Poyet closing in on Vergini

first_img Having already landed Fiorentina full-back Marcos Alonso, Poyet is now hopeful the Barclays Premier League strugglers will seal the deal for Argentinian Vergini over the weekend. Poyet said: “Normally I don’t comment but there have been so many comments from the other side of the Atlantic that they have put me in the position where I have to say we are interested. “I thought we were very close yesterday but not close enough. “He is a central defender who has been playing at the top level for a few years and he has had a chance to play with the Argentina national team. He’s big, so he’s good for England, he reads the game well and he is a good defender. Let’s hope he can adapt quickly if we get him.” Poyet refused to comment on other specific transfer rumours but did confirm out-of-favour midfielder Cabral has joined Italian side Genoa on loan until the end of the season. The Cape Verde international was signed by Poyet’s predecessor Paolo Di Canio on a free transfer from Basel in the summer and impressed on his debut against Fulham, but quickly fell out of favour. Poyet added: “That is complete and Cabral is going to be in Genoa from today. “It was difficult for him to play – sometimes there is not a clear reason but there are other players in his position and we were looking for special things and he didn’t work, for me at least. “Now he’s got a very good opportunity to play in Italy with a very good club and I hope everything goes well for him.” Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has confirmed his club are close to making Estudiantes defender Santiago Vergini their second signing of the January transfer window.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Wijnaldum bound for Newcastle

first_img The 24-year-old is due to fly into Newcastle on Friday for a medical and Press Association Sport understands the Barclays Premier League club have agreed a fee of around 20million euros (£14.4million) for the 19-times capped Dutch midfielder. Newcastle hope to complete the deal before the squad departs for a pre-season tour of the United States this weekend. PSV Eindhoven have confirmed that Georginio Wijnaldum is on his way to England to agree personal terms with Newcastle. “Georginio Wijnaldum has left the players’ hotel in Evian-les-Bains,” PSV technical manager Marcel Brands said on the club’s official website. “The 24-year-old captain is on his way to England to reach a personal agreement there with Newcastle United.” Wijnaldum extended his PSV contract until the summer of 2018 last year and has made more than 100 appearances for the club since joining from Feyenoord in 2011. Phillip Cocu named Wijnaldum as captain following his appointment as PSV head coach in 2013 and the Rotterdam-born player impressed as the Netherlands finished third at the 2014 World Cup under Louis van Gaal. Wijnaldum scored 14 goals in 33 games last season as PSV won their 22nd Eredivisie title. If, as expected, Wijnaldum completes his move to Tyneside he will become the first signing of new Newcastle manager Steve McClaren. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: MLS intends to play 34-game schedule, team says

