CONFIRMED: Chelsea sign 23-year-old centre-back

first_img Michael Hector up against Edinson Cavani 1 Michael Hector has joined Chelsea from Reading, the club have announced.The Jamaica international centre-back moves in a £4million deal but will return to the Championship club on loan for the rest of the season.A 23-year-old defender, Hector is also a lifelong Chelsea fan and has captained the Royals this year. He also played for his nation at the Copa America over the summer.His contract at Stamford Bridge is a five-year deal.last_img

‘Chelsea will need him to escape the Championship’ – reaction to transfer rumour

first_img Wayne Rooney has been linked with a transfer to Chelsea 1 In what was a surprising transfer rumour, Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney was linked with a move out of Old Trafford.As you can see, reigning English champions Chelsea are in the market for a new striker, and are favourites to sign Rooney in next summer’s transfer window.And, as can be imagined, there has been a considerable amount of reaction, with some convinced it could happen, while others are not so sure.Have a read of what Premier League fans had to say, on Twitter, below.last_img

Daniel Sturridge’s latest injury won’t affect Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool vision

first_imgJurgen Klopp will not mess around with a decision on Daniel Sturridge’s future at Liverpool.That’s the verdict of former Manchester United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen, who believes the England striker’s latest setback – a hamstring problem – in a long line of injuries could force the Reds’ boss into a decision.Meulensteen is certain Klopp has a concrete ideology of how his Liverpool team will evolve and progress that won’t be impacted by the 26-year-old’s persistent absences.“One thing to be sure is that Jurgen Klopp will not mess around in that respect because he has a clear vision where he wants to take Liverpool, with or without Sturridge,” Meulensteen told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“That’s how he [Klopp] will look at it. If he [Sturridge] is seen as important Liverpool will do everything they can to get him back to his best and back performing in every game.“But if he’s not I am 100 per cent sure that Klopp will make a decision to move on without him.”Sturridge has featured just three times under Klopp’s stewardship so far, twice in brief substitute cameos, but scored twice in the 6-1 League Cup win at Southampton as he showed signs of recovering from knee and foot injuries.But the latest concern is likely to see him miss the congested Christmas schedule, leaving Klopp with just Christian Benteke and Divock Origi at his disposal in an attacking sense.last_img read more

Louis van Gaal insists he will NOT quit after ‘fighting’ Manchester United draw with Chelsea

first_img Louis van Gaal 1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he has no plans to walk away from the club after his players turned in a spirited performance in the 0-0 draw with Chelsea.The Red Devils responded admirably to the terrible 2-0 defeat to Stoke on Boxing Day and will feel aggrieved they didn’t take all three points after squandering some gilt-edged openings.Van Gaal had suggested he could resign following the loss at the Britannia, but dismissed those claims after his side’s battling display.“When the players an give such a performance with this lot of pressure then it is not any reason to resign for me. Maybe the media wants that, but I shall not do that,” said the Dutchman.Despite arresting a run of four successive defeats in all competitions, United extended their winless run to eight games and are nine points behind league leaders Arsenal.The pressure remains firmly on Van Gaal, but he does not appear to be too worried about his future and welcomed the support of the United fans.He added: “It’s for me not an interesting subject because I cannot have any influence on that.“I can only work with my players and you have seen that the players are fighting for me; they have given a good performance.“Even after this result the fans were applauding. I cannot say that I am very much concerned, but in this football world you never know. I have full confidence in the board and that’s also more important I think in my players.”last_img read more

Kings have heart and then get Wild

first_imgNHL: Kopitar’s flashy goal in the shootout clinches the victory. By Matthew Kredell STAFF WRITER Kings general manager Dean Lombardi said in a conference call Monday that he didn’t think a lack of heart was the problem with his struggling team. The fans certainly thought so, with a season-low announced crowd of 14,239 at the game. But the Kings came out with the fire the team has lacked all season, improving to 2-5 while dropping the Wild to 5-1. Coach Marc Crawford sent a message before the game by scratching forward Ladislav Nagy, who was scoreless in the first six games playing on the top two lines. “We just didn’t feel he’s played at the level he needs to play at and we wanted to give him a real strong message that you’ve got to be a lot better,” Crawford said. “He’ll get an opportunity again and we expect more from him. He’s paid to be a top scorer in this league and he needs to perform like that.” With Nagy out, Cammalleri moved back to the top line alongside Kopitar and Brown. Patrick O’Sullivan, who had filled a defensive role on the season, moved up to the second scoring line with Derek Armstrong and Alexander Frolov. Kopitar said he planned his unorthodox shootout goal. The left-hander went to his left and had Backstrom on the ice before reaching over and pushing the puck in ever so gently with his off hand. “I knew I had to score and I felt comfortable with that move,” Kopitar said. “I actually tried it in the morning skate and it worked, so I was confident it was going in.” Aubin, who came off the injured reserve list Monday to replace 19-year-old Jonathan Bernier after he was sent back to juniors, stopped 28 of 31 shots in his Kings debut. On the second goal, he left the puck behind the net for Tom Preissing, but Minnesota’s Branko Radivojevic swooped in and stole the puck against the boards. He found Mikko Koivu coming up for an easy goal before Aubin could really get set. With the Kings up, 3-2, in the third period after a Kopitar goal, Aubin was beaten by a slap shot from Brian Rolston to tie the game and force overtime. The Kings protected Aubin well by only committing three penalties and limiting mistakes. “I thought our team made sure he didn’t have the type of night we’ve been exposing our other goaltenders to so far this year,” Crawford said. “It was a good team win and J-S was adequate in the net, and hopefully he can build on that.” matthew.kredell@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Kings went out and proved him right Tuesday, upending the only undefeated team left in the NHL with a 4-3 victory over Minnesota in a shootout at Staples Center. Anze Kopitar scored the game-winner, reaching out with one hand to slip the puck past a diving Niklas Backstrom. “It feels really good to come into the locker room with the win,” Kopitar said. “We played like a really desperate team on the ice.” Dustin Brown and Michael Cammalleri also scored in the shootout, and Jean-Sebastien Aubin stopped the Wild’s second attempt with his pads. An undefeated opponent has to be the last thing a struggling team wants to see come into its building. last_img read more

