Arsenal set their sights on Uruguay striker after Benzema snub

first_imgArsenal are now chasing Edinson Cavani after they were snubbed by Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, according to talkSPORT’s South American football expert Tim Vickery.Benzema tweeted on Monday saying Madrid was his home and that fans should not believe the “clowns” linking him with a move away.Paris Saint-Germain’s Cavani is another who has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal and Manchester United interested, but Vickery has his reservations about the striker.“The angle the Uruguayan press are going with is that now with Benzema now not going to happen, Arsenal have set their sights on Cavani,” he told Hawksbee & Jacobs.“He’s a box to box centre-forward, his workrate is outstanding. He is quite happy to chase well back into his own half and he really does put in a shift.“My doubt about him – and I’ve seen a lot of him from Uruguay under-20s – is that he never quite manages to score the goals that you think he should.”last_img read more

Championship round-up: Ten-man Brighton miss chance to extend lead at the top

first_img Jamie Murphy Ten-man Brighton missed the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Championship after Bolton came from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw at the Macron Stadium.Dale Stephens and Jamie Murphy had given the Seagulls an early advantage but Neil Danns reduced the deficit before Murphy was dismissed late on.And Bolton made their numerical advantage count in stoppage time when Gary Madine headed home.Hull City missed the opportunity to go third as Jordan Rhodes’ injury-time strike cancelled out Abel Hernandez’s 73rd-minute goal to seal a 1-1 draw for Blackburn. Reading climbed into the play-off places, overtaking Burnley in the process, after they beat the Clarets 2-1 at Turf Moor.Nick Blackman put the visitors ahead after nine minutes before on-loan Chelsea man Lucas Piazon doubled their lead four minutes later. Tendayi Darikwa gave Sean Dyche’s side hope but the Royals held out.Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich had to rely on a late Ryan Mason goal to secure a point at home to early strugglers Bristol City.Luke Chambers put the hosts in front before the Robins responded through quick-fire strikes from Luke Freeman and Jonathan Kodjia. But Mason earned the home side a 2-2 draw with his 86th minute intervention.Elsewhere, in the early kick-off, late goals from Darren Bent and Tom Ince helped Derby to a 3-1 over MK Dons, condemning Karl Robinson’s side to a fifth straight league defeat.Cardiff City came from behind to beat Charlton to climb into the play-off places. Karlane Ahearne Grant gave the Addicks an early advantage in the second half but Cardiff fought back to claim a 2-1 win thanks to strikes from Joe Mason and Sean Morrison.Rotherham climbed out of the bottom three with an eye-catching 2-0 win away to Birmingham. Goals either side of half-time from Matt Derbyshire secured the win for the visitors.A last-gasp winner from Lucas Joao helped Sheffield Wednesday to a 2-1 win over Brentford in a game which saw both sides reduced to ten men.Atdhe Nuhiu put Wednesday ahead on 37 minutes before Alan Judge equalised with 13 minutes remaining. But Joao found the bottom corner from 25 yards to secured a dramatic win for the Yorkshire club.Wolves held Preston to a 1-1 draw after Kevin McDonald’s last-minute goal cancelled out Daniel Johnson’s early opener. Championship results:MK Dons 1-3 DerbyBirmingham 0-2 RotherhamBolton 2-2 BrightonBrentford 1-2 Sheff WedBurnley 1-2 ReadingCardiff 2-1 CharltonHull 1-1 BlackburnIpswich 2-2 Bristol CityPreston 1-1 Wolves 1last_img read more

Brentford chief hails Marinus Dijkhuizen’s replacement as an ‘outstanding leader’

first_imgLee Carsley has been hailed by Brentford chairman Cliff Crown after the former Blackburn and Everton midfielder replaced Marinus Dijkhuizen as head coach.The Championship outfit opted to sack Dijkhuizen following their 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon – a loss that leaves the club languishing in 19th place – and announced that Carsley would take his place for the remainder of the campaign.Crown has since discussed his reasoning behind the appointment, detailing his delight with the decision. “As you will all know by now, the club, Marinus Dijkhuizen and his assistant, Roy Hendriksen have parted company,” read his statement on Brentford’s official website.“The club would like to put on record its thanks to Marinus and Roy for all their efforts during their time at Griffin Park.“Following this, the club has moved swiftly and decisively in order to maintain its long-term vision and philosophy.“That’s why Lee Carsley has been appointed as head coach for the remainder of the season.“Lee has shown with the Under-21s he is an outstanding leader. His work at the training ground has been hugely impressive whilst coaching the development squad and has demonstrated he understands the club’s philosophy and the ambitions of Brentford FC.“We believe these qualities will help Lee settle into his new role effectively and quickly.“Rest assured, we are determined to do everything possible to achieve the success you, the supporters, desire.“Lee’s appointment, at this time, is key to that and we will be doing everything in our power to support him and the rest of the staff.” 1 New Brentford head coach Lee Carsley last_img read more

