Everton and Tottenham set for transfer battle with AC Milan for Italy defender?

first_imgAC Milan have joined Everton and Tottenham in the race for defender Andrea Ranocchia.The Italian is reportedly frustrated at Inter Milan after falling down the pecking order behind Joao Miranda and Jeison Murillo.Both Everton and Spurs expressed an interest in the summer but they now face competition for the 27-year-old’s signature if they decide to reignite thier interest.According to Italian broadcaster Mediaset Premium, Inter’s rivals Milan are now ready to make a move for Ranocchia in January.Sinisa Mihajlovic is keen to bolster his squad when the transfer window reopens and believes the Italy international would be the perfect addition.However, Inter are reluctant to do business with Milan which could allow Everton or Tottenham to sneak in. 1 Andrea Ranocchia last_img

REVEALED! The top 20 most valuable clubs in Europe – Premier League sides dominate

first_img 20 18. Newcastle United: £222m 20 20 19. West Ham: £196m 5. Bayern Munich: £1.5bn 2. Manchester United: £2.05bn 20 17. Napoli: £224m 20 1. Real Madrid: £2.07bn 20 20 13. Tottenham: £381m 20. Galatasaray are reportedly worth £187m – find out which clubs are worth even more, just click the arrow above! 14. Schalke: £363m 20 20 20 20 11. Borussia Dortmund: £445m 20 15. Inter Milan: £279m 20 9. Juventus: £531m 20 8. Liverpool: £624m 20 20 16. Atletico Madrid: £277m Premier League sides are heavily represented in Europe’s top 20 most valuable clubs, according to a study by the London School of Marketing.England’s top flight boasts eight entries, with five of them in the top 10 and two in esteemed company by breaking the billionaire club.Manchester City’s lucrative deal with Chinese investors at the start of the month has seen the title candidates establish themselves as one of the continent’s elite superpowers.But where do the eight Premier League representatives rank compared to some of Europe’s other heavyweight clubs?Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see where they fit in… 4. Manchester City: £2bn 20 7. Arsenal: £832m 10. AC Milan: £492m 6. Chelsea: £870m 3. Barcelona: £2.007bn 20 20 20 12. PSG: £403m last_img read more

Norwich beat Liverpool and Tottenham to signing of highly-rated England starlet

first_img James Maddison 1 Norwich have signed midfielder James Maddison from Coventry, with the midfielder remaining at the Ricoh Arena until the end of the season.The 19-year-old has moved for an undisclosed fee and agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal at Carrow Road, with an option for a further year.Canaries boss Alex Neil told his club’s official website: “We’re delighted to sign James as he is a fantastic prospect who has already made a mark at Coventry at such a young age.“He has real potential to develop, making this deal one we’re really pleased to get over the line.“James will return on loan to Coventry for the rest of the season to continue his development before joining up with us on a full-time basis in the summer.”Maddison is Norwich’s eighth signing of the winter transfer window, following Matt Jarvis, Ivo Pinto, Timm Klose, Steven Naismith and Patrick Bamford, plus future prospects Ben Godfrey and Ebou Adams, to Norfolk.last_img read more

