rouse said. At about 10:30 p.m., the driver exited on Paramount Boulevard from the eastbound Pomona (60) Freeway and noticed a 7-Eleven and a crowd of people near Arroyo Drive, Williams said. “They were going to numerous locations and I think the driver at this point was just trying to find a place to get away,” Williams said. The taxi driver pulled into the business parking lot, ran out of the car and started yelling, “help.” At the same time, Gallegos ran into the 7-Eleven and hid in a storage room, Williams said. When police arrested him, they said Gallegos’ pulse was racing, he was sweating, his pupils were dilated, he had heat bumps on his tongue and he admitted to having smoked crack cocaine. He did not, however, have any drugs on him at the time he was taken into custody and he was not armed, Williams said. No one was injured in the incident, but the taxi driver was “shaken up,” according to police. “It took a while to calm him down,” Williams said. The driver was back at work Thursday morning and feeling better, Rouse said. He could not be reached for comment. Over the course of the drive, Gallegos racked up a $300 cab bill. He had only $11 on him when arrested, according to police. Williams would not divulge whether Gallegos had a prior criminal record, but information from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department inmate Web site show Gallegos was arrested in October by Los Angeles police. Gallegos is being held at the Inmate Reception Center in Los Angeles on $100,000 bail. He faces jail time, Williams said, adding that kidnapping is “a very serious felony.” “We’re just extremely happy and very grateful that our driver was not hurt,” Rouse said. “We’re just very, very relieved.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – A Brea man was arrested Thursday morning after allegedly kidnapping a taxi driver and forcing him on a “bizarre” cab ride that ended in Montebello, officials said. Adam Joe Gallegos, 42, was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, suspicion of defrauding an innkeeper and suspicion of being under the influence of drugs after an hours-long ordeal Wednesday night involving a Fiesta Taxi driver, California Highway Patrol Sgt. John Williams said. The driver, whose name was not released, picked up Gallegos about 6:30 p.m., according to William Rouse, general manager for the cab company. What ensued next was about four hours of chaos that included Gallegos holding the cab driver hostage and forcing the driver to cruise through several locations in Los Angeles, Compton and Inglewood. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Shortly into the trip, police say Gallegos became belligerent and began threatening the driver’s life. He claimed to be armed, allegedly started using drugs in the back seat and repeatedly refused to exit the cab at the driver’s request, Williams said. “He was very high and acting bizarre, and really pretty much scared the taxi driver,” Williams said. According to Rouse, the driver hit an emergency alarm button in the cab at 9:40 p.m. That alerted dispatchers back at the company that there was a problem. Dispatchers then pinpointed the driver’s location using a satellite GPS system, and contacted the CHP, officials said. last_img read more

Fans of Jack Daniel’s sour on whiskey’s fate

first_img 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Authorities are still determining how much of the liquor will be disposed of, and how much can be sold at auction. Tennessee law requires officials to destroy whiskey that cannot be sold legally in the state, such as bottles designed for sale overseas and those with broken seals. NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Here’s a sobering thought: Hundreds of bottles of Jack Daniel’s whiskey, some of it almost 100 years old, may be unceremoniously poured down a drain because authorities suspect it was being sold by someone without a license. Officials seized 2,400 bottles late last month during warehouse raids in Nashville and Lynchburg, the southern Tennessee town where the whiskey is distilled. “Punish the person, not the whiskey,” said an outraged Kyle MacDonald, 28, a Jack Daniel’s drinker from British Columbia who promotes the whiskey on his blog. “Jack never did anything wrong, and the whiskey itself is innocent.” Investigators are also looking into whether some of the bottles had been stolen from the distillery. No one has been arrested. last_img read more

