Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, September 9

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Louis van Gaal is ready to reinstate David De Gea as Manchester United No.1. Keeper De Gea will hold clear-the-air talks with manager Van Gaal at the Reds’ training ground on Wednesday, for the first time since the collapse of his deadline-day move to Real Madrid last week. And, according to club insiders, Van Gaal is ready to make De Gea as his first-choice again – with the Spaniard in line to return at home to arch-rivals Liverpool on Saturday evening.? (Daily Mirror)Paul Pogba has revealed that he turned down the opportunity to leave Juventus this summer because he felt there was “no motive” to do so. Both Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain were reported to have bid for the French midfielder before the window closed, but neither could prise him away from the Serie A champions. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Juventus striker Simone Zaza after the Italian champions made it clear they are willing to let him leaving in January. (Fichajes) Kyle Lafferty has told Norwich City’s manager Alex Neil he is not prepared to drop out of the Premier League and believes he can replicate his Northern Ireland form at Carrow Road. (Guardian)Yoan Gouffran could lead a spate of departures from St James’ Park when the Football League loan window re-opens on Wednesday.  Gouffran is wanted by Hull, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest. Meanwhile, Brighton and Brentford are both keen on centre-back Mike Williamson while keeper Rob Elliot and Gael Bigirimana will also be loaned out. (Daily Star)Tony Mowbray is close to landing Liverpool starlet Ryan Kent to fill the temporary void left by James Maddison. The Coventry City boss sees the England youth forward as an ideal replacement for the home-grown No.10 who is sidelined for several months with a serious ankle injury. (Coventry Telegraph)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Sir Bobby Charlton: England record holder Wayne Rooney will go on scoringEngland 2-0 Switzerland: Record-breaking Rooney helps maintain Three Lions’ perfect recordHarry Kane ignored potential summer enquiries by blanking his phone while on holidayManchester United have received no enquiries for Ander Herrera amid Barcelona interestGareth Bale’s agent rubbishes Manchester United links and says Welshman could see out career at Real Madridlast_img read more

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Jurgen Klopp has injected new-found ‘freedom’ at resurgent Liverpool, says ex-Reds midfielder

first_imgLiverpool have a new-found ‘freedom’ thanks to Jurgen Klopp, former Reds midfielder Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT.The Reds ran riot at Premier League title favourites Manchester City on Saturday evening, claiming their first win at the Eithad since 2008 with a comprehensive 4-1 win.Liverpool have taken eight points from Klopp’s first five tricky league games at the helm since succeeding Brendan Rodgers, and Murphy feels the German’s influence has been crucial in revitalising the team.“The one word that I think when you look at Liverpool now is freedom. They all look freed up to make mistakes and just play,” Murphy told the Sports Breakfast.“That third goal they scored at City [Roberto Firmino’s strike] was a goal full of confidence, creativity and endeavour.“It had everything, that goal, and long may it continue.“I like his [Klopp’s] positivity and the way he speaks. Everything he says is positive.”The win reignited Liverpool’s hopes of a top-four finish, and perhaps beyond, this season, but Murphy wants to temper expectations given the shortage of time Klopp has been in charge.He added: “I’ve seen a lot of performances like that in the past when Brendan Rodgers was manager when they seemed to get it right. But the Chelsea and Man City wins away from home deserve credit.“You can’t get too carried away just yet because it is short term. He [Klopp] needs to prove himself long term.”last_img read more

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Tottenham keen to conclude deals for TWO English starlets

first_img Ademola Lookman 1 Tottenham have agreed a deal for Ebbsfleet United youngster Shilow Tracey and are also targeting Charlton starlet Ademola Lookman.Tracey, 17, has yet to make his debut for non-league side Ebbsfleet but the powerful attacking midfielder has impressed at youth level.He was recently invited to join Tottenham’s academy side for a tournament in America and impressed coaching staff, scoring twice in successive games.Now Spurs have agreed a fee with Ebbsfleet, which includes significant add-ons, to sign Tracy, who was also wanted by Charlton, Ipswich and West Ham.The Premier League side expect to ratify the signing in the next 24 hours and will then turn their attention to completing a deal for Lookman.The 18-year-old striker, who was playing Sunday League football just over a year ago, has made rapid strides since being snapped up by Charlton.He has been prolific at youth level and after making his first team debut in November has gone on to hit three goals in nine games.Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are also monitoring Lookman’s progress but Spurs hope to win the race for his signature.last_img read more

