Arsenal and Spurs joined by Leicester in Adam Lallana free transfer race

first_imgLEICESTER CITY are ready to battle it out with Arsenal and Tottenham to snap up soon-to-be free agent Adam Lallana from Liverpool.The 31-year-old is out of contract at Anfield this summer and looks certain to end his six-year stint on Merseyside.1 Leicester City have joined the chase for Adam LallanaCredit: AP:Associated PressWith no sign of an extension to his current deal in the pipeline there is a queue of clubs waiting to pounce for the England international.The Gunners, Spurs and West Ham have all been monitoring developments.Now The Telegraph claims Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is plotting a swoop for the man he originally took to Anfield from Southampton.And the pair’s close relationship, the style of football played by the Foxes and the increasing likelihood of Champions League qualification makes them a top contender to land his signature in June.Lallana is focusing on Liverpool’s title and European charge and has held no talks so far with any interested parties.But the experienced attacker will have a long-list of options once he becomes a free agent in June.The star is able to open negotiations and even sign a pre-contract agreement with clubs overseas now.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesLATEST TRANSFER NEWSLive 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 EmiratesGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeBut he is determined to have no distractions while remaining a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad as they pursue glory on three fronts.The Liverpool boss made it clear in the January transfer window that he would not allow Lallana to leave, despite the club missing out on a fee.The midfielder enjoys a decent relationship with the German and has made 19 appearances for him this term.But the experienced Lallana no longer wants to play back-up as he prepares to go in search of regular football elsewhere.last_img read more

Vunipola out to stop All Blacks

first_imgWellington-born Vunipola grew up idolising All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu, while his father Fe’ao, a former Tonga captain, once described his son as the ‘next Olo Brown’, a nod to the 56-test All Blacks prop.”When I was growing up I watched the All Blacks and I loved them, mostly because of Jonah Lomu,” Vunipola told reporters on Friday ahead of the second test at Wellington Regional Stadium.”I always wanted to be like him.”Vunipola left New Zealand as a child when his father moved to Wales for a professional rugby contract. The week of the second test is the 26-year-old’s first trip back to Wellington.Along with younger brother Billy, who was also selected for the tour but withdrew with a shoulder injury, Vunipola spent his early life in Pontypool and his Welsh valleys accent is still prevalent.While their father wanted both his sons to play for Wales, Mako progressed through the England age-group system after a move to Gloucestershire and a scholarship to the Millfield School in Somerset.He made his England debut in 2012 and played all three tests on the 2013 Lions tour of Australia. He has cemented himself as the first choice loosehead prop on the current tour.Vunipola was stung by last week’s 30-15 loss to the All Blacks at Eden Park, particularly after Lions coach Warren Gatland said his team had lacked the physicality to match the world champions.”It was him laying the gauntlet down to us and it’s up to us to accept it,” Vunipola said. “We are going into the game wounded and pride is on the line (and) … I wanted the opportunity to go out there and prove him wrong.”I don’t know if that’s what he meant, but it’s up to us to prove him wrong and send out a statement.”A statement performance is what is needed for the tourists, who arrived as arguably the best team to tour New Zealand since the 1971 side that clinched the only test series victory over the All Blacks.Vunipola said the team had been in intense training sessions and spoken at length about the challenge to send the series back to a decider at Eden Park on July 8th.”We know the task in front of us is immense … (and) we have spoken about this being the biggest game of our lives,” Vunipola said. Photo: Photosportlast_img read more

