‘Let’s just get David Luiz back!’ Chelsea fans react to Deadline Day defender moves

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first_img David Luiz 1 It’s been an intriguing Transfer Deadline Day over at Chelsea.It seemed like the Blues wouldn’t do any business on Tuesday with their move for John Stones dead in the water.But now, Jose Mourinho has landed Papy Djilobodji from Nantes, Michael Hector from Reading and has seen two big bids rejected by Paris Saint-Germain for Marquinhos.You can see how Chelsea fans reacted to the news on Twitter below…last_img


Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood signs new Sheffield Wednesday contract

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first_imgFormer Sunderland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has committed his future to Sheffield Wednesday by extending his deal until 2018.Westwood, who arrived from Sunderland last summer, had entered the final year of his contract and it was unclear where his long-term future lay.However the 30-year-old, who kept 17 clean sheets last term, has now drawn a line under speculation by penning a two-year contract extensionThe Republic of Ireland international, who came through the ranks at Manchester City, played 45 times for Wednesday last season. 1 Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood last_img


‘Man United play like ROBOTS under LVG… he is not the right man for the club’

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first_img Louis van Gaal Andrei Kanchelskis has delivered a damning assessment of Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United reign.The former United star claims the Dutchman is ‘too pragmatic’, treats players like ‘robots’ and is not suited to managing the club.Kanchelskis’ stinging criticism follows a run of three successive games in which Van Gaal’s shot-shy side have failed to score.The 64-year-old defended his style of play last week after being accused by United legend Paul Scholes of lacking creativity.But Scholes’ old teammate Kanchelskis, who won the Premier League under Sir Alex Ferguson during a four-year stay in the early 90s, said: “Van Gaal is too pragmatic, his footballers play like robots.“They are kept within a strict framework, they are not allowed to improvise, contrary to what Ferguson allowed us to do.“Van Gaal, of course, is a good coach but, in my opinion, he is not for Manchester United. I’m looking at his game for the second season now.“He says that the transformation is going on, but I still couldn’t understand what he is looking for.“There is an impression that he doesn’t know what he wants. No creative players, no wingers. Nobody could serve Wayne Rooney.“The current Manchester is not the same as it was under Ferguson.”Kanchelskis was speaking to Sport Express ahead of United’s Champions League meeting with CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night.He watched the previous clash between the two sides in Russia last month, which ended in a 1-1 draw, and he reckons CSKA have nothing to fear at Old Trafford.“The first game against CSKA showed that it’s possible to win against this team,” said the ex-Russia international.“I was at the stadium and I was surprised how disgustingly United played in the first half. A lot of ball control but no sharpness at all.“In the second half it got better because of the substitution of Bastian Schweinsteiger, who was slowing the game down. I guess, Manchester United is not his team.“It’s in the history and tradition of Man United to play wide and be sharp at the flanks but there is nothing like this now.“Yes, changes in the second half had worked. Marouane Fellaini was a good sub and, if he were used properly, he could be very useful.” 1last_img read more


FIFA SCANDAL: Alfredo Hawit and Juan Angel Napout detained on corruption charges

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first_img FIFA headquarters in Zurich 1 FIFA’s corruption scandal hit new depths on Thursday after two of the organisation’s vice-presidents were arrested and a total of 16 officials indicted on corruption charges.US attorney general Loretta Lynch announced the new indictments including two FIFA vice-presidents and three former executive committee members.It comes hours after the luxury Baur Au Lac hotel in Zurich used by FIFA officials was swooped upon for the second time this year. FIFA vice-presidents Alfredo Hawit of Honduras and Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay were detained on orders issued by the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) on behalf of the US Department of Justice.Charges have been confirmed against Ricardo Teixeira, the disgraced Brazilian who quit FIFA’s executive committee in 2012 after it was revealed he had received millions of pounds in bribes from FIFA’s former marketing company ISL, and his successor Marco Polo Del Nero. Former FIFA member Rafael Salguero from Guatemala has also been charged.last_img read more


Confirmed: Arsenal star out until the New Year

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first_imgJack Wilshere has ‘no chance’ of being fit before the end of December, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.The midfielder has been out of action since August after suffering a fractured leg days before the Community Shield final against Chelsea.Reports this week had claimed the England international may make a comeback before the end of December after processing well with his rehabilitation.However, Wenger has now denied that talk and instead Wilshere will not appear until January.“If you ask me if he will be fit before the end of December, no chance,” said Wenger. Arsenal star Jack Wilshere 1last_img


Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher: Joey Barton convinced me to make Marseille loan move

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first_img1 Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher Steven Fletcher has revealed he confided in Joey Barton and Yann M’Vila before making his surprise switch from Sunderland to Marseille.The Scottish forward joined the French side on loan on deadline day and made his debut against Paris Saint-Germain at the weekend.Barton spent a year on loan at Marseille, while M’Vila has vast experience of playing in Ligue 1 and Fletcher says their advice helped him make up his mind to leave for France.“When I was contacted by Marseille, Yann M’Vila and another French colleague told me to certainly go, not to hesitate, to enjoy it,” said Fletcher.“They know the club well and have helped me in terms of integrating myself. I had the chance to receive a text from Joey Barton and he advised me to profit from all the minutes that I will get to play at Marseille.”last_img read more


Coyote sightings increase in area

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe coyote eventually fled and Doxxy survived, but Melcher said that night has left her with emotional scars. “I can’t go out (at night) without being scared,” she said. “I used to walk at night because I felt relatively safe in our neighborhood.” Melcher is one of several residents who have reported seeing coyotes and wondering if more of them are coming down from the nearby hills because of the drought or something else. State and local officials say there may be more coyotes coming into the urban area, but have no actual numbers. “There have been increasing calls throughout the whole Los Angeles County because of the drought,” said Brenda Sanchez, spokeswoman for the county Department Animal Care and Control. “They’re coming down to look for water because the creeks are dry,” Sanchez said. “People have bird baths and water in their grass.” One reason for the lack of specific numbers is that there are a number of agencies that deal with coyotes. All of them only respond in cases where there is a danger. “If someone just sees a coyote walking through an area, that’s not a problem,” said Ken Pellman, spokesman for the county Agriculture Commissioner’s Office, another agency that deals with coyotes. “If they’re not harming anyone they shouldn’t be bothered.” Only if a coyote is approaching people or running off with pets would his office respond, Pellman said. The state Department of Fish and Game responds to what are called “public safety issues.” “Let’s say a person is walking their dog and a coyote comes after them, then it’s not a pet issue but a personal safety issue,” said Harry Morse, spokesman for the Department of Fish and Game. “Then we respond.” But in the Southern California region with about 20 million people, his department responds only about once a week, Morse said. Residents in the Whittier area are more likely to see coyotes because of increasing development, he said. “The orange groves are gone,” he said. “Over the 20 years, we’ve reduced the habitat for any type of wildlife. There’s a remnant of population that has to adapt to living in urban areas.” The coyote has proven that it can adapt, Morse said. So much so that coyotes recently were seen in downtown Chicago, he said. “When the last nuclear cloud is done, two things will come out: cockroaches and coyotes,” he said. Dan Cooper, ecologist for the Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Preservation Authority, said coyotes don’t pose a problem for humans. “They really don’t (attack people),” Cooper said. “Dogs attack people 1,000 times more often. I’d be much more concerned seeing a dog walk down the street.” Coyotes are scavengers, he said. They’re just looking for trash. “People need to realize that coyotes are not an enemy to humans,” he said. “They just co-exist in this area with people. It’s like being against the rain,” he said. “It gets you wet. It’s not a good or bad thing. It just is.” But there are things people can do to keep coyotes from coming into their backyard and posing a problem to their pet dog or cat, according to recommendations from the Agriculture Commissioner’s Office. Never feed or attempt to tame coyotes. Don’t leave pet food out in the back yards. Do not leave small children or pets outside unattended. Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house. Trim ground-level shrubbery to reduce hiding places. If followed by a coyote, make loud noises. If this fails, throw rocks in the animal’s direction. These are all good ideas, said Dolores Hays, a neighbor of Melcher’s, who has heard of and seen coyotes in her area. Hays said she saw a coyote in her backyard and her neighbor saw one while driving. “I walk the area every night and I’ve told as many people as I can (about coyotes),” Hays said. “People should be aware that we do have coyotes in our neighborhood.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (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! Holly Melcher of unincorporated West Whittier isn’t likely to forget the early morning hours of Sept. 14. A coyote came into her backyard and attacked her dog. She had taken her Chihuahuas, Doxxy and Precious, out into her yard when a coyote nudged the gate open and grabbed one dog by the neck. “I stood up and said, `You drop my dog or I will eat you,”‘ she said. “`I will have you on my barbecue.’ The coyote dropped the dog.” last_img