Accused deputy impersonaters due in court

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Jones alleged the suspects wore green clothing displaying sheriff’s department logos, identified themselves as sheriff’s deputies or police officers, and subjected the victims to “pat-down” searches. The suspects then took the victims’ wallets and/or cash and told them to keep walking, Jones said. The pair were arrested in the city of Los Angeles when a detective from Los Angeles Police Department’s Rampart Division saw them detaining several people, Jones said. “It appears that some of these locations where the suspects hit (were) in areas where day laborers would work,” sheriff’s Detective Dan Jaramillo said at a news conference. “In the afternoon hours, people would be coming home from work with large amounts of cash in their pockets,” Jaramillo said. “Sometimes it was hundreds of dollars that people lost.” A preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin today for a man and a woman charged with robbing more than 20 people, most of them undocumented workers, while impersonating sheriff’s deputies. Steve Leo, 34, and Sabrina John, 32, are each being held on $500,000 bail, said Deputy Johnie Jones of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau. The pair, arrested late last month, are charged with three counts of robbery and two counts of attempted robbery stemming from alleged crimes committed between Aug. 30 and Oct. 23 in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Leo and John are due in Bellflower Superior Court this morning for a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require them to stand trial on the felony charges. Deputies displayed the uniforms and badges that the suspects allegedly wore. “The key to this is that we’ve caught the suspects, because it’s serious to … what law enforcement represents,” Sheriff Lee Baca said. “We are not in the business of committing crime.” Other possible victims were urged to call the sheriff’s department at (562) 946-7136. Spanish-speaking investigators will be available to handle complaints, authorities 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

Belated tribute

first_imgThe distraught mother moved out of state soon after and has not been in touch with anyone from the gym since.George Valdez, the owner of Muay Thai in Whittier and East Los Angeles, said the placement of the marker, which reads, “Safe in the Arms of Jesus,” is long overdue.“There were some people, other gyms in fact, who said they would raise money, but nothing came of it,” he said.Instead of waiting further and continuing what he called “an injustice to her memory,” Valdez and Larry Fuentes, superintendent of United Memorial Products Inc., decided to band together to get the little girl’s resting place settled.“Anna Marie brought great energy to the gym,” Valdez, 50, said.She was introduced to the sport at the East Los Angeles site by her uncle, Giovanni, who doesn’t attend anymore.“I see him around, but he was never the same,” Valdez said.Butanda, 31, remembers Anna Marie as an enthusiastic student.“She wanted to be a professional kickboxer,” he said.“Now she’s a champion in heaven,” he said, fighting back 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! • Video: Headstone for Anna MarieWHITTIER – More than two years after being laid to rest at Rose Hills Mortuary and Memorial Park, Anna Marie Rico’s grave remains unmarked.But thanks to her “family” at Valdez Muay Thai Kickboxing, the 9-year-old’s grave will be adorned with a black marble headstone.“It was a Friday morning,” said Joe Butanda, kickboxing champion and trainer, recalling what happened, “and we had been sparring for about a round and a half.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre But after about five minutes of exercise, the young Montebello resident fell to the mat and stopped breathing.“She had been breathing funny and then she dropped,” he said, shaking his head. “There isn’t a day that I don’t remember her and what happened.”Anna Marie was resuscitated on the 18-foot-by-18-foot ring by responding paramedics who used a defibrillator on her small body three times.She died at a hospital. The cause of death was determined to be a heart attack.Anna Marie was the only child of a single mother who, for months after, would visit the gym and touch the place where the girl took her last breath.last_img read more