Courtois annoys Barcelona

first_imgIn the meantime, the competitors is making ready for a future return through which there are nonetheless eleven days remaining, so if the return of soccer is carried out, we’ll quickly know who’s the simply champion. Sport ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Cowl of the Sport newspaper of Might 6, 2020.Sport 13 Then again, they’ve on the primary web page “Quique Setien’s duplicate”. The Barça coach insists that his workforce is the chief with a two-point benefit and stresses that “In case you can’t proceed, the logical factor can be for it to remain as it’s.”center_img These statements didn’t sit properly with the Catalan press. In actual fact, the quilt of Sport leads the Belgian is the protagonist of a canopy titled: “Courtois, why don’t you shut up?” In a heading they name “The ‘sung’ of the doorman” clarify that “Declare the league title if it doesn’t finish primarily based on direct enrfentamientos.” Thibaut Courtois spoke yesterday for the general public tv of his nation and thus analyze the season of Actual Madrid, the implications of the coronavirus in soccer and the way forward for the Santnader League. And the goalkeeper defined his viewpoint, through which he assures that if the competitors doesn’t resume, the white workforce must be champion regardless of being second within the leaderboard: “We had been higher than Barça. It could be unfair to make them champions. We’re solely two factors from Barcelona and we may be champions.”last_img read more

ICC fines Law for dissent

first_imgROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):ICC match referee Chris Broad has fined West Indies head coach Stuart Law for showing dissent during the final day of the decisive third Test against Pakistan, which ended here on Sunday.Upset over the dismissal of wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich in the second session, the Australian went to the umpire’s room and proceeded to question the third umpire over his ruling to confirm the on-field umpire’s initial decision to rule Dowrich out.According to the ICC, Law then left the room “while making an inappropriate comment”.He pleaded guilty to the charge of “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match” and was subsequently fined 25 per cent of his match fee.”In addition to the fine, one demerit point has been added to Law’s disciplinary record,” the ICC said.Dowrich was sixth out for two with the score on 93, adjudged caught at short leg off leg-spinner Yasir Shah. The batsman immediately reviewed the decision, but replays proved inconclusive, and the decision was upheld.West Indies went on to lose the contest by 101 runs in the day’s penultimate over to concede the three-match series 2-1.last_img read more

Tall, talented Lithuania too much to handle for Gilas

first_imgIndian national gunned down in Camarines Sur 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Next up for Gilas is India at 1 p.m. on Saturday, and Reyes will continue to drive this squad with its core shooting to retain the Southeast Asian Games gold medal in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, late next month.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments Lithuania hit 14-for-36 from beyond the arc, taking 10 more three-point attempts than it did twos. Despite that, after missing just six of 26 attempts from two-point zone, the Lithuanians still finished with a 54% clip from the floor in total.“That’s incredible,” Reyes said while talking to local reporters, astonished at his eagle-eyed foes.Eigirdas Zukauskas, a sleek, 6-foot-8 power forward with the gift of putting the ball on the floor, finished with 22 points on 2-for-4 shooting from three-point range, 4-for-6 from two-point zone and 8-for-8 from the stripe. Four others finished in twin digits for Lithuania.“He is the best player in the tournament, not just in the Lithuanian team,” Reyes saud of Zukauskas. “They are all a handful to any of our players. Some of them even play as imports in France and all over Europe.”Kiefer Ravena started out at the point yet again and finished with 14 points and five assists, with import Mike Myers also having 14 and seven rebounds and Matthee Wright and RR Pogoy shooting 13 each.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans MOST READ “We battled and we battled them on even terms,” he said. “I am incredibly proud of our guys. We played a high-quality European team and I felt we gave them (Lithuanians) some concerns during the game. They had to come out and play really well (to beat us).”“Save for a bad stretch in the second quarter, and had we gotten little breaks here and there, it could have been a lot closer.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Not only did they have an enormous advantage in height and heft in every position on the Filipinos, the Lithuanians were deadly accurate from afar.Gilas closed out the first quarter with a 22-17 lead, before the Lithuanians unloaded seven triples in the second period to gain control and keep Gilas within arm’s length the rest of the way.The Filipinos dropped to 4-3, while Lithuania rose to 6-1, but could still end up losing the title to Canada 150, which beat them earlier. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/JIM CHOUTAIPEI – Getting a taste of Europe in the Jones Cup Invitational on Friday afternoon, Gilas Pilipinas played hard and gave it all it had and earned a consolation by making hulking Atletas All Stars Lithuania work hard for the win.“In my mind, this is the best team here,” Gilas coach Chot Reyes said with pride, moments after the Filipinos dragged the Lithuanians into a running, physical game before bowing, 91-80 that put them out of the running for a podium finish at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend JRU snaps two-game skid, downs Letran Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Frustrations boil over after Altas’ sorry loss to Knights