The Premier League players who could feature at Africa Cup of Nations in January

first_img 13 13 Arsenal: Mohammed Elneny (Egypt), Ismael Bennacer (Algeria) Bournemouth: Max Gradel (Ivory Coast) Man United: Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast) Stoke: Wilfried Bony (Ivory Coast) Ramadan Sobhi (Egypt), Mame Biram Diouf (Senegal) 13 Leicester: Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani (Algeria), Jeffrey Schlupp and Daniel Amartey (Ghana) Crystal Palace: Bakary Sako (Mali), Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast) 13 13 13 Sunderland: Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia), Didier N’Dong (Gabon), Lamine Kone (Ivory Coast) 13 Watford: Nordin Amrabat (Morocco), Adlene Guedioura (Algeria) Liverpool’s Sadio Mane will leave to play for Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations – scroll through to see which other players will be leaving Southampton: Sofiane Boufal (Morocco) 13 13 13 13 13 Everton: Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) 13 West Ham: Cheikou Kouyate (Senegal), Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria), Andre Ayew (Ghana) The provisional squads for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations are gradually being announced and here, talkSPORT looks at the players who could be representing their countries.Liverpool’s Joel Matip and West Brom’s Allan Nyom decided against playing for Cameroon, while Yannick Bolasie’s injury means he will not be in action for DR Congo.Nigeria didn’t make it, so the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Moses and Alex Iwobi. In addition, Victor Wanyama’s Kenya team-mates failed to make it to Gabon. Hull: Ahmed Elmohamady (Egypt) and Mbokani (DR Congo)last_img read more

Barnsley boss Lee Johnson in talks with Bristol City over managerial vacancy

first_imgBarnsley have given Lee Johnson permission to speak to Bristol City about their managerial vacancy.The Robins are searching for a successor to Steve Cotterill, who was axed last month.Garry Monk has been linked with the post but the Championship club have now turned to Johnson, who who spent five seasons as a player with City.The 34-year-old was the Football League’s youngest manager when he took over at Oldham in March 2013.He guided the Latics to League One safety in his first season before leaving for Barnsley last February.He was under pressure after a disappointing start to this campaign but the Tykes have been on an excellent run of form in recent months.They have won six successive games and are currently sitting 12th in the League One table, while they also booked their place in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final in midweek.A Barnsley statement read: “When Lee Johnson was appointed to the role of Head Coach at Barnsley Football Club, it was intended to confine and focus his activities on the development, organisation and recruitment of players for the first team.“The limitation of this role was to allow other management staff to have similar remits relating to the Academy, U18 and U21 teams. Partly, the purpose in designating the Head Coach role in this way was to limit the impact in the event of a change and to encourage succession planning.“This morning we gave permission to Lee Johnson to speak to Bristol City concerning their managerial vacancy. We gave this permission because we believe that the structures that we now have in place must be the key to our future success rather than dependence on a single individual.“If Lee decides to stay with Barnsley Football Club we will be delighted, but if he chooses to move on, we will continue unabated with the plan we have in place for the progression of our Club.” Lee Johnson 1last_img read more