Murder trial sent to jury

first_imgThe preliminary hearing testimony of Alberto Martinez, who said he had seen Caballero three times in Garcia’s home on the day of the murder, was read into the record. “No efforts were made to find the real killer because (the Sheriff’s Department) had made up their mind it was Eric Caballero,” McDaniel said. “If the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department had done their job, Mr. Caballero wouldn’t be sitting here,” she said. “The real killer would be here.” Dominguez said two witnesses, Martinez and Eugene Silos, placed Caballero in Garcia’s home when the murder was taking place. She said the apparent motive was that Caballero needed something he could sell for money or drugs. “He had friends when he had money or drugs,” Dominguez said. “He picked a family home because he knew a way out of the home,” she said. “He picked a home where he knew only Adeline Garcia would be there.” Evidence of the burglary and robbery was provided by George Campos, a friend of Caballero, who testified he saw him with two guns that looked like those taken from the house. DNA evidence of Caballero, Martinez and Garcia was found on the defendant’s tennis shoe, she said. During the preliminary hearing, Martinez had testified there was a mucus-like substance resembling blood on the shoe. McDaniel said with that evidence, maybe it was Martinez who did the killing. She also asked why so few fingerprints or DNA evidence were found in the home. McDaniel said that since the guns weren’t recovered, there is no way to know if Campos had seen Caballero with the exact guns from the home. Dominguez said it’s possible that only one fingerprint was found because the killer took the time to clean up. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He went in there looking for something,” Dominguez said. “He found two guns. Unfortunately, Mrs. Garcia found him. He had to kill her because she knew who he was. He grabbed everything and anything he could and struck here.” Dominguez said a toilet paper holder, a bench, a bar stool, a broomstick and a hammer was used in the attack on Garcia. “Her blood was all around the room,” she said. Both of her wrists were broken, she had a fractured skull, a hole in her head, hemorrhaging in her brain, face and head and on her arm were defensive wounds. But Barbara McDaniel, Caballero’s attorney, said the prosecution’s case had holes. McDaniel raised questions about the Sheriff’s Department’s examination of blood and fingerprint evidence and why a key witness didn’t testify. NORWALK – A Superior Court jury must decide whether a 23-year-old La Mirada man brutally killed his 86-year-old great-aunt during a March 4, 2005 burglary and robbery of her La Mirada home or if the Sheriff’s Department got the wrong guy. Jury deliberations continue today. Deputy District Attorney Shelley Dominguez, in closing arguments Monday, asked the jury to convict Eric Steve Caballero of first-degree murder of Adeline Garcia of La Mirada with special circumstances of a burglary and robbery. The latter could send him to prison for life without the possibility of parole. Caballero also is charged with burglary, robbery and elder abuse. last_img read more


first_imgOne of Donegal’s best known coach and tour operators, Mangan Tours, has launched a new initiative to promote Donegal at home and abroad – with support from none other than Gay Byrne!Gaybo – a regular visitor to Donegal – is right behind the venture.‘Donegal Tours’ is a new Day Tours programme, accessible to visitors who would like to discover the county’s magic scenery and rich Donegal heritage, and to locals who would like to see more of their beautiful county. The proactive and much-needed initiative is set to provide a new platform to promote the Donegal brand locally and at international level.  It also comes at a time when tourist operators across Ireland are promoting the new concept of ‘staycation’ whereby people are encouraged to holiday at home.Having decided to take the lead where nobody else has, Joseph Mangan explained: “The tours will offer everyone (visitors & locals alike) the chance to come across spectacular views, friendly communities and distinctive heritage.“It will be a real chance for people to re-discover our scenic coastlines and the unspoiled beauty of mountains without having to drive around themselves. Donegal’s natural beauty is second to none and it is a pleasure and an honour to be able to showcase this to visitors and locals alike.”The new organised tours will offer great exposure for county Donegal and will create value for all participants at local level, generating business for business providers, retailers and local tourism. It will provide the much needed tourist link from Letterkenny to Glenveagh, Dunlewey, Ardara, Slieve League, Inishowen, and Malin Head. The official launch of Donegal Tours took place on the 22nd of May at the Donegal Live Event in Dublin.  For more information check out or contact the booking office on 074 9128410.GAYBO HELPS LAUNCH MANGAN’S DONEGAL TOURS INITIATIVE was last modified: May 26th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Donegal toursGay ByrneJoseph ManganMANGAN TOURSlast_img read more

Podolski going to Euros as Germany social media manager? Fans laugh at inclusion

first_img Lukas Podolski (middle) is in the Germany squad and some fans are confused Lukas Podolski is going to Euro 2016… as a player.The forward has been included in Germany’s team, but Marco Reus has missed out.Podolski spent three years at Arsenal where players enjoy a selfie or two and the 30-year-old was among the most active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, so is he also going to the finals to lend the social media team a hand?That was one reaction online to his inclusion and you can see more here. 1last_img