Liverpool latest: Reds plotting January move for 19-year-old Schalke starlet Leroy Sane

first_img Schalke starlet Leroy Sane Liverpool are after 19-year-old Schalke starlet Leroy Sane, according to reports in Germany.Brendan Rodgers’ side have endured a tough start to the season and the manager is reportedly already looking at January signings to lift their campaign.The Bundesliga club rejected an offer – of around £12m – for the attacking midfielder in the summer but are bracing themselves for a further bid.Sane, who is the son of former Senegal star Souleyman, recently signed a new long term deal, committing himself to Schalke until 2019.That handsome new deal and the fact Sane has scored in each of his last three league games, helping Schalke up to third in the table, means Liverpool will have to dig deep to get their man. 1last_img read more

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Liverpool Istanbul penalty hero announces his retirement

first_img1 Former Liverpool, Sunderland and QPR striker Djibril Cisse has retired from professional football.The 34-year-old played for 12 clubs during his career and also represented France on 41 occasions.His longest spell in England came at Liverpool, where he spent two seasons under Rafa Benitez.He scored 24 goals in 79 appearances for the Reds and converted a penalty in their shootout win over AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final.Cisse recently turned out for JS Saint-Pierroise, a club based on the French island of Reunion, but has now decided to call it quits.“The body says stop, now it’s over,” Cisee told Canal+. “I can’t practice high-level football.” Djibril Cisse last_img read more

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Newcastle forward told to ‘play close to the edge’ ahead of derby

first_img Serbian Aleksandar Mitrovic netted a double at St James’ Park last week Aleksandar Mitrovic has been told to “play close to the edge” as he gets his first taste of the Wear-Tyne derby.The Newcastle striker has belatedly announced himself on Tyneside with two goals in as many games, including a sumptuous left-foot volley in Sunday’s 6-2 Barclays Premier League thumping of Norwich, after initially falling foul of officialdom during his first few weeks in English football.Mitrovic, a £13million summer signing from Anderlecht, has reined himself in since collecting two yellow cards and one red in his first five games for the club, much to manager Steve McClaren’s delight, but he wants the 21-year-old Serbia international to push the line in Sunday’s derby trip to Sunderland, live on talkSPORT.McClaren said: “There is always a fine dividing line, always fine. He has played smart. I would say he has been playing smart, and that is what we have been telling him, be smart. That’s what he has done.“Smart and effective. You can play smart and be ineffective, but play on the line and play smart.“He got sent off against Arsenal and could have been against Southampton, and they were not derbies, but that was a willingness to win and playing on the edge, on that line.“That’s what you have got to do in every game, not just say, ‘Oh, we will choose a derby game and do it now’. We need that every game.“He has shown a level of maturity in the last three games. But again, we are not getting carried away and saying, ‘Woah!’.“We knew there was a bit of the devil [in him], to be perfectly honest, and that has added to our game. We need that, but we need control and that is the key on Sunday.”Mitrovic is rapidly establishing himself as a cult hero at St James’ Park after a shaky start, but McClaren is keen to keep his feet firmly on the ground despite the ovation he received last weekend.He said: “There’s a long way to go. It was nice, but we won’t get carried away by that. The team this week has certainly not got carried away by anything.” 1last_img read more

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Leicester City 0-0 Manchester City: Foxes enter 2016 level on points with the Premier League leaders

