Advertisement Advertisement Some Chelsea fans have even been bombarding David Luiz’s restaurant with a series of one-star reviews as the Brazilian edges closer to joining bitter rivals Arsenal.The Gunners are also expected to announce Kieran Tierney’s arrival in the coming hours after the Celtic left-back traveled down from Glasgow on Wednesday night for a medical. The Chelsea fan unleashed a flurry of left and right hooks on David Luiz’s poster (Picture: Sky Sports)Transfer deadline day has the capacity to send football fans over the edge and one Chelsea supporter had clearly reached breaking point as he was seen punching a poster of David Luiz outside Stamford Bridge – and, thankfully, it was all captured on live television.Arsenal have been on the lookout for a centre-back following Laurent Koscielny’s move to Bordeaux earlier this week and the north London club reportedly agreed an £8million deal with Chelsea for Luiz with just hours remaining of the transfer window.The 32-year-old Brazil international trained away from Chelsea’s first-team this week in an attempt to force through a move to the Gunners.AdvertisementAdvertisementHe would be the fifth player through the doors at the Emirates this summer, with Dani Ceballos (loan), Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe and William Saliba – who has been loaned back to Saint-Etienne – also signing on the dotted line.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWith Chelsea expected to make an announcement over Luiz’s departure imminently, Sky Sports reporter Gary Cotterill stood outside Stamford Bridge waiting for updates.Cotterill, though, was upstaged by an enraged Chelsea supporter in the background who was busy picking a fight with a giant poster of Luiz on the walls of the stadium.You’ve got to love deadline day…This Chelsea fan is taking David Luiz leaving the club well 😂 🥊 pic.twitter.com/WeO5A4DHka— Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 8, 2019 Tierney is set to join Luiz at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown believes his former club are making a huge mistake in signing David Luiz from Chelsea.‘If I was at Arsenal and had the ear of Unai Emery, I would be advising my manager not to sign David Luiz,’ he told The Daily Mail. ‘Walk away from this deal. This is not the defender for you. It’s too high risk.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Yes, Arsenal want a centre back, but is Luiz the answer to their prayers? I don’t think so.‘The way the 32-year-old plays, he would be exposed in that Arsenal defence. He would not get the same protection that he enjoys at Chelsea, where N’Golo Kante patrols in front of the back line.‘In possession, Luiz is a wonderful passer, but he makes mistakes when playing as part of a back four. ‘He has a tendency to lose his marker and is one of those all-or-nothing players — if he doesn’t win the ball in a challenge, then congratulations because you’re in.’MORE: Jermaine Jenas praises Arsenal’s ‘huge’ David Luiz signing Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Aug 2019 2:12 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.9kShares Chelsea fan caught punching David Luiz poster on live TV ahead of Arsenal transfer move Comment
Reds survive nervy finish at Anfield as Gerrard and Sturridge keep title dream aliveAdam Johnson’s free-kick skipped across the face of the Liverpool goal, picking out defender John O’Shea. In 2007, he had scored the winner for Manchester United in injury time here, four minutes after Paul Scholes was sent off.It was not to be. O’Shea could only manage the faintest glance, and Liverpool breathed again. Their status as title contenders remained intact. The fans could continue singing about winning the league, without fear of mockery or contradiction. Sunderland still haven’t won since going out of the FA Cup.So it was close; but not that close. They haven’t had too many around these parts of late, but this is what a title race is like. Hard graft, thrills, spills, the occasional bellyache. Liverpool need to raise their game for the visits of Manchester City and Chelsea next month, but just imagine how many nights like this Manchester United went through chasing down the record number of titles won. Hundreds. Hundreds of occasions when a team fighting for its life at the foot of the table, proved unexpectedly defiant.
by Tim DahlbergAssociated Press Writer (AP)—Manny Pacquiao was counting votes early Tuesday, and seemed happy.Floyd Mayweather Jr. was counting money, and had to be equally happy.“There’s a reason they call him Money Mayweather,” Mayweather’s manager, Leonard Ellerbe, said. “He’s winding up making $40 million for his night’s work.”Indeed, Mayweather’s mood was brightened by the unofficial tally showing 1.4 million people paid to watch him dominate Shane Mosley, which Ellerbe said meant his payday would be almost double the $22.5 million he was guaranteed for the fight.If the numbers are accurate, it would mean that Mayweather has been in the two richest non-heavyweight pay-per-view fights ever. Just as important, it gives him pay-per-view bragging rights over Pacquiao and perhaps an upper hand if and when representatives of the two sit down to negotiate the fight all boxing fans really want.If the numbers coming out of the Philippines are accurate, that fight won’t take place until at least November, because Pacquiao will be busy working for the government. Early returns from the ballot box showed the boxer with a commanding lead in his race for Philippine Congress and he all but declared victory.“He was floating,” promoter Bob Arum said from Manilla. “He was happier than I’ve seen him even when he won his biggest fights.”Just as elections in the Philippines can be nefarious affairs, though, so too will be any negotiations for a Pacman-Money fight. Though the common sense prediction is that there is way too much money to be made for the fight not to happen, this is boxing, where common sense often fails to prevail.Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, tried to get things going even as his boss was wrapping up his campaign, predicting in New York that talks would begin this week on the megafight. “I think the fight will happen,” Roach told The Associated Press.Roach certainly wants it to happen. Not only will he and his fighter earn another big payday, but a win over the unbeaten Mayweather would both solidify Pacquiao’s rockstar status and leave no question who the best trainer in the sport is.Mayweather and his camp should want the fight, too. If they could make $40 million for Mosley, they could double that for Pacquiao and be forever assured that the Money nickname will live on in boxing lore.But, like the Philippines election, the early returns are already in on this. And it’s not going to be easy. “Freddie Roach must be smoking something,” Ellerbe said when informed that the talks might begin this week. “I haven’t heard of any negotiations. There are no negotiations.”Posturing is always part of boxing, of course, but there’s reason for the Mayweather camp to believe they hold the early upper hand. Not only did Mayweather’s pay-per-view double the 700,000 buys for Pacquiao’s fight against a lesser opponent in Joshua Clottey, but Mayweather finally gave those who paid their hard-earned money a reason to watch with an offensive performance that won him high marks.That could mean everything is in play if and when the two sides eventually get together to negotiate. And that could mean there are more potential pitfalls for this fight than just the blood doping impasse that derailed plans for the two to get together in March.The doping issue remains as likely the biggest obstacle to the fight. Mayweather wants Olympic-style testing at any time, while Pacquiao is adamant that taking blood within two weeks of the fight will weaken him.But now there’s a good chance that Mayweather’s camp will also want more than the 50-50 split of revenues agreed to for the first fight.“Floyd’s on a whole different level,” Ellerbe insisted. “Floyd has made more money in his last two fights than the other fellow has in his whole career.”Arum has already said he will not grovel to get the fight and has talked about other opponents, beginning with Antonio Margarito. But Arum said the Mayweather fight will be first priority.“That’s the fight the congressman wants so let’s see if we can make it happen,” Arum said.Mayweather has other options, too, though none that will make him the kind of money a Pacquiao fight will. And while he insists he is the greatest fighter ever, he’s not even in the conversation unless he takes on the best of his era in their prime.Still, there’s a very real chance the fight that has to happen may never happen. Both sides are too entrenched, and both sides are too intractable.Boxing could be the loser, but that should come as no surprise to fans of the sport.Remember, they’ve seen this act before.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2016)–Forwardly placed throughout under Brice Blanc, Havanna Belle blew by favored Gaga A a sixteenth of a mile from home and marched to a 2 ¼ length victory in Santa Anita’s $75,000 Astra Stakes on Sunday. Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 4-year-old Irish-bred filly got the marathon distance of a mile and one half on turf in 2:27.03.“I was able to work her last week and I’ve watched videos of her,” said Blanc. “I always thought she looked like maybe she was too far back. When I worked her the other day, she acted like a filly that has a little kick, but not necessarily like a filly that can come from way out of the clouds.“I was able to break from the gate well and she put me right into the race. I was a little worried. She got a little keen the first part but I was able to give her a little breather coming onto the front side and it made all the difference. It was just how I envisioned it in my head.”A troubled eighth in a second condition allowance going one mile on turf here Dec. 30, Havanna Belle was winless in her last four starts. Off at 10-1 in a field of nine older fillies and mares, she paid $22.20, $10.80 and $8.00.“It took her a bit to settle, but I thought that the whole way around Brice had her in the perfect spot tracking,” said D’Amato. “When it was time to make his move he angled her out and got it.”Owned by Michael House, Havanna Belle notched her third win from 14 lifetime starts and with the winner’s share of $47,520, increased her earnings to $111,813.“I’m very happy,” said House in the Winner’s Circle. “This filly has always shown promise but she hasn’t had too many clean trips. Brice put her into the race today and then got her to relax.”Brazilian-bred Energia Fribby, who added blinkers, settled nicely in the early stages and finished well to complete the exacta under Mario Gutierrez. Off at 18-1, she finished a nose in front of fellow longshot Sweet as a Rose and paid $18.60 and $12.80.Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Sweet as a Rose rallied from off the pace as well and paid $7.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.55, 47.12, 1:12.17, 1:37.28 and 2:02.31.First post time for a nine-race card on Monday is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2016) – Birdatthewire heads a competitive field of eight older fillies and mares this Saturday at Santa Anita in the 75th running of the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.A 4-year-old filly by Summer Bird, Birdatthewire will be making her second start for trainer Tom Proctor. Previously trained by east coast based Dale Romans, Birdatthewire shipped west for the Grade I, seven furlong La Brea on opening day, Dec. 26, and was an impressive half-length winner, up late to take the prestigious stakes for 3-year-old fillies.Birdatthewire transferred to Proctor’s stable following the La Brea score and most recently ran in the Jan. 16 Grade II La Canada at the Santa Maria distance under new rider, Drayden Van Dyke to finish second despite being fanned wide throughout the first turn.“I was completely taken out by Santiago (Gonzalez, on Oscar Party whose rein broke going into the first turn), said Van Dyke immediately after the race. “I didn’t know what was happening. He came flying by me, which made my horse get really rank…I got stuck outside of him, and he was way out there.”Sometimes deemed difficult due to her quirky running style down the stretch, Birdatthewire will hope for a fast pace to run at and plenty of room out in the middle of the track Saturday. Owned by Forum Racing IV, Birdatthewire, whose last eight races have all been in graded stakes, will be reunited with rider Mike Smith, who was up for the La Brea win. She is 12-4-3-1 overall with $609,090 in earnings.The complete field for the Grade II Santa Maria, to be run as the 8th race on a nine race program Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Star Act, Tyler Baze, 120; Gas Total, Flavien Prat, 120; Birdatthewire, Mike Smith, 122; Big Break, Edwin Maldonado, 120; Kyriaki, Rafael Bejarano, 120; Living The Life, Gary Stevens, 120; Yahilwa, Joe Talamo, 120; Tara’s Tango, Martin Garcia, 120. First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.