Month: December 2019

Crystal Palace received no summer offers from Spurs for star man, reveals Alan Pardew

first_img Yannick Bolasie Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has revealed the club received no offers from Tottenham during the summer for Yannick Bolasie.The winger was heavily linked with a move to White Hart Lane in the most recent transfer window after impressing last season.But Pardew has now explained that no contact was made by Spurs and it was all speculation.“Yan is a fantastic talent. There was a strong link in the media but actually no link officially from Spurs to us,” said Pardew.“Not manager to manager, not chairman to chairman, chief executive to chief executive – there was no contact.“So really and truly therefore it suggests that there was no interest. But the media like that story and it’s a good story for this week.” 1last_img read more

Breaking transfer news: Stoke complete stunning £18.3m deadline day deal

first_img1 Giannelli Imbula [left] in action for Marseille Stoke City have completed the club-record signing of Giannelli Imbula from Porto.Mark Hughes has been chasing the midfielder all month but the Potters were not willing to meet his sky-high valuation.However, Porto agreed to lower their demands and accepted an offer of £18.3m from Stoke over the weekend.The Frenchman, 23, has now signed a long-term contract with the Premier League club.The deal is another significant transfer coup for Stoke and smashes their previous record outlay of £12million, which they paid out for Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer.Imbula became Portuguese football’s most expensive player when he joined Porto from Marseille for €20m last summer.He struggled to make a major impact at Porto but remains highly-rated in his homeland and Stoke boss Hughes is confident he will be a success in the Premier League.last_img read more

Fantasy Premier League tips: Bring back Sanchez? The transfers you should make in gameweek 24

first_img 12 12 12 12 He was back with a bang in the FA Cup on Saturday as he scored the winner for Arsenal against Burnley.So, is it time to bring Alexis Sanchez back into your Fantasy Premier League team?It’s a risk without doubt, but if you were unlucky enough to have Kevin De Bruyne in your side when he was ruled out for 10 weeks on Thursday, it may be a risk you can afford to take.However, if you do not have an expensive midfielder you need to get rid of in time for Tuesday and Wednesday’s games then don’t worry, because talkSPORT has got you covered with five other possible transfers you could make.Click the arrow above, right, to see the suggested changes.Remember, Watford v Chelsea is live on talkSPORT at 7.45pm on 2 February. Out: Juan Mata (Manchester United) – £8.2m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Despite scoring the third goal in Manchester United’s 3-1 win at Derby in the FA Cup on Friday night, we’re not sure Mata, who hasn’t scored or created any goals in the Premier League since 7 November, has played his way back into manager Louis van Gaal’s good books just yet. 12 12 Out: Boaz Myhill (West Brom): £4.6m – Click the right arrow above, right, to see more Fantasy Premier League transfer tips – Ben Foster has just returned from injury and seems to have taken back his place in the Baggies’ first team. Although Myhill did play for West Brom in the FA Cup on Saturday, Foster appears to be back as number one after he kept a clean sheet against Aston Villa in their recent Premier League encounter. 12 Out: Marko Arnautovic (Stoke): £6.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Despite his scintillating form at the end of last year, Marko Arnautovic has no goals and just one assist in 2016. There are certainly more productive midfielders in the league at present, some of whom are considerably cheaper… In: Dele Alli (Tottenham) – £5.7m – Click the right arrow for more advice – One of those cheaper midfielders on good form is Tottenaham’s Dele Alli. The 19-year-old will cost you just £5.7m and has a good chance of proving his worth in Spurs’ upcoming fixtures against the likes of Norwich, Watford and Swansea. In: Matt Targett (Southampton): £3.8m – Click the right arrow for more advice – If you’re looking for a bargain replacement defender to take up that fifth spot in your back line, look no further than Southampton’s Matt Targett. Priced at only £3.8m, Targett is a steal given he has kept three consecutive clean sheets in his last three matches. In: Roberto Firmino (Liverpool): £8.0m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Juan Mata (£8.2m) has not played 90 minutes once in his last three league games for Man United, whereas Roberto Firmino (£8.0m) has scored four goals and recorded one assist in his last three league games for Liverpool. We know which one we’d rather have in our sides right now! 12 12 Out: Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland): £4.7m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Many people are starting to jump on the Patrick van Aanholt bandwagon at the moment. Sunderland’s left-back has, astonishingly, scored in four consecutive matches now, but this run cannot last forever. Soon the scoring will stop and he will revert back to being just another Sunderland defender who hasn’t kept a clean sheet since November! 12 12 Out: Jermain Defoe (Sunderland): £5.2m – Click the right arrow for more advice – After he scored five goals in two games at the beginning of January, a fair few people decided to take a punt on Jermain Defoe. Unfortunately for those people, their gamble hasn’t paid off. It’s time to cut your losses and invest in a striker guaranteed to get goals. In: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal): £10.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Also mentioned below is the risk of including Sanchez this week. However, if you’re already getting rid of De Bruyne, the Chilean is probably a risk you can afford to take. 12 Out: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City): £10.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – As mentioned below, Kevin De Bruyne will be out of action for a considerable period of time and so he definitely needs replacing. In: Adrian (West Ham): £5.0m – Click the right arrow for more advice – West Ham’s Spanish goalkeeper Adrian could be your reasonably-priced replacement for Myhill. The Hammers face Villa, Norwich and Sunderland in their next few matches and look likely to collect some clean sheets along the way. In: Harry Kane (Tottenham) – £10.0m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Talking of strikers guaranteed to get goals… Harry Kane has now scored in his last two games and looks set to continue that form with Spurs facing Norwich, Watford and Swansea in their next few matches.last_img read more

