Month: December 2019

Onuoha signs new QPR contract after rejecting deadline day Norwich move

first_imgQueens Park Rangers have rewarded captain Nedum Onuoha a new deal after he rejected overtures from Norwich on the final day of the transfer window.Rangers had a fantastic window; keeping hold of Charlie Austin, Matt Phillips, Rob Green and Onuoha, boosting their chances of returning to the Premier League at the first attempt.Onuoha was a surprise target for the Premier League Canaries and the Rs rewarded his loyalty with a fresh two-year contract extension.“I’m enjoying my role as captain – everyone is here for the right reasons, everyone wants the same thing, so it makes my job easier,” Onuoha said.“We’re pleased with how we’ve started the season. I felt in pre-season we had something and that we could get positives results in this division, and so far that’s proved to be the case.”The Hoops’ head coach Chris Ramsey added: “Nedum is one of our most experienced players and him signing a new deal is fantastic news for everyone connected to the football club.” Nedum Onuoha 1last_img read more

Manchester City could be missing key trio for Germany UCL trip

first_img1 Manchester City could be without Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Borussia Monchengladbach.Hart was left on the bench during City’s disastrous defeat to Tottenham on Saturday lunchtime after suffering a back injury in training.Kompany, meanhwhile, was a late withdrawal from the substitutes’ bench after suffering a recurrence of a calf problem, while Toure started but picked up a hamstring injury in the second half.Now the trio are major doubts to make the midweek trip to Germany – a blow to City’s hopes of a claiming a first victory in Europe this season.“I don’t think Kompany will be okay for the Champions League,” said Pellegrini.“He injured his calf against Juventus but he did not recover 100 per cent. He was fit enough to be on the bench but he felt problems in his calf in the warm-up.“Joe had a problem in his back during the week, and he worked for just one day, that’s why we decided he missed the game.“Yaya had some problems in his hamstring. I don’t know how serious, we must wait until tomorrow or Monday. We’ll see what the doctor says.”City were also without David Silva against Spurs due to injury, but Pellegrini is hopeful he will return to face Monchengladbach. Joe Hart last_img read more

Wales are devastated at Rugby World Cup exit, admits Warren Gatland

first_imgWales boss Warren Gatland admitted his players were devastated after their defeat to South Africa in the World Cup quarter-finals.Gatland’s side led 19-18 with five minutes left at Twickenham but Springboks captain Fourie du Preez dived over to seal a dramatic 23-19 victory.It means Wales’ World Cup dream is over while South Africa go through to the semi-finals to face either France or reigning champions New Zealand.“Sum up my emotions? That’s a dumb question. How do you think we are? We’re absolutely gutted,” Gatland said.“We’re proud of the performance but if you ask about the emotions that’s not something I want to talk about.“The guys put their bodies on the line, gave everything. That’s all we can ask of them but we weren’t good enough to hold on for 80 minutes.“Credit to South Africa, they stayed in the game but we’re very disappointed.”Gareth Davies’ first-half try, created by an excellent kick and catch from Dan Biggar, looked to have set Wales on course for only their third win in 31 Tests against South Africa.Indiscipline at the breakdown, however, allowed the Springboks to stay in touch as Handre Pollard kicked 18 points before Du Preez’s late contribution.“I couldn’t have asked any more of the guys,” Wales captain Sam Warburton said.“From an effort point of view, we have no regrets.“But 12 points in the first half after we gave away four penalties, all when we weren’t under very much pressure, for me those were the most crucial points we gave away.“It’s essentially two tries. Other than that they didn’t really stretch our try-line so to give 12 points away like what was disappointing.”Wales appeared to be a team that could threaten the latter stages of the tournament after coming through the fearsome Pool A with Australia, thanks to a stunning win over England.“Wales can be very proud of these players,” Gatland said,“Coming out of that group, which was so tough, and that group set us up pretty nicely for what we knew was going to be a tough game today.“They’ve given a 100 per cent, we saw that today, they’ve spent themselves, so I’m very proud of what they’ve delivered.”Warburton added: “It just wasn’t to be today. The changing room obviously at the end was very quiet.“At that time it’s difficult to find the words. It’s just sinking in that we’re going home tomorrow.” 1 Dan Lydiate and Sam Warburton at the final whistle last_img read more