Arsenal 0-0 Hull City: Jakupovic denies Gunners to ensure an unwanted replay

first_img Arsenal 0-0 Hull City 1 Hull City earned a replay against FA Cup holders Arsenal at the Emirates in Arsene Wenger’s 100th game in the competition.  Eldin Jakupovic was the hero for the visitors in the first half, denying Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott with good close-range saves.The best chance of the game came after the break when Joel Campbell struck the post as Wenger extended his record of only ever losing an FA Cup game to lower league opposition once.However, the draw means the sides will do battle again in a replay, something neither side wanted with big games against Barcelona and Ipswich next week.Both Hull and Arsenal made a number of changes for the tie with Steve Bruce rotating ten players and Wenger making nine.Manchester United loanee Nick Powell started brightly for Hull but it was Arsenal who has the first real chance of the game when Walcott dinked a smart cross in for Welbeck – making his first start in ten months – who could only head straight at goalkeeper Jakupovic.Welbeck went close again four minutes later as he took Calum Chambers’ pass in his stride before firing a shot on the angle against the feet of the Hull stopper.Arsenal continued to dominate the chances as Walcott tried a low drive across goal but again Jakupovic was equal to it to keep the scores level at the break.It was more of the same after half time and Chambers thought he could have had a penalty after being clattered in the box but referee Mike Dean waved away the protests.The Gunners’ best chance of the game came in the 54th minute when Campbell – taking over free kick duties from the absent Mesut Ozil – whipped his effort against the post after Jakupovic crucially got his fingertips to the ball.The Swiss international goalkeeper continued to thwart the Arsenal attack, this time pulling off a splendid stop from Welbeck’s curling effort on the edge of the area.Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud entered the fray for Campbell and the impressive Welbeck, but they too were unable to break the stubborn Tigers defence.And it ended goalless, meaning a replay that neither side wanted, with Arsenal fighting on three fronts and Hull pushing for promotion to the Premier League.last_img read more

Mayor Villaraigosa to focus on basic L.A. services

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Villaraigosa, who was joined by council members Bill Rosendahl and Wendy Greuel, said other proposals to be studied and unveiled in coming months include creating more one-way streets across the city. Earlier this year, county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky had proposed one-way designations for Olympic and Pico boulevards, but the move ran into immediate opposition from Los Angeles and Beverly Hills officials. “We have to look out for what is in the best interest of everyone,” Villaraigosa said. “There are going to be some areas with ones who oppose what we do, but we have to find a way to get it done. We need to ask what is for the greater good.” Fourteen left-turn signals are scheduled to be installed at six San Fernando Valley intersections. They include: Ventura Boulevard and Woodman Avenue; Tampa Avenue and Ventura Boulevard; Reseda Street and Rinaldi Boulevard; Sherman Way and Tampa Avenue; Riverside Boulevard and Vineland Avenue; and Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Riverside Drive. The program marks a return by Villaraigosa to a campaign promise he made two years ago to improve traffic flow throughout the city and show specific accomplishments to a skeptical public. After months of political and personal turmoil, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa started to refocus his administration on practical accomplishments Thursday as he prepares to drum up support from neighborhood councils this weekend for a phone tax and utility-rate hikes. Under the “30-30” program launched Thursday, Villaraigosa and his new transportation chief, Rita Robinson, said the city will install 30 left-hand-turn signals at 13 intersections across Los Angeles over the next 30 workdays. “Make no mistake about it,” Villaraigosa said, shouting over the noise of traffic at an intersection near Los Angeles International Airport where the announcement was made. “This is a start of reinvigorating the Department of Transportation and us looking at bold measures to improve traffic. “Some of them will work, some of them may not. But we are going to be trying to do something positive to deal with traffic congestion. There is no silver bullet, but we are going to look at everything we can.” It also marked a significant step in moving forward for Villaraigosa, who has been seen as being wrapped up in national politics and personal issues involving his separation and impending divorce from his wife, Corina. “I think these are the sort of things he needs to do to re-establish himself with voters,” said Jaime Regalado of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. “If he is going to run for a second term, he has to deal with the perception there is no real record of achievement. The more potholes he fills, the more traffic signals he installs, the more the public will see that he is trying to do things. “That’s why he needs to prove himself with schools and the anti-gang programs. People want to see results.” It also comes as Villaraigosa prepares for a major effort to win over the neighborhood councils to help balance a financially difficult budget. Amid the budget squeeze, the city faces a potential loss of more than $200 million in telephone taxes and a transfer of funds from the Department of Water and Power. Villaraigosa will address neighborhood council leaders on Saturday at their annual budget day and lay out the city’s problems. “Given the daunting challenges we must confront, it is important to hear from neighborhood councils on their budget priorities and thoughts on the telephone-users tax,” Villaraigosa said. The 10 percent phone tax has been challenged in court and city officials believe they could lose the case, resulting in the loss of $270 million a year. The mayor has proposed placing a 9 percent tax on the ballot next February and wants to declare it an “emergency” issue – which would allow it to be approved by a simple majority of voters. Ken Draper, editor of CityWatch LA, a newsletter to neighborhood councils, said the mayor will have a tough sell. “We are living in uncertain times and people are sensitive about what the city is doing,” Draper said. “The housing market is unstable and people are suspicious of what the city is doing. We hear about the financial problems, but then see the city making big payouts to unions, to workers, to others.” [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want 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