first_img1 Leicester City 0-0 Manchester City: Foxes enter 2016 joint-top of the Premier League Leicester will go into 2016 joint-top of the Premier League after drawing Tuesday’s top-of-the-table clash 0-0 with Manchester City. They are level on points with leaders Arsenal and three behind on goal difference with 19 games of the season remaining. Meanwhile Manuel Pellegrini’s side are three points behind the pack and they had the better chances in the first half, but the Foxes held on well. But Jamie Vardy had the game’s best chance as Danny Drinkwater capitalised on poor play, dispossessing the Citizens deep in their half before passing to the England forward, who drove his one-on-one effort over the bar. As the game went on, Leicester made the game more difficult for the Citizens as this exciting contest ended in a surprise stalemate.  The Foxes were boosted greatly before kick-off as they named star striker Vardy in their starting XI, despite the Premier League’s top scorer being a doubt due to a fever.While Wilfried Bony, who netted in the visitors’ weekend win over Sunderland, was dropped to the bench by Pellegrini, in place of Sergio Aguero, who has been struggling with injury in recent months.Captain Vincent Kompany was unavailable after limping off against the Black Cats – just minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute.A win for the Foxes would mean they entered 2016 top of the division to continue their dream start to the campaign.It was a tight start to the contest, with plenty of pace and end-to-end action but few chances were few and far between as it was tense affair between some of the league’s top performers this season.It was another good atmosphere at the King Power but it was the 2014 champions who started in the ascendancy.Former City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel made a good save to stop Kevin De Bruyne’s drive.Riyad Mahrez went close when he nearly curled a shot past Joe Hart in the top corner at the other end, before a couple of good efforts by Raheem Sterling.Sterling, sporting a new-look headband in the opening exchanges before ditching the headwear, was prevented by the Danish goalkeeper who was on hand again.Poor defending by the visiting defence saw Vardy handed a good chance when he was through on goal, but he slotted past Hart and over the crossbar – a rare miss by the former non-League player.The away side’s star striker was the next to shoot over, Aguero failing to hit the target shortly before he was taken off in the second half as a precaution, with the Argentinean looking particularly unhappy with his manager.Star midfielder N’Golo Kante came close to giving the Foxes the lead when he used Vardy’s run as a decoy to make space before firing wide from 25 yards, and as the game approach the latter stages both sides looked equally as likely to score, which would be vital and surely snatch the three points.Nicolas Otamendi headed on target after Man City’s corner, but the Foxes stopper was on hand to save.Drinkwater and Vardy combined well once again with the latter shooting low into Hart’s hands and Leicester had a late opportunity to steal all three points.A free-kick around 40 yards from the left was whipped into a dangerous position but Hart commanded his area well.SEE HERE – Leicester offered complimentary beer to Foxes fans to thank them for their support in 2015last_img read more

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Arsenal boss says second-choice goalkeeper David Ospina is world-class

first_img Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on second-choice shot-stopper David Ospina: ‘World-class – our future goalkeeper’ 1 Arsene Wenger has backed David Ospina to one day replace Petr Cech as Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper.The 27-year-old has not featured for the Gunners since making a costly mistake in the 3-2 Champions League defeat to Olympiacos in September.That loss left Arsenal’s hopes of getting into the latter stages of the competition hanging in the balance and saw Cech installed as the undisputed number one across both the Champions League and Barclays Premier League.The former Chelsea stopper has since gone on to break the Premier League clean sheet record and has drawn plenty of plaudits for his form as Arsenal squeezed through in Europe while moving clear at the top of the league.But Wenger is ready to bring Ospina back in from the cold after confirming the Colombia international will start Saturday’s FA Cup third-round clash with Sunderland.“I think he can be the goalkeeper of the future here as well,” the Arsenal boss said of Ospina.“With Petr Cech getting older year after year, he may get more games as well…I believe that Ospina is not treated fairly. If you look at the whole of 2015, everybody neglects he played six months.“I personally think he is world-class. I did not take Petr Cech based on the performances of Ospina. Petr Cech was just an exceptional opportunity where it was difficult to say no. It was not because I was unhappy with Ospina.“I was very happy with Ospina. It was just an opportunity to say no would not have been right. Unfortunately, Ospina has been punished by that decision. I rate him highly.“True he had a bad season because he has that mistake (against Olympiacos) and when you do not have many opportunities and you have one bad catch, everyone is after you.”Arsenal are looking to retain the FA Cup and lift the trophy for a third season in succession but it was Wojciech Szczesny who kept goal in the 4-0 win over Aston Villa in May as Ospina was preferred in the league campaign.This season, with Szczesny now on loan at Roma and Cech firmly established as first-choice, Ospina’s chances are likely to be limited to the FA Cup – something Wenger admits is a difficult decision.“My job is to make decisions and selections,” he added.“That of course is not always very popular but at the end of the day you just want to make the right decision, knowing that sometimes it is a 50/50.“I can give you the last example. I did not play Laurent Koscielny against Bournemouth, Gabriel comes in and scores, he nearly scores two goals.“Against Newcastle, I decide to play Koscielny – which is unfair towards Gabriel – Koscielny comes in, scores and we win 1-0.“Who can predict that? The first decision was unfair and at the end of the day the decision was right because Koscielny scored but even me, 30 years in the job, I didn’t know that before the game.“When you have two good players you have always a chance to make the right decision.”last_img read more