Rodgers to replace Mourinho as interim Chelsea boss, Di Maria ‘never wanted’ Man United move – Paper review

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Axed Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers could be installed as interim manager at Chelsea, if the club decide to give under-fire manager Jose Mourinho the boot. Rodgers’ stock remains high at Stamford Bridge, where he served as youth and reserve team manager in Mourinho’s first reign in charge. (Belfast Telegraph)Blues owner Roman Abramovich is also considering former head coach Andre Villas-Boas as a potential replacement for Mourinho, with the Portuguese set to leave Zenit at the end of the season having turned down a contract renewal. (Fichajes)Chelsea are set to move for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira in the January transfer window, with the 25-year-old Brazilian – who has scored 16 goals in 11 games this season – keen to push a move through. (Daily Mail)Angel di Maria has revealed he never wanted to join Manchester United. The Argnetina star arrived at Old Trafford last summer for an English record fee, but moved the French giants Paris Saint-Germain just one season later. (Marca)Man United will step up their bid to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane after they failed to score in 120 minutes in the League Cup defeat by Middlesbrough. (The Sun)Chelsea and Manchester City will compete with Barcelona and Bayern Munich for 22-year-old Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, who is valued at £72m. (Daily Express) Manchester United and Liverpool target Nicolas Gaitan, 27, is ready to sign a new contract at Benfica. (Daily Star) Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno has revealed he was left enraged over his treatment by former manager Brendan Rodgers. (Daily Telegraph) Arsenal are keen to recall Serge Gnabry from his loan spell at West Bromwich Albion in January. (Daily Telegraph)Stoke boss Mark Hughes wants Jon Walters to stay at the Britannia Stadium — and hopes the club can still reach an agreement to prevent the forward from quitting the Potters. (Daily Express)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…‘Old-school’ Arsene Wenger must be blamed for Arsenal’s injury problems, Raymond Verheijen tells talkSPORTPaul Scholes blames Louis van Gaal for Wayne Rooney struggles and says: I wouldn’t enjoy playing for himPaul Pogba’s agent reveals ‘doors are open’ to leave Juventus in big-money moveFlamini IN, Ozil out wide – Danny Murphy’s plan for Arsenal to cope without injured stars‘Jack Wilshere can make the difference for Arsenal and England’, insists Barcelona superstar XaviLiverpool news: ‘I’m going to really enjoy his style of play’ – Adam Lallana hails Jurgen Klopp‘Chelsea ARE playing with confidence’ – Stoke star Charlie Adam backs Blues to bounce back after League Cup shockWest Ham chairman David Sullivan says the Hammers are ‘optimistic’ of Premier League and FA Cup doubleSlaven Bilic insists West Ham will NOT be busy in the January transfer windowExclusive – Andy Gray says Aston Villa MUST appoint experienced boss but backs Dwight Yorke for key roleExclusive – Michael Dawson on Dele Alli’s ‘unbelievable’ rise: ‘He’s going to be very important for Tottenham and England’last_img read more

QPR midfielder Ben Gladwin to stay at Swindon until summer

first_img1 QPR midfielder Ben Gladwin Queens Park Rangers have agreed to let summer signing Ben Gladwin remain on loan at former club Swindon until the end of the season.Rangers signed the midfielder from the Robins following their relegation from the Premier League but loaned him back to his former club in October, initially for a month, but that deal will now run on.Gladwin joined QPR with Swindon team-mate Massimo Luongo in what looked like being part of the club’s rebuilding process with a focus on developing players.But confusion reigns at Rangers again with the focus shifting from Championship consolidation to promotion chasing and there is no room for Gladwin in a Rangers squad with the likes of Sandro, Leroy Fer and Junior Hoilett still left over from their big-spending days.“We’re well pleased,” Swindon chairman Lee Power said about Gladwin’s deal. “He’s come back and everyone can see the quality he brings and every game he is getting stronger and stronger.”last_img read more

Guess the club from its original name in talkSPORT’s toughest quiz!