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West Brom defeat is a ‘big pity’, says Man United boss Van Gaal

first_imgManchester United’s hopes for a spot in the Premier League’s top four suffered a major dent as West Bromwich Albion sealed a 1-0 victory at the Hawthorns.It had been 32 years since the Baggies had been victorious against the Red Devils, and much frustration has been vented towards Juan Mata, with the Spaniard dismissed in the first half for two bookable offences, leaving his side to battle the majority of the game a man down – a task that proved too difficult.Louis van Gaal’s side remain sixth with 47 points after the defeat, two points behind fifth-placed West Ham and three behind noisy neighbours Manchester City, who also have a game in hand over their English rivals.“It’s a big blow because I’ve said we have to win these kinds of matches, especially when you have lost already so many,” said Van Gaal after the loss.“We have to close the gap, but we are not closing the gap.“And that’s a big pity.”last_img read more

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Uncertain water supplies could hamper desert construction

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Given the unknowns, we are not not panicking. We are concerned. The water districts are concerned, and we are going to work with them to see how this will play out,” Palmdale Assistant City Manager Laurie Lile said. District 40, which provides water to much of Lancaster and west Palmdale, gets 60 percent of its water from the Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency, a water wholesaler that gets its water from the State Water Project. “In addition to record-dry conditions, there’s also this recent court ruling about the delta smelt,” Barrett said. “What that means is that AVEK can’t assure they can deliver water. If they can’t assure it, then we can’t assure delivery of water to this project.” Lile said Palmdale has so far not been notified by District 40 or the Palmdale Water District about insufficient water supplies or denials of water service. Palmdale did request a water supply assessment for an industrial, commercial and office development planned on two city-owned parcels, but District 40 asked for an extension, citing the need to wait for information from the state about the reliability of the water supply. LANCASTER – Antelope Valley officials are concerned that a record-dry year and uncertain water supplies could lead to delays or a halt in construction in the sprawling High Desert. County officials have already determined that there is insufficient water to serve a 650-home development proposed in west Lancaster, putting the future of that project in limbo. “Everyone is kind of waiting to hear from the state as to how much water we are going to get. Everybody is holding their breath,” said Melinda Barrett, manager of Los Angeles County’s water conservation program. The situation will depend on how the state handles the deepening water crisis caused by drought conditions and a federal judge’s ruling in August that water flowing through the California Aqueduct from Northern California must be cut by 30 percent to protect the delta smelt, a small fish threatened with extinction. District 40 officials did complete the assessment on the 650-home project proposed for Avenue J and 65th Street West in Lancaster, and determined that there is no clear indication of an adequate future water supply. “Since they are the ultimate decider on what projects get water and which don’t, this applicant has to demonstrate they have a source of water available, and if they can’t do that, it appears the county at this point would be unwilling to grant water service,” Lancaster Planning Director Brian Ludicke said. The Lancaster City Council discussed the water supply issue at its meeting last week, receiving a staff report that noted the county action. “The absence of favorable assessments would, in general, prevent such projects from being approved for construction,” the report said. The council directed staff to set up a workshop on water issues and invite other relevant agencies to participate, Ludicke said. The report enumerated projects launched by Lancaster and water agencies to improve the Antelope Valley’s water supply but, “regrettably, the individual steps have to date not yet improved water supply realities, so the immediate challenges at hand may require drastic action.” Most recently, a coalition has developed the Integrated Regional Water Management Plan, which includes projects that could generate an additional 25,400 acre-feet of water per year. The cost of the projects is more than $206 million, $25 million of which the group hopes to get funded by state grants, the report said. It is projected that the demand for water in the Antelope Valley will reach approximately 389,000 acre-feet annually by the year 2035, but the projected supply will only be about 191,000 acre-feet. In a severe drought year, the shortfall could range from 249,000 to 286,000 acre-feet per year. An acre-foot is enough to serve two average-size families for a year, according to the state Department of Water Resources. County water officials in 2004 had for a while held up issuing permission for new Lancaster and west Palmdale housing tracts – without formally declaring a halt to building – because of uncertainty over the water supply. A similar situation occurred in 1986. But those instances had more to do with lack of financing to construct facilities to distribute water than to drought conditions and court rulings. The water crisis had officials in Los Angeles this past week saying they were drafting plans that could force residential water rationing for the first time in more than a decade. Long Beach has already imposed restrictions for residents and businesses. The Palmdale Water District decided in August to forgo mandatory water rationing while strictly enforcing conservation rules that include $1,000 fines and water shut-off for violators. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 476-4586160Want 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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Suspects held in drunken road rage wreck

