Arsenal & Spurs target shock Gomez transfer with Liverpool star ‘frustrated’

first_imgARSENAL and Tottenham are plotting shock transfers for Liverpool defender Joe Gomez, according to reports.It is thought the Reds star is frustrated with a lack of game time this season.3 Arsenal and Tottenham are both considering moves for Joe Gomez, with the Liverpool man reportedly frustratedCredit: Rex FeaturesAnd according to, he is even prepared to leave Liverpool if things don’t improve – and would prefer a move back to his hometown of London.So it is little surprise that the North London rivals are both interested in taking Gomez, possibly on loan, in January.The 22-year-old was the first-choice centre-back to partner Virgil van Dijk at the beginning of last season.But he suffered a leg fracture in December, ruling him out until mid-April.During his absence, Joel Matip excelled and has retained his place in the side this season, even earning himself a fresh new contract this month. Gomez has played just 91 minutes in the Premier League – the opening-day victory over Norwich and then one minute in the win at Chelsea.But as he tries to cement his place in Gareth Southgate’s England defence ahead of Euro 2020, Gomez might seek a move away from Anfield.Arsenal brought in David Luiz from Chelsea in the summer while William Saliba was signed and then loaned straight back to Saint-Etienne.Their defensive woes have continued once again this term with Luiz, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi struggling to find form.At Spurs, meanwhile, both Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld are out of contract at the end of the current campaign.3 Joel Matip is currently the first-choice partner for Virgil van Dijk with Gomez frozen outCredit: ReutersLatest Premier League newsExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsLive BlogTOON LATESTNewcastle takeover LIVE: Follow all the latest updates in Saudi sagaLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidHEAT IS OFFHeaton will miss Aston Villa’s 10-game relegation dogfight with knee injuryPASSED THE TESTHuge boost to Project Restart with ZERO positive results in new Covid testsSo Mauricio Pochettino will certainly be desperate to bring in a new centre-back soon and an experienced, young English defender who has won the Champions League would surely fit the bill perfectly.But league-leaders Liverpool will no doubt do everything in their power to hold on to Gomez.He still has four-and-a-half years left on the contract he extended last December and is currently the immediate replacement should Matip, Van Dijk or right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold be unavailable – ahead of Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne.3 Gomez knows he needs to be playing regularly if he wants to start for England at Euro 2020Credit: ReutersJurgen Klopp warns Liverpool not to underestimate Sunday match against Tottenhamlast_img read more