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Pochettino is clearly thrilled with his match winner after uncertain start

first_imgMauricio Pochettino says Danny Rose was the first player he called after taking over as Tottenham manager and is delighted the full-back is now repaying his faith.Rose scored the winner as Pochettino’s side came from behind to beat Swansea 2-1 at White Hart Lane, a victory that reduces the gap between Spurs and league leaders Leicester to two points.For a long time it looked like Swansea would pull off a surprise win in north London as Alberto Paloschi gave the visitors a surprise early lead and then Lukasz Fabianski frustrated Tottenham with a number of excellent saves.Substitute Nacer Chadli, however, equalised in the 70th minute and seven minutes later Rose drove a loose ball home to keep his team’s title charge on track.The 25-year-old has enjoyed an impressive season under Pochettino but his Spurs future was far from certain when the Argentine arrived given fellow left-back Ben Davies one of the boss’ first signings in 2014. 2 2center_img “We arrived 21 months ago and the first meeting I have with a Tottenham player was with him,” Pochettino said.“They were on holiday and I called him to come to my office. I was happy and pleased to give him the opportunity to stay here and work with us.“It is true we are very happy with him showing quality and helping the team.“It was maybe difficult from the beginning when we arrived but I am very happy for him. The crowd were singing his name.“When any manager arrives at a new club always the player needs to know the idea.“My idea was from the beginning to give him the chance to show he has enough quality to play for Tottenham.”Spurs had 34 shots, 14 of them on target, against Swansea and the relief was palpable when Chadli finally turned home Kyle Walker’s shot across goal with 20 minutes left.Pochettino cut a frustrated figure as Fabianski continued to defy his players’ assault on the Swansea goal but the Tottenham boss was as pleased as anyone when Chadli and then Rose found the net.“During the whole game we shot more than 30 times and maybe 15 or 16 on target,” Pochettino said.“Maybe it was a record for the Premier League. Fabianski was fantastic and it looked like it would be impossible to score.“For that you get upset, disappointed, frustrated a little bit but when we scored the second goal you feel freedom in this moment.”Tottenham have overcome their first of three games in six days but the tougher tests are to follow with West Ham and Arsenal to come on Wednesday and Saturday.Harry Kane played with a face mask against the Swans, despite breaking his nose last weekend, but Dele Alli may need to be assessed after kicking his foot into the ground during the warm-up.Alli appeared uninhibited as he played the whole 90 minutes but the midfielder was seen hobbling heavily as he left the stadium after the match.“It’s easier to prepare for the West Ham game after this victory,” Pochettino added.“They [the players] are happy, they smile, it is always a better mood to recover.“It is an exciting moment for us but some players we need to manage because some players feel a little bit tired. We came from a very tough period.”last_img read more