Police report due on use of force at May Day rally

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“What we want to have is real learning and consequence. Nobody needs to sugarcoat what happened. We all saw it,” said Angelica Salas, an organizer who was at the pro-immigrant rally in the park when police swept in. “I think that what we are expecting is concrete, institutional changes.” In addition to demoting two commanders and setting up a special crowd-control unit, LAPD Chief William Bratton has apologized for the conduct of his officers and begun crowd-control training for all officers. A preliminary report on the melee blamed a breakdown in command structure and poor officer communication. The report due out Tuesday is authored by head of the department’s consent decree bureau, Gerald Chaleff, and the new crowd control bureau deputy chief, Michael Hillman. “It’s a first step in the analysis,” said Anthony Pacheco, president of the police commission that oversees the LAPD. Five months after LAPD officers drew scorn by firing rubber bullets into crowds of women and children and roughing up journalists at a peaceful May Day rally, the department is expected to release its long-awaited report this week on what went wrong. Widely seen as an overreaction to a few troublemakers, the LAPD’s response at the May 1 MacArthur Park rally prompted more than a 100 lawsuits and claims, two demotions and creation of a special LAPD crowd-control unit. The report is expected to detail the LAPD’s account of what happened at the rally and why. So far, LAPD officials have refused to discuss its content, saying only that it will not name officers involved. But critics say the LAPD’s response to the May Day melee has further strained the department’s relationship with the immigrant community. They want to see rank-and-file officers punished, and they say the report will be a key indicator of whether the LAPD is serious about reform. Though Pacheco said that as of Friday he had not seen a draft of the Tuesday report, he said it should “give a level of transparency that is unmatched in the city’s history.” “My expectation is that this will drill down a lot further on what is the thinking going on and the role of the department.” But he said he is withholding judgment on officer punishment and further inquiries until he sees the report. The fracas, which police have said was caused by agitators, created immediate public outcry in the immigrant community. Images of abusive police behavior were repeatedly broadcast – partly because journalists themselves were subject to some harsh treatment by LAPD officers. The incident forced Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to cut short a trade tour in Mexico and Central America. For weeks after, Bratton did damage control, reaching out to members of the media and Latino community and calling the incident regrettable and an “aberration.” The preliminary report described a chaotic scene in which officers clad in riot gear forced thousands of people from the park, poking many with batons and firing rubber bullets. Dispersal orders could not be heard over the roar of a helicopter and when police barked orders in English many of the Spanish-speaking crowd could not understand. There was no media safety zone, as is LAPD policy, and it was unclear who provided commands to sweep everyone from the crowded park. Carol Sobel, who is representing more than a dozen clients in a lawsuit against the city over the incident, said the report should conclude that the LAPD failed to adequately notify the crowd to disperse and that nothing could have justified the aggressive officer response. “Anything less than that would be dishonest,” she said. The Office of the Inspector General, which oversees police handling of complaints of misconduct by officers, will complete its own report on how the LAPD handled the incident and its follow-up investigation. “I would hope that what we see is a frank and candid assessment of what occurred,” said Andre Birotte, the inspector general. “That includes pre-planning, implementation and where errors were made in accountability.” Councilman Ed Reyes, whose district includes the park, said he wants people to be held accountable. “I look forward that changes are being proposed,” Reyes said. “The department recognizes its weaknesses.” Part of that, says longtime LAPD observer and civil rights lawyer Connie Rice, should be rethinking the elite unit that was in charge of crowd control that day. “They need to have a ruthlessly aggressive analysis of Metro which has not been touched by Bratton,” she said. “Metro is one of the last bastions of the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite that does what it wants and how it wants.” Still, even some critics say that the LAPD has turned a corner, responding quickly to the crisis and acknowledging mistakes. “For people who already had serious doubts about the department and its fairness for people of color, it’s just going to reinforce it,” said Police Commissioner John Mack, a longtime civil rights leader. “But I feel comfortable, up until this point, that Chief Bratton has been forthcoming about the terrible, terrible incident from the very beginning, acknowledging a lot of things went wrong.” Villaraigosa, who praised Bratton for his quick response, is expected to hold a news conference immediately after the report’s release. “The mayor looks forward to a full and comprehensive review of the errors made by the department on May 1 so that those errors can be corrected and never again repeated,” said Matt Szabo, a mayoral spokesman. rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Gunman terrorizes Catholic church before Mass