first_img1 It wasn’t always Uniteds, Towns, Citys, Rovers and a Hotspur, you know.Back in the day most of the English teams we love today started off in very different guises as the professional game took off in our green and pleasant land.Here at talkSPORT we love giving your brain a workout on a Friday so we want to test your knowledge and find out how much you know about some of football’s original team names.Go on, give it a go below…About | Privacy | Terms Guess the club from its original name in this tough talkSPORT quiz! last_img

Man United news: Marcos Rojo has surgery on shoulder injury

first_img Man United defender Marcos Rojo Manchester United were dealt a further blow on Wednesday with confirmation that Marcos Rojo has had to undergo surgery on his left shoulder.Louis van Gaal’s side crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday when they lost 3-2 in Wolfsburg.The manager was forced to field a patched-up team, with Rojo among seven first-team players to have missed the match at the Volkswagen Arena.Last week, the Argentina defender dislocated his left shoulder after a bad fall in training. It was the same injury he suffered in the 1-0 defeat at Manchester City last season.Van Gaal hoped Rojo would not require surgery, but the defender confirmed on Wednesday morning he had gone under the knife.Alongside a picture of him in a hospital bed, he wrote on Instagram: “My operation was a success. Thank you to my beautiful wife, always with me. Thank you everyone for your messages of love and support.”Van Gaal is likely to reveal for how long he will be without Rojo at his pre-match press conference on Friday.The Dutchman was without Rojo, Rooney (ankle), Morgan Schneiderlin (hip), Ander Herrera (hamstring), Phil Jones (ankle), Luke Shaw (broken leg) and Antonio Valencia (foot) for the loss in Germany.To make matters worse, Matteo Darmian pulled his hamstring in Wolfsburg and Chris Smalling suffered a groin strain in the defeat. Both are likely to miss Saturday’s match at Bournemouth.Bastian Schweinsteiger is also facing a possible three-match ban for an alleged elbow on Winston Reid in United’s 0-0 draw versus West Ham last weekend. The German has until noon on Thursday to decide whether he wants to contest the Football Association’s charge of violent conduct. 1last_img read more

Can you believe these 17 footballers weren’t even born when this star player made his debut?

first_imgWhat a career it has been for Francesco Totti, whose time at Roma is said to be coming to an end.The club captain will be 40 in September and is being linked with a move to Major League Soccer in America.What’s also amazing is that Totti made his debut for Roma against Brescia as a 16-year-old kid in 1993 when some of the brightest prospects in the game today were not even born. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – date of birth: 28/07/93 19 19 19 19 Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) – date of birth: 25/04/93 19 19 19 Ross Barkley (Everton) – date of birth: 05/12/93 19 Eric Dier (Tottenham) date of birth: 15/01/94 19 19 John Stones (Everton) – date of birth: 28/05/94 19 Julian Draxler (Wolfsburg) – date of birth: 20/09/93 19 19center_img 19 19 Hakan Calhanoglu (Bayer Leverkusen) – date of birth: 08/02/94 Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid) – date of birth: 06/05/94 19 Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see 17 of them. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) date of birth: 15/08/93 Lucas Digne (Roma) – date of birth: 20/07/93 Emre Can (Liverpool) – date of birth: 12/01/94 Everton’s Romelu Lukaku was born on 13/05/93, nearly two months after Francesco Totti made his Roma debut! Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more players not even born when Totti made his Roma bow! – Apparently Roma will offer captain Francesco Totti a one-year extension to his existing contract that will see him play for the club when he is 40. Totti made his debut for the club as a 16-year-old on 28 March, 1993 against Brescia, so here talkSPORT looks at 17 current stars of the game who were not even born when this happened! 19 19 Memphis Depay (Man United) – date of birth: 13/02/94 19 Luke Shaw (Man United) – date of birth: 12/07/95 Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) – date of birth: 13/03/94 Raheem Sterling (Man City) – date of birth: 08/12/94 Marquinhos (PSG) – date of birth: 14/05/94last_img read more