first_imgMore AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 30, 2020 ___General manager Brian MacLellan says no Washington Capitals players have tested positive for COVID-19 or shown any symptoms after using the same locker room as NBA players who later tested positive.MacLellan says the team hasn’t had any sickness complaints from players related to the coronavirus pandemic that suspended the NHL season. The Capitals followed the NBA’s Utah Jazz in the visiting locker room at Madison Square Garden in New York in early March. Two Jazz players tested positive.MacLellan said on a conference call Monday that “we’re pretty much daily checking in with players to see if they’re exhibiting any” symptoms.Four NHL players have tested positive for the new coronavirus: two on the Ottawa Senators and two on the Colorado Avalanche. NHL chief medical officer Winne Meeuwisse said last week he was “thankful” the numbers have been low. Tokyo organizers say the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 — almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year.The IOC and Japanese organizers last week postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.This year’s games were scheduled to open on July 24 and close on Aug. 9. But the near exact one-year delay will see the rescheduled closing ceremony on Aug. 8.There had been talk of switching the Olympics to spring, a move that would coincide with the blooming of Japan’s famous cherry blossoms. But it would also clash with European soccer and North American sports leagues.___ Associated Press World Athletics says “everyone needs to be flexible and compromise.”The 2021 track worlds were scheduled to be next year from Aug. 6-15.World Athletics says it will consult with the organizers of the Commonwealth Games and the European Athletics Championships. Those are other major track events scheduled to take place in 2022.___The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games. ___The Irish Open has become the latest European Tour golf event to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament was scheduled for May 28-31. There will now be no play on the tour until June at the earliest. The next possible tournament is the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco from June 4-7.The Irish Open is one of the high-profile events that make up the tour’s Rolex Series and had prize money of $7 million this year. It was due to be hosted by Graeme McDowell at the Mount Juliet Estate in County Kilkenny.Regular tour events in Kenya, India, Malaysia, China, Spain, Portugal and Denmark have already been postponed or canceled. Eales says MLS is more fortunate than other leagues around the world that play the traditional fall-to-spring schedule and may have trouble completing their seasons in such a compressed time frame.MLS was just two weeks into its season when play was halted March 12 because of the pandemic. The league has set a tentative return date of May 10, though the growing death toll in the United States could force that date to be pushed back.Eales says everything is on the table, including the possibility of resuming league play in empty stadiums.“We’re fortunate that we had just started our season,” he said Monday during a teleconference with Atlanta media. “We have the whole calendar year to reschedule the games we missed. The emphasis is on playing all 34 games plus the playoffs.”MLS will likely schedule more midweek games and push back its MLS Cup championship game into mid-December in a bid to play a full season, according to Eales. He added that the playoffs could begin in mid-November — around the time MLS had been planning its title game. The governing body of track quickly committed to pushing back its world championships to 2022. But FINA has the added complication of the 2022 Commonwealth Games because many top swimmers compete in both events.___The governing body of triathlon says it wanted the rescheduled Olympics to be held earlier in the year to avoid the summer heat but has accepted the new dates.World Triathlon president Marisol Casado says “even though we would have preferred to move the games to earlier dates, where the impact of the heat was a bit lower, we agreed that these dates are the best solution.”All sports federations involved in the Olympics signed off on the new dates. Casado says “I am absolutely confident that we will have magnificent games in Tokyo next summer, with the help and support of all of us involved in the preparations for hosting the event.”The International Olympic Committee previously moved the marathons and race walking events to Japan’s northern city of Sapporo and scheduled most of them to start early in the morning to avoid the heat in Tokyo.Triathlon has remained in the capital even though it includes running.___The governing body of track and field says it supports the new dates for the Tokyo Olympics and is working with organizers in Eugene, Oregon, to move its world championships to 2022. European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley says “we will continue to evaluate all aspects of our 2020 European Tour schedule, and discussions on the rescheduling of postponed events will remain ongoing until we have clarity on the global situation.” ___The governing body of swimming welcomed the new Tokyo Olympic dates without giving any detail of how to reschedule its own world championships in Japan next year.FINA’s biennial worlds were planned for July 16-Aug. 1, 2021, in Fukuoka. That slot is now taken by the Tokyo Olympics.FINA says knowing the Olympic dates “is very helpful to federations and athletes everywhere.” The Latest: MLS intends to play 34-game schedule, team says Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Atlanta United President Darren Eales says Major League Soccer still intends to play a full 34-game schedule this season, even though the league will be shuttered for at least two months because of the new coronavirus.last_img read more

PL players’ names to be replaced with Black Lives Matter for 12 games

first_img(BBC) – Premier League (PL) players’ names will be replaced on the back of their shirts with ‘Black Lives Matter’ for the first 12 matches of the restarted season.The Premier League will also support any player who chooses to ‘take a knee’ before or during matches.Players in Germany have made gestures of solidarity with people protesting about the death of George Floyd.“We, the players, stand together with the singular objective of eradicating racial prejudice,” read a statement.In a joint message from all 20 clubs, players added that they were committed to “a global society of inclusion, respect, and equal opportunities for all, regardless of their colour or creed”.A Black Lives Matter badge will feature on all playing shirts for the rest of the season alongside a badge thanking NHS staff for their work during the coronavirus outbreak.Several PL squads have already ‘taken a knee’ in training-ground images shared on social media, and anti-racism charity Kick It Out had asked that players feel free to do so on the pitch.The Football Association has said it will take a “common sense approach” to such protests.Four players, including Borussia Dortmund’s England forward Jadon Sancho, were initially investigated by the Bundesliga authorities for making clear their support for anti-racism demonstrations in the wake of the death of 46-year-old Floyd in police custody in the United States last month.None was subsequently punished and the German Football Association said it would continue to allow such displays of support over the coming weeks.The Premier League resumes behind closed doors on June 17 after a three-month suspension caused by the pandemic.“It’s a great start, but I then want to see something tangible.”Former England, Newcastle and Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas, who made 280 PL appearances between 2002 and 2013, hopes the campaign for change continues beyond those first 12 games.Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: “It’s brilliant that all the clubs and the players have come together and said that this is what they want. I think it’s a great message because the Premier League is one of the most powerful businesses in the world.“I’m all for it in terms of the representation and for each club and player to be doing it. But I think the question on most people’s lips is: what next?“What about the week after? Does it just fade out and it’s ‘OK, we did our little bit and it’s gone now’. Or are we actually going to see some real change within our game, our own house?“There have been huge conversations about the lack of opportunities for black coaches. We need to quash all of that by starting to implement (diversity) at the hiring level of management, at the top clubs and within the FA.”last_img read more

