‘Dreams do come true!’ Tottenham fans react to brilliant news

first_img1 Roy Hodgson with Franco Baldini It’s finally over Tottenham fans.To round off a stunning weekend for Spurs, which saw them stuff Manchester City 4-1 at White Hart Lane, they have now got the news they’ve been looking forward to for some time.Technical director Franco Baldini has left the club by mutual consent after two years in charge of the club’s scouting and transfer policy.The Italian will forever be associated with signing the ‘Magnificent Seven’ in 2013, using the money the club earned from selling Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches, Paulinho and Roberto Soldado were all bought for sizeable sums and have already been offloaded, while Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela remain.Last year, Federico Fazio, Benjamin Stambouli and Michel Vorm were among the men he landed for Mauricio Pochettino, while this summer he was only involved in the sale of players.And even though Baldini played a significant role in a number of key sales, which recouped plenty of cash, Tottenham Hotspur fans are happy to see the back of him.You can see how they reacted to the news below…last_img

Liverpool report: Reds to offer Mario Balotelli in swap deal to land AC Milan goalkeeper Diego Lopez

first_img AC Milan goalkeeper Diego Lopez Liverpool are ready to use Mario Balotelli as part of a deal to bring Diego Lopez to Anfield.The AC Milan goalkeeper is currently out of action due to injury and has found his spot under threat from teen star Gianluigi Donnarumma.The 16-year-old has been in stunning form since being given his chance and Lopez may struggle to get back into the side.As a result, the Spaniard is considering a move away and clubs in Europe have been placed on red alert.One of those teams, according to Calciomercato, is Liverpool and the Reds are ready to make a January swoop.In order to sweeten the deal boss Jurgen Klopp has reportedly given the green light for Balotelli to be used as a makeweight.The striker is already on loan at Milan and it is said he would prefer to remain in Italy. 1last_img

Major shake up? Predicting Newcastle XI to face Liverpool

first_img 21. Rob Elliot – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 11 4. Jack Colback – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 10. Siem de Jong – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 11 2. Fabricio Coloccini – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 11 18. Chancel Mbemba – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 11 11 11 11 17. Ayoze Perez – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 22. Daryl Janmaat – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 11 8. Vurnon Anita – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 11 11 5. Georginio Wijnaldum – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 11 It’s been a disastrous two weeks in a desolate season for Newcastle United, and Sunday’s fixture against free-scoring Liverpool looks like an ominous task for a side completely devoid of confidence and character.Steve McClaren had to go back to the drawing board again this week, hauling his players into an impromptu training session the day after an embarrassing defeat to Crystal Palace.It remains to be seen which players survive the team sheet from that game, with poor performances across the pitch sparking rumours of a major shake-up in almost every position. Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini looked most likely to face the chop, but with injuries to Jamaal Lascelles and recently recalled Mike ‘Brazilianson’ Williamson, the Argentine is almost certain to start.Moussa Sissoko is another big name player whose position in the team could well be in doubt, but will McClaren decide to drop one of his club’s star players?Here’s how talkSPORT predict Newcastle could line up on Sunday. 43. Kevin Mbabu – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking right 45. Aleksandar Mitrovi?last_img

Chelsea starlet making big impact at Bundesliga club

first_img1 Borussia Monchengladbach are already hoping to open talks with Chelsea about a permanent move for on-loan defender Andreas Christensen.The 19-year-old joined the German club on a two-year loan spell during the summer and has impressed during his 17 Bundesliga appearances so far.Monchengladbach’s sporting director Max Eberl has now revealed that he wants to discuss a permanent switch as soon as this summer.He told German magazine Kicker: “Our intention is to try and get into talks with Chelsea in the summer.“Andreas fulfils everything we’ve seen in him. And we are delighted that we were able to take him on loan without any ifs and buts.” Andreas Christensen last_img

