Transfer report: Tottenham and Southampton set for transfer fight over £17.5m Porto star?

first_img1 Giannelli Imbula Tottenham and Southampton are on alert after it emerged that Giannelli Imbula could be heading for an early Porto exit.The Portuguese club held off competition from both Premier League sides as well as AC Milan to land Imbula for around £17.5m during the summer, ending one of the longest sagas of the window.But, according to reports in France, Imbula is finding it hard to adapt to life at Porto.He has struggled to impress in his first five league appearances and has been hauled off three times.Now it has been suggested that he is already planning to quit Porto.AC Milan, desperate to land him last month, could be back in for him, while Saints and Spurs to try their luck at signing him again, too – and they could move as early as January.last_img

WATCH! Newcastle youngster produces miss of the season so far

first_imgSammy Ameobi produced an early contender for miss of the season on Monday night.The Newcastle youngster, on-loan at Championship side Cardiff, looked certain to snatch all three points for the Bluebirds against Bristol City when the ball found its way to him in the box in added time.But the 23-year-old could only divert his shot past the post from four yards out – much to the relief of Robins goalkeeper Frank Fielding.last_img

Chelsea boost: Brazilian star signs contract extension

first_img Ramires Chelsea and Jose Mourinho have received a boost ahead of a potentially critical period, with Ramires signing a contract extension until June 2019.The Brazil midfielder, who was linked with Juventus during the summer, has committed his future to the Blues, who are enduring a challenging season in defence of their Premier League title. Chelsea announced the deal on Thursday evening.Mourinho, who in August signed a four-year contract committing himself to Stamford Bridge until June 2019, was subject to the first vote of confidence of Roman Abramovich’s 12-year ownership on October 5.Since then, Chelsea have won one of their four matches – against a free-falling Aston Villa; the latest defeat was on penalties to Stoke in Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup tie – while Mourinho has faced disciplinary action from the Football Association.The 52-year-old Portuguese had until 6pm on Thursday to respond to a misconduct charge following his half-time touchline dismissal at West Ham last Saturday.Mourinho is already appealing a separate £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban for comments made after the October 3 loss to Southampton, a result which prompted the vote of confidence.It is not expected either case will be heard before Saturday’s match with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.Ramires is likely to start against Liverpool, with his energy key in midfield for the Blues.The 28-year-old joined from Benfica on a four-year deal in 2010 and has won every major club honour since switching to Stamford Bridge.Ramires, who has already made 241 appearances for the Blues, said on chelseafc.com: “I am very happy to sign a new contract with Chelsea.“My family and I are very happy here in London and in the past five years the club has lifted every major trophy.“I hope to be an important part of many more successes in the next four years.” 1last_img read more

Paris Saint-Germain in talks to form partnership with Beckham’s Miami MLS side

first_imgParis Saint-Germain are one of a number of interested parties in negotiations to partner David Beckham’s Miami-based Major League Soccer team.Miami Beckham United [MBU], the ownership vehicle behind the proposed MLS expansion franchise, has been seeking financial backing to help build a stadium and team.It is understood a link-up with Ligue 1 champions PSG, owned by Qatar Sports Investment, would be about more than just a funding relationship, but there is still some way to go before a deal is finalised.Manchester City have a partnership with teams in New York, Melbourne and Yokohama, and that format could be replicated – at least in part – in Miami.Former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Beckham finished his playing career with PSG in 2012-13.The ex-England captain’s profile and the potential of the Miami franchise has also attracted interest from wealthy individuals across the globe.It may even interest Chelsea’s Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, as well as others in the Middle East, China and elsewhere.In a statement, MBU said: “As Miami Beckham United lays the groundwork for launching a world-class soccer club in Miami, our team has attracted interest from a number of potential partners.“David Beckham, Simon Fuller and Marcelo Claure are evaluating these possibilities, with the goal of bringing additional resources and international expertise that draws players, staff and fans from around the world.“At the same time, we are performing due diligence on our stadium site as we move toward finalising the acquisition of two privately held properties and a third county-owned parcel over the coming weeks.” 1 David Beckham launches his Miami-based MLS franchise last_img read more