Vehicle crashes into bench near Tommy Trojan

first_imgA non-USC male drove his vehicle onto campus and crashed into a bench at Hahn Plaza just before 5 p.m. on Monday, causing minor damage to his car and other property.The accident occurred when the driver made a U-turn and ran over a backpack near the fountain at Hahn Plaza, according to the Department of Public Safety. No injuries to the driver or any pedestrians were reported as a result of the incident.According to DPS Deputy Chief David Carlisle, the man appeared to be disoriented and confused while driving and was unaware of his location at the time of the crash. DPS officers who responded to the situation contacted the fire department and paramedics. Paramedics transported the driver to a local hospital for treatment of possible medical issues or other complications that were not directly related to the crash.The Los Angeles Police Department impounded the car following the accident, storing it temporarily at their facilities until the driver is able to reclaim it.Carlisle said that there are currently no ongoing cleanup efforts at the scene of the crash because all damage to property was minor.last_img read more

Mourinho sent to the stands as United draw with West Ham

first_imgJose Mourinho was sent to the stands as Manchester United were again frustrated at home with a 1-1 draw against West Ham.Diafra Sakho gave West Ham a second-minute lead before Zlatan Ibrahimovic equalised.The result means United have failed to win in four consecutive home games for the first time in League history. Elsewhere Everton boss Ronald Koeman suffered a disappointing return to old club Southampton.His side lost 1-0 at St Mary’s.Arsenal are three points from the top of the table after a 3-1 win at home to Bournemouth.And Stoke were 1-0 winners away to Watford.last_img read more

Governor Whitmer says construction crews can resume operations by May 7

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisLANSING, Mich. — Another vital industry has been given the green light to re-open for business. Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced today that both commercial and residential construction crews can resume operations in May. “This Friday, I will be signing an executive order order that will open both residential and commercial construction by May 7th,” the Governor said.  “We are comfortable taking this step because it is a lower risk enterprise as we’ve scored risks and developed and worked with industry to make sure we’ve got appropriate protocols,” Whitmer said during a COVID-19 press briefing. Most construction projects around the state were considered non–essential business operations and were placed on hold under the Governor’s Stay Home, Say Safe Executive Order.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Local county road commission to seek public responseNext The Salvation Army is calling on sewing volunteers to donate face coveringslast_img read more

U.S. Women’s Baseball team wins gold medal at Pan Am games today

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Amy · 263 weeks ago Congrats Riley! very proud of you! Report Reply 0 replies · active 263 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — Ryleigh Buck, a Wellington High School senior, and the U.S. Women’s baseball team clinched gold in the Pan Am games in Ajax, Ont. today with an 11-3 victory over Canada Sunday.Anna Kimbrell hit a bases-clearing double in the fifth inning to open up a close game off with two outs in the frame and restored a five-run lead for the U.S., one inning after Canada had clawed back to score three.American starting pitcher Sarah Hudek, who hit in the clean-up spot, also drove in three. Michelle Snyder had two runs batted in and Samantha Cobb and Jenna Marston added an RBI apiece.Hudek gave up three runs on four hits while walking five and striking out two over 3 1/3 innings. Stacy Piagno pitched 3 2/3 innings of shutout ball the rest of the way.Jenna Flannigan, Kelsey Lalor and Amanda Asay had RBIs for Canada.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