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first_imgPALMDALE – A 65-year-old man armed with a gun terrorized a Catholic church before Sunday evening services, shouting profanities, assaulting a priest who tried to calm him and making threats as choir members held him down. “There’s going to be a killing,” Claude Sricchia is said to have shouted once he entered St. Mary’s Catholic Church about half an hour before the 5:30 p.m. Mass. “It was kind of a frightening experience,” said Msgr. Stephen Downes, St. Mary’s pastor. “The man was shouting in the church, `Clear the church, there’s going to be a killing.”‘ Sheriff’s deputies arrived, and as they were handcuffing Sricchia they found a loaded .45-caliber pistol tucked in the back of his waistband, officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “It was cocked and ready to go,” Deputy Daryl Bonsall said. Sricchia, who lives in Acton, was arrested on suspicion of making terrorist threats, assault and having a concealed firearm, Bonsall said. Sricchia was not a member of the Palmdale parish, Downes said. The pastor had just arrived at the church at 1600 E. Ave. R when a staff member called his cell phone, alerting him to a man shouting inside the church. “As I walked in, he had gotten to the choir area and became very aggressive,” Downes said. “He hit a male choir member on the side of the head, then a maintenance man tackled him to the ground. Other choir members held him down.” Downes said the man was cursing, saying there was no God or religion, Downes said. “He said, `I believed for 65 years. There is no God,”‘ Downes said. Downes went to try to calm Sricchia but when the man realized that Downes was a priest, “he became enraged and cursed and swore even more and called me a child molester,” Downes said. The man kicked Downes, knocking him to the ground. Mass was held but started late, Downes said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Verdicts of 3 prison guards thrown out

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first_imgJurors found McGowan guilty of two counts of deprivation of rights under the color of authority and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. He faced up to 25 years in federal prison before Monday’s ruling. Ramos and Flores were each convicted of one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. They faced up to five years each behind bars. Attorneys for the officers asked Real to dismiss the charges during the trial, citing lack of evidence. The judge denied the motion at that time. After the trial, the lawyers asked Real to reconsider. He agreed, and Monday he reversed himself and sided with the defense. DePasquale said that in overturning the convictions, the judge acted in his capacity as a so-called “13th juror.” He found that the evidence in the case, even when viewed in a manner most favorable to the prosecution, was not enough to support a guilty verdict, DePasquale said. “This is a tremendous relief on our clients,” he said. Gary Clark, the local president of the union representing the officers, said he, too, was elated by the judge’s decision. He said all three officers are honest and hard-working, and the incident between the officers and inmates was not nearly as serious as prosecutors portrayed it. He added that he hopes the ruling puts an end to the case. “I think the feds are dead in the water with this,” Clark said. “I think they need to just get off our backs and let us do our jobs.” r_leveque@dailybulletin.com (909) 483-9325160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – A federal judge overturned guilty verdicts Monday against three Chino prison guards accused of assaulting inmates and conspiring to cover it up. In handing down the decision, Judge Manuel L. Real ruled that jurors were wrong last month when they convicted the officers of civil-rights violations and conspiracy to obstruct justice. “There are not a lot of judges with the grit to make a decision like that,” said Paul DePasquale, the attorney for one of the three officers. Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, said prosecutors will consider appealing the ruling to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“We stand by the prosecution and believe, as did the jury, that there was enough evidence to support a conviction,” Mrozek said. Thomas Ramos of Montclair, Hector Flores of Whittier and Robert McGowan of Apple Valley were each convicted Oct. 15 following a trial in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Prosecutors alleged McGowan pulled two handcuffed prisoners from a van May 9, 2002, and allowed them to freefall to the ground outside a housing unit at the California Institution for Men. The incident followed one earlier that day in which inmates threw a jacket over the head of an officer and beat him. Prosecutors alleged all three men then lied about the encounter to either superiors or a grand jury. last_img read more