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JOINING JUDAISM Torrance rabbi and wife start converting their adopted children

first_imgBy Melissa Evans STAFF WRITER The toddler let out a high-pitched squeal as he hit the chilly ocean water Tuesday during his conversion service. If he thinks this is uncomfortable, wait until Thursday’s circumcision. Welcome to Judaism. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityTwo of the faith’s newest members, James Robert Spero and Esther Rose Spero, were born in Vietnam. They were adopted last spring by the rabbi of Temple Beth Torah in Torrance, Gary Spero, and his wife, Sheryl Spero. Family is extremely important in the Jewish tradition, but the two were unable to have children of their own. About a year ago they began investigating adoption and learned that there were many orphans in Vietnam. “We flew over last spring to get them,” Rabbi Spero said. “I think we were the only family there celebrating Passover.” The communist country is predominantly Buddhist and Catholic. The children, who both turned 1 recently, had to go through official conversion rites to become Jews, including Tuesday’s immersion in water, a circumcision for Robert on Thursday and, finally, a naming ceremony and final immersion in a few weeks that will complete the process. The final immersion will be performed the more orthodox way, in a ceremonial bath house. The only such bath in the South Bay is at Chabad of the South Bay in Lomita, but the synagogue doesn’t allow conversion rites to be performed there; it is only used by women to cleanse themselves. So the Speros, along with temple members and a family friend, heaved a pair of strollers, a copy of the Torah, and an armful of blankets across the beach at the Hermosa Beach Pier. According to tradition, the immersion has to be performed in water that flows from a natural spring to symbolize “God flowing freely through you,” the rabbi said. The Pacific Ocean was the closest option. “We do the best with the resources we have available,” said Jerry Cohen, president of Temple Beth Torah, who wore a wet suit to do the dunking. The final immersion will be done in a ritual bath in downtown Los Angeles that allows the ceremony. On Tuesday, a few beach stragglers stood, curiously watching, although the service itself lasted only a few minutes. The rabbi read from the Torah and recited a few prayers in Hebrew; a friend snapped pictures with a disposable camera. The service had to wait a few months because Robert came down with a lung infection. The briss ceremony was scheduled as soon as possible; boys are usually circumcised eight days after birth. “I know, I know, it’s going to be all over real soon,” temple Vice President Michael Kraus said to a blank-faced Robert, who sat quietly in his stroller before the service. After this week, the worst will be over, the rabbi said – the children will be official Jews, attending Jewish school, synagogue and observing all of the Jewish rites of passage. Sheryl Spero said the new arrivals have been a welcome addition to the 60-family synagogue. “It’s been a lot of work, but absolutely wonderful,” she said. “We’re so excited.” melissa.evans@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

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DWP fails city again after 2006 warnings

first_imgThe DWP is now asking for a rate increase that it would invest in improvements to our crumbling infrastructure, which would help the department ensure it remains a reliable source of power. This increase should only be supported if it is accompanied by measures to hold the department accountable to its customers. Creating a more reliable department begins with upgrading our infrastructure. To make sure that these upgrades happen effectively, the City Council must demand that the department’s management show they have a plan that addresses two key questions: How do they intend to maintain and replace infrastructure and equipment – from transformers to transmission lines – at a pace that will ensure we keep our lights on? How do they intend to eliminate the backlog of infrastructure improvements created by 30 years of neglect? The DWP must also identify the funding and staffing resources necessary to implement its plan. An already understaffed department faces serious challenges in the years ahead, as nearly 40percent of the work force will become eligible for retirement in the next five years. SUPPLYING water and power to the people who live and work in Los Angeles may be the most important service the city provides. Without power, our economy comes to a halt and our families suffer. This summer, when blackouts caused families to go without this basic service for days, our Department of Water and Power failed us. While checking on Silver Lake residents one evening during the blackouts, I met Daisy, a proud Angeleno who has lived in the area for 20 years. Daisy had just returned home from surgery, and was taking the last few days of summer to rest and recover when the lights when out. Daisy and her neighbors were without power over a four-day period, suffering through intense heat without air conditioning while their food spoiled and their patience ran thin. Neighbors called DWP to get an idea of when the power would return – all to no avail. The simple fact that the department could not provide Daisy and her neighbors with this most basic service is just plain wrong. These blackouts were symptoms of a power infrastructure that has gone a generation with little investment, compounded by a significant increase in our demand for power. Despite the warnings of 2006, the DWP insisted that those outages were a “once-in-a-century” event, and that the department was ready for what was expected to be an even hotter 2007. When the heat returned, we saw that they were wrong. Upgrading our infrastructure is critical to our ability to keep our lights on, but it is not the only element. Power outages – whether caused by intense heat, earthquakes, or some other disaster – will happen. The department must be prepared with an efficient and rapid response at all times. The DWP needs an emergency customer-service plan in place to tell customers when their power will come back on. Finally, promoting energy-efficiency measures that make use of modern-day technology and push us to conserve power is an important part of the reliability equation. We should explore programs that will provide incentives to customers to save energy during high demand periods. Power in the 21st century needs to be reliable. The power outages of 2006 and 2007 demonstrated that DWP has a long way to go in order to keep pace with modern needs. We’re not prepared to flip the switch on rate increases until we can be assured that the money will be spent wisely. Eric Garcetti is president of the Los Angeles City Council.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