‘LVG has lost senior players, Woodward phones Mourinho’s agent’ – latest reports

first_img1 Jose Mourinho Saturday’s back pages are dominated by speculation about Louis van Gaal’s future as Manchester United manager.The Dutchman is under increasing pressure, with Thursday night’s Europa League defeat to Danish minnows FC Midtjylland the latest low in his difficult reign at Old Trafford, and Jose Mourinho continues to be linked with his job.Here’s what the papers are saying…The Daily Mirror:  Manchester United have made a desperate SOS call to Jose Mourinho – with Louis van Gaal on the brink of the sack. Struggling United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is believed to have contacted Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes on Friday morning to see if the former Chelsea boss is willing to take over from Van Gaal before the end of the season.The Sun:  Manchester United made a frantic call to Jose Mourinho’s agent over fears he was heading back to Inter Milan. Club chief Ed Woodward is still publicly backing boss Louis van Gaal despite the Europa League embarrassment against Danish minnows Midtjylland. But as Mourinho issued a statement making clear he does not need to tout for jobs, Woodward phoned agent Jorge Mendes within hours of his return from Denmark.Manchester Evening News: Louis van Gaal faces three games that could seal his fate at Manchester United. United face Shrewsbury in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday amid growing fears that the squad has reached such a low ebb that they could be the victims of a giant-killing. Van Gaal then hopes to turnaround their first leg Europa League defeat to Midtjylland when the Danish minnows head to Old Trafford next Thursday. A  crunch seven days ends with a Premier League clash against title-chasing Arsenal that could cut them further adrift of the race for the top four. Another set of damaging results could effectively call time on his tenure.The Guardian: Louis van Gaal has lost the confidence of a group of senior Manchester United players and José Mourinho is their preferred option as his replacement. While Van Gaal is generally well liked among the squad, this influential faction has been unsure for a while about him being able to turn the side’s fortunes around. Thursday’s dismal 2-1 defeat at Midtjylland in the Europa League last-32 first leg has reaffirmed this view of Van Gaal, with players uneasy about his tactics and training methods. Mourinho is seen as the man who can return the club to winning ways.The Daily Telegraph: Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward remains set on resisting the prospect of appointing Jose Mourinho in place of his struggling manager Louis van Gaal as the club’s embattled manager faces a run of five games in 14 days beginning on Monday.last_img read more

