Month: December 2019

Sunderland blow as Bournemouth win race for £5m Dutch ace

first_img1 Jonathan de Guzman Bournemouth are closing in on a £5m swoop for Napoli star Jonathan de Guzman.Cherries boss Eddie Howe is on the verge of snapping up the Holland international, who rejected the chance to join Sunderland on a season-long loan deal.The 27-year-old, who proved his worth in the Premier League during a two-year loan stint at Swansea from 2012-2014, has reportedly agreed terms on a four-year deal with the South Coast side.It has been revealed by the La Gazzetta dello Sport that Bournemouth could complete the transfer for De Guzman before Saturday’s home clash with Leicester City.The former Feyenoord, Mallorca and Villarreal central midfielder is due to fly to the UK to complete his move back to English football.last_img read more

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It’s not just result that put a smile on Roberto Martinez’s face

first_img Roberto Martinez was pleased to see Phil Jagielka and Steven Pienaar back for Everton 1 Everton’s 2-0 FA Cup win against Dagenham and Redbridge was not the only thing to please manager Roberto Martinez.Goals from Arouna Kone – his first since 1 November – and a late Kevin Mirallas penalty secured a place in the fourth round, but it was the return from injury of captain Phil Jagielka after two months out and midfielder Steven Pienaar, who made his first appearance since April, which were probably more significant.The only downside was a head injury to centre-back Ramiro Funes Mori which required 10 stitches, putting his participation in Wednesday’s Premier League match at Manchester City in doubt.“There were many individuals that needed that game and the opportunity to show the intention of starting in the team,” said Martinez.“It was fantastic to see Phil Jagielka back and showing no signs of rustiness.“Steven Pienaar to me was the highlight of the afternoon; he has worked really hard to get fit and the warmth of the fans was a good moment.”The 33-year-old was given a rousing ovation as he left the field with 15 minutes remaining.“I expected him to play for an hour and he lasted longer,” Martinez added.“It was really positive to see Leandro Rodriguez, our young Uruguayan (making his debut having arrived in the summer), and today he will get a real inspiration in front of Goodison Park.”Steven Naismith’s absence was taken as a sign his departure was imminent, with Norwich leading the chase, but Martinez insisted that was not the case, although the decision not to play winger Aiden McGeady was to allow him to go out on loan.“Stevie picked up a bit of an ankle knock. He didn’t train in the last two sessions and he needed a couple of days,” Martinez explained.“We have three teams asking about a loan opportunity [for McGeady] and it was important not to get cup-tied and pick up an injury.”Dagenham, struggling near the foot of League Two, have more pressing issues than a cup run but manager John Still took heart from their display.“It was important we made sure we could stay in the match against the opposition we were facing and from that point of view I was absolutely delighted,” he said.“The two goals game from re-starts – a free-kick and a penalty – so we have done as well as we could have hoped to have done without winning the game.”last_img read more

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John Stones is on his way out of Everton, ex-Goodison star tells talkSPORT

first_imgEverton have little chance of keeping John Stones beyond this season, Andy Gray has told talkSPORT.The Toffees managed to resist strong interest from Chelsea last summer to keep hold of the young England centre-back.But Gray believes it is just a matter of time before the 21-year-old moves on, with the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City all rumoured to be lining up moves.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the ex-Goodison star said: “John Stones now is at an age where his star is in the ascendancy. He is right up there.“He is highly thought of, not only in this country but globally and, trust me, teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid will know all about John Stones and his abilities as a centre-back.“He is still learning but Everton have got it all on to keep him. I hate saying this because as an Evertonian I will get hung for it, but it is going to be difficult to keep hold of him.“If I’m Manchester City, I’m saying: ‘who is the best young British centre-back right now?’ By a country mile, for me, it is John Stones, so why wouldn’t any club be interested?“If Everton can’t give him Champions League football, which looks unlikely this year, then they are going to have great difficulty hanging on to John Stones sadly.”last_img read more

