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Bournemouth confirm signing of PL striker – goals galore?

first_img1 Glenn Murray has joined Bournemouth Bournemouth have signed Glenn Murray from Crystal Palace on a three-year deal.Murray had spent transfer deadline day having a medical with the Cherries and the club are believed to have paid £5m for the 31-year-old.“The way the boys play football is very exciting,” the striker told Bournemouth’s website, adding it feels great to finally sign for the club.“It’s front-footed and it will be nice to try and get some goals from it,” he said.In 125 games, Murray scored 47 goals for the Eagles and was a key figure in their promotion to the Premier League during the 2012/13 Championship season where he scored 31 times.last_img read more

Up The League – Saturday, September 5

first_imgListen again as Ian Abrahams previews a busy weekend of action in Leagues One and Two, including interviews with Southend manager Phil Brown, and Luton boss John Still.last_img

Returning QPR man vows to fight to win back starting spot

first_img Yun Suk-Young QPR left-back Yun Suk-Young knows he faces a battle to get back in the side after the club’s recruitment drive during his absence.The South Korea star has just returned from a knee injury and is available to make his first Championship start of the season but he is well aware there are a handful of left-sided defenders in his way.“There are so many left-backs at QPR now, so I know I must work hard,” the 25-year-old said.“I always do this, and the competition will really help my game. It makes you show good quality because of this pressure.“The team have made a good start to the season so I am very pleased, but I really want to be involved and play my part in this.“I will try my best and I will give 100 per cent because I really want to help QPR succeed.” 1last_img read more

Revealed! This is where Leicester City would be without Jamie Vardy… it’s not pretty

first_img Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy Jamie Vardy broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record to become the first player in Premier League history to score in 11 consecutive games.In true fairytale style, the England international etched his name in the history books at the King Power Stadium, as Leicester City drew 1-1 with Manchester United, leaving supporters applauding his meteoric rise from non-league football.But while reports and headlines have centred upon the goals that he has scored, what may be of more interest – certainly to Claudio Ranieri – is how important his form in the final third has been for his club’s rise to the top of the table.Has he been as key, for example, as Harry Kane was to Tottenham Hotspur last season?talkSPORT has the answer, as we reveal the stats that show how crucial the 28-year-old has been for the Foxes (all stats correct up to 2 December 2015).– Vardy has scored 14 goals and earned the Foxes 14 points– Without him, Leicester City wouldn’t be challenging Manchester City for top spot, rather they would be level with Chelsea on 15 points in 14th place– Vardy, however, isn’t the only player that has been key to their shock rise in the Premier League, as team-mate Riyad Mahrez has earned nine points through his seven goals– Without Vardy and Mahrez’s contributions, Leicester would have just six points this season 1last_img read more

Hawksbee and Jacobs daily – Thursday, January 14

first_imgJoin Paul Hawksbee and Andy Jacobs for a humorous round-up of the best bits of Thursday’s show.last_img