Slain boy’s wounded mother speaks at memorial

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The memorial at Calvary Community Church featured harps and violins and a video slide show highlighting the short but impactful life of Sev’n, a handsome child with kind eyes. Ruiz was so touched by the outpouring of support from the community that she decided to have a memorial for her son, which also featured touching words from family members, school officials and church leaders. “Dear friend,” she wrote on the memorial program. “You have brought hope to a soul that was on the verge of giving up on hope. For surely, after the night of Aug. 12, how could I still believe in hope?” That was the night Calvin Leonard Sharp, 27, allegedly chased her and her son outside their apartment in the 1800 block of Hillcrest Drive with a meat cleaver. He ended up killing him and putting her in the hospital. A 53-year-old woman who lived at the complex intervened and was slashed in the face, but managed to wrestle the weapon away from Sharp, who was later arrested at the scene by police. Sharp is charged with murder and is in Ventura County Jail with bail set at $1.5 million. His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 14. Following Sev’n’s death, Ventura County firefighters and police officers squared off in September in a charity basketball game that raised more than $8,000. The money was donated to the Sandra Ruiz Family Fund. During Friday’s ceremony, Mary McLemore spoke of how she used to take care of Sev’n after school. She said he was “one of a kind.” “He had a charming nature and his favorite expression was, `But why?”‘ McLemore said – and when she heard of his death, all she could do was ask the same question. “God wants beautiful flowers in his garden, and Sev’n was a beautiful boy,” she said. The Rev. Steven Day of Calvary Community Church praised Ruiz and her amazing courage and reassured her that her son knew how much he was loved. “He loved completely and he loved fully,” Day said, “and was loved completely and was loved fully.” As she continues to recover, Ruiz has found comfort in Scripture. During Friday’s ceremony, she shared an apt passage. “Do not be overcome by evil,” she said, “but overcome evil with good.” rick.coca@dailynews.com (818) 713-3329 How to help If you want to help the family of Sev’n Molina, please send checks to the Sandra Ruiz Family Benefit Fund, c/o Rabobank, attention Kate Oswald, 6401 E. Telephone Road, Ventura, CA 93003.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THOUSAND OAKS – Two months removed from a vicious attack that took her young son’s life and left her near death, Sandra Ruiz stood behind a church lectern Friday, remarkably composed and strong. She was there to honor the life of her 6-year-old boy, Sev’n, killed by a man wielding a meat cleaver in an assault that shook the community to its core for its sheer viscousness. And she was there to let the 150 people in attendance – relatives, Amgen co-workers, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters – know that she was OK. “In my life, I have never known a greater love than the love I shared with my child, Sev’n,” said Ruiz, 33, who was severely injured in the attack and is still recovering. “It’s stronger now.” last_img

Man guilty of street crimes Gang member given

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Montes’ reasons remains unknown. “What do you think?” asked public defender Mark Davis. He declined comment on the case. Booking records show Montes was still being held at the Theo Lacy Facility in Orange as of Tuesday. The robberies happened Aug. 27 in Santa Ana, Sept. 9 in Fullerton, Sept. 15 in Huntington Beach, Sept. 23 in Fullerton and Sept. 25 at a location not named in the criminal complaint. The car burglaries were reported on Sept. 19 and 24 in Fullerton. The charge of injuring an elder adult stems from the Sept. 23 robbery in Fullerton. Montes approached an 82-year-old woman walking to church and held out his hand as if to shake hands, Fullerton police said. A gang member from La Habra will be serving 12 years in state prison for snatching purses from middle-aged and elderly women and for breaking into cars in church parking lots. Alejandro Sanchez Montes, 26, pleaded guilty Oct. 11 to five counts of robbery, street terrorism, inflicting injury to an 82-year-old woman, two counts of burglary, reckless driving, possession of a controlled substance, three counts of fraudulent use of an access card and receiving stolen property, according to Susan Schroeder, public affairs counsel for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. He also admitted to using a firearm and being in a criminal street gang. “Most people plead guilty because they are in fact guilty,” Schroeder said. “I don’t know why he pleaded guilty.” So the woman extended her hand in return. Police said Montes knocked her down, took her purse and fled. She wrote down a partial description of his getaway car in the margins of her Bible. The crime spree ended Sept. 26 after Fullerton police spotted a Dodge Magnum that had been seen in several of the burglaries and robberies. The Dodge ran a red light, broadsided a Volkswagen carrying two women and hit two other vehicles before stopping. Officers arrested Montes and another man who was later sent back to state prison for parole violation. One of the cars hit was driven by an off-duty Fullerton reserve officer. Records with the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation show Montes had prior convictions for drug possession, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance for sale and second-degree burglary. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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