San Francisco weighs supervised injection site for addicts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOrganizers of the daylong forum, which included a coalition of nonprofit health and social-service groups, acknowledge that it could take years to get such a facility. Along with legal hurdles , the effort would be almost sure to face political opposition. Bertha Madras, deputy director of demand reduction for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, called San Francisco’s consideration of such a facility “disconcerting” and “poor public policy.” “The underlying philosophy is, `We accept drug addiction, we accept the state of affairs as acceptable,”‘ Madras said. “This is a form of giving up.” Sixty-five similar facilities exist in 27 cities in eight countries, but no other U.S. cities have considered creating one, according to Hilary McQuie, Western director for the Harm Reduction Coalition, a nonprofit that promotes alternative drug treatment methods. “If it happens anywhere in the U.S., it will most likely start in San Francisco,” McQuie said. SAN FRANCISCO – City health officials took the first tentative steps Thursday toward opening the nation’s first legal safe-injection room, where addicts could shoot up heroin, cocaine and other drugs under the supervision of nurses. Hoping to reduce San Francisco’s high rate of fatal drug overdoses, the public health department co-sponsored a symposium on the only such facility in North America, a four-year-old Vancouver site where an estimated 700 intravenous users a day self-administer narcotics. Hundreds of community activists and health workers attending the forum also discussed what it would take to get a similar service going in San Francisco. “Having the conversation today will help us figure out whether this is a way to reduce the harms and improve the health of our community,” said Grant Colfax, director of HIV prevention for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

USB drive with TV playback to debut

first_imgCBS Corp. found in its consumer research of the TakeTV product that people liked its simplicity, compact size and price. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TECHNOLOGY: The flash device made by SanDisk can transport shows from Internet. By May Wong THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN JOSE – Flash memory maker SanDisk Corp. today will debut an online video service and a USB flash drive that can carry television programs and videos from a computer for playback on TVs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Sansa TakeTV video player – an ensemble of an oversized USB drive, remote control and a small dock that connects to a TV – and its accompanying video service, Fanfare, marks the latest attempt by a company looking to bridge content between the PC and the television. Similar to using a USB drive to store and move data files, users of TakeTV can drag-and-drop video files stored on their computer – Fanfare downloads, home videos or other unrestricted video content from the Web – onto the device. Users can then plug it into the cradle connected to a TV. A simple menu appears on the TV to scroll through the files for playback. The TakeTV player is $99.99 for a 4 gigabyte model and $149.99 for an 8 GB one that can hold up to 10 hours of video. Fanfare, in a test stage, offers premium TV shows for $1.99 per download – roughly the same price as rival services, but SanDisk says it hopes to ultimately provide a broad mixture of free and ad-supported content as well as pay-per-download videos. Fanfare’s catalog at launch is small, with about 85 titles. It features TV shows from CBS, including “CSI” and “Survivor”; Showtime; TV Guide; and Smithsonian Networks. Dozens of titles are being added each week, SanDisk said. The online video service is a new venture for Milpitas-based SanDisk, which is the leading maker of flash memory cards and holds a distant but steady second-place position behind Apple Inc. in the portable media player market with a 10percent share in the U.S., according to market researcher IDC. last_img