OVERTIME

first_imgBILL NEAL :10 As you all know, I am certainly not the sharpest knife in the drawer or the brightest bulb in the socket…ok, you get my drift, and you don’t have to agree so quickly…anyway, here’s my point, eight…count ‘em, eight NFL head coaching jobs opened up at the end of the regular season, not to mention several prominent administrative positions and several coordinator spots and “They”—Did—Not—Hire—One—minority (aka Black man!). “They” threw out the Rooney rule, the majority rule, the rule of thumb, the No. 1 rule, Robert’s rule of order, all the rules, and then “they” would have you believe that “they” were looking for offensive minded coaches.  The only thing offensive about that way of thinking…is that way of thinking!! And you know who I am starting to blame?  Not just the owners, not just the general managers, and not just the commissioner.  It’s time to start blaming the players. Eighty-three percent of the NFL are Black players.  They…NOT Them, need to step up and make some demands. C’mon man!:09 Just a question for ya, and I’m just askin’. You know how you always see the people along the road holding signs for close-outs and stores going out of business?  Why…why…why are the sign holders always Black guys. No matter how hot or cold it is outside, rain or shine, they’re there. Why can’t “They” hold a sign sometime?  I’m just sayin!!:08 You know you kill me with that short memory thing of yours. Don’t act like you didn’t “Dance to the Music,” don’t act like you didn’t “Want to get Higher,” and please don’t pretend like you didn’t have “Hot Fun in the Summer Time!” Yep, you remember Sly and the Family Stone and the great Larry Graham and Graham Central Station. Now you get me. Pull out that good old school music and remember, “It’s a Family Affair.”:07 I’m having a hard time trying to figure out why “They” keep talking about Ray Lewis and the crime he was not found guilty of.  But “they” never bring up the crime that Big Ben Roethlisberger was not found guilty of. Hello!:06 Here’s the movie review you know and love…yes you do…yes you do! Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new movie, Last Stand…should be Arnold’s last movie. Do—Not—Go—See—It! This is a first time ever…no basketballs, no stars, nothing!:05 Ok, tell me again why the NFL plays the Pro Bowl before the Super Bowl? Yet the league can’t seem to figure out why no one takes the game seriously. The best players are obviously not playing. They’re – in—the—Super—Bowl—mmmaaannn!!!:04 Sometimes I try to find a way to be diplomatic and professional when I want to get a message to some of you Sho nuff country brothers.  But on this one, there’s no easy way around it. So here goes. If you put a blanket over your car’s engine when it gets really cold…guess what? The blanket gets as cold as the engine in two minutes. I mean what are you thinking? The blanket ain’t plugged into anything.last_img read more

Berbatov ‘f***ing loves’ Auba and Lacazette & warns Spurs about Arsenal threat

first_imgDIMITAR BERBATOV admitted he “f***ing loves” Arsenal pair Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette – then warned his old club Spurs not to take the Gunners lightly.The Bulgarian, 38, spent two years at White Hart Lane between 2006 and 2008 before signing for Manchester United.4 Dimitar Berbatov admitted he cannot get enough of Arsenal strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre LacazetteCredit: Getty – ContributorBut he put rivalries aside as he confessed his admiration for the strikers spearheading Unai Emery’s attack.Ahead of this Sunday’s North London derby, Berbatov told Betfair: “I f***ing love Aubameyang and Lacazette.”I like watching them play and their partnership is blossoming.”The way they play off each other and the goals they score, their quickness and sharpness is unbelievable.”I think nobody should take Arsenal lightly anyway because they are still Arsenal.”Okay, they haven’t won the Premier League for 15 years, but at some point a time will come when it will be their season.”It is too early to say if it will be this year but they are showing signs that they are performing well.”Despite his love for the Arsenal duo, though, Berbatov is clear who is the best Premier League player in his opinion.He added: “What I would give to have played with a player like Kevin De Bruyne, he is unbelievable.”He is one of the best, if not the best, in the world right now. Purely because of his vision, I think he is two or three steps ahead of the game.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big one4Latest Arsenal newsLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesCONT ME OUTArsenal’s Lacazette ‘not interested’ in joining Inter as Martinez’s replacementGossipINTERESTED PARTEYArsenal ‘most interested’ in Thomas Partey but coronavirus delays talksGUNNER GOLuiz ‘has to go’, Saliba ‘a concern’ and Mustafi not at right ‘level’, says KeownAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsWRIGHTY’S OUTRAGEIan Wright says video of George Floyd’s death in US left him ‘drained’HOMECOMINGDavid Luiz confirms Benfica talks with Arsenal contract set to expire in JuneGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plans”Before the ball comes to him he knows where to play it, how to pass it, the exact speed, when he needs to hit it.”He is an unbelievable talent who is growing and developing every year and for me it is a pure joy to watch him.”Manchester City have one of the best midfielders in the world and when he is on top of his game they are unbelievable too.”4 Berbatov spent two years at Spurs, taking on Arsenal in plenty of feisty North London derbiesCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd4 Berbatov reckons Kevin De Bruyne is the best player in the Premier League and is among the best in the worldCredit: ReutersArsenal v Tottenham- Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and betting odds for Premier League clashlast_img read more