Rested Rockies vs. Surging Sox

first_imgWELCOME TO THE SHOW: Cast of unknowns from Colorado face off with more familiar names in Boston. By Ronald Blum THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOSTON – Jeff Francis looked at Fenway Park and sounded like the wide-eyed World Series rookie he is. “We will not apologize for winning quickly,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said to a roomful of laughter. Last year, of course, the Tigers fumbled and flopped after a six-day layoff and lost to the St.Louis Cardinals in five games – with a Detroit pitcher making an error every night. Teams took notice – a day ahead of today’s opener, Red Sox manager Terry Francona was at the cage running pitchers’ fielding practice. In some ways, the Red Sox have become the Yankees, an October fixture attracting national attention. Manny and his do-rag, Big Papi and Dice-K are TV staples. The Rockies? They haven’t been on a FOX Saturday broadcast since July 2004 and haven’t appeared on an ESPN Sunday night telecast since June 2002. “We’ve been called favorites since Day 1, and look at us,” David Ortiz said, “here we are dancing and just taking it easy. We just have the edge, the attitude to become champions.” Boston overcame a 3-1 deficit in the AL Championship Series to beat Cleveland. That was nothing compared to what the Red Sox did in 2004, when they became the first baseball team to bounce back from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-7 postseason series, upending the Yankees. Then they swept the Cardinals for their first World Series title in 86 years, setting off a year of celebrations throughout New England. Now that the curse has lifted, there might be less pressure. But that’s not the Red Sox notion. “1918, I wasn’t even thinking about coming to life. I never paid attention to any of that,” Ortiz said with a smile. Boston took over the AL East lead for good on April 18 and ended New York’s run of nine straight division titles. The Rockies were fourth in the NL West at just 76-72 when their spurt began Sept.18. If not for two blown saves by San Diego’s Trevor Hoffman, they wouldn’t even have won the wild card and made their first postseason appearance since 1995. “We feel anonymous everywhere,” third baseman Garrett Atkins said. “They’re household names over there, and we’re just not.” Rockies names might not be known in most homes, but they are scrawled inside The Wall. Colorado came to Fenway in June, winning two of three and outscoring the Red Sox, 20-5, and some Rockies players partook in the ritual of affixing their names on the inside of baseball’s most famous fence. Boston was 51-30 at home during the regular season and 5-1 during the playoffs, benefiting from its accumulated knowledge of Fenway’s idiosyncrasies and ricochet patterns. “A lot of special things happen here,” Francis said. “It’s a special baseball place: the fans, the players, the team and the city.” Since its last win on Oct. 15, Colorado had workouts and simulated games. That only went so far. “The postseason, the World Series, you can’t simulate that,” right fielder Brad Hawpe said. “There’s nothing like that.” So enough of the talking. Time to play. Colorado already has been thinking ahead, perhaps obsessing. “There’s no getting away from it,” Hawpe said. “This is what you think about when you wake up in the morning; it’s the last thing you think about before you go to bed.”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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I’m sure the Red Sox are used to this every day,” he said Tuesday, with more than a bit of awe, “but we’ve never seen anything like this, the bus pulling up into the parking lot, and the trailers and the satellite dishes.” Welcome to the show, Colorado Rockies, a black-and-purple clad club of Tulowitzkis and Torrealbas unknown to many fans even now, after their amazing run of 21 wins in 22 games. A team that didn’t even exist until 1993 navigated through the cracked corridors and cramped clubhouse of Fenway, then played catch in front of the 37-foot-high Green Monster in left and Pesky’s Pole in right. Infielder Clint Barmes plopped into a red seat in row CC to take it all in. Josh Beckett was set to start tonight’s opener for Boston, and Francis was slated to pitch for the Rockies. Much has been made of possible snow when the Series moves to Coors Field this weekend, but there was a 30 percent chance of rain for Game 1. With Colorado coming off a record eight-day layoff since sweeping Arizona in the NL Championship Series, there’s been a lot of debate about rust vs. rest – and what better place to discuss rust than quirky old Fenway Park, which opened in 1912 and is filled with nearly a century of baseball sounds and smells. last_img read more

