Arsenal to lose out on long-term target Draxler as Juventus table big-money bid

first_img Schalke star Julian Draxler 1 Juventus are preparing one final offer for long-term Arsenal target Julian Draxler, believed to be in the region of £19million.In one of the summer’s longest running transfer sagas, it is now up to Schalke 04 to consider Juve’s non-negotiable offer and whether they can keep hold of the World Cup-winning schemer.Draxler, 21, is admired by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger but it is unlikely the north London side will return again with a last-ditch bid for his services.It now looks certain, according to the La Gazzetta dello Sport, that Juve is the only club Draxler could move to – with the Italian giants prepared to offer the player a five-year contract worth around 2.5m-per-season.The Old Lady are now waiting on Schalke’s decision over the winger, who first moved to the Veltins-Arena as a youth player in 2001.last_img read more

‘Success never changed him, man of the people’ – Andy Gray on Everton great Howard Kendall

first_imgAndy Gray has paid tribute to his former manager Howard Kendall, who passed away on Saturday, aged 69.Gray was one of the big name players attracted to the club in 1983 and the Scot won Division One, the FA Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup under Kendall’s stewardship.“It’s a real shock,” Gray told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.“Tributes should rightly pour in, there’s absolutely no doubt that myself and many of us owe so much to his guidance, his leadership,  to his charm and abilities as a coach and a man, for what we have achieved and it’s real sad.“I’ve never met anyone who worked with Howard, worked under Howard, as a player, coach, manager, who would ever say a bad word about him and I really mean that.“He was the first manager to drop me, so if anyone’s got a reason to be angry with Howard it would be me!“He really was a fantastic guy, I know it’s said every time somebody passes away but this was a genuine great man. Apart from being a fantastic manager, he was a fantastic guy.”Kendall, who also won the league title with Everton in his playing days, took charge at Goodison Park in 1981 and he oversaw the club’s most successful era, as the Blues became one of the real powerhouses in British football.As their greatest-ever manager, Kendall took charge of Kendall on two more occasions at the beginning and end of the ‘90s, but Gray feels his achievements first time around should go down in ‘folklore’ along with another managerial great.Gray stated: “He felt privileged to be manager of the club he loved passionately. The fact he delivered what he delivered was astonishing, from a side that was a million miles away 12 months before that.“I believe it’s up there with what [Brian] Clough did at Nottingham Forest, I really do. What Brian did at Nottingham Forest is folklore, but what Howard did at Everton should be right up with it as well.”Andy Gray was one of many former players, employers, colleagues and friends to pay tribute to Everton legend Kendall, click here to see a select few made on Twitter.last_img read more

Revealed: The one man who could trump the Guardiola news…

first_img1 What could trump Man City’s announcement that Pep Guardiola will be their manager for the 2016/17 season?Steven Fletcher joining Marseille, of course.He may have scored a hat-trick against Gibraltar, but fans have still been left scratching their heads ever since news about the Sunderland striker’s proposed move to France emerged.Fletcher has been out of favour under manager Sam Allardyce and there were plenty of jokes after the Marseille link.Check out some of the online reaction below and follow the rumours here at the talkSPORT transfer deadline day blog. Steven Fletcher is on the verge of joining Marseille last_img read more

Jose Mourinho’s top target revealed should he take over at Manchester United

first_img Alvaro Morata Alvaro Morata will be Jose Mourinho’s first transfer target should he take over at Manchester United in the summer. Mourinho is the firm favourite to replace under-fire United boss Louis van Gaal, with reports suggesting a deal is already in place for the former Chelsea boss to take over from the Dutchman when the season ends. Real Madrid, who have a £25m buy-back option on the Juventus forward, are lining up a summer move but clubs from England are also interested in matching whatever the Spanish giants offer. Mourinho handed Morata his Real debut during their time together at the Bernabeu and now, according to La Stampa, the Portuguese wants to bring the Spaniard to the Premier League. United are in need of attacking reinforcements next year and Mourinho sees the 23-year-old as the ideal signing to re-energise the club. 1last_img read more