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Iraqi probe finds Blackwater shooting toll higher, no provocation

first_imgThe Associated Press reported Thursday that the Iraqi panel’s recommendations also would include that the company compensate the victims. The Iraqi panel is one of at least three investigations involving Americans. The joint U.S.-Iraqi commission also met for the first time Sunday to review American security operations after the shooting. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has also dispatched a team to Baghdad, and retired veteran diplomat Stapleton Roy is leading a diplomatic review, along with a former State Department and intelligence official, Eric Boswell. The panel, led by Patrick Kennedy, one of the most senior management experts in the U.S. foreign service, was to present an interim report early this month. The Sept. 16 incident was one of at least six involving deaths allegedly caused by Blackwater that authorities here have brought to the attention of the Americans. The joint commission exchanged opinions about the shootings and agreed on a need to establish a direct mechanism for sharing information and to review several issues related to U.S. security operations, embassy spokeswoman Mirembe Nantongo said. The panel chaired by the Iraqi defense minister and U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, Patricia A. Butenis, also expressed “mutual commitment of the Iraqi government and the U.S. government to work together to evaluate issues of safety and security related to personal security detail operations in Iraq,” according to a brief statement. The joint commission is expected to issue recommendations to both Baghdad and Washington on improving Iraqi and U.S. security procedures, with the “goal of ensuring that personal security detail operations do not endanger public safety” and prevent similar incidents in the future. Across the Iraqi capital, bombings killed at least nine Iraqis in three separate attacks, including one near Iran’s embassy, police said. The attacks started with an early morning explosion near a minibus carrying workers into central Baghdad. Three people were killed in the roadside bombing, which apparently targeted a police patrol, according to a police official who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. The inside of the mangled minibus was soaked in blood, the metal hulk was pummeled by shrapnel and the windows were shattered, AP Television News footage showed. A half-hour later, in the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Dora in southern Baghdad, a second roadside bomb targeting a U.S. patrol missed its target, killing three Iraqi civilians, police said. And in the downtown commercial area of Salihiyah, a bomb planted in the back of a car parked near the Iranian Embassy exploded about 8:30 a.m., killing three Iraqi passers-by, according to police.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – An official Iraqi investigation into a deadly shooting involving Blackwater USA security guards raised the number of Iraqis killed to 17 and found the gunfire was unwarranted, the government said Sunday. It also said the shootings amounted to a deliberate crime and recommended those involved face trial. The Blackwater guards are accused of opening fire on Iraqi civilians in a main square in Baghdad on Sept. 16. They claimed they came under fire first. The Iraqi investigative committee, which was ordered by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, found that convoys from the Moyock, N.C.-based security company did not come under direct or indirect fire before the men shot up the intersection. “It was not hit even by a stone,” government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe incident has outraged Iraqis and brought calls for an overhaul to the rules governing private contractors such as Blackwater, which provides heavily armed security for U.S. diplomats serving in Baghdad. The three-member Iraqi panel led by Defense Minister Abdul-Qader al-Obeidi determined that Blackwater guards sprayed western Baghdad’s Nisoor Square with gunfire without provocation. The panel raised the casualty toll to 17 Iraqis killed and 23 wounded, as opposed to the 11 deaths Iraqi officials originally reported. On Thursday, Minister of State for National Security Sherwan al-Waili told The Associated Press that the panel had determined 13 Iraqis had been killed. A parallel but unofficial investigation by the Interior Ministry also put the number at 17. Al-Dabbagh said the Cabinet would weigh the Iraqi findings with those of a joint U.S.-Iraqi commission “and subsequently adopt the legal procedures to hold this company accountable.” last_img read more

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Pair share Nobel for data storage

