1 Mancheser United’s fight to sign Lazio star Felipe Anderson is set to go down to the final hours of the transfer window.The Red Devils have launched a £21.9m offer to bring the Brazilian midfielder to Old Trafford but the Serie A side are determined not to lose their key man.Having missed out on long-term targets Nicolas Otamendi and Pedro, United boss Louis van Gaal views the attacking midfielder as a player who can help the club challenge on both domestic and European fronts.Anderson is contracted to the Stadio Olimpico club until 2020 and while the Rome-based club do not want to sell the schemer, who arrived from Santos in 2013, United’s bumper bid plus additional add-on incentives could make it difficult for the Biancocelesti to turn down.Lazio are set to make a final call on United’s bid before the weekend’s action gets underway. Felipe Anderson
1 Transfer rumours Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…Chelsea will bid £20m for Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama,, but face competition from Tottenham. (Star on Sunday) Mario Balotelli could end up costing Liverpool £30m in transfer fees and wages, despite currently being on loan to AC Milan. (The People) Paris St-Germain are considering an approach for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho if he leaves Stamford Bridge by the end of this season. (Sunday Express) Manchester United are keen on Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola as a replacement for Louis van Gaal, when the latter eventually leaves Old Trafford. (Sunday Mirror) Manchester United are pondering a £15m January bid for West Ham left-back Aaron Cresswell following Luke Shaw’s leg break. (The Sun) Chelsea and Arsenal are both chasing Senegal striker Moussa Konate, 22, who currently plays for Sion in Switzerland. (The People) Jose Mourinho has reassured captain John Terry that he is still his number one player, despite dropping him for the victory over Arsenal. (Mail on Sunday) Arsenal are scouting Marseille’s Belgium international attacker Michy Batshuayi, aged 21. (Star on Sunday) Southampton are keen on 16-year-old Swedish prodigy Rafael York, who is already starring for Sandviken in the Swedish second division. (Sunday Mirror)And here are some of the top stories on talkSPORT.comChelsea fans shout ‘specialist in failure’ at Wenger on Arsenal team busFive Diego Costa stories you won’t have heardDiego Costa v Gabriel: funny reactionManchester United team news v Southampton‘It’s another nail in Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool coffin’
Here are the latest transfer stories from the papers at home and abroad…Manchester United have moved closer to signing midfield sensation Renato Sanches after further talks in London on Friday. The 18-year-old Benfica ace has a buy-out clause of nearly £60million but United are negotiating hard and the deal is expected to be around £30m, with add-ons. (Daily Mail)United boss Louis van Gaal also wants to raid Southampton for Ryan Bertrand before deadline day. The Manchester United boss is desperate to sign a full-back next week with Luke Shaw sidelined long-term and Ashley Young out for two months. However, Southampton won’t sell Bertrand for any less than £20million (The Sun)Liverpool are considering raising their €32m (£24.6m) bid for Alex Teixeira. Shakhtar want €50m for the Brazilian forward and believe keeping the player until the end of the season, when more clubs will be in the market, would help secure that sum. But the Reds are ready to step up their interest this month. (Guardian)Chelsea have cooled on the idea of appointing Diego Simeone as their new boss and have now made Max Allegri their top target. The Blues contacted the Juventus coach and his representatives at the start of this month as Roman Abramovich gets serious about their boss hunt. Abramovich is willing to offer Allegri around £6million a year — more than double his Juve salary. (The Sun)But Ronald Koeman is hoping to get the Chelsea job ahead of Allegri. The Southampton boss has revealed on Dutch radio he wants fellow countryman Guus Hiddink to back him to take charge at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea have approached Paris Saint-Germain over a potential deal for their 31-year-old centre-back Thiago Silva this summer. (Tuttomercatoweb)Arsene Wenger is ready to commit his future to the Arsenal job. Wenger has so far refused to make a public declaration about his intentions with under 18 months left on his current Gunners deal. But with Arsenal within striking distance of their first title triumph since 2004, the Frenchman’s appetite for the long haul is understood to have been rekindled. (The Sun)Arsenal have made a fresh bid to sign Leicester teenager Ben Chilwell. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants to get the deal done in this window rather than risk losing the highly-rated left-back, who is also a target for Liverpool and Manchester City. Arsenal had a £3m bid turned down last summer but are back in again as they look to bolster their squad. (Daily Mirror)Premier League suitors may have to splash over £75MILLION to sign Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski this summer. Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have all been linked with a move for the Polish hotshot — while a potential reunion with outgoing Bayern boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City has also been mooted. But Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain believe the in-form frontman will be the perfect replacement for outgoing icon Zlatan Ibrahimovic and are ready to pay £75m. (The Sun)Patrick Roberts could be sent out on loan as Manchester City consider their plans for the starlet. The 18-year-old – a summer signing from Fulham – has made just three substitute appearances this season. (Manchester Evening News)Crystal Palace will have to pay Emmanuel Adebayor £77,000-a-week if they want to sign him this month. The Togo striker, 31, left Tottenham in September after being frozen out by Mauricio Pochettino. But his contract does not expire until the summer, meaning Spurs are still paying his wages. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham outcast Andros Townsend is no closer to ending his troubled time at White Hart Lane despite interest from Watford and West Bromwich Albion after owner Daniel Levy refused to budge on his £14m asking price for the wantaway winger. (Independent)And here are the latest transfer tales from talkSPORT.com…Sergio Aguero reveals he is still attempting to lure Lionel Messi to Manchester City Marseille continue discussions with Chelsea and Newcastle over Betrand Traore and Florian Thauvin Roma nearing deal to sign Bournemouth target Stephan El Shaarawy on loan Former QPR and Tottenham flop Adel Taarabt set for sensational AC Milan return West Brom boss Tony Pulis says club are yet to receive January bid for Saido Berahino Roberto Martinez insists key trio Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley and John Stones will not leave Arsenal and Liverpool target dismisses claims he is about to leave Ajax Everton and Manchester City target Alessio Cerci signs for Serie A side Genoa Napoli ready to increase offer for Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko 1 Transfer rumours and paper review
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“We can provide value by saving our Reno-Tahoe customers time and making their travel more convenient,” Ream said. The company said it expects to hire 10 to 15 employees in Reno. ExpressJet is a Houston-based regional airline that recently operated as Continental Express. RENO, Nev. – ExpressJet Airlines on Monday announced it will offer nonstop flights between Reno and cities in California, Arizona and Washington. The carrier said service to and from Long Beach, Los Angeles, Tucson and Spokane is expected to begin Nov. 11. “The addition of ExpressJet gives us new nonstop service to and from four great markets just in time for the start of ski season,” said John Wagnon, chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority. “This is terrific news for our region.” Jim Ream, ExpressJet president and chief executive officer, said Reno-Tahoe is the right-sized market for airline’s fleet of 50-seat Embraer 145 aircraft. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
And they did not include the Coliseum or Anaheim. Yes, folks, step off the carousel, step on the carousel. Dodger Stadium was again mentioned, along with a second site believed to be in the City of Industry. Neil Glat, the NFL senior vice president now in charge of any possible move to Los Angeles, confirmed Wednesday that at least a pair of potential sites will be examined by the league next month. “We owe it to ourselves to see if there are other opportunities,” Glat said. “But we’re not looking to create some public groundswell of attention.” Yes, truth be known, the NFL is keenly aware of the disillusionment in the Los Angeles region over the inexhaustible search for a new stadium site. If it had its way, those kiss-off letters – written over three months ago – would never have seen public light. Everything would be all hush-hush until it was ready to make a grand announcement. There are so many people in the NFL and the variously involved communities, the most shocking news here was that it was actually kept on the QT for so long. Now that it’s out, we are almost required to follow Chapter 37 in the tedious “NFL Returns to Los Angeles.” Dodger Stadium is another of those phoenix-like NFL destinations, albeit one that has made more sense than most. Dodger Stadium’s biggest obstacle in becoming a legitimate NFL objective has always been the political trifecta that supported the Coliseum as the Los Angeles destination of choice. The NFL returning to L.A. anywhere but the Coliseum was seen as nothing short of a death knell to the venerable stadium. The city, county and state agencies that make up the Coliseum Commission formed a unified Los Angeles front. It had enough political wherewithal to pound former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley into submission 10 years ago when he first seriously pursued an NFL site next to Dodger Stadium. If they’d just left O’Malley alone, the NFL probably would have returned when the last expansion franchise went to Houston in 1999. And he would still own the Dodgers. Then two years ago it was leaked that representatives from the NFL and current Dodgers owner Frank McCourt had met to discuss a potential stadium near the ballpark, and once again there was local political outcry. The Coliseum worked hard to establish deal points, get its environmental impact report filed and architectural renderings updated, all in an effort to finally win NFL favor, and to many the clandestine meetings smacked of betrayal. The NFL and McCourt quickly backtracked, calling the meetings exploratory and claiming nothing would be pursued until it was determined a deal could not be reached on the Coliseum. Which just happens to be where we are in this convoluted mess at the moment. Glat, naturally, would not name the sites the NFL would next investigate. “At this point, there has not been any outreach by us or Dodger Stadium,” he said. That sounds rather carefully worded, almost suspiciously so. McCourt declined comment Wednesday, which is telling in itself given that his entry should be cleared now that the Coliseum is rightfully moving forward on a long-term deal with USC. Safe to assume, the NFL and the Dodgers are again talking. As to this mysterious City of Industry site, it should be noted that one of the main cogs behind the Coliseum expansion