Verner’s return a healing touch

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Just relax, have popcorn, something to drink and watch the game on TV,” he said. Instead of hectic, the game had moments when everything slowed down and fell into perfect place for the Bruin sophomore. Verner picked up the spirits of his father, not to mention UCLA coach Karl Dorrell, the UCLA team and Bruin fans who truly are loyal, with two interceptions, one of which he returned for the touchdown that sealed UCLA’s 30-21 upset victory over then-No. 10 Cal. He was thinking about his father. “I can’t wait to get on the phone and talk to him,” he said shortly after the game. Flowers and cards are nice when you’re home recovering from surgery. Alterraun Verner, well-mannered young man that he is, had a better way to pick up the spirits of his father who, he said, had minor surgery. The surgery was major enough for Robert Verner to remain at home in Carson while UCLA played California. Verner, a UCLA cornerback, did not want his father to have to deal with a hectic Saturday football afternoon in the Rose Bowl. The big play of the day came with UCLA nursing a 23-21 lead with slightly more than a minute and a half remaining in the game. It’s hard to dispute negative Bruin fans, fans who no doubt booed the team earlier in the game, who could see nothing but gloom and doom after Cal freshman Jahvid Best returned the kickoff following a field goal 59 yards. Faith in Dorrell has eroded as fast as he fires offensive coordinators. Cal’s headliner is DeSean Jackson, a gifted junior wide receiver from Long Beach Poly High. So gifted there is reason to wonder why USC, which has had a pipeline to Poly seemingly since the leather helmet era, did not work harder to recruit him. The Trojans believed they landed the top prep receiver in the nation when Patrick Turner, a junior best known for dropping passes, signed with them. On the big play Saturday, with third-and-5 on the UCLA 30 and the Bears thinking first down, Cal quarterback Nate Longshore had to like what he saw when he scanned the Bruin defense. Jackson was one-on-one against Verner. That’s soon-to-be 21-year-old Jackson with 138 receptions in slightly more than two and a half seasons one-on-one against not-yet 19-year-old Verner. It had to seem ridiculous to Longshore. Doesn’t UCLA know about child labor laws? All that turned out to be ridiculous was the manner in which Verner shadowed Jackson, catlike, and pounced forward as Longshore cranked to throw and got to the ball before the helpless Jackson. The perfect read was the perfect marriage of natural ability and raw instincts with knowledge and acquired instincts that come with hard work, good coaching and attention to detail during film study in which popcorn is not served. If Longshore had been excited when he saw the matchup, it was Verner who was pumped as the ball was thrown. “I was like, `Catch it, catch it,”‘ Verner said. “I had to calm myself down. If I had dropped it, I would have been devastated.” It was the Bears who were devastated. In two Saturdays, they went from thinking about the national championship to contemplating playing in the Rose Bowl to becoming a candidate to play in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, aka the Crash Landing Bowl. It was the Bruins who were elated. They have gone from scratching their heads as they wondered how they let the season slip away with inexplicable losses to Utah and Notre Dame to sharing the Pacific-10 Conference lead with Arizona State. Disproving the theory that the quick guys with bad hands become defensive backs, Verner held the ball Longshore threw and sprinted to the end zone. He has four interceptions at UCLA. He has returned three for touchdowns, equaling the Bruin career record. “Have you ever been caught from behind (after intercepting a pass)?” a curious reporter asked. Verner thought for a moment. Then he thought some more. He did not want to provide incorrect information. “In high school or anywhere?” he asked. Anywhere counts. Verner thought back, back, back. Anywhere includes playing Junior All-America Football with the Carson Colts. “Not that I remember,” he said. When Longshore and Jackson are asked about Verner, they’ll remember. Clearing out the mini-notebook … Go figure: Verner was named Pacific-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week. He’s the sixth Bruin Pac-10 Player of the Week this season. Along with Verner, there’s quarterback Ben Olson, cornerback Trey Brown, punter Aaron Perez, kick returner Matthew Slater and place kicker Kai Forbath. USC has had one Pac-10 Player of the Week – tailback Stafon Johnson. … Opinion: USC at Oregon is the first genuine test for the Trojans this season. Despite all the attention being paid to quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and John David Booty, the key to the game will be the ability of USC to establish a running game. … Bottom line: For all the negative things you can say about Al Davis, when he decided it was time to replace Tom Flores as coach of the then-Los Angeles Raiders, he did it without any silly smokescreens. By way of contrast, you have George Steinbrenner making a you-know-he’s-going- to-turn-it-down 30 percent cut in pay offer Joe Torre was guaranteed to turn down to remain manager of the Yankees. Mwsptcol@aol.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Carmakers spinning wheels

