Monthly Archives: December 2019

Aaron Ramsey determined to remain as Arsenal’s middle man

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first_img1 Aaron Ramsey is determined to remain in the centre of Arsenal’s midfield.The Welshman has been used out wide for the majority of this season with Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla becoming Arsene Wenger’s preferred midfield pairing.However, both Coquelin and Cazorla are now out injured and Ramsey was deployed in the middle for Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Sunderland at the weekend.And, after finding the net during the victory, the 24-year-old is hungry to make that spot in the team his own.“Injuries like these happen in football,” Ramsey said.“I wish Santi a speedy recovery, and Francis as well, we have been hit hard by injuries this season but it gives players the opportunities to take.“I have made no secret that I prefer to play in the middle and hopefully now I can stay there.“My performance today [Saturday] was good and hopefully I can keep building on that now to play where I prefer to play.” Aaron Ramsey last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Arsenal or Man City for title? Chelsea to finish in the top four? Coral Daily Download

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first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman assesses the race for the Premier League title, revealing Arsenal and Manchester City remain the frontrunners for glory.Chelsea, meanwhile, are 7-1 to recover from their woeful start to the campaign and secure an unlikely top four finish.Plus, Stevens says it is matter of time before bookies pay out on Aston Villa to be relegated, with defeat to Sunderland on Saturday leaving Remi Garde’s side 11 points adrift of safety.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

Liverpool target joins Fiorentina

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first_img Cristian Tello 1 Barcelona have announced that forward Cristian Tello will join Italian side Fiorentina on loan until the end of the current campaign, bringing his current loan agreement with Porto to an end.The 24-year-old joined the Portuguese outfit in the summer of 2014 on a two-year deal and made 33 appearances in all competitions last term.Liverpool have been linked with the attacker this month. He has played 19 times in total this season, scoring two goals.A statement on Barcelona’s official website said: “FC Barcelona and ACF Fiorentina have reached an agreement for the loan of Cristian Tello until 30 June 2016, once his current loan agreement until the end of the season with FC Porto is rescinded.”last_img

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger rules out move for Chelsea legend

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first_img1 John Terry Arsene Wenger believes John Terry remains a great player but has ruled out making a shock move for the Chelsea captain.The 36-year-old revealed on Sunday that he expects to leave the Blues in the summer having been told he will not be offered a new contract at the club.Terry has been at Stamford Bridge since the age of 14 and has won no fewer than 16 major honours with Chelsea. The west London club issued their own statement on Sunday night in which they said a contract extension could yet be offered.Wenger spoke warmly about the former England captain but said he would not follow up the signing of goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea by going after Terry.The Chelsea skipper has also said that he would not consider joining another English club, with the United States or China more likely destinations.Asked if he had any interest in signing Terry, Wenger said: “No, because he is at the end of his career and he has spent his career at Chelsea. If he wants to play longer, I am sure he will play for Chelsea.“Loyalty works two ways. I always consider that I’m paid for my commitment to the club and I’m well paid so once it is over the club owes me nothing and I have to get on with my life and find another way.“I do not expect a reward because it is part of my contract.”Wenger believes the player has shown more than enough in his time with Chelsea to suggest he has a bright future on and off the field.“He was not only a great player, he certainly still is, but he was also a great coach on the pitch,” he added.“I saw him here once at London Colney playing with the under-21s and the way he coached the team as a player was absolutely marvellous.“He was a real leader and he had a great career as well, let’s not forget that. That’s never a coincidence. The guys who last such a long time have something special.“He was the symbol of cohesion inside Chelsea’s club because him, (Frank) Lampard, (Didier) Drogba and Cech were the players who carried the club’s values for long periods. When you lose players like that you’re always in danger.“I see a coaching career in his future, certainly. He will remain in football, I’m sure.”last_img read more

