Bayern Munich ace targeted by Roma – blow for Arsenal and Liverpool?

first_img Mehdi Benatia Arsenal and Liverpool target Mehdi Benatia is wanted by Roma, according to reports in Italy.The centre-back has struggled to make an impression since moving from Roma to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2014 and is now being linked with a move away from Bavaria.And Gazzetta dello Sport claim that could mean a return to Roma for the Moroccan as Rudi Garcia attempts to shore up his side’s defence.If Bayern are willing to do a deal that could also reignite interest from Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool as they look to beef up their sides ahead of potential title challenges in the second half of the season. 1last_img read more

Man City want West Ham starlet, Conte close to Chelsea job and Mahrez to Barca?

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers and online…Antonio Conte has edged closer to becoming the next Chelsea manager after positive talks between his representatives and the Premier League club on Thursday. The Italy manager is keen to succeed Guus Hiddink in the summer and is now hoping to be offered a contract in the next 10 days. (Guardian)Pep Guardiola wants Manchester City to hijack Chelsea ’s move for Dutch wonderkid Riechedly Bazoer. The Premier League champions – poised to make Italy boss Antonio Conte their new boss – are already in advanced talks with Ajax over a £24million move for the 19-year-old midfielder. (Daily Mirror)Manchester City are stepping up their interest in West Ham prodigy Reece Oxford. City sent scouts to watch the 17-year-old in Under -21 games after his impressive display on his Premier League debut when the Hammers won 2-0 at the Emirates. And rivals Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool are also thought to be monitoring the centre-half’s progress as they look to add valuable home-grown talent to their squads. (The Sun)Barcelona and Real Madrid are preparing to battle it out for Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez this summer. Both clubs are prepared to pay up to £25million to land him. (The Sun)Arsenal could make a double raid on Newcastle this summer. Arsene Wenger has set his sights on 19-year-old goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, who is out of contact at the end of the season, and winger Rolando Aarons, who has also entered the final year of his contract. (Daily Express)Neymar signed a new five-year contract with Spanish giants Barcelona in December, quashing talk he could join Manchester United. Barca have kept it secret due to the player’s ongoing tax issues. (ESPN Brasil)?Michael Carrick has rejected the chance to become the latest recruit to the Chinese Super League. The Manchester United and England midfielder, 34, is out of contract in the summer and has not yet secured an extension to his current deal. (Daily Mirror)Mauricio Pochettino wants to make a summer move for Napoli’s Italy international forward Lorenzo Insigne. The Tottenham boss has been assured that after two years of transfer-market profit, he will be given funds to spend this summer as long as Champions League qualification is sealed. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest headlines…?Chelsea transfer report: Blues set to swoop for £30m-rated AC Milan defender Alessio RomagnoliManchester United transfer report: Fiorentina starlet wanted in £22million dealTransfer report: Leicester planning audacious move for Roma legend Francesco TottiInter Milan star denies Roberto Mancini bust-up reports as Arsenal and Manchester United links played downTransfer report: AC Milan ready to rival Arsenal and Liverpool for Dutch starlet Riechedly Bazoerlast_img read more

Premier League Preview Show

first_imgTom Rennie is joined by the former Tottenham defender Chris Perry to look ahead to the Premier League’s most vitriolic derby as Spurs host Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Saturday. Can the North London rivals bounce back from midweek defeats to chase down league leaders Leicester?The former Manchester City captain Steve Lomas was stunned by how poor the Citizens were against Liverpool in midweek… and wonders whether Pep might regret signing for City if they don’t make the Champions League. Steve also has his says on West Ham’s terrific season – another of his former clubs.Plus: Sam Parkin is on the podcast – the former Chelsea & Ipswich striker looks ahead to the Blues match against Stoke this weekend as they chase down the top 6.last_img read more

Application period to begin for magnet schools for 2008-09

first_imgParents interested in enrolling their children in Los Angeles Unified School District magnet schools for next year and getting bus transportation to classes can begin applying today. The district has more than 160 magnet schools and centers with specialties ranging from math and science and technology to the performing arts and music. Magnet schools and the accompanying transportation program have been a key component of the district’s voluntary integration efforts. Complete information is available in the 2008-09 CHOICES brochure sent to all LAUSD students’ parents. 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 The application period closes Jan. 11. last_img read more