Big clash in the Jungle

first_img His team, he believes, though, have the ammunition and are in the form to come out on top. “Defensively, we are getting stronger and have improved on last year. We have been giving less goals, and when you make a comparison to last year you will see. At the end of the first round last season, we gave up 17 goals. Now, we have conceded just 15 with eight games gone in the second round,” Waite explained, adding that captain and defensive enforcer O’Neil Thompson and Keneil Hyde will return to strengthen the backline. On the offensive end, Waite believes they are just as good. “We are scoring a number of goals and Kemal Malcolm, with 10, is our leading scorer and we still have a lot of games to play. Last year, our leading scorer was Leon Strickland with 11. Strickland has provided goals too and we have players contributing from all around, with Vishinul Harris scoring quite a few from midfield,” Waite gushed. Montego Bay United could be without the League’s top scorer Dino Williams, who is due to depart the island shortly to take up another professional contract. That, though, is not a worry for club president Orville Powell. “Tomorrow’s game should be a competitive one, but we have no fear as we have been playing good football, and outside of Dino, who may not be available, all of our other players are fit and ready,” Powell told The Sunday Gleaner. “Owayne Gordon has scored a few goals for us as well and he is ready. Ottey is fit again after dealing with some injury issues, so we are covered on the attacking end. There are also others like the experienced Dwayne Ambusley, young Woozencroft and, of course, goalkeeper Jacomena Barrett is in good form, so I am confident that the team will put in a good show,” Powell added. – 8:40 p.m: Harbour View vs Portmore United – Harbour View Stadium. – 6 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Montego Bay United – Anthony Spaulding Complex – 3 p.m: Boys’ Town vs Waterhouse – Barbican Stadium – 3 p.m: Humble Lion vs Cavalier – Effortville Community Centre – 3 p.m: Reno vs UWI FC – Frome Complex – 3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs Rivoli United – Edward Seaga Complex INFORM Today’s Games Humble Lion were let off the hook by UWI FC last week as they held on for a draw. Today, they will have to put in an improved performance when they host Cavalier, who sent a message last week with a 3-0 win over Boys’ Town with all three goals coming from their new acquisitions. The most mouth-watering of all the matches, however, appears to be the matchup between defending champions Arnett Gardens and the team they dethroned and defeated in last year’s final, Montego Bay United. Montego Bay United currently top the league on goal difference over Portmore United with their 37 points. That is just two points more than third-placed Arnett Gardens, who can overtake them with a victory. “These clashes are always some of the big clashes of the season. They are a rounded team, scoring a lot of goals and also defend well, so they will not be easy. Our game in round one ended 2-2, so we are not far apart,” Jerome Waite, coach of Arnett Gardens said as he looked ahead to today’s game. Tomorrow’s game There will be no straightforward or easy matches in this week’s Red Stripe Premier league fixture as all five games on today and the one on Monday night appear evenly matched. Relegation-threatened Water-house gave an improved showing against Arnett Gardens and would have benefited from the inclusion of Hughan Gray and the reported signing of veteran goalscorer Devon Hodges. These moves could give them an edge against Boys’ Town. Boys’ Town, who have themselves beaten title challengers Portmore United 3-0 away from home, were last week spanked 3-0 by Cavalier in what can be described as a yo-yo league. Former champions Reno no longer looked like the team that threatened in the early season to be pacesetters and now find themselves in the bottom half of the table in seventh place with only goal difference setting them apart from today’s opponents, UWI FC. The university men, on the other hand, after struggling at the start of the competition, had some wondering if their entry was an experiment doomed to failure. They have gradually found their footing following their first win of the competition, a 1-0 win over fellow promoted but far more storied team Portmore United. Amal Knight’s quality in goal was never in question, but with Girvon Brown running into form and the addition of a few players through the transfer window, they will look even more competitive. IMPROVED PERFORMANCElast_img read more

Liberia Celebrates 54th African Unity Day

first_imgAmbassadors and other officials pose after the hoisting of the AU Flag at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Monrovia yesterday.Liberia yesterday joined other African nations in celebrating the 54th African Unity Day, with Foreign Affairs Minister Marjon V. Kamara describing the celebration as a milestone.African Unity Day, which is also known as Africa Day, is celebrated annually on May 25, commemorating the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) on this day in 1963.As part of the celebration, African ambassadors gathered at the Foreign Affairs Ministry for the hoisting of the African Unity (AU) flag.Minister Kamara said there is a need to recommit “ourselves as nations and peoples to accelerate the effort to achieve the goals and aspirations of the AU.”She said Liberia has transitioned from political to economic independence, which is very important for the country and the people.Because of this, she said, “as an organization, we have set up a roadmap to where we want to be in 2063 when the AU will celebrate its 100th anniversary. I want to urge everyone to make decisions that will positively affect the people of Liberia and the African continent.”She added: “We are hoping that Liberians will join other Africans to also celebrate this great day and recommit ourselves. Each of us has a role to play as citizens of Liberia, and not only the government.”Amb. Ibrahim Kamara, Special Representative of African Unity Chairperson and Head of the AU Liaison in Liberia, called on Liberians and Africans to be proud of Africa Day, which has been in existence for the past 54 years.Amb. Kamara recalled the objective of the OAU, which was to help countries that were under colonial rule to liberate themselves from the vestiges of colonialism.“After those challenges, new ones came into existence that Africa should now promote peace, security and stability which eventually will help strengthen the continent’s integration and development,” he said.“The new AU is helping member states, including countries that are in conflicts, to play pivotal roles in helping to resolve them. Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea were affected by the Ebola disease and AU played an important role in helping to eradicate the disease and mobilize resources for the three countries.”Meanwhile, Minister Kamara lauded the ambassadors for showing up early to hoist the African Unity flag along with the Liberian flag at the Foreign Affairs Ministry.On May 25, 1963, leaders from 30 of the then 32 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.The OAU was created to help bring about change, freedom and independence to many African countries.In 1991, the OAU established the African Economic Community, and in 2002 the OAU established its own successor, the African Union.Since the establishment of the OAU, a further 21 states have joined. South Africa became the latest and 53rd member on May 23, 1994.Following the first Conference of Independent African States on April 15, 1958, African Liberation Day or African Freedom Day was celebrated in Ethiopia, South Africa and Ghana. This holiday was replaced by African Unity Day in Ghana in 1963.Despite the name change to the African Union, the name and date of Africa Day has been retained, and Africa Day provides an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of the peoples and governments of Africa.Today, it is a statutory public holiday in Ghana. It is also a public holiday in The Gambia, Mali, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Owner of deceased cat files suit against pet food manufacturer