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The injured driver and passenger fled from the vehicle, but were quickly detained by witnesses, he said. The Rodeo and fence were badly damaged. The driver of the Mercedes, which sustained minor damage, was not injured, Dunnet said. It appeared road rage was a factor and alcohol may have been involved. _ Daily News wire services VAN NUYS – A motorist and his passenger were in jail today after they crashed into another car and ruined a golf course fence during a case of suspected drunken road rage, police said. The spat began at around 8 p.m. Friday when witnesses reported a westbound Isuzu Rodeo recklessly tailgating a Mercedes Benz on Sherman Way near Valjean Avenue, Los Angeles police Sgt. Cameron Dunnet said. When the Mercedes tried to get out out of the way, the passenger in the Rodeo hung out the window to make an obscene gesture. The Rodeo then lost control and crashed into a chain-link fence at the Van Nuys Golf Course on Victory Boulevard, Dunnet said. 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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It’s work, work, work for shuttle crew

first_imgBy Marcia Dunn THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven thundered into orbit Tuesday, setting off on the most challenging space station construction mission yet that will pave the way for the arrival of two science labs in a few months. NASA pulled off the on-time launch – the third one in a row – after determining that a small patch of ice on fuel tank plumbing posed no danger. Indeed, most if not all of the ice harmlessly shook loose when the booster rockets and engines ignited. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.With Discovery safely in orbit, NASA looked ahead to all the work awaiting the astronauts once they arrive at the International Space Station on Thursday. It is considered the most complicated mission in the nine years of station assembly in orbit. During their 1 -week station visit, the astronauts must install a live-in compartment that they’re bringing along, relocate a giant girder and set of solar wings, extend those solar wings and radiators, and test a thermal tile repair kit. In all, five spacewalks are planned, which will be the most ever conducted while a shuttle is docked at the station. The three space station residents face even more construction chores after the shuttle leaves, each one of them critical. NASA’s space operations chief, Bill Gerstenmaier, said the two crews face a tremendous series of challenges, “I can’t think of a better start to this mission than what we got today.” 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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Red Sox hope to keep on rolling