Age no match for beauty of a 1970s Angel

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.She’s had a busy career in movies and television and even had a stint on Broadway in the musical “Annie Get Your Gun,” but to many, Cheryl will forever be Kris Munroe, alongside Kate Jackson’s Sabrina Duncan and Jaclyn Smith’s Kelly Garrett. “It’s amazing how many fans we still have from that show and how much they still love us,” said Ladd, who has been part of the cast of NBC’s “Las Vegas” since 2003. “They feel like we’re their buddies, and it’s just a great feeling. … For a while, when it was over at first, I wanted to move on from it. But now, everything’s a blessing, you know? People just love it so much. I embrace it.” Britney sees kids more under ruling Britney Spears is gonna get to see her kids more, but it will be under watchful eyes. Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon on Tuesday granted Britney three visits per week with her two young sons, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, from noon to 7 p.m. and one overnight visit. To look at her, it doesn’t seem possible that Cheryl Ladd made her debut on “Charlie’s Angels” THIRTY years ago. She still looks spectacular, not much different from when she was picked out of relative obscurity to replace Farrah Fawcett on the iconic female detective series. I got to catch up with Cheryl this week and things started off on a funny note when I told her how little she has changed since her days as an angel. Cheryl, 56, laughed and said: “Your eyes must be going, Honey.” They are not. She also must continue with random drug and alcohol tests twice a week, child-proof her homes and promise to properly use car seats. Britney was recently observed by a court-ordered “parenting coach” whose report was quite damning, although it also states that it is clear she “loves her children and the children are bonded to (Spears).” Gordon, in an eight-page opinion, writes that during initial visits “the environment at the house ranged from chaotic to almost somber with little communication at all” and that Britney “rarely engaged with the children in either conversation or play.” Despite an improvement from the last visit, it is the coach’s opinion “the problem is that unless Ms. Spears realizes the consequences of her behavior and the impact that it has (on) her children, nothing is going to be successful.” Let’s hope, that for the sake of her kids, Britney wakes up soon and smells the Starbucks! Retired 007’s moves slipping? Pierce Brosnan, the former Agent 007, is being investigated on suspicion of striking a photographer who was trying to snap pictures of the actor and one of his children over the weekend in Malibu. reported Tuesday that the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department is investigating details of what occurred outside Casa Escobar on Friday evening in a Malibu mall. A witness said Brosnan said, “Why don’t you **** mate,” then struck photographer Robert Rosen in the ribs. Rosen, according to the witness, then kicked the actor in the stomach. Geez, couldn’t Brosnan have just used some kinda fancy gizmo to get rid of the guy? Must suck not to be Bond anymore. Rosie O’Donnell Factors Bill in Monday night, Rosie O’Donnell found herself unexpectedly appearing on “The O’Reilly Factor.” Wondering how THAT happened? It seems that Bill O’Reilly sent a producer to a Long Island book signing where Rosie was autographing copies of her new memoir “Celebrity Detox.” Rosie signs his book; then the ambush interview begins, with the producer asking why Rosie hadn’t returned O’Reilly’s phone calls and saying, “Rosie, he wants to know if you regret saying that 9-11 was an inside job?” Rosie: “I did not say that. He is quoting the wrong people.” After more back-and-forth, Rosie finally loses her patience: “Sir, you’re done. Get out of the store. You made your point. You have your tape. Go home. Skip home happily.” For an expanded version of the Cheryl Ladd interview and the latest in celebrity news, gossip and parties, go to Greg Hernandez’s Hollywood Joe blog at 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

OC Sheriff Carona, wife and alleged former mistress plead not guilty in federal corruption case

