Month: December 2019
Lucas Digne [left] 1 Lucas Digne has revealed he rejected offers from Premier League clubs to join Roma.The full-back moved to the Italian side this summer from Paris Saint-Germain, arriving on a season-long loan with a view to permanent switch.However, the France international has now revealed that he could have ended up in England after receiving offers from top-flight sides.Arsenal and Liverpool were two teams linked with Digne, and he told L’Equipe: “[Coach Rudi] Garcia had a big impact on my decision to come here, but he wasn’t the only reason, since Roma have been interested in me for years.“I’d received offers from England too, but I realised that Roma was the club I wanted the most. I’m here on loan, so I can’t say how long I’ll be here, but I’ll give everything for this shirt.”
1 Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring for Manchester United Paul Scholes hailed Manchester United for finally making him feel entertained following their thrilling 3-3 draw with Newcastle.The United legend has been scathing of the style of play under Louis van Gaal and claimed the players looked ‘bored’ during their narrow win over Sheffield United in the FA Cup on Saturday.But Scholes was enthused by their performance against the Magpies on Tuesday night, despite Paul Dummett’s last-minute equaliser denying the Red Devils victory.“Loads better,” he told BT Sport when asked how he was feeling after United’s display.“To go and watch Manchester United, whether it’s home or away, is entertainment, it’s goals – whether you concede goals or whether you can score goals.“Tonight that was like watching a Manchester United team. Okay, they didn’t win but they should have won, really.“(Marouane) Fellaini’s header – what a chance to make it 4-2 – and Jesse (Lingard) has had a great chance, and that’s just what I expect.“I expect positive play from Manchester United all the time, whether you’re at home or away.“Sometimes it’s a little bit easier to do it away from home, actually, when a team comes out at you and really has a go like Newcastle did.“Now they have to try and transfer this type of form to Old Trafford.”
Danny Simpson insists Leicester are taking nothing for granted as they close in on a remarkable Premier League triumph.The Foxes – relegation favourites at the start of the season – are five points clear at the top of table with nine games left to go.With struggling Crystal Palace and Newcastle up next, they have a great chance to maintain their title charge.But Simpson says the players are not getting carried away and insists all their remaining opponents will provide tough challenges.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the full-back said: “There is still a long way to go. We are taking it game by game. “Newcastle and Palace are fighting for points, so there is no way it is going to be easy.“People will look at the table and think it is going to be be easy, but we are not seeing it like that. They are going to be tough games.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I have made unambiguously clear, in Anglo-Saxon prose, that it is not to ever happen again and there will be appropriate disciplinary action taken against those people who exhibited what I regard as extraordinarily poor judgment,” he added. Asked specifically if he planned to fire anyone at FEMA, which is part of his department, Chertoff declined to say, citing personnel rules. Chertoff said he knew nothing about the matter until after it happened and that he “can’t explain why it happened.” The White House on Friday scolded FEMA for the faux press conference about assistance to victims of wildfires in southern California. The agency – much maligned for its sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina over two years ago – arranged to have FEMA employees play the part of reporters at the event Tuesday and question Vice Adm. Harvey E. Johnson, the deputy director. By Devlin Barrett THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – The homeland security chief on Saturday tore into his own employees for staging a phony news conference at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “I think it was one of the dumbest and most inappropriate things I’ve seen since I’ve been in government,” Michael Chertoff said. The questions were soft and gratuitous. “I’m very happy with FEMA’s response,” Johnson said in reply to one query from an agency employee. FEMA gave reporters only 15 minutes’ notice about Tuesday’s news conference. But because of the short notice, the agency made available an 800 number so reporters could call in. Johnson said in a statement Friday that FEMA’s goal was “to get information out as soon as possible and in trying to do so we made an error in judgment.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Neil Lennon has told talkSPORT he would ‘definitely’ be interested in returning to the manager’s hotseat at former club Celtic.The Bhoys are on the hunt for their new permanent boss with Ronny Deila set to leave the Parkhead club at the end of the season.Deila, who guided Celtic to a fifth consecutive Scottish championship this weekend and the second of his reign at the club, revealed in April that he will step down as manager in the summer.A host of top names have been linked with the role, including Manchester United legend and first-team assistant Ryan Giggs, former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and ex-Aston Villa coach Paul Lambert.But Lennon, who won five Scottish titles as a Celtic player before claiming three during his time as boss, has put his name in the hat.Asked if he would return to Parkhead, Lennon told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I would find it hard to say no, of course“It’s a great job at a great club. I had a good four years there as manager and seven years as a player – it was a big part of my career and my life.“The competition, with Rangers back in the Premiership, would also be great, so yes there would be a definite interest, obviously.“But I’m sure there is a lot of interest in that job, so we’ll just have to wait and see what the board decide.”Listen to talkSPORT’s interview with Neil Lennon IN FULL above!
