Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, February 20

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Louis van Gaal is set to top last summer’s £150m-plus record transfer spending spree at Manchester United with another huge splash in the next window. Van Gaal wants five new players, with Mats Hummels, Nathaniel Clyne and Kevin Strootman among his top targets. (Daily Express)Manchester United are on the trail of teenage French striker Yassin Fortune. Club scouts watched on as the 16-year-old from Lens scored for France Under 16s against Switzerland on Wednesday in their 2-1 win at St George’s Park. (Daily Mail)Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is in line for a new 12-month contract. (Daily Mail)Manchester City have identified Southampton’s on-loan central defender Toby Alderweireld as a summer transfer target. Southampton have a £6.8million option on Alderweireld but Atletico Madrid may use a clause in the deal that stipulates they can essentially pay £1.5m to cancel that and then sell the player to the highest bidder. (Daily Mail)Arsene Wenger is facing competition from Barcelona for German midfielder Lars Bender. And that will make it even more likely that Arsenal will move for No1 target Morgan Schneiderlin this summer. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool are lining up a move for Borussia Dortmund striker Ciro Immobile in the summer. (Daily Star)Roberto Martinez is eyeing a move for Brazilian midfielder Casemiro. The Everton boss has sent scouts to watch the 22-year-old, who is currently on loan at Porto from Real Madrid. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Chelsea sensation! Hazard AND Courtois wanted to play for Spurs, Redknapp tells talkSPORTRedknapp exclusive! England should GIVE UP if they fail to win Euro 2016Man United transfer news: The right-backs Louis van Gaal could target this summerFormer Manchester United man set for Juventus exit this summer?Reports – Roma slap £37m price tag on Liverpool targetTransfer boost for Liverpool? Agent of PSG star plays down Napoli talklast_img read more

New England Patriots win right to ticket sellers’ names

first_img“It is plain that the Patriots seek this highly confidential customer information to further their unlawful, anticompetitive campaign against StubHub and its customers,” StubHub said in court papers. The Patriots argue they are entitled to know who may be violating their rules and the state’s anti-scalping law. The team says it is trying to ensure fans get tickets at reasonable prices, not the sometimes exorbitant prices through ticket agents. “One of our claims against StubHub is that knowing we have rules against resale on the Internet, they are out there soliciting people to violate our rules,” Goldberg said. “In order to pursue that claim, we need to understand who has been persuaded by that inducement to list their tickets (on StubHub).” Goldberg said the Patriots’ rules on resale are clear and printed on the back of every ticket. “We have hundreds of people on waiting lists willing to comply with our rules, so if individuals prefer not to comply with the rules, that’s their choice,” he said. Goldberg would not say how the Patriots plan to use the customer information provided by StubHub. In his order, Superior Court Judge Allan van Gestel said the Patriots have “legitimate interests” in knowing the identity of people who resell tickets through StubHub. The judge said the Patriots could use the information for purposes beyond the lawsuit, including canceling violators’ season tickets or reporting violators to authorities. The Patriots have revoked tickets of fans who resell on any site except the Patriots’ own TeamExchange Web site, which limits sales to face value. That Web site is run by Ticketmaster. Tony Troilo, a season ticket holder from Mansfield, said he appreciates the Patriots’ efforts to protect its fans by strictly enforcing its rules against ticket scalping. “But on the flip side of that, I think there are probably a lot of good, loyal fans who for whatever reason can’t make it to a game and obviously don’t want to eat the ticket,” Troilo said. “It seems like it shouldn’t be a crime for them to go on StubHub.com.” A Suffolk Superior Court judge this summer granted the Patriots’ request to force San Francisco-based StubHub to turn over the names of 13,000 people who have used StubHub, one of the country’s largest ticket resellers. StubHub appealed, but the ruling was upheld by the state Appeals Court. StubHub turned over the names last week, said Daniel Goldberg, an attorney for the Patriots.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.Patriots tickets have been offered on StubHub at prices many times higher, including two 50-yardline seats for New England’s Dec. 16 game against AFC rival New York Jets listed Thursday for $1,300.05 each. Their face value is $125. The Center for Democracy and Technology, a Washington D.C.-based advocacy group, said the court order to turn over the names infringes on the privacy rights of Patriots fans. “The Patriots, just at the beginning of the season, were filming opposing teams and accused of surveillance and given a slap from the National Football League about that. Now they’re turning the cameras on their fans, so clearly there is a lack of understanding about what privacy is,” said Ari Schwartz, deputy director of the center. StubHub parent company eBay is a member of the center’s working group on free speech online. StubHub argued that the Patriots’ request violated its confidentiality agreement with its customers and said the team wants to create a monopoly on the resale market for its own tickets. BOSTON – The New England Patriots have won a bid to get the names of all the fans who bought or sold – or tried to buy or sell – tickets to home games through online ticket reseller StubHub Inc., a move one technology group sees as an invasion of privacy. In a lawsuit filed last year against San Francisco-based StubHub, a subsidiary of eBay Inc., claiming it encourages fans to break state law and violate team policies, the team said it could seek to revoke season tickets of people who use StubHub. A lawyer for the Patriots wouldn’t say what they plan to do with the 13,000 names, which StubHub released to the team last week after losing its appeal of a Massachusetts state court ruling. The team’s rules bar reselling game tickets for a profit. State law, though rarely enforced, restricts ticket markups to $2 above face value plus some service charges. last_img read more