first_imgSANTA ANA – Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona, his wife and alleged former mistress pleaded not guilty today in Santa Ana to corruption- related counts. Carona and his wife, Deborah, and Debra Victoria Hoffman appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marc Goldman, who set a trial date of Dec. 18. But attorneys said outside the courthouse that the case, stemming from a three-year investigation, is complicated and the trial may not begin before August. Outside court, Carona — who has refused to resign — said: “Obviously there will be a portion of my time that will need to be devoted to defending myself in this legal action. I am prepared, and members of my staff are prepared to give me the support to be able to have the time to accomplish that goal. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “You have to understand the Orange County Sheriff’s Department is a well-structured, well-designed organization with a very solid command team,” Carona continued. “I have been meeting with the undersheriff and the assistant sheriffs since this indictment was unsealed, talking about exactly how we will run the department during this difficult time. “Understand that we have a plan,” Carona said. “I will roll that out for you this week. I will not be resigning. There are constitutional responsibilities that can only be handled by me as the sheriff. The day-to-day operations can be handled by the undersheriff and the assistant sheriffs within the department. “In fact, that’s what happens on an on-going basis,” he said. The plan will detail “how I’ll run the department, how we’ll run the department and how I’ll be able to free my time up to be able to do that. “I’m not resigning because I’m not guilty,” he said, adding, “I’m going back to work.” Carona and his wife are free on $20,000 each. Hoffman is free on $10,000 bond. Carona, his wife and Hoffman are each charged with one count of conspiracy. Carona and Hoffman — described by authorities as the sheriff’s longtime mistress — also are charged with four counts each of mail fraud depriving the public of the right of honest services of a public official. Carona additionally faces a count of witness tampering, and Hoffman is charged with three counts of bankruptcy fraud. The three are accused of using the sheriff’s office to enrich themselves by accepting cash payments, a vacation in Lake Tahoe and access to the private plane and yacht of businessman Don Haidl. Haidl, who lacked law enforcement qualifications, was named an assistant sheriff after Carona was elected, court papers alleged. Authorities further allege that Carona was boosted into office by Haidl, who made $1,000 monthly payments in exchange for full access to the resources of the sheriff’s department and a “Get Out Of Jail Free” card. Haidl helped Carona get elected and was appointed in January 1999 to the position of assistant sheriff as payback, the government alleges. The witness tampering charge alleges that he tried to get Haidl to lie to the federal grand jury. Prosecutors allege Haidl began the financial end of his association with Carona before Carona’s election by making several $1,000 campaign “conduit contributions” that concealed that Haidl was the true source of the funds. Besides the cash, prosecutors allege, gifts included a Lake Tahoe vacation, a boat and boat trailer and use of Haidl’s private plane and yacht. Deborah Carona was given a $15,000 Cartier watch, prosecutors allege. Haidl gave Hoffman and George Jaramillo, an assistant sheriff until Carona fired him in March 2004, a $110,000 loan to revive their law firm, the indictment alleges. Hoffman is accused of bankruptcy fraud for allegedly failing to disclose various economic interests, including the loan and payments from Haidl. The conspiracy charge alleges in part that the three covered up and concealed the cash payments, loans, gifts and other benefits by failing to declare them on their Statements of Economic Interest and other public documents. If convicted, Carona and Hoffman face maximum of sentences of nearly 100 years in prison and fines up to $2 million. Carona’s wife faces up to five years and a $250,000 fine. Carona has denied all of the allegations included in the 10-count federal complaint. Haidl and Jaramillo were charged separately, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett Sagel. Both men pleaded guilty last March to federal charges and face sentencing on June 23. Jaramillo, who is serving a one-year sentence in a separate state case for lying to a grand jury and misusing a county helicopter, pleaded guilty to federal charges of depriving the public of his honest services, mail fraud and tax fraud, while Haidl admitted a tax offense. Carona, in a recorded conversation last Aug. 13, encouraged Haidl to withhold evidence in order to make false statements to the grand jury, the court papers allege. ——————————————- 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


first_imgToday marks the end of an era in Letterkenny, as Gary’s Petworld as we know it, will shut its doors to the public at 6pm this evening. But the hugely successful business certainly isn’t going away.Instead it is relocating to a brand new superstore just across the road in the nearby retail park. Gary’s Petworld will shut it doors for the last time this evening, at its current location on Pearse Road, Letterkenny where it has been located for the past twenty years.The store has been engrained in the fabric of Letterkenny for over two decades now and is one of the most popular and successful businesses in Donegal.The management’s desire to provide the best products and top class customer service consistently over such a sustained period of time ensured the stellar reputation it now has.Gary Cooney, arrived in Letterkenny twenty years ago to set up a pet shop. Back then, Gary couldn’t have envisaged how the business would grow to the incredible success it has, which as a result has now outgrown its current location.It is a day tinged with sadness for Gary and his staff, however there is also great excitement for what is to come.The store will be opening its doors in its new home, just across the road in the retail park in Cooneys Home and Garden on Friday the 17th of October.Gary would like to thank all his loyal customers over the years and welcomes them all to the new store. END OF AN ERA AS GARY’S PETWORLD SHUTS ITS DOORS BUT PLANS A BRIGHT NEW FUTURE NEARBY was last modified: October 15th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesGary’s PetworldnewsNoticeslast_img read more