New Los Angeles police commissioner sworn in

first_img A recent report from the commission found that of the 584 recruits who graduated in the 2006-2007 fiscal year, only 6 percent were African-American. And most of the LAPD command staff is white. Though the department has been aggressively reaching out to people of color and the homosexual and transgender community, Saltzman said it is often management who makes the difference. And he noted that during his time at USC, he helped diversity the student body. “From the gay guy standpoint, I am thrilled,” Councilman Bill Rosendahl said during the swearing-in. “We as gays and lesbians have problems with the Police Department.” The five-member civilian Police Commission creates policy for the department and often sets the tone for high-profile investigations, including this year’s May Day melee at MacArthur Park involving police and immigration-rights protesters. During Wednesday’s meeting, the council pressed Saltzman on everything from the rotation of top brass to whether officers should live in the city. He cautiously told council members that he still needs to familiarize himself on the ins and outs of the department and policy matters. But he said he has been pleased with how the LAPD has handled the MacArthur Park case, pointing to its recently released report that offered a frank look at officer mistakes. Prior to joining USC, Saltzman served as special counsel to the Los Angeles County health director and was a senior deputy to former county Supervisor Ed Edelman. Saltzman was appointed to the city Ethics Commission in 2005. He is a member of the National Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute’s board. “He has the academic background, both personally and professionally,” said Councilman Jack Weiss, head of the council’s public safety committee. “He is all together a tried and true, very careful, very deliberate … person.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Saying diversity is still one of the most pressing problems facing the LAPD, Robert Saltzman was sworn in today as the latest Los Angeles police commissioner, vowing to help make the department reflect the community. Saltzman, 53, who was unanimously confirmed by the Los Angeles City council, will replace commissioner Shelley Freeman, an openly gay banker who left to focus on her job. She was viewed as a champion of diversity who bluntly pointed out instances of poor management in the department. A former city ethics commissioner and associate dean at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law since 1988, Saltzman is also gay and says he, too, will focus on diversifying the 9,549-officer force. “Diversifying the police force is a significant problem, perhaps the most significant problem facing the force,” he told the council. “I view it as a very long, very difficult process and for me … one of the most important, if not the most important, issues.”last_img read more

Parade is priceless with Bob Barker in lead

first_imgYou woulda had to be a real Grinch not to get caught up in the holiday spirit at the Hollywood Santa Parade on Sunday night, being held for the 76th time along the streets of Tinseltown. Bob Barker, the recently retired host of “The Price Is Right,” brought some much-needed star power to the event, which had been canceled by the Chamber of Commerce and then revived three months ago by the city of Los Angeles. “A couple of my castmates had done if before, but I was busy in Mississippi for the holidays. It’s a great atmosphere.” Rip Taylor, whom I have heard of, was telling jokes left and right. “On behalf of Bob, I had my hair neutered today,” said the famously wigged comedian who came armed with his trademark confetti in his pocket. I wanted to know what brings Rip back year after year to this parade. “Cash!” he said, without skipping a beat. “No, no. We don’t get paid for it. We love to do it for the fans, for the city. They know me from `Zach and Cody’ and from `Jackass.’ I’m still there, I’m still workin’.” Willard, currently in the Fox sitcom “Back to You,” was riding in the parade for the fourth time, but he had been attending it regularly for many years. “When I first moved here, I would bring my daughter up to Hollywood Boulevard; she would sit on my shoulders and watch the parade. She’s grown up now, and today my grandson will be in the car with me. “Everyone was so upset when we thought there wasn’t going to be a Christmas parade. … It’s so festive and so much fun. Now it’s back, and it should go on forever.” Plana had previously participated in the parade when he was a member of the cast of Showtime’s “Resurrection Blvd.,” and he said: “I love it because it’s a local parade, it’s a community parade, and most of the people who come to this parade to watch it are Latinos because they live in this area so it’s a great connect for me to be able to represent Latinos on television and Latinos in the audience. They love our show.” He said the cast of “Ugly Betty” will be filming episodes until Dec. 6, bringing the season’s total to 13, which could be it unless the writers strike is resolved soon. Negotiations are expected to resume today. Kevin Chapman of Showtime’s “Brotherhood” had been to the parade the past few years with his wife and kids as a spectator. “I was just in the crowd, enjoying the parade,” he said. “When I was asked to participate this year, it was a slam dunk. It’s a really great thing for the community to get everyone together and gets you in the holiday spirit.” Melody Thomas Scott, Nikki Newman on the daytime soap “The Young and the Restless” for 28 years, was riding in the parade for the first time, but as a child she was a regular along the parade route. “When I was 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, I was at the corner of Cahuenga and Hollywood every year,” she said. “If someone had told me that I’d grow up and be famous enough to be asked to be in the parade, I would not have believed it. It’s very exciting to be here.” For more celebrity news, see Greg Hernandez’s blogs Hollywood Joe – – and Out In Hollywood – [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“I was delighted when the city of Los Angeles stepped in and saved the parade,” grand marshal Barker said before the start of the event. “The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce did all they could, but they couldn’t handle it financially. This gives us an opportunity to continue a true tradition. It gives us an opportunity to invite people from every community, all colors … to join together, to have fun together and together, with one voice, acknowledge that Hollywood is indeed, the entertainment capital of the world.” Barker was joined on the parade route by “Ugly Betty” star Tony Plana, as well as Fred Willard, Dick Van Patten, a number of soap stars, and young performers from various Disney Channel and Nickelodeon shows and a float with firefighters from various Southern California companies. Before the celebs took their places in the parade, I chatted with a number of them – whether I’d heard of them or not! “This is my first time in the parade,” said Daniel Curtis Lee, one of the stars of “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.” last_img