first_imgBASEBALL: Boston seeks to maintain its series lead in a tough environment. By Ronald Blum THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DENVER – Manny Ramirez, in a blue sweat shirt and white do-rag, was laughing and giving teammates a thumbs-up. David Ortiz stood at first base in gray sweats, a red bandanna around his head, the sun glistening off an earring on his left lobe. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Out in left field, Julian Tavarez was flat on the grass, getting his legs stretched out in an outfield that’s baseball’s equivalent of a prairie. Players looked up at the Rockpile in center, filled with spruce, pine and oak trees, some of the foliage turned yellow and red by cool autumn nights. Fenway Park this isn’t. The Boston Red Sox are on a high, and it’s not just because of their 2-0 World Series lead. After filtering out of Fenway in the dead of night, they arrived at their hotel at 5 a.m. Friday and eight hours later were at Coors Field, checking out the dry, thin air of a ballpark as unique as the one off Kenmore Square. As preparation, the Red Sox told their players to drink, drink, drink – water, that is. The message was everywhere. “On the plane, all over the locker room, trainer’s room: Just drink that water, stay hydrated,” said rookie Jacoby Ellsbury, who will roam center field between Ramirez in left and J.D. Drew in right. With no designated hitter in the National League city, the Red Sox were in a quandary. Ortiz, slowed by a bad knee, will move to first base while regular first baseman Kevin Youkilis is benched and Mike Lowell remains at third. Ortiz played seven times at first this year, all in interleague play. He’s not a Hoover. “Anything around me, it’s going to be (caught). After that, I don’t know,” he said. “I’ve played first base before and it wasn’t that bad. It’s just not Gold Glove-caliber.” Denver was founded in 1858 by gold prospectors, but these teams are chasing 200 or so troy ounces of silver – the World Series trophy. And while Boston hoped to paint the town red, people downtown wore Rockies purple as they readied for Denver’s first-ever World Series game. Daisuke Matsuzaka, Boston’s $103 million pitcher, starts against Josh Fogg, who was born in Lynn, Mass., of all places, and is the son of a Red Sox fan. Players weren’t the only ones soaking it all up. In a silver-colored contraption under the stands between home plate and first base, next to a huge cooler of Coors Light, 142 dozen baseballs were stored behind a padlock in the moist air of the ballpark’s humidor, introduced in 2002. Since then, Coors has been stripped of its reputation as baseball’s premier launching pad, with home runs and scoring dropping as steeply as a Rocky Mountain ski trail. “Balls aren’t as hard,” Rockies reliever LaTroy Hawkins said. “Not like bricks. They’re not hitting rock. They’re hitting the same ball as in those other places.” Instead of thinking about Rico Petrocelli or even Doug Mirabelli this weekend, Red Sox fans might be more concerned with Bernoulli – specifically whether Dice-K’s curveball will flatten out in the thin air under Bernoulli’s Principle, which explains why airplanes fly. “The amount of pressure difference created by the spin depends directly on the density of the air itself,” Bennett Goldberg, chairman of the Boston University College of Arts and Sciences physics department, was quoted as saying on the school’s Web site. Matt Herges, Hawkins’ bullpen mate, said balls down the lines won’t curve foul at the mile-high ballpark, as they do at sea level. But he also thinks the path to success is to let the issue vanish into thin air. “I think it’s kind of a head game,” he said. “They’re so professional, they’re going to adjust. I just hope they don’t adjust right away.” Of course, it’s also a numbers game, and the stats have been pretty bleak for the Rockies, who have done nothing to disprove that the NL might as well be the Pacific Coast League when it faces the AL. After winning 21 of 22 entering the Series and sitting around for eight days, Colorado is hitting .180 against the Red Sox – 100 points below its NL-leading average during the regular season. Rockies batters have 11 hits and 22 strikeouts, and their pitchers have walked 15 to Boston’s three. Willy Taveras and Kaz Matsui – Nos. 1 and 2 in the Rockies’ batting order – have combined to go 1-for-15. And here’s a more daunting stat: 27 of 34 previous teams to open 2-0 at home have gone on to win the Series, including 11 straight since the 1981 New York Yankees flopped with four straight losses to the Dodgers. “They took care of home,” Hawkins said, “it’s time for us to take care of home.” Perhaps the Rockies will move up shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in the batting order in hopes of finding a spark. Boston wants to squelch that, preferring a repeat of 2004, when the Red Sox opened with two wins at home, then finished a sweep in St. Louis for their first title in 86 years. “If we win, the opponent might be like, `Damn, we’re done,”‘ Ortiz said. “And if we lose, that might give them some hope. It is a big game.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Mukasey critical of Justice policies