Armenian Genocide resolution vote delayed

first_imgWASHINGTON – A resolution declaring the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a genocide will not be put to a House vote this year after an international furor forced the bill’s Southern California supporters to seek a delay. In a letter Thursday to House Speaker Nancy Pelsoi, the bill’s lead sponsor, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, asked her to postpone a vote, possibly until 2008. “We want to make sure that when we take up the resolution that we have the votes to succeed,” Schiff said. “I think we will. I think it’s only a question of timing.” Vicken Papazian, spokesman for the Armenian National Committee in Glendale, said he respects the lawmakers’ strategy decisions and remains confident it will come to a vote. “The Armenian community is in no way discouraged,” Papazian said. “Armenians are a resilient people.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The resolution at one time had a record number of backers. Support eroded rapidly, however, after a key committee approved it last month. With Pelosi supporting the bill, its arrival on the House floor became, for the first time in decades, a likely scenario. Turkey recalled its ambassador in protest, and threatened to block vital supply routes to Iraq if the bill passed. About 70 percent of air cargo headed to Iraq goes through Turkey. Meanwhile, tensions raged between the U.S. and Turkey over northern Iraq, where Kurdish insurgents had staged several attacks on Turkish troops. Turkey had held back from invading in response to appeals from the Bush administration. But last week the Turkish parliament overwhelmingly granted the government permission to invade. “It’s pretty clear that they stumbled into a hornet’s nest greater than Adam Schiff or Nancy Pelosi probably ever anticipated,” said congressional scholar Norman Ornstein. “Clearly, the support was slipping away,” added Bulent Aliriza, director of the Turkey Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington, D.C., think tank. But, he added, “I don’t think the issue is going to go away.” Schiff said he doesn’t think it will either. He contended the measure is likely to regain support once the immediate crisis in Northern Iraq is under control. Both he and Papazian dismissed the possibility that Congress will grow weary of the issue and the battles it inevitably provokes between lawmakers and the administration. “Genocide never loses its relevancy,” Papazian said. The resolution declares that 1.5 million Armenians were killed, forcefully deported and displaced between 1915 and 1923 in a systematic genocide. Turks acknowledge committing atrocities against Armenians, but object to the word “genocide.” They say Armenians were killed when they joined forces with French and Russians to attack Turks and attempt to take control of Ottoman lands. More than 20 other countries have recognized the massacres of Armenians as genocide. Meanwhile, Republicans who in past years blocked consideration of the resolution, on Thursday ridiculed Pelosi for agreeing to delay it. [email protected] (202) 662-8731160Want 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