Pico Rivera boosts city manager’s salary

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSalcido said Fuentes is not qualified for the job because of his lack of education and experience in city administration. He also said the city manager’s political entanglements have interfered with his job. “The mayor and Chuck sit together in his office for hours,” Salcido said. “We used to work, we used to have an organization.” Fuentes has worked in politics for many years, aiding in campaigns for Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, and later for Beilke, Gallegos-Smith and Archuleta. Fuentes said he is qualified as city manager, and that efforts to see him removed are politically motivated. “(Salcido) is a miserable malcontent,” Fuentes said. “He’s constantly trying to stir up animosity amongst the staff and amongst the council. That’s just his style.” PICO RIVERA – City Manager Chuck Fuentes got a $25,000 salary bump Tuesday night via a 3-2 vote by the City Council. The hike means Fuentes, who doesn’t have a college degree, will receive $175,000 annually. “I’ll earn my stripes, which I’m already doing,” Fuentes said. “I believe that this city is definitely moving in the right direction and every month we’re making more and more accomplishments.” Fuentes, 55, has faced criticism by some council members who said his allegiance rests with a 3-2 voting majority made up of Mayor Ron Beilke, Councilwoman Gracie Gallegos-Smith and Councilman Bob Archuleta. “He is an agent of the mayor,” Councilman Gregory Salcido said. “That manifests itself daily. If Ron Beilke didn’t exist, he would never have been interviewed for this position.” According to Beilke, cities with similar populations pay their city managers an average of $187,000 each year, meaning Fuentes’ salary is still below the norm. The previous city manager, Dennis Courtermarche, was fired nearly two years ago after his requests for a salary increase would have placed his pay at more than $200,000 annually. Fuentes said he was promised a raise by Beilke, Gallegos-Smith and Archuleta when he took the position in March, six months after being fired from the same job. “I wasn’t demanding a raise at the earliest opportunity,” Fuentes said. “I had indicated that I wanted to be compensated at the level of a city this size.” Fuentes’ tenure as city manager has been tumultuous. He was fired from the position in September of last year and rehired in March. “They were sworn in on a Tuesday, and on Thursday they put Chuck back in as city manager,” Salcido said. “There was no interview process, they didn’t go through a search.” Beilke said the decision to bring back his ally was one the people of Pico Rivera supported by electing Gallegos-Smith and Archuleta in March. “It’s just sour grapes,” Beilke said. “At the end of the day, I think that the best argument is that the voters put in three new people. They wanted this.” The issue of giving the city manager a raise was talked about in closed sessions before two City Council meetings. Salcido and Armenta said they had hoped to delay any salary increase until Fuentes’ job performance could be better investigated. Salcido moved to delay the vote on Tuesday. He said that residents had not been properly informed of the change in pay. The City Council agenda had stated that an adjustment would be made to the city manager’s contract, but did not indicate what kind of change would be made. “Those are the appropriate legal definitions that have to be placed, and nothing further,” Fuentes said. “Everybody knows what that means. It means if I’m doing a good job, I’m gonna get a bump.” Salcido said he hopes to work with Fuentes effectively in the future. “I get upset with myself if I get unnecessarily confrontational at the dais,” Salcido said. “I’ve always tried to work with him.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want 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

Police: Debit-card fraud case growing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champBy Friday, that number had jumped to 70, El Monte police Detective Brian Glick said. The reported monetary losses had also jumped from $10,000 to $30,000 – and Glick said that number could reach $100,000 once all of the cases are investigated. “The victims are still coming in,” said Victor Hernandez, a police investigator. “I am getting just swamped with calls of people hearing about this.” Many of the victims – one is an employee at the gas station – are patrons of Washington Mutual, Bank of America, Citibank, Vons Credit Union and the El Monte City Credit Union, Hernandez said. No illegal devices have been found at the gas station, but authorities say the fact that all the victims have used their cards there is more than a “coincidence.” EL MONTE – The number of victims in a debit-card scam linked to an ARCO gas station has nearly doubled in three days with losses estimated at tens of thousands of dollars. El Monte police detectives believe the common denominator of more than 60 identity-theft victims is that all used debit cards to buy gasoline at a gas station at 4378 N. Santa Anita Ave. Authorities said they noticed the trend after receiving information from local banks and credit unions whose customers had been victimized. On Tuesday – when detectives shut down the station to search pump terminals for illegal devices – they had identified as many as 45 potential victims. Police do not believe the gas station’s owner is involved. In this case, investigators believe an advanced computer device was used to capture information from cards’ electronic strips and personal identification numbers (PIN). The thieves then used the information to make cash withdrawals – between $400 and $1,500 – from locations in Palm Springs and New York, and out of 7-Eleven stores in Las Vegas, Glick said. El Monte resident Douglas Trujillo said $1,100 was stolen from his account between Dec. 7 and Sunday evening. “I do online banking and I looked at my account and I noticed my checking account at zero dollars,” he said. “That set alarms off for me.” Three illegal withdrawals – two in Las Vegas and one in Simi Valley – were made. Trujillo is a frequent customer of the Santa Anita Avenue gas station and called himself an “avid user of check cards.” Hernandez said a group of people are likely behind this debit-card scam because withdrawals are being made simultaneously in locations hundreds, sometimes thousands, of miles away from one another. Police have also spoken with other investigators working similar cases at ARCO gas stations in other cities. “There seems to be more ARCO gas stations than other gas stations targeted,” Glick said. “It’s possible a specific group or groups are working these pumps.” At ARCO stations, customers are only given the option of authorizing a debit transaction, which requires a PIN, rather than a credit transaction, which doesn’t. ARCO officials said the company only accepts debit cards because banks impose higher fees for credit transactions. “ARCO considers the safety and security of every customer a top priority,” said Todd Spitler, a spokesman for the company. “But there are other businesses throughout California, not only us, that only accept debit cards.” The company often updates its technology to thwart criminal activity, and any time their pumps are compromised, ARCO officials work with law enforcement agencies, Spitler said. But identity theft is a global issue, he said. Anyone can be at risk, according to Glick. “You could go to a restaurant, give your card to a waiter or waitress and they could walk away and skim your information,” he said. “You would never know it.” Glick said the best thing patrons can do is check their accounts daily and access their credit reports. “I’m actually going to change my whole process,” Trujillo said. “Now that I’ve seen how easy (thieves) can do this, I’m just going to stick to using cash and secure ATMs.” [email protected] (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!last_img read more