UCLA’s Dorrell fired

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsGuerrero did not allow Toledo to meet with his players after being fired, but Dorrell was given time during a hastily called noon meeting. However, after listening to Dorrell talk during the team meeting, several players said they believed Dorrell would not coach in the bowl game. If he doesn’t, UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker would serve as the interim coach, Guerrero said. The last time UCLA was in the Las Vegas Bowl, in 2004, it provided a piece of footing for Guerrero’s decision to fire Dorrell. The Bruins were beaten by Wyoming. “We have to build a program that can be competitive, especially in this city, which you well know,” Guerrero said. “At times, we did. But at other times, we didn’t. And if you go through the process of looking at the ups and downs of this program, at some point in time you have to say, `Are you ready to take that next step?’ “I just felt that at this point in time, we weren’t. And in order to do that, I needed to get a new coach.” A lack of head coaching experience was one of the top criticisms UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero heard when he hired Karl Dorrell as coach five years ago. Although Guerrero maintained that was not a mistake during a news conference Monday to announce he fired Dorrell, Guerrero made it clear head coaching experience was paramount for UCLA’s next coach. “I think if you were to talk about a prerequisite that’s pretty important, it certainly will be that,” Guerrero said. “We will look at a broad array of candidates for this position, and obviously someone who’s had successful head coaching experience would be an ideal candidate. That being said, you never say never (about having no experience).” In firing Dorrell, Guerrero extended two courtesies he did not when he axed Bob Toledo after the 2002 season. Dorrell, who went 35-27 in five seasons, was given the option to coach the Bruins (6-6) in the Dec. 22 Las Vegas Bowl against BYU, although he has yet to announce a decision. Guerrero said an outside firm would be consulted about a background check for candidates. According to sources, UCLA does not have a clear-cut favorite heading into the process, even though intermediaries guaged the interest of several candidates even before Dorrell was fired. Guerrero had yet to contact anyone as of Monday night, sources said. However, one person UCLA was expected to be highly interested in basically crossed his name off the list before UCLA’s news conference. Ninety minutes prior to Guerrero addressing the media in Westwood, Boise State coach Chris Petersen told reporters during a press conference in Idaho he had no interest in the UCLA job. “I’m not interested in that place,” Petersen said. Meanwhile, sources said Texas Tech coach Mike Leach was interested in the UCLA job, but sources added he was also interested in the Arkansas opening. When reached Monday afternoon, he declined comment. Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Rick Neuheisel, a former UCLA quarterback, remains a popular pick among the school’s alumni, and former NFL head coach Steve Mariucci are also on UCLA’s radar, sources said. Neuheisel could not be reached because the Ravens were playing, and Mariucci did not return a phone message. Guerrero does not have a complete list yet, but there are a number of other candidates of interest, sources said, including former USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow, who is now with the Tennessee Titans, and Montana’s Bobby Hauck, a former UCLA graduate assistant. Although Guerrero’s desire to hire someone with previous head coaching experience doesn’t bode well for Chow or Walker, who is expected to be interviewed, it is the school’s hope that Walker and much, if not all, of his defensive staff will remain at UCLA under a new coach, sources said. Retaining