first_imgThe company said it had not seen the suit and had no comment. The FDA had no comment on the company’s delay in announcing the recall. The FDA so far has confirmed the deaths of 13 cats and one dog that had reportedly eaten the company’s “Cuts and Gravy” style pet food. The wet food was sold throughout North America under store brands carried by Wal-Mart, Kroger, Safeway and other large retailers, as well as private labels like Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba. FDA has sent inspectors to company plants in New Jersey and Kansas. Most complaints stem from products made at the latter factory, though both received shipments of wheat gluten, identified as a likely source of contamination, from the same supplier, said Stephen F. Sundlof, the FDA’s chief veterinarian. The ingredient is a protein source used to thicken the pet food gravy. The FDA is screening pet food samples for substances known to be toxic to the kidneys, like toxins produced by molds. A complete list of the recalled products along with product codes, descriptions and production dates was available from the Menu Foods Web site, The company also designated two phone numbers that pet owners could call for information – (866) 463-6738 and (866) 895-2708. FDA inspectors had never before visited the Kansas plant. They warned the company following a 2004 inspection of its New Jersey factory after it failed to flag food made for zoo cats of the risk of mad cow disease if it was fed to cattle. WASHINGTON – A Chicago woman sued Menu Foods on Tuesday, alleging the pet food manufacturer delayed announcing a recall of 60 million containers of dog and cat food despite knowing its products were contaminated and potentially deadly. Dawn Majerczyk, 43, said her orange tabby, Phoenix, fell sick last week just two days after he ate a single package of Special Kitty. It is one of 95 cat and dog food brands recalled by Menu Foods of Canada. Friday’s recall came two weeks after nine cats died during routine company taste tests of its products, the Food and Drug Administration said. Majerczyk said she took the 9-year-old cat to its first-ever veterinarian visit the day of the recall. The cat had lost six pounds in four days and was lethargic, dehydrated and nearly blind. She returned over the weekend to have him put down after his organs began to fail. Her suit, filed by Chicago attorney Jay Edelson, seeks class-action status. “I want my vet bills paid and I want some compensation for what they did to my kids – and for the company’s neglect,” Majerczyk, a medical assistant in a dermatology office. Menu Foods is majority owned by Menu Foods Income Fund of Streetsville, Ontario.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