Premier League round-up: Leicester claim late win, Chelsea comeback beats Saints

first_img1 Leicester 1-0 NorwichPremier League leaders Leicester City have gone five points clear in the title race thanks to super-sub Leonardo Ulloa’s last-minute winner against Norwich at the King Power Stadium.After a two-week break from Premier League action, all eyes were on the Foxes to keep up their title challenge in this tricky clash, which it proved against a plucky Canaries side.Norwich dominated in large spells away from home against a mostly limp Leicester, with the likes of the Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Danny Drinkwater all out of sorts.But the visitors failed to convert their chances, with Cameron Jerome heading wide and Nathan Redmond firing off target from distance.Leicester failed to really test John Ruddy until Ulloa’s introduction, the Argentine replacing Daniel Amartey on 78 minutes.His presence turned the tide for the Foxes, and he was there at the right time, as in so many times throughout his Leicester career, to convert Marc Albrighton’s cross at the far post to claim all three points.Southampton 1-2 ChelseaBranislav Ivanovic was the hero for Chelsea as the Blues came from a goal behind to seal a 2-1 victory at Southampton which lifted them up to 11th in the table.Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long put the Saints in front in the first-half with a beautiful chipped finish, pouncing on Baba Rahman’s defensive error and clipping the ball over Thibaut Courtois.Saints were good value for their lead and did well to keep Chelsea mostly at bay after the break, with Diego Costa volleying wide with the Blues’ best chance.But they were soon back in the game as a Cesc Fabregas cross eluded goalkeeper Fraser Forster and crept in for the equaliser.It was the first goal Southampton conceded in seven games – since the 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Crystal Palace on January 9.Chelsea smelled blood after the equaliser and streaked forward in search of the winner. Willian went close with a drilled low shot which dribbled just wide, but the Brazilian was soon involved again, as his delivery was headed in by Ivanovic in the 89th minute to seal a late three points.They are now 11 games without defeat under interim boss Guss Hiddink.Stoke City 2-1 Aston VillaAston Villa are perhaps out of chances to save their season after Stoke ran out 2-1 winners at the Britannia Stadium thanks to a Marko Arnautovic double.The Austrian forward opened the scoring minutes in the 51st minute from the penalty spot, thumping down the middle after Phil Bardsley was hauled down by Ashley Westwood in the area.His second came just five minutes later, when he headed past Mark Bunn at the second attempt after neat build-up play from the Potters.Leandro Bacuna netted a late goal to give the Villans hope of an unlikely comeback, but Stoke held on to their lead to leave Aston Villa still eight points adrift of safety at the foot of the table.Watford 0-0 BournemouthWatford and Bournemouth were both guilty of glaring misses as the two sides played out an entertaining goalless draw.In an afternoon where ‘still 0-0’ was tending on twitter, most of the action in Saturday’s 3pm kick-offs came late on, but fans at Vicarage Road were the only ones who failed to see the ball hit the back of the net.The Cherries were boosted by the return of summer signing Max Gradel, who made his first appearance since suffering ligament damage in August.The midfielder was a bright spark for the visitors, and his surging run had the Hornets scrambling at the back but he couldn’t keep his shot down.Watford top striker Odion Ighalo has the hosts’ best opportunity but he too failed to hit the target as his header sailed over the crossbar, while Artur Boruc was forced to palm away his sweetly struck free-kick. Leicester super-sub striker Leonardo Ulloa last_img read more

Leicester to let Mahrez leave, Watford to lose Ighalo to Arsenal? – Paper review

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers and online…Claudio Ranieri insists he would not stop Leicester star Riyad Mahrez leaving the Foxes for a European super-club. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona have been linked with a move for the Algerian ace. (Daily Mirror)Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores admits he could lose star striker Odion Ighalo in the summer, with Arsenal strongly linked with a swoop for the Nigeria international. (The Sun)Barcelona are reportedly interested in re-signing Hector Bellerin from Arsenal. The 20-year-old right-back began his career at the Nou Camp before joining the Gunners in 2011. (Sport)Manchester United and Manchester City have both had bids rejected for £35million Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, 25. (Calciomercato)The Red Devils also want to sign Werder Bremen striker Johannes Eggestein. The 17-year-old has scored 69 goals in 71 games for the club’s under-17 and under-19 sides. (Weser Kurier)Chelsea manager Guyss Hiddink has revealed Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato is STILL not fit enough to play, one month after joining the Blues. (The Sun)West Ham stars are Cheikhou Kouyate and Manuel Lanzini are close to signing new contract at the club. (Evening Standard)Everton are targeting Cardiff City’s £10million-rated goalkeeper David Marshall as a replacement for Tim Howard, who is set for a return to the United States. (Daily Mirror)Former Swansea striker Michu has revealed he dreams of returning to Swansea City, saying: “I want to score for them one more time.” (South Wales Evening Post)Newcastle United hot prospect Rolando Aarons is being monitored by Arsenal, AC Milan and Juventus, according to reports in Italy. (Newcastle Chronicle)Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard has admitted the new Major League Soccer season is likely to be his last as a player. The LA Galaxy midfielder is already preparing for a career in coaching. (Daily Telegraph)Everton will announce they have been sold in a £200million takeover in the next few days, with the the new owners believed to be a mystery group from the Middle East. (Daily Mail)England may bid to host the 2030 World Cup following Gianni Infantino’s election as Fifa president, says Football Association chairman Greg Dyke. (Sky Sports)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?If Arsenal beat Manchester United they’ll never have a better chance to win title, says former GunnerChelsea to target Paul Pogba should Antonio Conte be appointed managerTransfer reports: Barcelona big fans of John Stones but will NOT fight Chelsea for Everton starTransfer report: Chelsea and Manchester United both eyeing Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson CavaniTransfer report: Roma planning audacious move for Manchester City captain Vincent KompanyTransfer report: Chelsea will sell Andreas Christensen to Borussia Monchengladbach if £12m valuation is metSunderland transfer news: La Liga goalkeeper tracked ahead of potential £6m summer move 1 Transfer rumours and paper review last_img read more