Audit: Grants costing city millions

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe resources needed to apply for and implement grants also cost the city money, said Councilman Bernard Parks, chair of the council’s Budget and Finance Committee. Problems also arise when general managers ask the council to advance money that they expect to receive from a grant, Parks said. “What we always have a fear of is we don’t know whether we ever get paid back,” Parks said. “If they go beyond the fiscal year, it creates a cash- flow issue for the city budget. There’s a consensus on the Budget and Finance Committee that we have to find a better way — and a centralized way — of reviewing the grant process and having some accountability in the process.” The controller made 28 recommendations to improve the grant process, including the establishment of a centralized grants unit and an integrated grants database. Three years ago, the council created the Grants Development Unit in the office of the City Administrative Officer. However, that unit is used more to identify grant opportunities than to provide oversight, the audit found. A grants ordinance requiring status reports on grant-funded programs, grants received and denied, and expenditures of federal awards is insufficient because it creates a “laborious process,” Parks said. The controller’s office reviewed a random sample of 37 grants administered by eight departments during fiscal years 2005-06 through 2007-08 to complete the audit.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The city of Los Angeles is losing millions of dollars because it lacks a centralized database of its grants and the oversight to track how awarded monies are spent, according to an audit released today. City Controller Laura Chick found that grants make up about $450 million of the city’s budget, but are not typically used for innovative or pilot programs. Instead, there is a five-month lag between when a grant is awarded and when it is formally accepted by the City Council, and there is no system is place to ensure the funds are properly spent. “We don’t know if we’re spending what we’re receiving correctly or well, even, because in many cases departments are applying for grants because they’re there, rather than having some kind of strategic plan that says this is our mission and let’s go looking for dollars that help us meet that mission,” Chick said. Auditors could not identify exactly how much money is lost, but the controller said it is in the “millions.” last_img read more