Matsui’s career game propels Rockies

first_imgMatsui hit his first career grand slam and drove in five runs, leading the Rockies over the Philadelphia Phillies, 10-5, Thursday for a 2-0 lead in their NL Division Series. A day after taking a pitchers’ duel, Colorado outslugged the Phils and got a big effort from its bullpen. With 16 victories in 17 games, the Rockies are winning every which way. “We believe we’re going to win every game,” Manager Clint Hurdle said. “We’ve been playing in the loser’s bracket for a month.” Matsui connected off Kyle Lohse, rushed in to relieve struggling rookie Kyle Kendrick in the fourth inning. Lohse was the Phillies’ scheduled Game 4 starter. At this rate, the best-of-5 series may not get that far. NLDS: Former Met hits grand slam to lead Colorado to a 2-0 series lead over Philadelphia. By Rob Maaddi THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA – Done chasing that wild-card spot, Kaz Matsui and the relentless Colorado Rockies are playing like champs. Rookie Ubaldo Jimenez will try to pitch Colorado to a sweep Saturday night at Coors Field against veteran Jamie Moyer. Making just the second postseason appearance in the franchise’s 15-year history, Colorado is on the verge of going to its first NL Championship Series. The Rockies posted their eighth straight road victory. Matsui fell a single short of the cycle, and Troy Tulowitzki and Matt Holliday homered on consecutive pitches in the first inning off Kendrick, who got a quick hook from Manager Charlie Manuel. Booed out of New York after 2 seasons with the Mets, Matsui is a perfect fit in calmer Colorado. “I couldn’t make good results in New York,” Matsui said through a translator. “I’m glad I have a good environment and a good team in Colorado.” The Phillies had a chance to make it interesting in the eighth, loading the bases with two outs. But closer Manny Corpas came in and retired Carlos Ruiz. Corpas worked around a pair of two-out singles in a scoreless ninth for his second save in as many days. Before the game, Corpas came under scrutiny because he was caught by TBS cameras on Wednesday pouring a liquid on the front of his jersey and patting his chest and rubbing his fingers before throwing a pitch. He didn’t appear to do anything shady in this appearance. Jimmy Rollins homered and drove in four runs and Ryan Howard also went deep for Philadelphia, which ended a 14-year playoff drought by capturing the NL East title on the final day of the season. But it’s been downhill for the Phillies since they followed a wild celebration Sunday with a pep rally at City Hall the next day. The heavily criticized Manuel gave his critics plenty of ammunition with two questionable moves. With the Phillies leading, 3-2, in the fourth, Manuel pulled Kendrick after pinch-hitter Seth Smith’s infield single loaded the bases with two outs. Manuel called on Lohse, who made two relief appearances on side days down the stretch. Lohse got ahead 1-and-2 on Matsui, before grooving a fastball. Matsui drove it into the right-field seats to give the Rockies a 6-3 lead and silence the largest crowd ever at four-year-old Citizens Bank Park. “Lohse has been pitching really well out of the bullpen, he has good stuff and I felt he was the right guy,” Manuel said. A total of 45,991 came out, waved their rally towels and cheered wildly despite the score – somewhat out of character for the notoriously tough Philly boobirds. But they sure gave Jose Mesa an earful when the reliever struggled in the sixth. Mesa walked his first two batters and allowed a two-run double to Yorvit Torrealba. Clay Condrey entered one out later and gave up an RBI triple to Matsui and RBI single to Holliday that made it 10-3.160Want 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

USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK Carroll refuses to be backed into a corner

first_imgNo pressure Carroll said there is no extra pressure on the offense to produce against lowly Stanford following last week’s inconsistent performance, especially by quarterback John David Booty. “I don’t know that they lost confidence,” Carroll said. “Every week we’re looking for a strong effort. It makes no difference who we play or how we did before.” Who starts? It appeared senior Alatini “Tiny” Malu would start at right guard following Chilo Rachal’s sprained knee. But Carroll said freshman Zach Heberer (San Pedro High) also will play and he refused to name a starter. “I don’t know yet,” Carroll said. “Zach had a good week of practice.” O’Dowd recovery Center Kris O’Dowd, who underwent surgery on his knee to remove loose cartilage, said he hopes to return for the Notre Dame game on Oct. 20. Johnson update Tailback Stafon Johnson did some light running but did not practice all week, which makes it doubtful he would play against Stanford. However Carroll said, “I wouldn’t rule him out.” Said Johnson: “I don’t know anything right now. The pain went down but it still bothers me.” Odds and ends Tailback Broderick Green, who underwent surgery for a stress fracture in his foot, jogged Thursday and could return to practice in two weeks. “He’s a big dude that hammers the football,” Carroll said. It looks like USC will try to play Green if possible, instead of redshirting him. “It just depends, we need to see how he comes back,” Carroll said. … Booty after watching the Washington films: “It really wasn’t that bad,” he said. “It wasn’t my night. I never really played in the Northwest. I put it behind me, I moved on. Nothing technically was wrong” … Linebacker Thomas Williams will start his second straight game in place of Brian Cushing (sprained ankle). Clay Matthews, who sprained his shoulder two weeks ago, is healthy and will back up Williams. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER USC coach Pete Carroll said Thursday he considered moving wide receiver Brandon Carswell to cornerback because of injuries in the secondary. “If in an emergency we needed someone the last couple weeks, we looked at it, but it’s not permanently,” Carroll said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThree of the Trojans’ top cornerbacks are injured. Josh Pinkard tore knee ligaments last month, Cary Harris dislocated his shoulder two weeks ago and Shareece Wright pulled a hamstring last week. Carswell played cornerback in high school and also tried the position in summer workouts at USC. He is expected to redshirt this season, but his name has surfaced in coaching meetings in regards to the cornerback crisis. Harris wants to play against Stanford Saturday, but Carroll said Harris would need to be cleared by doctors before the game. Harris said doctors already cleared him. “The doctors cleared my shoulder. It’s up to me if I want to play. I’m playing,” Harris said. “But it’s really up to the coaches.” Carroll said he wanted Harris to play but needed doctors’ approval before the game. last_img read more