Everton youngster drafted into FA Cup squad after League One loan recall

first_img 21-year-old Matthew Pennington only had made one senior appearance for Everton 1 Everton have been forced to recall young defender Matthew Pennington from his loan spell at Walsall, and the 21-year-old is set to be immediately drafted into the Toffees’ FA Cup squad.The Merseyside club have suffered a defensive injury crisis ahead of tomorrow’s semi-final against Manchester United at Wembley Stadium.Martinez will make late calls on the fitness of Phil Jagielka and John Stones, while Seamus Coleman and Ramires Funes Mori will definitely miss the game through injury and suspension respectively.Pennington has only been with the League One high-flyers Walsall since the start of April, but earned rave reviews in the five appearances he made for the Saddlers.Pennington made his senior Everton debut in a Capital One Cup tie against Barnsley back in August and also featured in the FA Cup win over Dagenham and Redbridge earlier this year.And, in a press conference on Friday ahead of Saturday’s game, Martinez confirmed the youngster will be in the squad. Though he also cast doubts on Jagielka’s involvement.“Medically it’s clear that he shouldn’t be available for the game,” the Spaniard said when asked about the England international defender.“Knowing Phil Jagielka, he wouldn’t accept no as an answer, and we’re going to give him every opportunity to see if we can get him available. I just feel it’s too big of an ask for him and Seamus Coleman but we’ll assess him.“Clearly the one we need to assess closely is John Stones, who has got a better opportunity.”last_img read more

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Count of rabid bats confounds experts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIt could be a statistical variation, she said. Maybe more people know to call the county when they spot a bat, creating an increase in the number of rabid bats counted, Beler said. It’s possible more bats have rabies, too. Drought could also be the culprit, she said. “One guess given to us by a bat biologist is the drought makes all animals look farther for water and food,” Beler said. “And that may stress their immune system and makes them more likely to get sick with rabies.” But while the drought affects animals statewide, the rabid bat increase seems to be fairly localized. Statewide, 128 rabid bats have been found year-to-date, compared with 158 total last year, according to Ken August, a spokesman for the California Department of Public Health. Neighboring counties did not see a dramatic jump, and their officials were at a loss to explain why Los Angeles County alone saw the increase. A startling increase in the number of rabid bats found in Los Angeles County has public health officials stumped. More than three times as many rabid bats have been found in the county so far this year compared with 2006, when seven were found. Of the 24 found year-to-date, one each was found in Alhambra, Downey, La Verne and Pico Rivera. Two were found in Glendora, two in Glendale, and three each in Santa Clarita and Tarzana. It’s unclear what’s causing the increase, said Emily Beler, a zoonosis veterinarian with the county’s rabies control program. “To be honest, we really don’t know,” she said. “It certainly looks like an increase. Does it mean a trend? We’re not convinced yet.” Six rabid bats were found in Orange County this year, compared with three last year. “Technically double,” said Orange County Animal Care Services spokesman Ryan Drabek, but called it a small increase. In Riverside County, 13 percent of bats tested had rabies this year compared with 7 percent last year – but by the numbers, that’s six rabid bats this year compared with four last year. In Ventura County, the numbers dropped from nine bats to five. Bats transmit rabies by biting, but bites are rare and so small they might not even be felt, Beler said. In Los Angeles County, a few people are bitten every year, she said. One woman in the San Gabriel Valley was bitten in October while picking up leaves bare-handed. In one handful, she found a bat – and a small cut on her hand. The bat tested positive for rabies, and the woman got rabies shots, Beler said. “The important thing was that she paid attention,” Beler said. “She did not ignore it, and she had the bat tested.” Part of what makes rabies so dangerous is that by the time the symptoms show up, it’s too late to cure the fatal disease. “Never touch bats or other wildlife,” Beler advised. “If a bat is flying in daylight, or is on the ground, or is spending time in living spaces, that could be a sick bat because that’s not normal behavior for a bat and it could be rabies.” But despite the 24 rabid bats found, people shouldn’t be concerned, she said. Rabies makes bats weak, not aggressive. “They don’t fly around attacking,” she said. But they do pop up all around the county. Online, at www.lapublichealth.org/vet, under “Mapping Local Animal Disease,” two maps show where the bats were found. At least 16 have been found in the greater San Gabriel Valley since 2000, five of them this year. “The last time L.A. County had 24 positive bats was in 1982,” noted Norma Arceo, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Public Health. It’s a good opportunity to remind people how to stay safe, Beler said. “Keep your pets vaccinated,” she said. “Don’t touch bats. Talk to your doctor if you’re bitten.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730160Want 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