Having spent a few years learning the ropes in a backroom role, Neville now wants to branch out and start his management career properly – although he has admitted he would never be able to turn down Manchester United if they offered him an assistant role.He added: “You could never turn down going back to Man United, but Jose’s got his own staff and there are staff already at United. I’m sure that won’t happen – and I’ve not had the call anyway!“In terms of my next step, unless it’s something really special, I think I’d like to go on my own and do my own thing.“I went out to Valencia to create my own pathway and to keep my individual learning going, and that’s where I see it really.“Rather than going back in as an assistant or a first-team coach, even though there may be opportunities to do that, in my ideal world I’d like to be on my own and continue my development on my own.”Phil Neville met England fans at The Three Lions pub in Manchester as part of Carlsberg’s ‘Pubstitutions’ campaign. Carlsberg will be substituting pub names and renaming them ‘The Three Lions’ across England ahead of UEFA EURO 2016™. Follow @CarlsbergUK to discover how Carlsberg will be substituting the ordinary for the extraordinary for England fans in the build-up to the tournament. 1 Phil Neville has told talkSPORT he wants to take on a managerial role, although he has admitted he could never turn down Manchester United if he was approached to be an assistant.The former Red Devils defender started his coaching career in 2013, working under David Moyes at Old Trafford, before taking up a similar role with La Liga side Valencia.The 39-year-old was promoted to assistant manager when Gary Neville was named boss, but following the ending of the season, and the confirmation that Pako Ayestaran will remain head coach next season, Neville has confirmed he will leave Valencia.Speaking at the The Three Lions pub as part of Carlsberg’s ‘Pubstitutions’ campaign, the ex-England international said: “They have named Pako Ayestaran as the new head coach, so I’ll be leaving Valencia.“It’s been a fantastic year, but when a new manager comes in he obviously wants to bring his own staff. As good as it’s been, I understand you need to bring your own staff in, so I think I’ll be leaving Valencia in the next week or two.“It’s been a fantastic year, and I’ve learned so much.”
Counterterrorism officials in Algeria’s former colonial ruler, France, say the group is drawing members from across North Africa. Although it is thought to have only several hundred fighters, the al-Qaida affiliate has resisted security sweeps to organize suicide bombings and other attacks as it shifts its focus from trying to topple the government to waging holy war and fighting Western interests. Al-Qaida has been urging attacks on French and Spanish interests in North Africa. In September, Osama bin Laden’s chief deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, called for jihad in North Africa to “cleanse (it) of the children of France and Spain.” The meaning of 11 Tuesday’s date – Dec. 11 – suggested an Islamic terror link. Al-Qaida has struck on the 11th in several countries, including the Sept. 11, 2001, attack in the U.S. Al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa claimed responsibility for attacks last April 11 that hit the Algerian prime minister’s office and a police station, killing 33 people. Dec. 11 itself has meaning for Algerians. On that date in 1960, pro-independence demonstrations were held against the French colonial rulers. The Constitutional Council is located on December 11, 1960 Boulevard. Anne Giudicelli, a former French diplomat specializing in the Middle East who runs the Paris-based consulting firm Terrorisc, said Tuesday’s attack bore the “clear signature” of al-Qaida-affiliated groups – in the choice of targets and use of near simultaneous bombings. “They attacked … neighborhoods where there is plenty of security, which is a way to show their strength in the war with security services,” she said. Louis Caprioli, a former assistant director of France’s DST counterintelligence agency who now works for the risk-management company Geos, said the attack may have been a reaction to the arrest last month of Bouderbala Fateh, a leading figure in Algeria’s al-Qaida branch. The raid found three bombs, 1,760 pounds of explosives and a rocket launcher in the group’s hide-out. Algeria’s militants “feel a need to fight back after many arrests, after (militants) turned themselves in or were killed,” he said. “They needed to react to show their operational capacity.” After Tuesday’s bombings, one damaged U.N. building stood with its insides spilling into a street littered with the soot-covered remains of parked cars crunched by the blast. The Constitutional Council lost chunks of its white facade, exposing red brick underneath, and a neck-deep crater