‘Man United reach an agreement with Barcelona over Neymar – they agree it will never happen!’ Fans react to transfer rumours

first_img Barcelona star Neymar 1 Don’t believe everything you read, is the age-old advice.Football fans in particular are reluctant to place their faith in the words of another, preferring to wait for official confirmation rather than place trust in speculation.When The Sun reported both Manchester United and Man City have made Neymar their no.1 target next season, with the two sides willing to pay his £144million buy-out clause, supporters were quick to dismiss the news.And even when it was revealed the Barcelona star could be willing to quit the Spanish side to further his career and come out of the shadow Lionel Messi casts at the Nou Camp they couldn’t be tempted to trust the reports.You can see what they made of the Neymar transfer rumours below…last_img


first_imgCouncillor Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig of Can’t Pay Won’t Pay has called on householders in Donegal not to return the Application Packs currently being sent out by Irish Water to assess Water Charge levels.Councillor Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla EasbuigThe West Donegal-based county councillor says it could be the first step in building a boycott of the charges.“Every day I am hearing from people who are struggling to get by and are extremely worried at this latest bill they will have to find the money for. My message to them is that I will not give a cent to Irish Water and I advise them to do the same,” he said. “There is enormous anger at the introduction of these charges and I am struck by the number of people who have contacted me to say they will not pay them. I believe that Irish Water and the government are in for a huge shock when they discover the level of resistance there exists to these charges and I believe it is possible we can defeat them by not paying what is effectively double taxation.”Councillor Mac Giolla Easbuig says his other concern is that Irish Water is a halfway house for privatisation of our water supply.“Water is a precious natural resource. It is too important to be treated as a commodity to be bought and sold for profit. Our water supply must remain in public hands and I am believe this will not happen under Irish Water. The whole rationale of introducing charges is to create a profitable business which can be sold to corporate interests.”“As a first step I am saying to householders, bin the Application Pack from Irish Water. Do not give them your PPSN numbers. Don’t make their job any easier in trying to assess charging levels. You will not be alone in doing this. I and thousands of others will do the same. Whatever they decide to levy on us we will not pay it and we will stand together against any attempts to force us. A widespread boycott will throw the system into chaos.” “We have yet to see installation of water meters in the county, but it appears to be not far off. Can’t Pay Won’t Pay will offer their full support to any community which is organised and resists the installation of meters or any organised community that needs assistance in removing any meters installed. We believe that acts of civil disobedience are fully justified in resisting the attempt to turn our water supply into a profit supply.”COUNCILLOR CALLS ON DONEGAL PUBLIC NOT TO RETURN IRISH WATER APPLICATION PACKS was last modified: September 8th, 2014 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) Tags:boycottIrish Waterouncillor Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuigwater chargeslast_img read more

The secrets to England’s penalty success divulged by top FA psychologist

first_img 3 “It wasn’t only on the pitch that composure was demonstrated. The Three Lions’ manager and his staff have displayed a calming assuredness on the touchline when emotions could have tempted them otherwise.“It has allowed for clear decision-making in the technical area and set the tone for a calm authority on the pitch.“The importance of developing robust psychological skills – in both players and coaches – is a crucial part of the FA coaching pathway and given significant prominence as part of the FA level 4 (UEFA A), FA Advanced Youth Award and FA level 5 (UEFA Pro Licence) courses.“After the draining impact of Tuesday night, you can see why.” The England players celebrate ending years of hurt by securing penalty shootout success Much of the focus on Southgate’s new-look England team has centred on the three centre-halves and their willingness to play out from the back.An unlikely trio of John Stone, Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker have been the foundations upon which England have based their success in Russia.And this desire to implement their style of play onto the opposition rather than the other way round is also borne out of a newfound mental fortitude.Glynn added: “When Colombia tried to aggressively press England’s backline, it would have been easy to pass responsibility and opt to play long, safe balls into opposition territory. Instead, England’s build-up play was defined by composure.“As was the case in the group stage victories over Panama and Tunisia, England’s tactical system routinely afforded them a numerical overload when playing out against Colombia’s attacking players.“Patience in possession simply allowed avenues into midfield to emerge.“The approach to distribution meant the ball was rarely played long without thought, allowing possession, energy and rhythm to be intelligently managed. An element of the game that proved crucial on a night when calmness could easily have evaporated.“Throughout the FA coaching pathway, coaches are encouraged to think about their own coaching philosophy and how this links to how they want their team to play.“The crucial test for both comes in those moments when pressure begins to mount.” 3 Southgate remained cool and composed despite experiencing testing times with the Colombians center_img After failures in 1990, 2006 and shootout anguish at the European Championships in 1996, the Three Lions seemed cursed at spot-kicks.However, Peter Glynn (FA Education content editor for the FA) revealed how players are taught to develop robust psychological skills to deal with the intense pressure of the modern game.He told the FA’s official website: “Harry Kane’s single-mindedness during his delayed 57th minute penalty acted as a perfect example of clear focus under immense pressure.“The positive body language exuded throughout the penalty shootout was another sign of the psychological development of this side. A leading psychologist has revealed how the FA are preparing England to deal with the psychological pressures of the modern game.After years and years of penalty anguish, England finally won a penalty shootout at the World Cup, knocking out Colombia on Tuesday evening. 3 Captain Kane celebrates after giving England the lead last_img read more