first_imgLikewise, on politics, Mukasey said he would discourage his prosecutors from bringing charges against political candidates shortly before elections and would not let party loyalty be a consideration for people applying for Justice Department jobs. “That’s the standard I’m going to make very clear, very precise, and I’m going to enforce,” Mukasey said. An internal Justice Department investigation is looking into whether Gonzales lied to lawmakers about the administration’s terror programs and illegally let politics influence hiring and firing of prosecutors. Gonzales, a close friend of President Bush and a former Texas Supreme Court justice, has denied any wrongdoing.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HEARING: Attorney general nominee calls defense of torture techniques “worse than a sin.” By Lara Jakes Jordan THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey told senators Tuesday he will reject the White House meddling and overstepping its authority in terrorism cases if he is approved to run the Justice Department. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.He said he would resign if his legal or ethical doubts about administration policy are ignored. Mukasey’s plans for the scandal-scarred Justice Department starkly contrast with how it operated under the man who would be his immediate predecessor – former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Mukasey, a retired federal judge, said he also would review opinions issued by the department’s Office of Legal Counsel to make sure they are legally sound. He described as “defective” a 2002 memo that defended the Bush administration’s use of torture techniques against terrorism suspects. That opinion “was worse than a sin, it was a mistake,” Mukasey told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “It purported to justify measures based on broad grants of authority that were unnecessary.” last_img read more

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Winds light on dire day at field lab

first_imgHirsch said he and others in the community are still seething over what they regard as a blatant attempt by Boeing to stonewall the study, and he said many are suspicious of the timing on the disclosure. But Boeing officials said they turned over the information as soon as they found it among more than 1 million documents in various buildings and files. “In dealing with us, they’ve been direct, and they’ve tried to locate things that we’ve requested,” said Burt Cooper, chief of the energy section at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, which first requested the wind data in 1999. Mark Evans, a scientist with the registry, said so far the agency has taken only a cursory look at the data. And while officials have looked at the wind direction, they have yet to calculate the wind speeds for various days, which also would have affected the course of any contamination. But Evans and Cooper said the federal agency does not plan to do major work with the new data. And both said they also believe the data would do little to change current assessments from the recently completed University of California, Los Angeles, study. “I don’t think this data changes our prior conclusions,” Evans said. But Hirsch, disagreeing, said the new information could “significantly affect” what is currently known about the communities that might have been exposed. According to the state-funded study, the radiation released during the accident may have triggered 260 cancers in the area. Hirsch also said he hopes the Boeing disclosure provides ammunition for lawmakers to push for the Environmental Protection Agency – not just the Department of Energy – to conduct a radiation survey at the site. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., included such a provision in a pending Senate appropriations bill, but similar language has not been added in the House. “You need an independent entity to find out where the containment is, because we now know that (the Department of Energy) and its contractor Boeing lied,” Hirsch said. In a statement on the recently discovered wind data, Feinstein said, “Now that this information has been found, hopefully it can lead to a swift assessment, and some finality can be brought to the situation.” lisa.friedman@langnews.com 202-662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAnd scientists also have not yet delved into wind-speed calculations, which could significantly change any dispersion models. Still, the single biggest challenge to figuring out what the new data means is money. Boeing turned over wind data a full year after the conclusion of a state-funded five-year study in which analysts were hampered by not having access to the half-century-old wind patterns. Officials said they will revise that study but cautioned that finding answers will take time. “I don’t want to get people’s expectations up. We have no money anymore,” said Dan Hirsch, a member of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory Advisory Panel. WASHINGTON – The skies were clear and light winds blew in an easterly direction on the day nearly a half-century ago that federal officials insist was the only one during a 14-day partial nuclear meltdown when the Santa Susana Field Laboratory might have emitted radioactive materials into the air. The first look at wind direction that day emerged Thursday from mounds of meteorological data the Boeing Co. recently turned over to federal officials after years of denying the information existed. But federal officials cautioned that many factors have yet to be analyzed and it still could take months to develop the data into a useful model for better understanding the 1959 meltdown. The afternoon of July 26, 1959 – which scientists at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry have pinpointed as the key day – is just one of many days during the meltdown and its aftermath when radioactive material could have blown through neighboring communities. last_img read more

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