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas Cityplaying hand-held devices to PCs with storage capacity that now seems all but limitless. France’s Albert Fert and Germany’s Peter Gruenberg independently described giant magnetoresistance in 1988, then saw the electronics industry apply it in disks with incredible amounts of storage. “I can hardly think of an application that has a bigger bang than the magnetic hard drive industry,” said Phil Schewe, a physicist and spokesman for the American Institute of Physics. “Every one of us probably owns three or four or five devices, probably more, that depend on billions of bits of information stored on something the size of a dime.” Fert, 69, is the scientific director of the Mixed Unit for Physics at CNRS/Thales in Orsay, France. Gruenberg, 68, is a professor at the Institute of Solid State Research in the west German city of Juelich. They will share the $1.5million prize. Gruenberg told reporters gathered at his institute that he was not too surprised to win the Nobel. “Because I have received a lot of awards, I was often asked, `When will the big award come?”‘ Gruenberg said. By Brian Bergstein THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The effect is called giant magnetoresistance, but it enables amazing things at the miniature level. Two European scientists won the 2007 Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for their discoveries of the phenomenon, which spurred some of computing’s most astonishing developments, from video- “These days when I go to my grocer and see him type on a computer, I say, “`Wow, he’s using something I put together in my mind,”‘ Fert said of the application. “It’s wonderful.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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ENDA-OF A GREAT COMPETITION FOR SHARP DESIGN!

first_imgIT’S not often that Arena 7 boss Enda Nicholls is lost for words.But the big Letterkenny man was left speechless after winning a €10,000 package from Sharp design to celebrate 20 years in business.After finally managing to compose himself, Enda did string a few words together and said his prize will go a long way towards expanding his business. “We at Arena 7 are absolutely delighted to have won this exclusive business package of offline & online marketing materials and marketing advice from the Sharp Design team.“The prize its self is great but when it comes from a top class company like Sharp Design, it’s even better.“We appreciate the value and importance that good marketing plays in our business and now we have €10000 worth of it to avail of and all from a very professional and sharp team.“This gives us an opportunity to freshen our approach in marketing terms and with the guidance of Hugh, Grace Ann and all at Sharp Design, we know it will be a success. “Sharp have been a positive influence on Arena7’s success in the past and we can’t wait to get to work on even more successful campaigns. We at Arena7 would like to thank the Sharp Design team for this incredible prize”Sharp Design & team would like to thank everyone of their customers who entered the draw and want everyone to stay in touch for the 21st Birthday celebrations!EndsENDA-OF A GREAT COMPETITION FOR SHARP DESIGN! was last modified: March 28th, 2011 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:Arena 7business awardsharp designlast_img read more

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Blackburn keen on hiring former QPR boss – talkSPORT sources

first_img1 Udinese boss Luigi De Canio is on the radar of Blackburn Rovers.Rovers are searching for a new boss following the departure of Paul Lambert who opted against extending his stay at Ewood Park.De Canio, 58 has experience of the Championship with a spell at QPR in 2007 and is keen on a return to England. The Italian took over at Udinese in March following a disastrous spell under previous boss Stefano Calantouno, which left the club perilously close to relegation from Serie A.Despite only signing a short term deal until the end of the season, De Canio steadied the ship with ease, with the Little Zebras clear of relegation with one game of the campaign left.His work over the last few months has attracted the attention of the Venky’s who are keen to get their new man in place to prepare for a tilt at the Premier League next season.The exprienced Italian is yet to agree a new deal despite leading Udinese to Serie A safety, and he would seriously consider a switch to England if the right offer came along. Udinese boss Luigi De Canio last_img read more