Premier League table: Where every club would be based on results ONLY from 2016

first_img 2. Tottenham Hotspur (30 points from 14 games) – Along with Leicester, Spurs have been outstanding this season, leaving Premier League supporters in awe of their progression under Mauricio Pochettino. They are currently seven points behind the Foxes in second, but won’t have given up hope on getting their hands on the title just yet. Over the past four months they’ve won nine, drawn three and lost only two. 20 Consistency has been hard to come by for many in the Premier League this season.Arsenal, after going two goals up, dropped two crucial points in their 3-3 draw with West Ham United, drifting further away from Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City. And, on the subject of form, Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion was the first time they have recorded consecutive league victories since October. So, it’s fitting to take a look at who’s in form – and who’s not – in the second half of the campaign. Taking only this year’s results, does the top four look much different? How significant has Guus Hiddink’s arrival been on Chelsea? To answer such questions, and more, check out the Premier League table, counting results only from 2016, by viewing the slideshow above. 8. Swansea City (21 points from 14 games) – After a challenging first half of the season – struggling near the foot of the table – the Swans have found form. With 40 points, they look safe from relegation and 21 of those have been picked up this year, through six victories and three draws (with five defeats). 19. Aston Villa (eight points from 14 games) – The Villans’ misery has continued into this year, winning only two, drawing two and losing 10. Even if by some miracle they win all of their remaining matches, they can only finish with 31 points – the same tally as Norwich City in 17th currently have. 18. Newcastle United (eight points from 13 games) – Steve McClaren was finally ditched by the Magpies at the beginning of March, replaced by former Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez. This year, they’ve won two, drawn two and lost nine. The Spanish boss is running out of time to turn things around at St James’ Park. 20 20 17. Watford (nine points from 13 games) – The Hornets started off the season excellently, hitting the ground running following promotion to the top flight. They have, however, struggled over the last four months, losing eight, drawing on three occasions and winning only twice. 20 20 20. Crystal Palace (six points from 13 games) – see which club finishes in 19th based on league results in 2016 alone by clicking the arrow above – The Eagles sealed a huge three points in their victory over relegation-rivals Norwich City at the weekend – which was their first win of 2016 and what could be their most important of the season. In previous results this year, they had claimed three points from draws and lost nine. 20 20 14. Sunderland (15 points from 13 games) – The Black Cats have improved this year but, following such a poor start, are still embroiled in a battle against relegation. Sam Allardyce’s side have lost four, draw six and won three. 13. West Bromwich Albion (17 points from 13 games) – The Baggies have been consistent in both halves of the season and are on course for a mid-table finish. This year has seen West Brom pick up four victories, five draws and four defeats. 20 20 12. Stoke City (18 points from 14 games) – The second half of the Potters’ season hasn’t been quite as impressive as the first, drifting from the European spots, but they are still in with a slim, outside chance of a European place. They’ve won five, drawn three and lost six this year. 20 10. Arsenal (20 points from 13 games) – It’s been yet another season of frustration for Gunners supporters, with their club flattering to deceive in the race for the title. Their 3-3 draw with West Ham – in which they led 2-0 – has seen fourth-placed Manchester City close the gap to just two points, as Leicester disappear over the horizon. They’ve won five, drawn five and lost three so far in 2016 – not good enough to bring the Premier League trophy back to the red part of North London. 6. Manchester United (23 points from 13 games) – Louis van Gaal has been criticised all season long and despite showing signs of improvement in recent weeks, defeat to Tottenham has reignited fans’ frustration. This year, they’ve suffered four defeats, drawn two and won seven. 20 20 9. Bournemouth (21 points from 14 games) – The Cherries have been one of the surprise packages of this season, earning Eddie Howe significant praise for his work at Dean Court. This year, they’ve won six, drawn three and lost five. 20 7. Manchester City (21 points from 13 games) – To sum up how poor the Citizens have been this season, their victory over West Brom was the first time they have won back-to-back games in the Premier League since October. This year results have seen City fall behind in the race for the top four, with six wins, three draws and four defeats. 20 20 20 15. Everton (13 points from 12 games) – Despite Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley being in excellent goalscoring form, the Toffees’ defence has been poor and lately fans have turned on Roberto Martinez. Everton have lost five, drawn four and won only three this year. 11. Liverpool (18 points from 12 games) – Jurgen Klopp and his troops have struggled for consistency in the Premier League, slowly progressing under their new German manager. This year they’ve won five, drawn three and lost four, picking up 18 points. They do, though, have one or two games in hand on most teams. 5. West Ham United (23 points from 13 games) – The Hammers have been superb under Slaven Bilic, with his summer signings bringing a fluid, attacking style to the team ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium. Top four is still within reach. They’ve won six, drawn five and lost only twice this year. 20 16. Norwich City (11 points from 14 games) – Defeat to Crystal Palace has left the Canaries only four points above Sunderland in 17th and with the latter having a game in hand, supporters have reason to worry. They’ve lost nine this year, drawn two and won three. 20 3. Southampton (26 points from 14 games) – The Saints have again been excellent under the guidance of Ronald Koeman, proving a nuisance to the Premier League’s top four contenders. This year they’ve won eight, drawn two and lost four. 4. Chelsea (24 points from 13 games) – The first half of the season was among the worst in the Blues’ history, costing Jose Mourinho his job. Antonio Conte has been confirmed to take over in the summer and will be watching their form closely over the next month. They have improved tremendously this year, picking up 24 points from six wins and six draws, suffering only one defeat. 20 20 1. Leicester City (33 points from 14 games) – Claudio Ranieiri’s side have proved almost impossible to catch this season, even earning the praise of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. In the last four months, they’ve lost only once – winning 10 and drawing three. It’s in their hands…last_img read more

