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…
Former 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
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.” 1
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.
Jack 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 1
1 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.”
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. 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Jurors 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.” [email protected] (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.