FOR THE RECORD Alabama widens textbook probe

first_imgFrom news services The University of Alabama is investigating the distribution of textbooks to athletes on scholarship in all sports after five football players were suspended for violating rules covering free books for course work. The internal probe, announced in a news release Monday, is to determine if any scholarship athletes violated NCAA rules by obtaining more textbooks than they were allotted for their own classes. The Alabama case surfaced just days after the NCAA put Ball State on probation for two years because of misuse by athletes in several sports of a textbook loan program. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Alabama starting offensive linemen Antoine Caldwell and Marlon Davis, tailback Glen Coffee and defensive backs Marquis Johnson and Chris Rogers were suspended for Alabama’s 41-17 victory over Tennessee on Saturday. University officials said the suspensions involved impermissible receipt of textbooks. Coach Nick Saban said Monday the players used “poor judgment,” but that the university’s textbook distribution system for athletes also failed the players. “No one at the university wants me to say it, but it’s true,” Saban said in a speech to the Monday Morning Quarterback Club. Athletic Department officials said the length of the suspensions for the five football players has not been determined. All five players will be permitted to practice with the football team, which is off this week. ETC.: One of two men accused of shooting at five Duquesne University basketball players after a school dance pleaded guilty to attempted homicide and other counts in Pittsburgh. Derek Scott Lee, 19, of Pittsburgh, was sentenced to seven to 14 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to five counts of attempted homicide and aggravated assault, plus one count of conspiracy and a weapons count. … British boxer Amir Khan was found guilty of careless driving, banned from the road for six months and fined $2,050. He was accused of running a red light and knocking down a pedestrian last year. McLaren filed an appeal in an effort to get four driers disqualified from last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix and give the Formula One title to British rookie Lewis Hamilton. The four drivers were investigated for fuel irregularities following Sunday’s race, but governing body FIA said several hours later that there was not enough evidence to penalize them. Hamilton, who had been leading the drivers’ standings before the final race of the season, finished seventh and wound up in second place overall, one point behind Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. After the race, FIA opened an investigation into possible fuel irregularities involving BMW-Sauber and Williams, whose drivers finished fourth, fifth, sixth and 10th in the race. Three of the four drivers who were investigated finished ahead of Hamilton. If two of them were disqualified, Hamilton would move up and claim the title ahead of Raikkonen. ETC.: A dirt track racer died after a crash during weekend qualifying at the Abilene (Texas) Speedway. Ryan Bard of Farmington, N.M., died early Monday at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, where he was being treated for burns, according to the International Motor Contest Association. The 23-year-old Bard, a competitor in the association’s Southern SportMod division, was injured Sunday when his car rolled over and caught fire during a qualifying race for the Southern Challenge. Roger Federer avoided a rare second straight loss, holding on to beat Michael Berrer of Germany, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, in the first round of the Swiss Indoors in Basel. Federer lost to David Nalbandian on Sunday in the Madrid Masters final. The last time the top-ranked Swiss player lost two straight ATP Tour matches was in May 2003. ETC.: Second-seeded Andy Murray defeated Max Mirnyi, 6-2, 6-2, and advanced to the second round of the St. Petersburg (Russia) Open. … Benjamin Becker of Germany had 19 aces in defeating Arnaud Clement of France, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (3) in the first round of the Lyon (France) Grand Prix. … Karin Knapp rallied to defeat Michaella Krajicek, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4), in the first round of the Generali Ladies in Linz, Austria. Ousted U.S. women’s coach Greg Ryan said he was proud of his team’s accomplishments during his tenure. A day after U.S. Soccer officials announced Ryan’s contract wouldn’t be renewed, Ryan said winning the bronze medal at the 2007 Women’s World Cup was a nice achievement. “I am pleased with what we achieved over the past three years,” Ryan said in an e-mail. “It is amazing that this `new’ team lost only one game during this period. “I am very proud of the bronze medal that we won in the 2007 World Cup. Playing in the most difficult group and on foreign soil, these players earned third place, matching the finish our team had in 2003 playing at home.” Ryan was widely criticized for his decision to bench goalie Hope Solo in favor of Briana Scurry for a semifinal match against Brazil that the top-ranked U.S. team lost. The U.S. was 45-1-9 in three years under Ryan, but the 4-0 loss to Brazil was seen as a failure to win his only major tournament. ETC.: Injured Chivas USA forward Ante Razov has vowed he will return to participate in this year’s playoffs. Cal State Dominguez Hills has been selected to host the 2007 California Collegiate Athletic Association men’s and women’s soccer championships, Commissioner Robert J. Hiegert announced. The CCAA Championships are scheduled for Nov. 2-4 at Toro Stadium. The event will feature four men’s and four women’s teams competing over three days with the winners claiming the conference title. … Marika Domanski-Lyfors resigned as the national coach of the China women’s team. … Arsenal and Manchester United moved closer to a place in the next round of the Champions League with big victories that extended the perfect starts for the English clubs. Arsenal beat visiting Slavia Prague, 7-0, to equal the biggest margin of victory in the competition’s history. English champion United won, 4-2, at Dynamo Kiev. … Former FC Barcelona and Spain midfielder Josep Guardiola was cleared of doping charges in Brescia, Italy and his seven-month suspended prison sentence was overturned on appeal. … Ireland manager Steve Staunton was fired following his team’s failure to qualify for next year’s European Championship. Cycling’s governing body denied that Spanish rider Iban Mayo had been cleared of doping allegations related to the 2007 Tour de France, and called for a new test of his backup sample. Anne Gripper, anti-doping chief for the International Cycling Union, took issue with the Spanish cycling federation’s announcement Monday that Mayo’s “B” sample had come back negative. “It wasn’t a negative `B’ sample – it was an inconclusive `B’ sample,” Gripper told The Associated Press at a two-day Paris conference on doping in cycling. ETC.: American Levi Leipheimer will join Astana, reuniting with former colleagues Johan Bruyneel and Alberto Contador from the now-defunct Discovery Channel team. North Carolina State women’s coach Kay Yow has resumed chemotherapy in her fight against breast cancer. The 65-year-old Hall of Fame coach had stopped chemotherapy for five months during the offseason in favor of less demanding hormonal treatments. Motorsports Tennis Soccer The original prognostication of his sprained knee called for Razov’s recovery to take four to six weeks, just in time for the MLS Cup final. “No, no, clearly before that,” Razov said. “I can’t give you a date but it will be before that. We’ve talked maybe Nov. 10 for the semifinals but possibly for the second game against Kansas City.” … Cycling College basketball Boxing Jermain Taylor has exercised the rematch clause in his contract with Kelly Pavlik, Taylor’s promoter said. Pavlik (32-0) stopped Taylor (27-1-1) in the seventh round Sept. 29 to win the middleweight title. Lou DiBella, Taylor’s promoter, said the rematch would likely be at 166 pounds, six pounds higher than the middleweight limit.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