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TRANSFER ALERT! Bayern to battle Arsenal and Man United for Real Madrid star

first_imgBayern Munich have joined Arsenal and Manchester United in the race to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, claim reports in Spain.The Colombian star is set to be sold by the Spanish giants this summer after a substandard campaign at the Bernabeu and former manager Carlo Ancelotti is eager to bring him to Bayern when he takes charge in July.James excelled under Ancelotti in his first season at Real as he carried on where he left off from the 2014 World Cup by registering 17 goals.According to AS, Bayern have contacted James’ agent, Jorge Mendes, over a possible deal as they aim to nudge ahead of Arsenal and United in the queue to land the 24-year-old.Mendes is due to meet Real president Florentino Perez in the coming days to discuss James’ future in the Spanish capital, but it is looking increasingly likely that the playmaker will be sold this summer. James Rodriguez in action for Real Madrid 1last_img read more

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Hennessey: I’ve warned Wales team-mates about Vardy’s penalty-winning tactics

first_img Vardie won Leicester seven penalties as they marched to the Premier League title title 1 Wayne Hennessey has warned his Wales team-mates over England striker Jamie Vardy’s penalty-winning tactics. Vardy won a remarkable seven penalties for Leicester during their charge to the Premier League title – and came in for some criticism over perceived diving in the box.England face Wales on Thursday in Lens and Hennessey has urged vigilance against Vardy’s ‘clever’ tactics. The Crystal Palace No.1 said: “Vardy can be quite clever in the box and go down. “You can’t touch him. We are all not stupid. We watch the games as well. He will cut across defenders and go down.”Elsewhere, Aaron Ramsey insists Wales will focus on themselves and not be too concerned about England when they meet in Thursday’s Battle of Britain.“We wanted to start off well in this competition and we’ve managed to do that,” said Ramsey.“We work hard for each other, we have quality going forward and we are ready to take on anybody.“They have a lot of good players, who are quite dangerous individually.“They had a faultless (qualifying) campaign. But we will focus on ourselves and what we need to do to try and get something out of the game.”last_img read more

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Mourinho to Rashford: Five reasons Man United fans can’t wait for next season

first_img 5 5 A new season, a new manager, new players and new hope.It’s a fresh start for Manchester United this season with drawn out and disappointing transfers replaced by impressive big-name signings, and optimism replaced with expectation in this new Jose Mourinho era.For the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson left Old Trafford, United fans have a lot to be positive about with what promises to be an exciting season ahead.talkSPORT has put together five reasons why Manchester United fans should be looking forward to the season ahead.Check out those points by viewing the slideshow above. 2. Jose Mourinho’s press conferences – From labeling himself as the ‘Special One’ to calling Arsene Wenger a specialist in failure, Mourinho’s press conferences are always things you do not want to miss. If the United press officer thought Louis van Gaal said some out there things, wait until Mourinho is finding himself under a bit of pressure. 3. Marcus Rashford’s development – If there is one word to describe Rashford’s extraordinary rise over the last six months, it’s exciting. His searing pace terrified defences last season and while he may have a more withdrawn role with the arrival of Ibrahimovic, you can expect him to come off the bench regularly. And don’t be surprised if he ousts the likes of Rooney and Ibrahimovic as United’s main striker by the end of the season. 4. City rivalry – Manchester United’s rivalry with Manchester City just got even more intense with the arrivals of Mourinho and Pep Guardiola. The two sides are the bookies favourites for the title as all eyes will be on their first competitive meeting in the 172nd Manchester derby at Old Trafford on September 10. Don’t be surprised if all hell breaks loose in what promises to be a fiery affair. 5 5. A title challenge – After three seasons of battling for fourth place under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, United fans can finally look forward to a Premier League title challenge with Mourinho. While the Portuguese hasn’t said that is his aim publically, Mourinho is a serial winner and hasn’t finished outside of the top two in any season he has been in charge of at the end of. 5 1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – click the arrow, right, to see what else will excited Manchester United fans this season – It’s not just Manchester United fans who are excited for this, the whole of the Premier League should be. His personality and talent will stand him out among the sea of superstars that the league boasts. There will be goals, tricks, tantrums, and never a dull moment, but will he still be able to tear apart defences at the age of 35? Most people are skeptical but Ibrahimovic will be typically confident. 5last_img read more

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