Man sentenced for raping Hawthorne woman during burglary

first_imgTORRANCE – A man who was linked through DNA testing to the rape of a woman during a burglary at her Hawthorne apartment was sentenced today to 109 years plus two life terms in state prison. Torrance Superior Court Judge Eric Taylor denied the defense’s request for a new trial for Steven Lee Myrick, 41, who was convicted Oct. 2 of rape and residential burglary. Myrick was arrested in March 2006, after DNA test results linked him to the June 18, 2000, attack in which the victim was blindfolded. He had been ordered to submit his DNA after being convicted of “mooning” Los Angeles police officers at a gang rally about two years ago, according to Deputy District Attorney Jodi Link. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Myrick had prior convictions for various offenses, including robbery and attempted robbery, the prosecutor said. ———————————— For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 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

College offering classes with focus on holidays

first_imgWHITTIER – For those who may have always wanted to learn but never had the opportunity, Rio Hondo College is offering classes to help people get into the spirit of the season with some new holiday hobbies. As the season’s focus now shifts from Thanksgiving to Christmas, the college will offer a community services class at Merrill Gardens to teach participants how to make their own personalized Christmas ornaments. Participants will learn the basics of coloring/painting glass ornaments, and each student will make two to four ornaments that they will be able to keep for themselves, officials said. The class takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 7 at Merrill Gardens, 13250 Philadelphia St. The fee is $39, with a $10 materials fee paid directly to teacher Rose Anna Hines. By taking one of these community services classes, Rio Hondo College President Ted Martinez Jr. says students “can explore their own interests, from ornament-making to algebra.” Plus, Martinez said, he believes the hilltop college’s offerings give students “a true sense of community and opportunities to grow both academically and personally.” And as the end of the year approaches, officials are reminding residents that Rio Hondo offers a state-approved traffic school course from 8 a.m. to 4p.m. on the first Saturday of every month on campus, 3600 Workman Mill Road. Pre-registration for traffic school is $35, and same-day registration is $45. For more information on the classes, call (562) 692-0921 or visit [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051.160Want 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“Several students find that after participating in these classes, they want to take their education to the next level and start taking academic classes,” said Angela Acosta- Salazar, Rio Hondo College board vice president. “Either way, these classes make learning both convenient and fun,” she said. Next up is “A Taste of Mexico,” in which students will learn how to make tamales from professional chef Omar Villanueva at a local restaurant. For $55, residents will learn how to make tamales, a traditional Mexican food consisting of corn dough filled with shredded beef that is wrapped in corn husks and steamed for several hours. The class will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at El Camino Mexican Grill, 5331 Workman Mill Road. last_img read more


first_imgBUNCRANA woman Leanne Doohan never thought she would ‘invite’ so much success when she set up her own business.From modest beginnings in 2005, the young woman behind ‘Creative Invites’ has set up a thriving business from her own home.And now she has just been awarded the ‘Stationer of the Year’ – for the second year in a row! Leanne picked up her award at ‘The W’Oscars’ – an awards ceremony organised by wedding forum Real Weddings which was the talk of the multi-million euro Irish wedding industry.The awards were open to every wedding supplier in Ireland and nominations were made by satisfied newly-weds across the country.“The beauty about the competition was that suppliers did not nominate themselves, nor did they pay to enter.“Our past customers went to the effort of recommending Creative Invites and we are so grateful to them for doing that”, says Leanne. Leanne said that after six years in the business she understands how couples want to have the perfect day – and that starts when the invitations go out.The list of nominees went live on the Real Weddings website in January and Creative Invites was shortlisted in two categories – ‘Best Wedding Stationer’ and ‘Best Supplier Website’. “It was a coincidence that these nominations came in the same month that we launched a new range of letterpress wedding stationery on our website”, says Leanne.The winners were announced at the end of February and Creative Invites proudly scooped the title of ‘Best Wedding Stationer’ and was runner up in the supplier website category.“Congratulations to the other deserving winners. This is great recognition of top quality products and services”, says Leanne. Creative Invites supplies handmade and letterpress wedding stationery and can be found online at, and WOMAN LEANNE INVITES US TO JOIN HER SUCCESS! was last modified: March 11th, 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)last_img read more