NIAMH KENNEDY TO PUT ANTI-WIND FARM STANCE AT CENTRE OF DÁIL ELECTION CAMPAIGN

first_imgINDEPENDENT councillor Niamh Kennedy has launched her bid to become a TD and vowed to put an end to wind farm development in Donegal.“I’ve spent the Christmas mulling over the cloud that passed over Irish Politics since the Prime Time Investigates programme. It has caused me a lot of concern as I certainly would not want to be perceived as one of the twenty five to thirty Councillors associated,” she said today.“I am entering into the early days of my General Election campaign, I feel that the campaign began in Lifford when as with the other Independent candidates I backed the motion of Cllr Campbell to ask for Cllr John O’Donnell to resign his positions on the council. At that meeting I also stated that I was disappointed with Cllr O’Donnells turnaround to support the wind industry at that meeting. “His apparent support for a contrived effort to subvert the Donegal County Council Development Plan Review next Year to allow for more turbines in the County prompted me to put up my post “Wondering have we not got enough turbines in this County yet?”“Watching the great interest and comments on that post over the days finally convinced me that the issue must be tackled head on in my election campaign. It will be among the primary issues I will focus on.“It’s time to say enough. It’s time to appreciate the beauty of our landscape, the health issues, the environmental issues and the impact on the tens of thousands of visitors to our Wild Atlantic Way, including our cruise ship tourism Industry.“It particularly bothers me that only today on Donegal Daily I see a third turbine applied for at Kinnego Bay in Inishowen, a discovery point on the Wild Atlantic Way. How does that tie in with sustainable tourism? Will there be more effort put into building turbines at Kinnego bay than building a visitor centre at Malin Head.” In a message to voters, Ms Kennedy went on: “I am not simply an anti turbine candidate, yet Donegal has one of the highest number of wind farms in the Country. One can only ask why? The Prime Time programme has left us with a bitter taste.“I look forward to meeting you, to helping you and supporting you in whatever issues that are important to you. I am putting Donegal and the People First.”  NIAMH KENNEDY TO PUT ANTI-WIND FARM STANCE AT CENTRE OF DÁIL ELECTION CAMPAIGN was last modified: December 31st, 2015 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

Iwobi signs new deal and Emery hails him as an example to others

first_img How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? LATEST How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Alex Iwobi has signed a new contract with Arsenal, the club have confirmed.Since breaking into the first team, the 22-year-old has played 98 times and scored nine goals.“I’m very pleased Alex has signed a new contract with us,” manager Unai Emery said. “He is a great example of a player who can succeed from the Academy through hard work and I look forward to working with him and our other talented young players in the squad.” possible standings REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January gameday cracker NEW ERA England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 1 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ silverware targets Iwobi, who moved from Lagos to London when he was four, has represented Nigeria 20 times and played for them at the World Cup.He joined the Arsenal academy when he was nine and made his full debut against Sheffield United in 2015. Arsenal news Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT smart causal Iwobi is a Nigeria internationallast_img read more