All you need to know about the star tipped to be signed by new Chelsea manager

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first_img Roma’s Radja Nainggolan 1 WhoScored.com assess the merits of a possible Chelsea summer signing – check out more Blues stats on WhoScored’s stats-filled website.Rumours this week are rife as to who will take over at Chelsea at the end of the season.John Obi Mikel spoke about how the players want current interim boss Guus Hiddink to remain at the Stamford Bridge helm beyond the summer, though the Dutchman is adamant he’ll depart once the campaign draws to a close.Now, though, reports suggest owner Roman Abramovich has settled on former Juventus head coach Antonio Conte as the man to take charge.His contract with Italy expires after Euro 2016 and there is little to suggest the 46-year-old will prolong his stay with the Azzurri.It has even been touted that Conte has earmarked his first signing for the club, making Roma’s Radja Nainggolan his top priority.The Belgian may have gained a WhoScored.com rating of just 6.86 this season, but he’s still widely considered one of the finest midfielders in Serie A.The tenacity he brings in the middle of the park is perhaps his strongest asset, with the 27-year-old’s energy meaning opposing midfielders are rarely given a moments rest when he plays.Only a handful of players have won possession more times in the midfield third than Nainggolan (219) in the last two Serie A seasons.With Matic’s declining form and Fabregas better utilised threading balls to the attack, Nainggolan would be an astute capture if Chelsea are in the market for a ball-winning midfielder.Yet, that is only part of his all-round game in the middle of the park. Granted, he could be deployed as the deepest-lying midfielder to shield the defence, but that could be considered a waste of his talent.Not one to settle for simply winning possession for his team, the Belgium international is more than capable of driving his team forward from deep and create chances for his teammates.Seven key passes played in Roma’s recent 5-0 win over Palermo was one of the best returns in a Serie A match this season. However, having become adjusted to a 4-3-3 formation, it would be perhaps be advised for Conte to adopt a similar system should he take charge at Stamford Bridge, if he did indeed sign Nainggolan.Having often fielded an adaptation of the three-man midfield system for Juventus and Italy, with Conte regularly favouring a 3-5-2 formation, this wouldn’t be a tough ask for the Italian manager.Moreover, this would allow for Nainggolan to exhibit every aspect of his game. Following John Obi Mikel’s return to the fore, with the Nigerian providing sufficient cover for the defence, Nainggolan would be free to break forward and support the attack safe in the knowledge Mikel would be covering the midfield third.Yet, when the pressure mounts, Chelsea could call on Nainggolan to showcase his statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘defensive contribution’.His style of play and approach to the game is perfectly suited to English football and he is indeed one player who would improve Chelsea, particularly under a manager who is familiar with his game.For more stats on Radja Nainggolan, click here to view his WhoScored.com player pagelast_img read more

City manager spat leads to recall effort

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first_imgLANCASTER – After months of controversy and several meetings drawing standing-room-only crowds, a grass-roots group has launched a recall drive against three City Council members accused of trying to fire the city manager. Mayor Henry Hearns, Vice Mayor Andy Visokey and Councilman Ron Smith were served with recall notices at Tuesday night’s council meeting, when they were slated to discuss a buyout offer extended to City Manager Bob LaSala. “They have insisted they want to fire our city manager, and every time we turn our backs they try to have a meeting to fire him, and people keep showing up to let them know it’s not going to be that way,” said Darleen Peterson, a recall leader. Because Hearns and Visokey are up for re-election in April – less than six months from now – they are ineligible for recall, according to the city clerk. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.That leaves Smith as the lone target for critics, who have launched a Web site, www.lancasterrecall.com. Asked his stance on LaSala’s future, Smith declined to comment. However, he said he welcomed a public discussion of his record. “The people of Lancaster elected me to put more cops on the street and make the city safer, to bring in tax dollars with retail and dining, and to protect their tax dollars. Those have been my main differences with Mr. LaSala,” Smith said. “I’m not going to let a handful of malcontents stop me from fulfilling my promises to the people who elected me.” And while Hearns and Visokey cannot be recalled, they defended their records on the five-member council. “For my whole life, all I’ve done is try to pull people together,” Hearns said. “I’ve done everything I can do to be a good council member, vice mayor and mayor.” They also denied they have been trying to fire LaSala, with Visokey saying he wants the $248,000-a-year executive to remain “as long as we can work as a six-member team.” LaSala, who was hired in January 2005, said he considers his relationship with the council to be “amiable, cordial and respectful.” He declined to comment on the recall effort, saying it would be “inappropriate.” The council had been scheduled Tuesday to discuss why a $3,500-a-day consultant hired “to bring clear resolution to the somewhat difficult working relationship” between the council and LaSala extended a buyout offer to the city manager. The item was tabled because City Attorney Dave McEwen was out of town. The rift developed after a clash in January between LaSala and Frank Visco, the former chairman of the state Republican Party and a powerful developer in the Antelope Valley. Visco and his business partner, former City Manager Jim Gilley, have proposed building Amargosa Creek, a 150-acre retail and office project that would also include a hospital. After Visco complained that LaSala was taking too long to get the project approved, the City Council voted to prohibit the city manager from negotiating with other Amargosa developers. That task was reassigned to the city attorney and a consultant. “We did feel like that should be pushed faster,” Hearns said. “That’s why we want to use the city attorney to push faster and bring it back to Mr. LaSala. We are not leaving him out of the picture.” karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 476-4586 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