Food prices put bite on wallets

first_imgSHOPPING: Rising costs of fuel, packaging and crops have some consumers cutting back. By Lauren Villagran THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – This morning, your bowl of cereal and milk probably cost you 49 cents. Last year, it was 44 cents. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityBy next year, it could be 56 cents. The forces behind the rise in food prices – China’s economic boom, a growing biofuels industry and a weak U.S. dollar – are global and not letting up anytime soon. Grocery receipts are bulging because the raw ingredients, packaging and fuel that go into the price of foodstuffs cost more than they have in decades. It’s the worst bout of food inflation since 1990 but not yet worrisome to the economy, said John Lonski, chief economist of Moody’s Investor Service. While high food prices can cut into consumers’ discretionary spending, the 4 percent rate of food inflation is still far below the crippling double-digit levels of the 1970s. Still, consumers anxious for relief in the checkout line may have to keep waiting. Andrea Williams, 32, can track the rise in prices of the food she buys for herself, her husband and their three children by looking back at the receipts she says she meticulously saves. “In 2004, I bought a gallon of milk, it was $1.63,” Williams said before heading into a Wal-Mart in Savoy, Ill., about 140 miles south of Chicago. A gallon of milk cost nearly $3 a gallon last month in her area. A couple of years ago, Williams would spend about $250 a month on one big grocery trip. Now she says she’s spending $250 on big trips every two weeks. It’s possible to trace the jump in food costs to the commodities markets, where the price of agriculture products and energy have reached multidecade highs this year. Crude oil, which helps dictate the price of gasoline and plastic packaging, hit an all-time high in September. Wheat prices also climbed to a record. The increase in commodity prices has as much to do with short-term supply and demand in each market as with long-term shifts in who produces and consumes those products. China is the juggernaut. Rapid growth there – and in Brazil, Russia, India and other developing nations – has led to massive demand for raw materials, including energy to run factories and cars, metals to build infrastructure, and beans and grains to feed livestock and people. China will import almost 50 percent of the world’s oilseeds within a decade, becoming the world’s largest importer, according to estimates from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Oils made from oilseeds such as soybeans are used widely in packaged foods, while corn is used to make high fructose corn syrup, a ubiquitous sweetener found in everything from soda to bread. China’s oilseed demand reflects another trend: The world is using more of its food supply to make fuel. Corn in the U.S. and China is being converted to ethanol, a gasoline additive. Europe is using more wheat for ethanol and rapeseed for biodiesel, a cleaner burning fuel that is mixed with regular diesel. Brazil has bulked up its production of sugarcane to make ethanol. Demand for corn from the burgeoning ethanol industry in the U.S. helped drive corn prices to a peak earlier this year, setting in motion a domino effect of price increases through the food chain as livestock raisers, food makers and retailers tried to recover costs. Corn prices have come off their high due to expectations for a huge crop this year, but prices remain historically elevated because of inflation across the agriculture market. A bushel of corn that went for about $2 a couple of years ago costs about $3.50 today. Higher commodity costs have led Kellogg Co., General Mills Inc., Kraft Foods Inc. and others to hike prices this year. Kellogg boosted prices 5 percent in April based on weight; in June, General Mills shrunk cereal package sizes in a way that had the effect of lifting prices. Starbucks Corp. decided to charge more for lattes and other drinks to cover its milk costs. “Ethanol got us started down this line, but other things moved to the forefront,” said Darrel Good, professor of agricultural economics at the University of Illinois. This year, such shifts in demand have met with shorter-term supply constraints to exacerbate the inflation. Because the markets for raw materials are often linked – both across geography and with each other – problems in one market can spread to another. In addition, a weaker U.S. dollar has raised foreign demand for commodities, which appear cheaper to buyers abroad. The greenback tumbled earlier this month to an all-time low against the euro. “All along the chain, you’re seeing price inflation,” said Standard & Poor’s Chief Economist David Wyss. “It’s a significant impact on food prices, but it takes a long time to show up.” High commodity prices tend to trickle slowly down to the consumer as growers, food manufacturers, distributors and retailers each swallow a portion of the added cost before passing a chunk of it on to the consumer. But with costs up for more than a year, the trickle-down process is under way. The Labor Department reports food inflation is running at 4.2 percent annually – twice the rate of overall inflation. Nationwide, milk prices are up 18 percent since the start of the year, while eggs cost 35 percent more than they did a year ago. The USDA estimates overall food price inflation will run 3 percent to 4 percent in 2008. The big picture, at least in the U.S., is that higher food prices don’t hurt like before. Today, about 8.5 percent of the American household budget goes to food at home, down from an average of 19 percent of the total budget in 1960, Wyss said. While food inflation is high, it’s not hyperinflation, he said. But it’s enough for some shoppers to notice and alter their habits.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