first_imgYou’ve argued that meeting the new standards will raise car prices to levels that will cut sales and make new vehicles prohibitive for most ordinary citizens. Of course, you have tried this same argument every time California passed any kind of anti-smog regulation for as long as smog controls have existed. You resisted the first primitive smog control devices, you fought catalytic converters, you didn’t want to make either electric vehicles or gasoline/electric hybrids – which are now your fastest-growing sales area. So you’ve wasted a lot of breath and legal fees while losing every time. You’ll lose this time, too, if Judge Sessions is not a complete incompetent (and nothing in his long record suggests he is that). There’s one other thing: You live on this planet, too. While it may be true that other planets also are warming at this time, suggesting a cyclic event is happening on the sun, there is scientific consensus that carbon dioxide is at its highest atmospheric levels ever and that the higher those levels rise, the higher go average worldwide temperatures. So even if part of global warming is natural, part of it is man-made and we can’t tell whether we are causing the larger share or not. So if we want to preserve life and geography as we know them, it behooves us to do what we can to mitigate our contribution to the planetary warming. That includes you. This is the reasoning behind the California standards. Now that they’ve been upheld in Vermont, there’s a good chance six more states that don’t do it automatically will pass similar laws. These include Arizona, Florida, New Mexico, Utah, Illinois and Minnesota. Add them to California and the northeastern states that automatically follow us, and you have more than half the American vehicle marketplace. You argue that California’s rules create a situation where you need to make two kinds of cars. Of course, you’ve done that for many years. We’ve all heard of California cars and so-called “49-state” cars. Never been a big deal for you, has it? But you’re right in one way. It is more efficient to build 50-state cars, meeting standards everywhere. So do it. Make all your cars meet the California standard likely to exist soon in at least half the country. Do that and you’ll save a lot of legal fees, months of grief and a lot of foul emissions. You’ll become good citizens on your own for a change, rather than being dragged to it kicking and screaming. What a positive change that would be! So do yourself a favor and read the Vermont decision closely. Then act logically for once, with the history of your repeatedly failed obstructionist efforts in mind. Then we’ll all have peace and be doing more of our share to keep the planet going. Tom Elias is author of “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” now available in an updated third edition (e-mail: tdelias@aol.com). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Tom Elias Memo to the world’s automakers: If you want to keep selling cars in the world’s largest and most devoted automotive market, you really ought to heed closely the early autumn decision of a federal judge in Vermont. Listen up, General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Chrysler, Mazda and the rest . Judge William K. Sessions III has essentially told you that even though you chose Fresno as the locale for a lawsuit aiming to throw out California’s new rules aiming to cut down greenhouse gas emissions, you won’t win. The judge is saying you simply have no case. And since he’s only rarely been reversed, his laughing your case out of his courtroom probably means you don’t have much of a shot anywhere else, either. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Your Fresno lawsuit, placed there because for some reason you believe judges in California’s Central Valley are less environmentally conscious than elsewhere, basically said state emissions laws are now in conflict with federal fuel economy laws. If you were right, and those laws were in conflict, the federal laws would prevail and the state laws would not be worth the paper they’re printed on. But now your Fresno case might even be dismissed without so much as a courtroom argument, if judges there determine you’ve already had your day in court in Vermont and lost. For the case you put before Judge Sessions was pretty much a rehash of what you’re arguing in Fresno, since Vermont is one of 12 other states that automatically adopts California’s emissions standards every time this state toughens them. Here are some of the facts you must now consider in determining whether it’s a waste of considerable dollars to keep on with your resistance to the California standards: As adopted by the 12 states where they are now law, the new greenhouse gas standards could eventually cut carbon dioxide emissions by 100 million tons annually. That’s about 20 times as much CO2 as is taken out of the air annually by all the growth on all the farmland in California. Quite a bit. last_img read more