was gouged in the road outside. The attacks killed 26 people, an Interior Ministry statement said Tuesday evening. It said the dead included two U.N. staffers – one Danish, the other Senegalese – as well as three people from Asia whose nationalities were not given. An additional 177 people were injured, 26 of whom were hospitalized, the ministry said. Other sources said the toll was higher. An official at the civil protection agency who spoke on condition of anonymity said 45 people were killed. A doctor at a hospital who said he was in contact with staffers at other hospitals put the death toll at a minimum of 60. Algerian Prime Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem, quoted by the APS news agency, called the higher figures inflated and said the government had no reason to hide the real death toll. In New York, U.N. deputy spokeswoman Marie Okabe said at least 10 U.N. workers were dead, but she added that “there are still a number of staff that remain unaccounted for.” Marie Heuze, a spokeswoman for the world body in Geneva, said that if all the missing were dead, it would be the deadliest assault on the United Nations since the 2003 attack on U.N. offices in Iraq that killed top U.N. envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 others. That attack was staged by Islamic extremists who later affiliated with al-Qaida.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ALGIERS, Algeria – Two truck bombs set off in quick succession sheared off the fronts of U.N. offices and a government building in Algeria’s capital Tuesday, killing at least 26 people and wounding nearly 200 in an attack claimed by an affiliate of al-Qaida. Al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa, in a posting on a militant Web site, called the U.N. offices “the headquarters of the international infidels’ den.” A U.N. official said at least 10 of its employees died. The bombs exploded 10 minutes apart around 9:30 a.m., devastating the U.N. refugee agency and other U.N. offices along a street in the upscale Hydra neighborhood as well as Algeria’s Constitutional Council, which rules on the constitutionality of laws and oversees elections. The blasts, which came on the month’s 11th day, a number rich in symbolism both for Algerians and for al-Qaida, drew swift international condemnation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“It was horror,” said Mohammed Faci, 23, whose arm was broken by the blast as he rode a bus. The targeting of U.N. offices was a new development in the 15-year war between Algeria’s secular government and Islamic insurgents, who previously focused their hate on symbols of the military-backed administration and civilians. Al-Qaida’s self-styled North African branch’s Web posting said two suicide bombers attacked the buildings with trucks carrying 1,760 pounds of explosives each. Images were provided of the two “martyrs,” identified as Ibrahim Abu Uthman and Abdul Rahman Abu Abdul Nasser Al-Aassemi. “This is another successful conquest … carried out by the Knights of the Faith with their blood in defense of the wounded nation of Islam,” said the statement, which claimed that more than 110 “Crusaders and apostates” were killed. Interior Minister Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni said the Algerian government was “certain” that al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa – formerly known as the Salafist Group for Call and Combat – “was behind the attack.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Michigan State, Gonzaga, Louisville and Washington rounded out the Top Ten. The Panthers (11-0) are somewhat of a surprise with three freshmen playing key roles, especially up front. Their 73-64 victory over Wisconsin on Saturday knocked the Badgers out from No. 24 and made Dixon 27-0 in December as a head coach. The Panthers started 18-0 in his first season and 10-0 in 2004-05. Arizona (9-3) can now chase its own record streak for regular-season poll appearances. When the Wildcats dropped out two weeks ago, a run that started at the beginning of the 1987-88 season ended at 312 consecutive regular-season polls. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Another great start by Pittsburgh has the Panthers in the Top 25. A great weekend by Arizona has the Wildcats ranked again. Pittsburgh, off to a third undefeated run in as many seasons under coach Jamie Dixon, moved into The Associated Press’ men’s basketball poll at No. 22 on Monday. Arizona, which swept its Pac-10 weekend in Washington, returned to the rankings at No. 21 after a two-week absence that broke the longest regular-season run in poll history. Duke (12-0) stayed No. 1 for the ninth straight week with Connecticut and Villanova remaining second and third for the fourth straight poll. Memphis, Florida and Illinois held the fourth through sixth spots for a third straight week.