Cabbies striking over GPS rule

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK (AP) – Taxi drivers angry about a new rule requiring the installation of global positioning systems and credit card machines in cabs are planning a second one-day strike in six weeks today. The city was preparing for the strike by the Taxi Workers Alliance by instituting a contingency plan that lets drivers pick up multiple passengers and charge zone-based fares. The touch-screen monitors let passengers pay by credit card, check on news, map their taxi’s current location and look up restaurants and entertainment. The alliance, which claims to represent about a fifth of the city’s 44,000 licensed cab drivers, opposes the technology, saying the 5 percent surcharge on each credit card transaction amounts to a wage cut and the GPS device allows cab firms to track drivers.last_img read more

Gap Inc. accused of using child labor in India

first_imgNEW DELHI – The Indian children reportedly found making clothes for Gap Inc. should be reunited with their families and compensated by the government, activists said Monday amid a spreading scandal about the use of child labor by the international clothing chain. The reported discovery of children as young as 10 sewing clothes for clothing retailer Gap Inc. in a New Delhi factory has renewed concerns about child labor in India, but government officials offered no comment Monday. “The biggest responsibility here lies with the Indian government – they don’t develop a way of monitoring” factories, said Bhuwan Ribhu, a lawyer who works with Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or the Save Childhood Movement. “International companies hire subcontractors and then forget about it. There is no monitoring at all,” Ribhu added. “Where the Gap is concerned, at least they’ve taken a good pro-active stand against the subcontractors.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Britain’s Observer newspaper on Sunday reported that it had found children making clothes with Gap labels in a squalid factory in New Delhi. It quoted the children as saying they were from poor parts of India and had been sold to the sweatshop by their impoverished families. Some said they were not paid for their work. Gap responded quickly, saying the factory was being run by a subcontractor who was hired in violation of Gap’s policies, and none of the products made there will be sold in its stores. “We appreciate that the media identified this subcontractor, and we acted swiftly in this situation,” Gap spokesman Bill Chandler told The Associated Press on Sunday. “Under no circumstances is it acceptable for children to produce or work on garments.” Child labor remains a widespread problem in India, despite the country’s economic boom and its growing wealth. The government has repeatedly tried to ban the use of child workers – in 1986 outlawing them from working in dangerous industries, such as glassmaking, and last year banning them being employed as domestic servants or in restaurants. But the prohibitions have had only a minimal impact and children’s rights activists estimate that 13 million children are still working in India, with many being used in labor-intensive businesses like carpet-weaving and in dangerous industries, such as making fire crackers. Chandler said Gap requires its suppliers to guarantee that they will not use child labor to produce garments. Gap stopped working with 23 factories last year over violations uncovered by its inspectors. The San Francisco-based company has 90 full-time inspectors who make unannounced visits around the world to ensure vendors are abiding by Gap’s guidelines, he 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