CONFIRMED: Rafa Benitez to stay Newcastle manager after signing three-year deal

first_img1 Will Rafa Benitez lead Newcastle back to the Premier League? Newcastle United have confirmed Rafa Benitez will stay on as manager despite relegation from the Premier League, signing a new three-year deal in the process.The Spaniard was appointed Magpies boss on March 11, being presented with 10 games to keep the Tyneside club in the top flight.With three wins and four draws he failed in his task, although it has been suggested since relegation that Benitez was keen to remain in charge.The Magpies are set to play next year in the Championship, and it should be considered a real coup to have a manager of the 56-year-old’s pedigree in charge.He is a Champions League and twice UEFA Cup/Europa League winning boss, with experience managing some of Europe’s biggest clubs in the last decade, and the Spaniard will now be preparing for a campaign in the second flight.Speaking following the confirmation of the news, Benitez told the offical Newcastle website: “I am extremely pleased to be staying at Newcastle United.“The love I could feel from the fans was a big influence for me in my decision to stay, as was my relationship with Lee Charnley and all the staff.“This is a huge club and I wanted to be part of the great future I can see for Newcastle United.”last_img read more

Miller tightens belt, stops Fohi

first_img Walker scored 26 points but was hobbled for much of the second half by a hard foul, compounded by Miller’s physical play. “We pressed, and it’s because we’re starting to feel more confident,” Miller coach John Romagnoli said. “We’re starting to show some maturity on the court. As we keep getting older and smarter, we’ll (press) more.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Romagnoli thought his defense was able to disrupt Fontana’s flow, which was more difficult than it sounded at the game’s inception. The Steelers came out and set the tone with an intense, aggressive style, which resulted in an early 7-0 Fontana lead. But Miller (8-7, 1-0) toughened up from that point and eventually went on a 12-0 run that was stopped only by the halftime break. Eric Ellis scored 13 points to lead Miller, and and Jonathon Jury had 11. After it was over, the Rebels had a 44-30 lead. They maintained a double-digit margin for the rest of the game. Fontana (1-6, 0-1) was coming off its first win of the season, a 71-51 victory against struggling San Bernardino. The Steelers played well at times but couldn’t consistently score enough to keep up with Miller’s outburst. As for the Rebels, Romagnoli was disappointed to see his team lack its trademark gritty play that was on display during the San Bernardino Kiwanis Tournament last week. But he used the word “gutty” to describe his team Tuesday night, which he took as a sign of progress. FONTANA – The A.B. Miller fans were heckling Fontana freshman Demetrius Walker, chanting “Waaalker” and “over-rated.” He was far from overrated, but Miller’s pressing defense did enough to keep him in check Tuesday night for a 65-50 home victory against the Steelers in the Citrus Belt League opener for both teams. center_img “I want to see if the first 14 games taught us any lessons,” Romagnoli said. “I’ve seen flashes of how we can play, so I know how good we can be.” One of those flashes Tuesday included Miller’s second-half defense, which allowed just 20 points, including five field goals (Walker had three). The next test for Miller is to see whether it can play with Redlands East Valley, which hosts the Rebels on Thursday night. Romagnoli offered a half-hearted smile. “We’ll see then how many of those lessons we learned tonight.” 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