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Perpetual coach Nosa Omorogbe smashed the door to the Altas’ locker room out of frustration, taking it off of its hinges. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netSo frustrating was Perpetual’s 63-61 defeat to Letran on Friday that coach Nosa Omorogbe couldn’t help but punch the door of the team’s dugout off of its hinges to express his anger.And he has every reason to feel frustrated as the game was the Altas’ to lose when they made a huge push in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments After battling in a low-scoring affair early on, Perpetual suddenly found its mark managed to get the lead, which stretched to 57-52 with 4:27 to play, but stumbled in the clutch.After Bong Quinto drained the go-ahead layup with 12.6 seconds left, the Altas couldn’t cash in on their chances down the wire.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Prince Eze muffed his hook shot before a wild scramble ensued between Gab Dagangon and King Caralipio with 3.5 seconds left, but the officials ruled it as a jumpball in favor of the Knights thanks to the possession arrow rule.“The referees called a foul,” argued Dagangon in Filipino, as the officials overturned the initial call. “I don’t know why they reversed it. When they called a foul, I had the ball and there wasn’t any scramble.” Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbate MOST READ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Though Perpetual got another chance to tie or win the game because of a miscue from Quinto, who passed the ball to Rey Nambatac in the backcourt with 2.6 remaining, the Altas couldn’t cash in as Dagangon bobbled the ball on the inbounds play and failed to make a shot.The senior forward didn’t shy away from taking responsibility for the botched play. “We followed the play but it wasn’t to be. I can blame myself because I wasn’t able to catch the ball. It was crucial and in those parts, it was really difficult to catch it.”Dagangon rued the missed chance for the Altas to rise up in the standings as they instead fell down to a 2-4 card midway through the first round.“It was a must win for us if we wanted to make it to the Final Four. We really wanted to win, but we fell short in the end,” he said.Perpetual will now take its ball and go home before welcoming San Beda in its Las Piñas campus on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We’re here to fight, learn’: Valdez, PH volleybelles unfazed after loss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As for the broken door, Perpetual athletic director Sammy Acaylar begged for understanding for the untoward incident and vowed that the school will take care of any costs spent for the repairs.“It’s just emotions from the game. Perpetual will shoulder all the cost,” he quipped.last_img read more

Lone gunman storms Woodlands Hospital

first_img– carts off cashA lone gunman executed a brazen robbery on the Woodlands Hospital, Carmichael Street, Georgetown on Monday morning, carting off an undisclosed sum of cash. The incident took place about 07:30h. Reports are the man staked out the hospital and made his move as the night cashier was about to switch over to a colleague, ending her shift. He reportedly held the night cashier at gunpoint and relieved her of the money the hospital collected overnight. The man then exited the hospital and made good his escape in a waiting motor car.Senior Police ranks have confirmed that the robbery took place and are working on the theory that it might have been an inside job. No arrests have been made, but investigators have acquired the surveillance footage with the aim of identifying the lone gunman. Officials at the private medical institution were reluctant to provide any information when contacted.last_img read more