Chaffey wins race to 100

first_imgRANCHO CUCAMONGA – The powerful Chaffey College offense places a lot of stock in one general principle: The first team to 100 points wins. It held true on Wednesday. Jamar Smith scored a game-high 28 points and Jerome Habel added 25 – with 24 coming in a second half that had San Bernardino turn a nine-point deficit into a two-point lead. The lead changed hands six times inside the last four minutes of the game, with the Wolverines taking a 94-92 lead – their largest of the game – when Habel completed a three-point play with just over two minutes to play. But Vince Alvarado answered with one of his pair of three-pointers in the game and T.J. Smith pushed Chaffey’s advantage to 100-96 with a long jumper with less than a minute left. It was just enough time for the Panthers to invite the Wolverines back into the game. Jamar Smith drove for a bucket with 25.7 seconds left and T.J. Smith threw the ball away on the ensuing possession, leaving 17.9 seconds left for San Bernardino to work the ball inside to Habel for the tie. At least that’s what Chaffey planned for. Instead, Dewayne Pettus got the ball, drove inside and came up short on a layup. McClure grabbed the rebound and the foul, and then completed a 6-for-6 effort at the foul line with two free throws that iced the win. Chaffey made 30 of its 35 free throws, including 17-of-19 in the second half, in an effort that began with early execution of the game plan: get the Wolverines into early foul trouble and make the freebies count. Habel, with two early fouls, had four points and a lot of minutes on the bench in the first half, and five Wolverines finished with three or more fouls. “We were able to attack them,” Klein said. “We did what we needed to do.” CHAFFEY WOMEN 61, SBVC 39: Alysia Lewis scored a game-high 17 points, Tynisha Utz added 14 and Chaffey snapped a three-game losing streak with a 61-39 victory over San Bernardino Valley, the Panthers’ first victory in the Foothill Conference. The Panthers (4-14, 1-2) opened the first half with an 18-4 run and maintained a double-digit lead for virtually the entire game, with Lewis sinking three 3-pointers and Mary Barbera hitting two in a 10-point game. Zulema Barajas led San Bernardino Valley (1-16, 1-3) with 11 points, Janae Westmoreland scored 10 and Rocky Malloy added eight before fouling out late in the game. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Without the size to match up inside with the No. 16 San Bernardino Valley College men’s basketball team, No. 17 Chaffey leaned on its guards and a hot hand at the foul line, outlasting the Wolverines in a 102-100 win that gave the Panthers the inside track in the Foothill Conference title race. “They didn’t want to give us respect,” Chaffey forward Jason McClure said. “So we were going to take it any way we can get it. We came in here and showed we were the better team.” center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Earlier, the Chaffey women began the sweep with a 61-39 win over SBVC. In the men’s game, the Panthers’ offensive display was meant for both San Bernardino (15-8, 2-1) and the rest of the conference coaches who picked the Panthers (18-4, 3-0) to finish third in the conference behind the Wolverines and No. 18 Mt. San Jacinto. So far, Chaffey’s answer to the preseason poll has included surviving a nail-biter against Mt. San Jacinto on Saturday and getting 24 points from Larry Dew and 21 from T.J. Smith on Wednesday in a victory that has Chaffey headed to Antelope Valley College on Saturday with sole possession of first place in the conference. “We have to guard against the letdown now,” Chaffey head coach Jeff Klein said. “Going to play at Antelope Valley won’t be easy.” Just like it wasn’t easy for the Panthers to hold onto the 45-40 lead it built by the half. last_img read more