New councilman ready to begin term

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – Bill Rounds, newly elected councilman, said he has no intention of making significant changes, but will ease his way into the job he was elected to Tuesday. “I’ll get in and look at everything, but I don’t see making big changes right away,” he said. Rounds, 57, said he is looking forward to working with the other council members, including Mayor Joe Serrano, 57, who was re-elected Tuesday to a second term. “I just want to make good, reasonable decisions,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “I’m very pleased with Bill’s victory,” said Councilman Ron Kernes, who decided to retire instead of seeking re-election after serving on the council for 29 years. “He is well-known in the community and has worked for for the city for as long as I have,” said Kernes, 68. Rounds, an engineering technician, has been on the Planning Commission for nine years and has worked with city and school organizations for the past 25 years. He said the deciding factor in his win was the fact of being a known commodity. “People know me because of my involvement, and I’ve earned their respect.” Rounds said. “I’ve worked my way up to the position.” Serrano did not return calls seeking comment on his successful campaign. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Justices express doubts on tobacco shipping controls

first_imgWASHINGTON – Several Supreme Court justices on Wednesday expressed skepticism over a Maine law aimed at cracking down on Internet tobacco sales to children. Paul Stern, Maine’s deputy attorney general, argued that states like Maine are trying to protect public health by ensuring that tobacco does not end up in children’s hands. Federal law, however, bars states from regulating prices, routes or services of shipping companies. Under the Maine statute, companies must check packages against a list from the state attorney general of known unlicensed tobacco retailers. They must deliver only to the person to whom the package is addressed and a recipient under age 27 must present identification before the package can be delivered. Maine’s restrictions might leave delivery companies with little choice but to “get out of the business,” Chief Justice John Roberts suggested. A 2002 study concluded that Internet vendors sold 400 million packs of cigarettes annually, 2 percent of the cigarettes consumed in the United States, a figure that anti-smoking groups say is growing. The number of Internet cigarette vendors has risen sharply from 88 in January 2000 to 772 in January 2006, says Kurt Ribisl, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina’s school of public health who has spent the past eight years studying the issue.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Congress wanted to end a certain category of regulation,” said Justice David Souter, challenging Stern’s argument that the congressional prohibition did not extend to the arena of public health. Justice Antonin Scalia said the practical effect of Maine’s law will be that Internet tobacco sellers will “just ship it through the postal service,” an area Congress has not addressed. Two lower courts ruled against Maine. But if Maine officials prevail in the Supreme Court, “any number of states will impose different standards on any number of different products that they deem unhealthy or unsafe,” say the three New England transportation company associations that filed suit. Intricate national delivery networks have been able to speed $6 trillion worth of packages to their destinations every year because Congress mandated that cargo carriers not be subject to an inefficient patchwork of state laws, the shipping companies argue. Like other states, Maine has imposed steep increases in cigarette taxes. So smokers nationwide increasingly are going online for bargains, and underage smokers are among them, according to anti-smoking groups. last_img