LETTERKENNY CHAMBER ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT

first_imgNew Letterkenny Chamber President John Bowe.Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce has elected John Bowe, Regional Banking Manager for AIB in The Northwest as its new President.Letterkenny Chamber’s outgoing President Brian McCormick handed over the presidential chain to incoming President John Bowe, Treasurer and Vice President of Letterkenny Chamber at the Chamber Annual General Meeting. John has served on the Chamber council as Treasurer and Vice President during 2015.John is the Regional Business Banking Manager for AIB Bank in the Northwest. A career banker and a Qualified Financial Advisor, he also completed a Diploma in SME Credit in 2015. He was Treasurer, Director and Board Member of Donegal Youth Services from 2005 to 2010 and is currently a Committee Member of Letterkenny Golf Club. He is an enthusiastic golfer and has a keen interest in technology.John has worked in a number of locations in Dublin, Kildare and Donegal over his 25 year career working with SME’s for most of that time. He was drawn back to Letterkenny in 2004 following an initial 3 year spell here from 1995 to 1998. John is married to Fiona, a teacher in Ballyraine National School and they have two children Emma and Conor.John hopes to emulate the hard work and dedication of the outgoing President Brian McCormick and is focussed on capitalising on the positive image of Letterkenny brought about by its Tidy Town success in 2015. He wants build on that image to platform Letterkenny as a destination, a place to do business and a place to live. He also wants members to see the Chamber as useful to each of their Businesses and is encouraging all members to engage with the Chamber in 2016.Apart from a new President the Chamber has a new Council. The Chamber Council is consists members from a wide variety of business sectors, who meet on a monthly basis and who are responsible for steering the policies, activities and initiatives of the Chamber. LETTERKENNY CHAMBER ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT was last modified: December 10th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:John BwoeLetterkenny Chamberlast_img read more

The Warm Up with Matt Forde and Paul McAffrey – Saturday, June 25

first_imgA light-hearted look at the weekend’s sporting action with comedy duo Matt Forde and Paul McAffrey.Guests included Carl Froch and Roy Walker amongst others.last_img

Teen dies hours after insurance company reverses transplant decision

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ Doctors at UCLA determined she needed a transplant and sent a letter to CIGNA Healthcare on Dec. 11. The Philadelphia-based health insurance company denied payment for the transplant. On Thursday, about 150 teenagers and nurses protested outside CIGNA’s office in Glendale. As the protesters rallied, the company reversed its decision and said it would approve the transplant. Despite the reversal, CIGNA said in an e-mail statement before she died that there was a lack of medical evidence showing the procedure would work in Nataline’s case. “Our hearts go out to Nataline and her family, as they endure this terrible ordeal,” the company said. ” … CIGNA HealthCare has decided to make an exception in this rare and unusual case and we will provide coverage should she proceed with the requested liver transplant.” Officials with CIGNA could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday night. A 17-year old died just hours after her health insurance company reversed its decision not to pay for a liver transplant that doctors said the girl needed. Nataline Sarkisyan died Thursday night at about 6 p.m. at University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. She had been in a vegetative state for weeks, said her mother, Hilda. “She passed away, and the insurance (company) is responsible for this,” she said. Nataline had been battling leukemia and received a bone marrow transplant from her brother. She developed a complication, however, that caused her liver to fail. 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

Dodgers’ Kent agrees to surgery on his wrist

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Kent hit 29 home runs with 105 RBI while batting .289 in his first season in Los Angeles last year. Going to the Well?: Colletti distanced himself from a report that the Dodgers were involved in a three-team trade to acquire Boston left-handed pitcher David Wells. “No. 1, I won’t talk about a player on another team and No. 2, I am not currently involved in any three-team trade talks,” Colletti said. Vincent Bonsignore, (818) 713-3612 [email protected] Kent experienced discomfort in the wrist throughout the offseason and was prescribed medication earlier this winter to alleviate the problem. When it flared up again, recently, team doctors recommended surgery. “It doesn’t bother him when he does baseball activity such as throwing and hitting, and it hasn’t interrupted his winter preparations,” Colletti said. “It’s more so in everyday-life things where it’s hurting him.” Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent will undergo surgery Tuesday to remove scar tissue on his right wrist, but the team’s top hitter last year is expected to be fully healed in time for spring training. “It’s more precautionary than anything else, the thought being, let’s get it taken care of sooner rather than later,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. “It’s a clean-up type procedure.” center_img 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