Walker could go a long way in keeping much of UCLA’s highly-regarded recruiting class intact. No matter who coaches UCLA, Dorrell said part of his stated goal of five years ago was achieved. “It’s in good shape to move forward,” Dorrell said moments after meeting with his team. “I’ve done a lot here. I’ve done what I (wanted) to accomplish, other than getting enough wins. Everything else, I’ve done. We had to build that foundation, and we’re in really great shape. Everybody’s doing well in school, they’re representing the school in the right way and recruiting is getting better. Everything is a very positive momentum going forward.” In firing Dorrell, who is owed a $2.2 million buyout, Guerrero praised the former Bruins receiver for cleaning up the once police-blotter-ravaged program. However, Guerrero said inconsistent play over the course of Dorrell’s tenure, and not enough wins, led to the dismissal. “I believe we can be a national player,” Guerrero said. “You can define that however you want. I believe UCLA can be a program that is in the national rankings every year. They can knock on a BCS door. They can win the Pac-10 conference.” In a noon meeting, Guerrero talked with the team for about 10 minutes to announce the firing, although many of the players already knew about it. After Guerrero left, Dorrell spoke for about 10 minutes. Players said the two were not in the room together. “Coach Dorrell’s message was more about life than football, which he’s been trying to teach us the last five years,” UCLA senior defensive tackle Kevin Brown said. “That was what he was telling us. It wasn’t about football.” Dorrell, whose best season came in 2005, when the Bruins went 10-2 and won the Sun Bowl, was gracious about his opportunity, and proud of building what he believed was a strong foundation for his successor. “It’s conducive for success right now,” Dorrell said. “It’s set up where you can definitely move forward. I’m thankful for the opportunity Dan gave me, to come here and work here. A lot of progress has been made.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgTHE BOSS of Donegal’s most famous wine shop has added some festive cheer to the bad budget news – he’s refusing to pass on a new tax hike on wine until after Christmas.Richard Finney, owner of the Wine Buff in Letterkenny, is furious at Michael Noonan’s decision to slap an extra €1 tax on every bottle of wine. The move came into effect at midnight last night.And most places have already added it to your wine bill.However Richard said: “It now means the vast majority of the cost of a bottle of wine is now tax.“But I can’t pass that on to my customers coming up to Christmas. I’m going to try absorb the cost until after the festivities. “So all prices stay the same until after Christmas on all wine and gift packs.”WINE BUFF BOSS ADDS TO FESTIVE CHEER BY REFUSING TO ADD NEW €1 TAX was last modified: December 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:WINE BUFF BOSS ADDS TO FESTIVE CHEER BY REFUSING TO ADD NEW €1 TAXlast_img read more

Everton eyeing shock £6m deal for former Manchester United winger

first_imgFormer Manchester United winger Nani is eyeing a return to the Premier League, claim reports in Turkey.The Portugal international has enjoyed a productive campaign with Fenerbahce since he arrived from United last summer, scoring 10 goals and providing eight assists in 39 appearances.It is understood that Nani still believes he has unfinished business in the Premier League, after he was shipped out on loan to Sporting Lisbon by Louis van Gaal before eventually being sold to Fenerbahce.According to Fanatik, Everton are among a handful of top-flight teams who are eager to make a summer bid for the 29-year-old.Clubs from Italy and Spain are also keen on landing Nani this summer, who has a release clause of just £6.4m. Luis Nani in action for Sporting Lisbon 1last_img read more