Route 44 minibus operators protest increase in fuel prices

first_imgMinibus operators who ply their trade at various routes between Georgetown and Mahaica, on the East Coast of Demerara, continue their protest as they demand that Government immediately address the issue of rising fuel prices.Several buses lined off at Lusignan Tarmac, East Coast DemeraraAs a result of the increase in fuel prices, a group of irate minibus operators on Thursday morning blocked the Vryheid’s Lust access junction along the East Coast railway embankment. There, several tires were burnt and an old cars set on fire to garner the attention needed with the hope of addressing the situation.The minibus operators posited that they were adversely affected by the sudden hike in the price for gasoline and diesel at gas stations across the country.They said too that they are already struggling to run profitable enterprises when one looks at the various expenses they face on a daily basis. “We need the gas to drop or the fare must raise; we got family to maintain, bills got to pay,” Harichand Ramlall expressed.Price structures according to Government media agency, DPIOthers said that over 100 minibuses are supporting the strike action while others are finding it difficult to physically support the action because of their dire financial situation.Another operator broke down the expenses associated with plying his trade as he called those in authority to respect the hard working men and ordinary Guyanese.“It takes $7000 per day to run a bus. Insurance is $240,000 a year. You got to pay $200 a day to load at the park to pay the City Council and every 4000 kilometers you got to service. Back liner got to change, brake pads is another expense. When you done load your gas, there ain’t got nothing much left for you,” an operator indicated.With the operators having no formal minibus association, Leroy Murphy took the charge and showed revised structures that they are proposing for members of the public to pay with increases of $20 and $40 depending on the area.Questioned by this publication, several of the operators claimed that they would be willing to lower the fares once the gas prices return to the original fares.“Once the gas goes back to the normal price, we are willing to drop back the fare to the normal price… we’re committing to that,” Wesley Jacobs who has been a minibus operator for over six years indicated.Gas stations price for fuel have increased rapidly from $215 per litre last week to prices ranging from $230 to $250 per litre this week. The Guyana Oil Company was selling for $230 per litre while $247 is selling for Shell per litre for gasoline.That situation continues today as the Government remains indifferent and mum on the matter. Nevertheless, the Department of Public Information (DPI) on Thursday issued claims of price structures which appeared to be cheaper than what reports suggested.This comes after the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) urged Government to act swiftly on the matter. On Wednesday, the trade union said this sudden hike in fuel prices will burden consumers. In a strongly worded statement to the media, the union said Government must stop “turning a blind eye to what is taking place” and proactively act in the interest of people.The union noted that the reduction of the taxes on fuel will bring some reprieve to the “overburdened” class of working people. Having highlighted newly implemented taxes, increase in extant taxes and higher food costs, FITUG contended that no person would be spared as the increased costs of fuel will be passed on to the consumer in one way or another.However, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin had disclosed that the matter was still to be addressed by Cabinet. DPI has meanwhile noted that world prices have shot up in recent weeks, mainly due to the withdrawal of the Trump-led United States from the Iran nuclear deal.last_img read more

Book offers story behind Rose spectacle

first_img“We asked him what he thought about the Rose Parade, and he said, `Well, I have to tell you it’s more than a parade.”‘ The book’s full title is “More Than A Parade: The Spirit and Passion Behind the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.” Laura A. Adams, a Redlands Unified School District teacher and freelance editor and writer, helped Riffey write it. Riffey is proud that Hollywood composer and conductor John Williams, the 2004 parade grand marshal, wrote the book’s foreword. “For 115 years, the Tournament of Roses has given us American pageantry at its best,” Williams wrote. “It has become the defining way in which we welcome in the New Year.” Any royalties from the book, he said, will go to the Tournament of Roses Foundation to distribute to charities. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Like the Rose Parade itself, “More Than A Parade,” Michael K. Riffey’s tabletop book about the parade, is big, colorful and a little overwhelming. Riffey was the 2004 Tournament of Roses president, and the 254-page book chronicles his experience organizing that year’s parade, which had the theme “Music, Music, Music.” “Most of the books we’ve had have been history books,” Riffey said. “This is not a history book. This is a behind- the-scenes book of vignettes, stories, sidebars and pictures of things that go on behind the scenes that nobody really ever hears about. “Tournament volunteers, all 935 of them, always have a story that can be told,” he said. “I’ve got a lot because I’m coming up on my 39th parade.” Carolyn Hayes Uber, president of Stephens Press, LLC, the publisher, said the book is unique. “Nothing exists like it. It’s a one-of-a-kind,” she said. “It took 21/2 years to produce. We interviewed over 200 people, gathered more than 6,000 images, and there are about 700 pictures in the book.” “We spent a lot of time on interviews,” Riffey said. “We did grand marshals, queens, equestrians, parents of queens, float builders, football people, everybody.” Uber said Art Linkletter, 2003 grand marshal, came up with the book’s title. last_img read more