Pochettino will be tempted by Real job if Spurs don’t win trophy soon – Joey Barton

first_imgJoey Barton has warned Tottenham they will lose manager Mauricio Pochettino to Real Madrid eventually should they continue to struggle competing for trophies.The Fleetwood Town boss says Pochettino is a great fit for the role, but believes the timing of the vacancy means it will be unlikely he will leave Spurs this time.The Spanish giants are searching for their next head coach having gived Julen Lopetegui the boot after just four-and-a-half months in the job.A host of top bosses have been linked with the role, including former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Belgian coach Roberto Martinez, but it has been reported Spurs boss Pochettino is at the top of their wanted list.MORE: ‘Pochettino is right fit for Real Madrid, but president wants Mourinho’, claims Ramon CalderonReports which emerged on Tuesday claim Real Madrid representatives have already met with the Argentine’s team and the European champions are hoping to make the appointment before the end of November, with Castilla boss Santiago Solari taking over for now as interim coach.Pochettino, in his fifth season at Tottenham, has been linked with higher profile jobs before, most recently as a possible replacement for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, but has maintained his commitment to the north London club. 2 However, Monday’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City may be another indication that Spurs are still not ready to challenge for a title.And given Real have chopped and changed manager quite regularly in recent years, Barton says it’s only a matter of time until Real come calling again, and that the manager may be tempted if he is still trophyless at Spurs.“If Pochettino isn’t Real Madrid’s number one target, he should be – he is clearly a high-level manger,” Barton told Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I know Tottenham are not having the most fantastic season this year, but they have a £29million net spend and people forget just what a great job he’s done and what a tremendous manager he is. Mauricio Pochettino has been a success at Tottenham but is still without silverware “I think if Spurs aren’t careful and do fall behind that top four group, it’s natural the likes of Real Madrid and the world’s super clubs will chase Pochettino.“I would be surprised if he goes this time, but if it’s not this time there will be another time soon when Real Madrid will be looking for a new manager, as it’s proven over the years.”Listen back to Joey Barton on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above! 2 Pochettino barks orders as his Spurs side are beaten by Man City at Wembley last_img read more

Pratton shines on the hill, Eureka scores nine in the second to beat Arcata for second straight H-DN title

first_imgArcata >> Nobody knows better than Malachi Pratton about how tense and pitching-dependent last season’s county championship against Arcata was.Twelve months later, it’s safe to say that Pratton, on the hill again at the Arcata Ball Park, had a little bit more room to work with.The Eureka High School baseball team exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the second inning to give its senior ace all the run support he needed as Pratton tossed 5-2/3 shutout innings of three-hit ball and the …last_img

DeMarcus Cousins tests out Achilles in Santa Cruz, starts shedding the rust

first_imgSANTA CRUZ — Following a practice with the Warriors’ G-League affiliate Monday morning, center DeMarcus Cousins emerged unconcerned about the state of his surgically repaired Achilles tendon.“If my life depended on it, I can go out and play a game,” said Cousins, who admitted he doesn’t have a target return date in mind. “But I want to be 100 percent or as close to 100 percent as I can be. I want my body in tip-top shape — it’s not even about the Achilles. It’s about my other body parts and …last_img