CARSON – When Freddy Adu was 10, storied soccer club Inter Milan offered him $750,000 to come to Italy. At 12, he left his Potomac, Md. home to enter the U.S. under-17 national team’s residency in Bradenton, Fla. At 13, he was the breakout player at the U-17 World Championship. At 14, he was the No. 1 pick in Major League Soccer’s draft, the highest-paid player in the league, and – thanks to Nike – a millionaire. Now, at 16, Adu faces his toughest challenge, trying to beat out men, some twice his age, for one of 23 U.S. roster spots for the World Cup in Germany. He’s at Home Depot Center, among 29 players looking to impress coach Bruce Arena and his staff during a six-week training camp to kick off American preparations for the June 9-July 9 championships. It’s Adu’s first call-up to the U.S. team and the odds aren’t with him. There are only a handful of spots available, and his competition is a group of the best Americans playing in the MLS and Europe. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita“Half the team is already sorted out with the European guys,” Adu said as camp began. “Realistically, there are maybe two of three spots left on the team.” “Our expectations for Freddy are not great,” Arena said. “What we’ve seen so far is what we expected. He’s a young player who’s a little behind physically; the speed of the game is a bit too much for him right now. But generally talented players over time adjust to these environments pretty quickly. And that’s what we’re looking to see. “It’s still pretty early. We’ve only been here (a week).” The expectation is that Adu, who turns 17 a week before the World Cup begins, will be a pivotal figure in the U.S. midfield for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. That’s something he doesn’t want to think about. “Everybody keeps saying 2010 is going to be our turn and all that stuff, but I’ve not given up hope for 2006 …” said Adu, who has scored nine goals with nine assists in two seasons with D.C. United. “It’s definitely a long way to make this team, but you know what? I’m not worried. I’m not going to try to compete with other players. I’m going to focus on doing what I need to do to help the team that I’m on.” Adu, an abnormally talented playmaker, possesses exquisite touch and vision with the abilities to see things others can’t and make opponents look foolish. It has been apparent since his preteens, drawing former D.C. United coach Roy Hudson’s assessment that “a blind man on a galloping horse can see his talent. He’s a little Faberge egg, and everyone’s just trying to protect him.” Said U.S. star Landon Donovan, who also was a teen phenom: “After awhile, you lose your naivete, and you learn what the world is, and he’s learned that faster than anybody. People don’t realize how being on the road for long trips with men 25, 30 years old changes you. He’s got that innately, that old soul to him, so he’s picked it up naturally.” Adu came into camp not fully fit, but he’s impressed the veterans. “He looks comfortable, confident, and he’s doing what he’s good at,” Donovan said. “A lot of guys come into their first camp and try not to make mistakes, and he’s come in and is doing what he’s good at, which is making defenders anxious and running and people, and that’s what he needs to do. I think he’s going to figure it out pretty quickly. There’s small things. … He has the tools. He doesn’t need too much guidance. He’s got his head on straight.” Pele was 17 when he emerged as a standout at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden. England’s Michael Owen was 17 at the 1998 World Cup in France. “Age isn’t a factor,” Arena said. “It’s the quality of the player. He’s good enough to be in our pool, and the question is whether he’ll be good enough to move up the ladder.” Arena praises Adu’s passing ability and that “he’s a player who can go by people with the ball, and we don’t have a lot of players in that category.” Adu says he’s adjusting to the level of play. “It’s been so competitive,” he said. “My God, it’s just a whole different level. And I’m glad I’m here, because it’s going to make me a much better player, you know? “On (the first day of camp), I had no idea what was going on. I was just running around all over the pitch, just lost, but I’m picking it up now. … I’m just trying to focus on what I do best, which is getting the ball, going at people, taking chances, taking shots, trying to score goals. I’m hoping to do well enough to make an impression on Coach.” [email protected] (818) 713-3627 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!