Sainz heads up strong Mini team in Dakar defence

first_imgThe trio have a remarkable 20 Dakar victories between them, Peterhansel having won six times on the motorbike and seven times in a car, while Despres is a five-time motorbike winner and Sainz also claimed victory in 2010.“Honestly, I haven’t changed the way I prepare after winning last year,” said the 56-year-old Sainz, also twice a World Rally champion (1990, 1992).“Once you have won, all you want to do is come back and win again. You’re still aware of what kind of race it’ll be and you try and adapt to the car and its characteristics.“The Dakar challenges you in every way both physically and mentally. It taxes all your strength and that of your team, so victory brings maximum satisfaction.”Peugeot’s French driver Sebastien Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena of Monaco take part in a driving session in San Bartolo, 75 km south of Lima, on January 4, ahead of the 2019 Dakar Rally © AFP / FRANCK FIFEMini look set to be best tested by Toyota, with Qatari Nasser al-Attiyah, a double Dakar winner (2011, 2015), no doubt looking forward to the sand-heavy rally.Attiyah finished second last year and will be bolstered by teammate Giniel De Villiers, the South African who claimed the Dakar title in 2009 and has had seven other podium finishes including third in 2018.Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb also returns for the fourth time, hoping to become the first privateer to win the Dakar Rally since Jean-Louis Schlesser back in 2000.– ‘Several teams have a shot’ –Loeb, who will be driving a Peugeot 3008 prepared and fielded by the PH-Sport private team, has previously made his mark with a total of 10 stage victories and a second place finish in 2017.“Several teams will have a shot at winning and I hope we are one of them,” said Loeb.“I like the dunes. I haven’t forgotten everything I’ve learned these past three years and I’m still hungry for success!”Since the race switched from its original route from Paris to the Senegalese capital Dakar for security reasons in 2009, it has enjoyed multiple hosts in South America.But this year Argentina, Chile and Bolivia all pulled out for economic reasons, leaving Peru as the sole host of the 41st edition.Race director Etienne Lavigne insisted it would not be a “cut price” race despite the reduction of the rally from 9,000 kilometres over 14 stages in 2018 — when it went through Peru, Argentina and Bolivia — to 5,000 kilometres across 10 stages in 2019.The shortened course has certainly not put off the competition with all the big names of the recent past among the 334 vehicles including 167 motorbike and quads, 96 cars, 30 SxS (buggies) and 41 trucks registered for the race which ends in Lima on January 17.Reigning motorbike champion Matthias Walkner of Austria heads a formidable trio of riders for the Red Bull KTM Factory Team including fellow Dakar winners Toby Price of Australia and Briton Sam Sunderland.“The goal is to reach my full potential on the 2019 Dakar. The mission is clear: defend my title,” said Walkner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Spain’s Carlos Sainz heads up a formidable Mini trio as he bids to defend his Dakar Rally title when the gruelling 10-stage race, being hosted for the first time by a single country, gets under way on Sunday © AFP / FRANCK FIFELIMA, Peru, Jan 5 – Spain’s Carlos Sainz heads a formidable Mini trio as he bids to defend his Dakar Rally title when the gruelling 10-stage race, being hosted for the first time by a single country, gets under way on Sunday.Sainz will drive for the X-raid Mini John Cooper Works Buggy Team which also features Frenchmen Stephane Peter hansel and Cyril Despres, legends on the world’s toughest rally race.last_img read more