Congress approves children’s health-care bill

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In a situation of unusual political complexity, Republicans dictated the decision to pass the legislation speedily. It appeared their goal was to short-circuit attempts by supporters of the bill to reach a compromise that could attract enough votes in the House to override Bush’s veto. Attempts by Reid to delay final passage of the bill until next week or longer drew objections from the GOP. “I believe a deal is within reach,” said Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, a participant in meetings with two senior Senate Republicans, Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Orrin Hatch of Utah, and several members of the House GOP. Rep. Judy Biggert, R-Ill., who supported Bush’s first veto and is involved in the discussions, said “we are pretty close” to an agreement but that several issues remain. For example, she said, the two sides had narrowed their differences on the issue of insuring maximum coverage of poor children before those in slightly higher-income families can be brought into the program. Baucus said the negotiations would resume next week. The veto-threatened measure would add an estimated 4 million beneficiaries to an existing program that provides coverage for children from families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford private insurance. The program currently provides benefits to roughly 6 million children. At a cost of $35 billion, the bill would be paid for through an increase in tobacco taxes, including a 61-cent rise on a package of cigarettes. Bush vetoed an earlier children’s health bill this fall, and Republican critics said it failed to give a high enough priority to covering poor children, marked a Democratic attempt to expand government-run health care, and did not take sufficient steps to prevent the children of illegal immigrants from receiving benefits. Democrats failed to override his veto on a vote of 273-156, 13 short of the two-thirds majority they needed. In response, Democrats launched a replacement measure, incorporating changes they said were designed to meet Republican objections to their first offering. But Bush dismissed those efforts this week, telling a business audience, “If Congress sends this bill back to me, I’m going to veto it again.” He predicted his second veto would be upheld. A day earlier, the president told House Republicans in a private meeting that he would veto any measure that raised tobacco or any other taxes, a significant hardening of the administration’s public position on the issue. Political polls show the children’s health issue enjoys widespread support, and Democrats and their allies have moved quickly to exploit it for their advantage with television and radio commercials attacking Republicans who opposed the legislation. The result has been a growing nervousness among House Republicans looking ahead to the 2008 elections. The party’s top leaders, Reps. John Boehner of Ohio and Roy Blunt of Missouri, joined the compromise negotiations in recent days. It is unlikely either of them would support a bill that raises taxes. Rather, officials said their intention was to coax as many concessions as possible from the Democrats so that the next measure would be one that other Republicans among the rank-and-file could comfortably support. As an example of the unusual political maneuvering on the legislation, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced shortly after the vote that Democrats would not immediately send the measure to the White House. And Reid said that out of deference to rank-and-file House Republicans who are involved in the talks, he would ask Speaker Nancy Pelosi not to call for an immediate attempt to override a veto. Whether it succeeded or not, such a vote would only add to the political discomfort of GOP lawmakers who have supported the president so far on the issue. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – A defiant Democratic-controlled Congress voted Thursday to provide health insurance to an additional 4 million lower-income children, and President George W. Bush vowed swiftly to cast his second straight veto on the issue. The legislation cleared the Senate on a vote of 64-30. It passed the House last week, but supporters were shy of the two-thirds majority needed to override Bush’s threatened veto. “We’re convinced that the president has undermined an effort to protect children,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said shortly before the vote. “Congress has known for weeks that the president would veto this bill,” White House press secretary Dana Perino countered in a statement shortly after the vote. “Now Congress should get back to work on legislation that covers poor children and stop using valuable floor time to make partisan statements.” last_img read more

FROM CABIN FEVER TO SHOPPING FEVER – PEOPLE BRAVE ELEMENTS TO BAG A BARGAIN

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first_imgTHERE WERE MAJOR traffic tailbacks in many towns this evening as some semblance of Christmas finally arrived in shops and businesses across the county.Last weekend was a whitewash with many shops, hotels and restaurants reporting a 50% downturn in business compared to this time last year.But shoppers were out in force today with Letterkenny, Buncrana, Donegal Town, Dungloe,Ballyshannon and Ardara all reporting a steady flow of of business. This evening the retail park and main street in Letterkenny was packed with shoppers – though no-one was complaining about the traffic, many people are just glad to be out.The army was deployed to a number of towns including Ballyshannon, Letterkenny and Buncrana and have been clearing footpaths along with business owners.Toni Forrestor of Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce said there are signs that people are beginning to brave the elements.“In fairness I think a lot of traders, not just in Letterkenny but in towns across Donegal, have taken matters into their own hands. “The footpaths are clear in most towns now and the council is gradually getting a handle on the roads.“We still have a long wayt o go but we’re hoping for a solid few days right up until Christmas Eve,” she said.EndsFROM CABIN FEVER TO SHOPPING FEVER – PEOPLE BRAVE ELEMENTS TO BAG A BARGAIN was last modified: December 21st, 2010 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

DDTV: SPECIAL VIDEO TO MARK ENDA NICHOLLS SUCCESS AS BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR

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first_imgTOP Letterkenny businessman Enda Nicholls has been named Business Person of the Year.This is a special video from Wallace Media about the man – and his business. Click to play >DDTV: SPECIAL VIDEO TO MARK ENDA NICHOLLS SUCCESS AS BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR was last modified: November 19th, 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:Arena 7ENDA NICHOLLSwallace medialast_img

‘These Chelsea rumours are making me cry and the summer hasn’t even started yet’

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first_imgOnly 12 months after selling him to Brentford, Chelsea are contemplating bringing Josh McEachran, who signed a four-year contract with the Championship outfit, back to Stamford Bridge.The London Evening Standard claim the Blues have been monitoring the midfielder’s performances this season and haven’t ruled out a return deal.He’s been limited to just 15 appearances in his debut campaign at Griffin Park having broken his foot twice, but has impressed on the occasions he has stepped out onto the field.So, would Chelsea fans be for or against re-signing McEachran? Find out below… McEachran made the move to Griffin Park last July, in a £750,000 deal from Chelsea 1last_img