bid in ’99 was Ed Roski Jr. Roski is a part-owner of the Kings and Lakers, and his Majestic Realty is one of the biggest developers in Southern California. Majestic’s headquarters happens to be in the City of Industry. Roski was not in his office Wednesday and did not return a phone message. There’s a lot of that going around. In the NFL’s July 18 letter, when it told the Coliseum Commission a team would not be coming to the Coliseum, Glat said the costs of the stadium renovation, now believed swelled to $1 billion, were prohibitive. “We have determined that the Coliseum renovation project as currently contemplated would create significant economic risks for the NFL, such that we are not prepared to move forward with the project at this point,” Glat wrote. Like building a stadium on a plot in the City of Industry or a Chavez Ravine hillside would cost less? “The economics are going to be different at every site,” Glat said Wednesday. “There could be a series of commercial developments built in conjunction that could defray some of the costs.” The Coliseum, Anaheim’s stadium, the Rose Bowl, Carson and Hollywood Park have all come under NFL scrutiny in this 12-years-in-the-making saga. And however dead the Coliseum now appears by all concerned, there is always the possibility of some unforeseen 11th-hour, Michael Myers rebirth. “I would never eliminate the possibility, but I wouldn’t hold out any massive hope, either,” said Coliseum general manager Pat Lynch. “Options are what the NFL is all about.” There is more to come. With the NFL and Los Angeles, there is always more to come. Scream all you like. [email protected] 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The NFL and Los Angeles are a never-ending soap opera sans the off button. Sometimes you’re briefly able to hit the mute, but always it comes blaring back. Even after the L.A. Daily News reported Sunday that the NFL and the Coliseum had finally, belatedly blown each other kisses and said goodbye, you just knew that wouldn’t be the end of it. Cats don’t have this many lives. John McClane isn’t this hard to kill. It should be clear by now, Los Angeles will never rid itself of this on-going story until someone mercifully builds a stadium and a team is relocated to the nation’s second-largest market. One day after the story, the Los Angeles Times followed with a piece that said the NFL planned to send staff to Southern California within the next month to investigate two potential stadium sites. Scream into the night all you like. Feign weariness, exasperation, cry out for some modicum of reason. Some things just never come to complete resolution, even when every one has pretty much agreed the road’s stopped at sheared granite. Somehow there is always the possibility of a bend missed, a turn not taken, a step to revisit.
Why even bother using jail resources for a minutes-long jail stay? Starlet Lindsay Lohan served her jail time Thursday at the Los Angeles County women’s detention center in Lynwood – all 84 minutes of it. That’s how much the 21-year-old Lohan served of her daylong sentence received in a plea arrangement from drunken-driving and cocaine-possession arrests this past summer. After she turned herself in, Lohan was searched, fingerprinted and then kept in a holding cell in the inmate reception area. She didn’t even have to change out of her street clothes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre If that seems like a short jail stay, consider that it was actually two minutes longer than that of Nicole Richie – another celebrity who served supershort time for driving under the influence. These minutes-long sentences for famously naughty celebrities seem to be a serious waste of county jail time and resources. Worse still, an L.A. County sheriff’s spokesman noted that Lohan’s treatment wasn’t even unusual. Apparently, 30 to 50 women at the detention center are released early every day. Though probably few of them after just a few minutes. The pointless short sentences aside, there’s a serious dysfunction with the county’s justice system. What’s the purpose of enforcing a sentence that is the equivalent of a salon appointment? Jail is supposed to be a punishment, not a photo op. Judges ought to consider that before they impose one-day sentences that are going to most likely be reduced to a few minutes, when probation, increased community services or higher fines might be more of an appropriate punishment. Otherwise, it’s just a waste of jail time.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The $286 billion bill also is under a veto threat from President George W. Bush. Rickey Bearden, a cotton producer on 5,000 acres on the South Plains of Texas, said getting a farm bill finalized is vital as farmers prepare their next year’s financial picture. “We just need to be able to make plans,” said Bearden, board chairman of the Plains Cotton Growers, which serves a 41-county region in the world’s largest contiguous growing patch. “If they don’t make any changes it won’t be such a big deal. The more changes they make, the more it could affect us and how we have to adjust our operations accordingly.” The five-year farm bill expired Sept. 30, but Congress provided a stopgap measure to keep farm subsidies and other programs such as food stamps funded for a while. Some spending watchdog groups oppose the bill. Steve Ellis, vice president for Washington, D.C.