Blevins sparks Broncos

first_imgPOMONA – DeJa Blevins didn’t transfer to Cal Poly Pomona to come off the bench. But the former Division I player is turning heads anyway. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“That’s a good game for us,” said Cal Poly head coach Paul Thomas, whose team improved to 2-1 in California Collegiate Athletic Association action. “We’re making progress. I’m happy about that.” Two weeks ago, progress and happiness were scarce on the Broncos’ bench. Cal Poly had lost four games in a row, three of those coming to traditionally strong programs, and appeared to hit rock bottom during a 42-point loss to Western Washington on Dec. 21. But Cal Poly ended that skid with a 71-64 victory over 19th-ranked Minnesota Duluth last week, a victory that snapped a 12-game winning streak for the Bulldogs, and then came back with a double-figures win over a Cal State L.A. team (8-2, 2-1) that had only lost to Division I Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo). Cal State L.A. turned the ball over 22 times and shot 37.3 (19-of-51) from the field in scoring 51 points, the lowest total for a Broncos opponent this year. Blevins connected on 10 of 16 shots from the field a week after coming off the bench for 14 points against Minnesota Duluth. “I think she just took really good shots tonight,” Thomas said. The Golden Eagles host No. 23 Cal State Bakersfield at 5:30 tonight. Alexis Wilson finished with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting, Shanika Perkins connected on three three-pointers on an 11-point night and Ashley Moody turned in 11 points. jeff.sanders@sbsun.com (909) 386-3865 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Blevins, a transfer from Long Beach State, scored a game-high 23 points in relief and the Broncos turned in their best defensive effort of the season and Cal Poly won its second game in a row, a 67-51 decision over Cal State Los Angeles Friday at Kellogg Gym. The win evened the Broncos’ record at 5-5 after an up-and-down start to the season. last_img read more

Li’l Ewe’s helps to take care of baby, toddler needs online

first_imgBUSINESS NAME: Li’l Ewe’s BUSINESS ADDRESS: P.O. Box 10046, Canoga Park PHONE: (818) 262-0859 WEB SITE: www.lilewes.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita OWNER: Denise Bickers ESTABLISHED: Sept. 2005 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: one DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: An online delivery service. We provide personal, next-day delivery of baby and toddler needs. We assist members with their shopping while making them conscious of the “happenings” of childhood. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? yes WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? As a mother of two toddlers, I realized there was a need for this service. There is never enough time to shop mindfully while caring for multiple children. So why do it? WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? Discussing it with a family member. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? one year WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? Contacted vendors, did product research and business planning. WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? $4,500 from savings. WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? The market and my associate business persons. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? That perishable goods have expiration dates. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $50,000 WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? To see refrigerated trucks driving nationwide. To be considered for a small-business profile, you should have fewer than 10 employees and be locally based. For a free profile questionnaire, call (818) 713-3699.160Want 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

MEDIA BOX BLOG: RUNNING IN HEELS

first_imgSeptember Rocks Around – It’s Going to be a Busy Autumn! It’s the first week of September and our favourite month at Media Box. It’s the time of year that our heads go down and we barely get to lift them until the Christmas holidays. We would like to congratulate Kirchhoff Ireland on their 30th Birthday celebrations and Media Box was delighted to be involved in the event management and PR of the event.Pictured is JSB with Kirchhoff Automotive CEO Mr. Arndt Kirchhoff and members of the Kirchhoff Automotive Board.It’s only 5 days into September and we already have two events to host this month; JSB is also hosting The Red Room on Highland Radio next Monday 12th from3-4pm and on September 27th she will MC Enterprise Awards in Jackson’s Hotel Ballybofey, following that JSB will join the Donegal Youth Council for their AGM on September 29th and chair a session on the recession.In business we are working on a host of new client projects which will be rolled out this month while members of the Media Box team will be out and about in Tesco and SuperValu across Donegal this month undertaking a customer survey – and if you take part there’s a freebie in it for you! So watch out for Corinne and Erin. This month also marks the launch of the new Media Box website and we are very excited about our fresh new look.  And if you think that’s enough to keep us busy well…we have yet another surprise up our sleeves for you.  But alas – you will have to wait until next week’s blog post to find out our news!  So keep tuned into Donegal Daily – our online news partners.We must go….lots to do this Monday morning! But keep up to date on our facebook page www.facebook.com/mediabox or our website www.mediabox.ieUntil next week….keep running in heels!JSB & the Media Box Team. XMEDIA BOX BLOG: RUNNING IN HEELS was last modified: September 4th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:MEDIA BOX BLOGlast_img read more