El Monte man sought following fatal crash

first_imgThe Honda was later found nearby at Brookside Mobile Home Park, where all of the suspects and victims lived. Witnesses told police that someone pushed the Honda from the accident scene into the mobile home park. Three people in the Ford F-150 were treated at the scene of the collision for minor injuries, Batres said. Residents of the mobile home park were stunned Tuesday. “It’s so sad that this happened,” neighborhood resident Lorraine Marquez said. The deaths marked the second time in 36 hours that an illegal street race resulted in tragedy. In Pico Rivera on Sunday, Brian Ramirez, 18, of Los Angeles was killed in a high-speed race on Rosemead Boulevard on Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol. tania.chatila@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The crash happened about 5:40p.m. Monday on Parkway Drive at Elliott Avenue near a four-way stop. Police believe that Canizalez and Morones were in a high-speed race on Parkway Drive, which has a speed limit of 25 mph. Traffic investigators have not yet determined how fast the vehicles were traveling at the time of the crash. Canizalez, behind the wheel of a Ford Mustang, is suspected of colliding with Groce’s Nissan Altima, El Monte police Detective Ralph Batres said. The force of the crash rammed the Nissan into a stopped Ford F-150 pickup truck with several people inside, he said. The Nissan burst into flames. Los Angeles County Department of Coroner officials said Tuesday they did not yet know whether the three died as a result of the crash or the fire. About the same time, police suspect Morones crashed his Honda Accord into a parked car and fled on foot, Batres said. • Photo Gallery: Mother, two kids died in burning car • Photo Gallery: Tragedy in El Monte• Video: Tragedy in El Monte Authorities searched Tuesday for an El Monte man in connection with a street race that ended in a fiery crash, killing a mother and her two children. Martin Morones, 21, is wanted for vehicular manslaughter and three counts of murder resulting from the wreck Monday evening that killed 41-year-old Dora Groce, her son Robert, 8, and daughter Catherine, 4, police said. A second man, Robert Canizalez, 19, of El Monte was arrested at the scene on suspicion of three counts of murder. His bail is set at $3 million. last_img read more