Owner of dog that bit mail carrier still seeking haven

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Contrary to a report from neighbors at a weekend party for Choi – included in an article Sunday in the Daily Breeze – Chucky has not been euthanized. The dog remains at the Carson Animal Shelter until Torrance officials decide what should be done with him. Owner Ryan Brennan has until Friday to find an animal sanctuary that will take the dog, which was deemed vicious by the city of Torrance at a public hearing on Sept 10. If no acceptable placement is found, the white-and-brindle pit bull will be destroyed. “I won’t let that happen,” said 23-year-old Brennan. “I’m going to find a sanctuary.” Brennan said he found a Los Angeles-based nonprofit facility that rehabilitates and rescues dogs, but he is waiting to hear whether the owner will take Chucky. By Megan Bagdonas STAFF WRITER More than five weeks after the dog that mauled a Torrance letter carrier was declared a danger to the community, no decisions have been made about his fate. But time is running out for Chucky, the 100-pound pit bull that bit 60-year-old postman Moon Choi. If his dog is accepted, Brennan said he would have to pay the facility $1,700 to retrain the pit bull. And that’s on top of the $600 Brennan will owe the Carson Animal Shelter by the end of the month for housing his dog. Torrance Animal Control officials said they would approve Chucky going to the facility on a temporary basis, but that eventually a permanent sanctuary must be found. “When we talked with the facility they said there was a possibility that they might be able to take Chucky from the (Carson) shelter and then find a sanctuary for him,” said Patrick Wren, Torrance Animal Control administrator. “But if (the facility) can’t find a sanctuary, then the ball is back in Mr. Brennan’s court to find a sanctuary.” If Brennan doesn’t find a place to house Chucky by Friday, he can buy more time by appealing to the City Council. “We’re coming up on a deadline here,” Wren said. The problem for Brennan is that the Torrance hearing officer ordered that Chucky never be released from a sanctuary for adoption. And most sanctuaries rehabilitate abused or abandoned animals for that purpose. “Chucky will never see new owners,” Wren said. “We have to make sure he doesn’t get adopted.” Chucky was taken away from Brennan Aug. 20 after he jumped over a fence and bit Choi in the face when he came to deliver mail on Amapola Avenue. On Saturday, residents of the neighborhood held a party for Choi and presented the popular mail carrier with a fluffy white puppy to show their support. megan.bagdonas@dailybreeze.com160Want 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

SOCCER NOTEBOOK Revs top Bulls to advance

first_img Arsenal, Man U draw Arsenal stayed unbeaten in the Premier League, tying Manchester United, 2-2, when William Gallas scored during injury time after giving up an own goal. Gallas’ shot crossed the line before it was pushed out by Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, with the linesman awarding the goal. Man United opened the scoring on Gallas’ own goal during first-half injury time. Arsenal tied it in the 48th minute on a goal by Cesc Fabregas. Then, Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the 83rd minute to give Man United a 2-1 lead. Arsenal and Man United both have 27 points, but Arsenal has more goals and has played one less game. Chelsea is third with 24 points.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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The first half was played in driving rain and strong wind. New York lost scoring leader Juan Pablo Angel to a concussion in the 56th minute after a collision with Revolution defender Jay Heaps. Galaxy play for charity The Galaxy will play Hollywood United, a local club team dotted with celebrities and former players, in an exhibition fund-raiser for victims of the recent wildfires today at 5 p.m. at Home Depot Center. Among those expected to play for Hollywood United are Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas, former national team leading scorer Eric Wynalda, former Galaxy goalkeeper Jorge Campos, and actors Anthony LaPaglia and Brandon Routh. Tickets for the game, whose proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross and Salvation Army, are $20. From news services Taylor Twellman scored in the 64th minute to help New England beat the New York Red Bulls, 1-0, on Saturday night, sending the Revolution to the MLS Eastern Conference final for the sixth straight season. After opening the two-game, total-goals series with a 0-0 tie last weekend in East Rutherford, N.J., the Revolution finished off the Red Bulls at home to set up the conference final against the Chicago Fire. With the victory, New England extended its unbeaten streak against New York to 10 matches (7-0-3) and pushed its playoff unbeaten streak to 12 (8-0-4). last_img read more