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Study finds lack of sleep a heavy burden for kids

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The study gives parents one more reason to enforce bedtimes, restrict caffeine and yank the TV from the bedroom. The study appears in the November issue of the journal Pediatrics. Lack of sleep plays havoc with two hormones that are the “yin and yang of appetite regulation,” said endocrinologist Eve Van Cauter of the University of Chicago, who was not involved in the new study. In experiments by Van Cauter and others, sleep-deprived adults produced more ghrelin, a hormone that promotes hunger, and less leptin, a hormone that signals fullness. Another explanation: Tired kids are less likely to exercise and more likely to sit on the couch and eat cookies, Lumeng said. Dr. Stephen Sheldon, director of sleep medicine at Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital, praised the study and called for more research. He said children’s sleep may be disturbed by breathing problems – some caused by overweight, such as sleep apnea, and some caused by enlarged tonsils and adenoids. CHICAGO – Here’s another reason to get the kids to bed early: More sleep may lower their risk of becoming obese. Researchers have found that every additional hour per night a third-grader spends sleeping reduces the child’s chances of being obese in sixth grade by 40 percent. The less sleep they got, the more likely the children were to be obese in sixth grade, no matter what the child’s weight was in third grade, said Dr. Julie Lumeng of the University of Michigan, who led the research. If there was a magic number for the third-graders, it was nine hours, 45 minutes of sleep. Sleeping more than that lowered the risk significantly. “I’m not so sure we have enough information yet on cause and effect,” said Sheldon, who was not involved in the study. Researchers used data from an existing federal study and focused on 785 children with complete information on sleep, and height and weight in the third grade and sixth grade. The children lived in 10 U.S. cities.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

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JOBS: LEGAL SECRETARY POSITION AT BUSY CO DONEGAL PRACTICE

first_imgGibson & Associates Solicitors are a leading Donegal and Dublin based legal practice. The firm deals with a broad range of legal areas including Commercial Law, Property, Insolvency, Personal Injury and Litigation.The firm has a strong reputation for delivering high quality advice and excellent results for clients.Due to continued expansion the firm wishes to recruit an experienced Legal Secretary to assist in its Letterkenny Conveyancing Department. This is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated Legal Secretary to progress in a forward thinking firm.Those interested in being considered should forward CV by post or by email for the attention of Lisa Boyle, Gibson & Associates Solicitors, LK House, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. Email lisa@gibsonandassociates.ie.The closing date for applications is Friday the 25th of October 2013.JOBS: LEGAL SECRETARY POSITION AT BUSY CO DONEGAL PRACTICE was last modified: October 23rd, 2013 by John2Share 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:donegal jobsGibson and AssociatesLegal Secretary Positionlast_img read more

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