Chargers in limbo again

first_imgNFL: The team will practice in Arizona, then see where it plays Sunday against Texans. By Bernie Wilson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Chargers boarded a plane for Phoenix on Tuesday night, not knowing where or when they’ll play their next game. Qualcomm Stadium is being used as an evacuation center. An estimated 10,000 people were there on Tuesday under smoky skies. “Our attitude is, we’re going to practice for three days, and give us a buzz and let us know where we’re going,” Smith said as the Chargers lined up at their headquarters to board buses to the airport. “Wherever it is, or whatever day it is, we’ll do the best we can to get a victory against Houston. That’s where it’s at.” The Cardinals have a bye Sunday, and their stadium, located in Glendale, is scheduled to host a motorcycle show Friday through Sunday afternoon. Qualcomm Stadium general manager Erik Stover said the building can be ready to host an NFL game by Sunday, but it all depends on when the fires are contained. “The longer it goes, the less likely,” Stover said. “We’re an evacuation site until we’re no longer needed.” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been meeting with Chargers president Dean Spanos and others. Goodell said the options include playing the game in Los Angeles, at Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium – the Cardinals’ former home – at Texas Stadium in Dallas or Reliant Stadium, the Texans’ home field. The precedent for playing at Reliant Stadium would be the New Orleans Saints playing a “home” game against the New York Giants at the Meadowlands after Hurricane Katrina. That move was later criticized. Regardless, flying to Arizona is a drill familiar to 15 players on the active roster. Four years ago to the week, the Chargers were forced to move a Monday night game against Miami – and Junior Seau’s much-anticipated homecoming – to Tempe on short notice because of deadly wildfires. As it is now, Qualcomm was being used as an evacuation center and the air quality was awful. “It’s a little weird,” running back LaDainian Tomlinson said. “It wasn’t expected. Two times in my career. You’re just thankful you haven’t lost a house. This is the closest I’ve come to losing one, though. It was burning on my property line.” Tomlinson and his wife had to flee their suburban home early Monday. “I could see the fires coming,” said Tomlinson, the reigning NFL MVP. “You wake up at 4 o’clock in the morning. You get the phone call, `You need to evacuate.’ I see the sky was orange, so I’m like, `It’s serious.’ “You just adapt to it and deal with it. Everybody is. Look at all those people over there at the stadium.” Some 46 players, coaches and staff members had to evacuate, including Coach Norv Turner and quarterback Philip Rivers. Rivers said smoke was coming under the doors of his suburban home, and he and his wife and three young daughters got out before the evacuation orders came. He said his house was OK. “It was scary,” Rivers said. “A lot of us haven’t experienced it. A lot of us were not here in 2003. It’s such an unknown, too. You don’t know what it’s doing.” Rivers said the players are in a good frame of mind. “All our families are safe. That’s what’s most important. Obviously we feel for the people who were more directly affected. There is going to be a game this week. We’ve got to put all the focus there. From what I gather, we’ve all been able to do that.” The Chargers (3-3) are coming off their bye. After a three-game losing streak, they righted many of their early season wrongs by routing the Broncos, 41-3, in Denver and then beating the Oakland Raiders, 28-14.160Want 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.They left town because of the wildfires that chased many in the organization out of their homes, fouled the air and left Sunday’s scheduled home game against the Houston Texans in doubt. Their superstar running back knows his home survived the firestorm. Their general manager hasn’t heard if he’ll have a house to come home to. While they spent Monday taking care of their families, it was time to get back to business. “We need to get ready to play football,” said General Manager A.J. Smith, who evacuated his home and doesn’t know if it’s still standing. The Chargers will practice at the Arizona Cardinals’ headquarters in Tempe today, Thursday and Friday. They packed for any eventuality, since the NFL and the Chargers are still debating what to do about Sunday’s game. last_img

In Baghdad, families start coming back

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The uprising originated in Iraq’s west and flowed into the capital. Earlier this year, the Sunni tribes and clans in the vast Anbar province began their own revolt and have successfully rid the largely desert region of al-Qaida control. At one point the terrorist group virtually controlled Anbar, often with the complicity of the vast Sunni majority who welcomed the outsiders in their fight against American forces. But, U.S. officials say, al-Qaida overplayed its hand with Iraq’s Sunnis, who practice a moderate version of Islam. American forces were quick to capitalize on the upheaval, welcoming former Sunni enemies as colleagues in securing what was once the most dangerous region of the country. And as 30,000 additional U.S. forces arrived for the crackdown in Baghdad and central Iraq, the American commander, Gen. David Petraeus, began stationing many of them in neighborhood outposts. The mission was not only to take back control but to foster neighborhood groups like the one in Khadra to shake off al-Qaida’s grip. The 40-year-old al-Azawi, who has gone back to work managing a car service, said relatives and friends persuaded him to bring his family home. BAGHDAD – In a dramatic turnaround, more than 3,000 Iraqi families driven out of their Baghdad neighborhoods have returned to their homes in the past three months as sectarian violence has dropped, the government said Saturday. Saad al-Azawi, his wife and four children are among them. They fled to Syria six months ago, leaving behind what had become one of the capital’s more dangerous districts – west Baghdad’s largely Sunni Khadra region. The family had been living inside a vicious and bloody turf battle between al-Qaida in Iraq and Mahdi Army militiamen. But Azawi said things began changing, becoming more peaceful, in August when radical anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his Mahdi Army fighters to stand down nationwide. About the same time, the Khadra neighborhood Awakening Council rose up against brutal al-Qaida control – the imposition of its austere interpretation of Islam, along with the murder and torture of those who would not comply. “Six months ago, I wouldn’t dare be outside, not even to stand near the garden gate by the street. Killings had become routine. I stopped going to work, I was so afraid,” he said, chatting with friends on a street in the neighborhood.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

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