-based Taxpayers For Common Sense, said many of the growers who receive farm payments have little to do with the Thanksgiving dinner Americans are eating today. “What they want you to believe is that the subsidies are providing the feast that’s on our tables,” Ellis said. “In reality, the subsidies are going to a very small percentage of the total number of farmers. A lot of farmers in the fruit and livestock industry are being left out of the loop.” Increased immigration enforcement has some farmers experiencing worker shortages, with worries that the situation could get worse as Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff fights a judge’s ruling that stopped his plan to crack down on employers that hire illegal immigrants. More than half of U.S. farmworkers admit on U.S. Labor Department surveys that they are not legally authorized to work in the country. Some groups believe about 70 percent are illegal. The administration is proposing revisions to the existing H2A visa program for farmworkers. Less than 1 percent of U.S. farm employers used the program last year because of high costs and the difficulty of using the program, Sharon Hughes, executive vice president of the National Council of Agricultural Employers, said in a letter to Bush this summer. But the administration’s effort to appease agriculture employers has worried farmworker advocates such as Bruce Goldstein, executive director of Farmworker Justice Fund Inc. He fears the changes are going to weaken protections for farmworkers. “We in America should remember the hardworking people who put the food on our tables and yet, earn very low wages and labor in one of the most dangerous occupations in this country,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LUBBOCK, Texas – As Americans feast on Thanksgiving meals, the agriculture industry and workers who supplied the bounty have a plate full of worries. Farmers are caught in a political stalemate over a farm bill designed to provide a safety net for production of their crops, some of which are being enjoyed across the country today. Many agriculture employers fear crackdowns on illegal immigrant workers will leave them with labor shortages. Meanwhile, farmworkers are nervous about planned changes by the Bush administration to a visa program that dictates their pay, work conditions and job competition. Fingers are being pointed at Congress, which failed to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill this summer and left for a two-week recess without renewing the farm bill.
Manuel Lanzini scored a wonder goal against Chelsea, capping an excellent first-half performance for West Ham.The Argentine playmaker curled the ball over Thibaut Courtois from long-range, handing the Hammers the advantage. The Blues pulled the game level right before half-time, but the East London side were the better team in the opening period.It was the 23-year-old’s fifth league goal in what has been an excellent campaign for the youngster, following his loan switch to the Boleyn Ground from Al-Jazira Club.West Ham fans have been calling for Lanzini to be signed permanently all season, and Slaven Bilic confirmed earlier this week that everything is agreed for a transfer this summer.Lanzini has become a cult figure in East London in the space of just a few months, and we collect some of the best responses to his performance v Chelsea… Manuel Lanzini celebrates scoring for West Ham 1
Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil proves he doesn’t just assist goals in this funny spoof video.The German midfielder shows he’s up for a laugh in this clip, as he lends a helping hand to popular YouTube duo F2Freestylers.Phone out of battery? In need of immediate refreshment? Run out of bog roll?Ozil has you covered…apparently.Check it out in the clip above!
YUCAIPA –John Romagnoli isn’t always sure if his A.B. Miller boys basketball team will have much of an offense. But there’s one aspect of the Rebels’ game that never leaves: a suffocating, frustrating defense. Miller shut down Yucaipa Friday night in a 52-37 Citrus Belt League victory, thanks to an aggressive defensive effort that included forcing the Thunderbirds into a two-point third quarter. “It’s something we always talk about,” Romagnoli said. “We might have trouble scoring sometimes, we might not be able to shoot, but we know we’re going to get it done on the defensive end. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “That’s what won the game for us tonight, because it certainly wasn’t our offense.” During one frenzied stretch in the second half, Yucaipa (8-9, 2-3) scored only three baskets in 14 minutes. At times, the Thunderbirds couldn’t get it out of the backcourt. “It gets you pumped, gets you into the game more, gets you enthused,” Miller’s Steven Durant said of the defensive stand. “Once you get on a roll, that roll is hard to stop.” The game could have been summed up by a remarkable sequence in which Miller (10-9, 3-2) forced three turnovers in approximately 10 seconds. For the night, the Rebels forced somewhere between 25-30 turnovers, although an exact total was not available. During the defensive stand, which began when the score was tied at 18 with three minutes remaining in the first half, Miller out-scored Yucaipa 25-6. Finally, with 4:46 remaining in the game, the Thunderbirds’ 8-0 run stopped the ugly stretch. Yucaipa’s answer cut the lead to 43-33 with 3:28 remaining, and for a moment there was tension in the gym. But the Rebels simply buckled down again and allowed just four more points for the rest of the game. Miller has a young team, a fact Romagnoli often references by saying he hopes the Rebels improve ”sooner than later.” Lately, the team has worked on its chemistry by participating in several activities as a group. “We appreciate each other more now,” Durant said. As the Citrus Belt League season wears on, Durant said the Rebels’ endurance could be an advantage. Simply put, he said, “We can run up and down the court all day.” Erick Ellis led Miller with 12 points; no other Rebel had more than six. Julian Garcia and Jared Anthony paced Yucaipa with 10 points apiece. Yucaipa coach Yon Okorodudu was unavailable for comment after the game. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!