LUCKY DONEGAL 13 WIN MILLIONS ON THE LOTTO

first_imgA LUCKY 13 in a syndicate from Inishowen are celebrating sharing more than 4.8 million euro!Staff at a Malin Head insurance company – Forward Emphasis International – will now share more than 300,000 each!News of the win spread quickly last night after Donegal Daily revealed the winner or winners of last night’s rollover cash was from Donegal. Anne-Marie McFadden, one of the winners, said: “We are over the moon.“There’s 12 of us out celebrating with a cup of tea in Carndonagh – another one is away on holidays in Spain.”The winning numbers were 19,25,26,27,39,45 and bonus number was 42.  LUCKY DONEGAL 13 WIN MILLIONS ON THE LOTTO was last modified: September 18th, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S AND BUNCRANA TO CONTEST MINOR FINAL

first_imgST EUNAN’S and Buncrana will meet in this year’s Minor Division One final after Wednesday night semi-final victories.Buncrana saw off Aodh Ruadh by just two points in a keenly contest match in Convoy which finished 1-10 to 1-08.The victors raced into a very early lead when Darach O’Connor netted in just 20 seconds but Aodh Ruadh showed great determination to pull ahead after David McGurrin scored a goal in the final minute of the half to reduce the deficit to a point. It was a battling second half performance by both sides, but it was Buncrana who got over the line in the end.In the other semi-final in Lifford St Eunan’s had a more comfortable 1-18 to 2-05 victory.Conor McEniff did the damage at the start with a well-taken goal and by half-time the Letterkenny lads were seven points ahead – 1-06 to 0-02.Four Masters did manage two goals of their own but the ten point margin at the end was more than justified. In the Divison 2 semi-final at O’Donnell Park Na Rossa beat Downings 3-14 to 1-10. GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S AND BUNCRANA TO CONTEST MINOR FINAL was last modified: August 22nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S AND BUNCRANA TO CONTEST MINOR FINALlast_img read more

Half-time: Chelsea 0 Man City 1

first_imgSergio Aguero’s goal put Manchester City ahead at Stamford Bridge after Pedro had almost scored for Chelsea.City took control after a lively start by Guus Hiddink’s side, who would have gone behind sooner but for excellent saves by Thibaut Courtois.Diego Costa, back from suspension, caused panic in the City penalty area and laid the ball back for Pedro, whose shot was cleared off the line by Nicolás Otamendi.Costa then found the net but was offside, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek had a shot saved by City keeper Joe Hart as Chelsea dominated the early stages.City then began to impose themselves and Blues keeper Courtois saved with his legs to deny his fellow Belgian Kevin De Bruyne after the former Chelsea man had been put through by Yaya Toure’s pass.Courtois also saved with his legs after Samir Nasri similarly found himself through on goal, and he produced another good stop to keep out Aguero’s shot following good work by De Bruyne.But when De Bruyne found Aguero again on 32 minutes, the Argentine’s right-footed shot from near the edge of the penalty area was helped into the bottom corner of the net by a deflection off Gary Cahill.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Baba Rahman; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro; Costa.Subs: Begovic, Miazga, Matic, Kenedy, Traore, Pato, Falcao.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Sharks defend Melker Karlsson against online critics

first_imgST. PAUL, Minn. — Every year a segment of the Sharks fan base chooses a player to villainize on social media. John Scott played the bad-guy role during his time in San Jose, Micheal Haley served as public enemy No. 1 a couple years ago and Dylan DeMelo took a lot of heat last year from fans eager to see Tim Heed in the lineup.Now, without an easy target, the choir of online critics is going after Melker Karlsson, a player who happens to be the embodiment of the Sharks identity under Pete …last_img read more