Chelsea ready to kick-start Sarri era after frantic deadline

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has work to do after a busy transfer deadline © AFP / Ian KINGTONHUDDERSFIELD, United Kingdom, Aug 10 – A frantic 48 hours in the transfer market provided Chelsea with a timely lift after last weekend’s Community Shield defeat to Manchester City.The 2-0 loss left new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri to rue the difference between the two teams, with Pep Guardiola’s champions looking sharper and fitter than the Italian’s side. Sarri has been in post for less than four weeks and the last thing he needed was to go into the first game of the new season at Huddersfield on Saturday against the backdrop of a protracted stand-off between the club and keeper Thibaut Courtois.Courtois’s decision to stay away from the club this week in a bid to force a move to Real Madrid could have had a negative impact at Stamford Bridge, reviving memories of the dispute with Diego Costa 12 months earlier.But Chelsea moved quickly to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for £71.6 million – a world record for a keeper – on a seven-year contract, triggering Courtois’s exit to Real.As part of the deal for the Belgian, Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic moved in the opposite direction on a season-long loan.For a club desperate to progress after a fractious campaign that was marred by a rift between coach Antonio Conte and the club and ended with a disappointing fifth placed finish, it was good business all round.Now, Sarri must do all he can to prevent Eden Hazard following his international team-mate to Madrid, although the current signs are the Belgium star has been convinced to stay.Courtois, though, did little to restore his already damaged reputation at his former club when he expressed his hope Hazard would join him when he was presented at the Bernabeu Stadium.“Eden congratulated me,” he said. “He knows it is a dream for me to be here. I would like to be always by his side.“He is a great player and if he could come here, it would be fantastic.”Sarri, the former Napoli coach, can continue his efforts to introduce the 4-3-3 system he used so successfully in Serie A after two seasons of 3-4-3 under Conte.– Focus on Kepa –The Wembley clash against City confirmed there is plenty of work to do and it may be some time before Sarri finally settles on his two central defenders.David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger appear to be his first choice right now, but Luiz in particular looked shaky against City.And in midfield, Kovacic is likely to join Jorginho and N’Golo Kante to strengthen an area that was overrun by the champions.This weekend, though, the main focus will be on Arrizabalaga if, as expected, the 23-year-old takes his first steps in English football.Kepa’s compatriot David De Gea took time to settle when he first arrived at Manchester United and the former Bilbao man acknowledges he will need to adapt.“This is a great challenge for me and it means a lot for my career and also in my personal life,” he said.“It is a great step forward for my career. It is also very brave for the club to take me in.“In terms of the price, me being the most expensive goalkeeper in the world, it is something I just don’t think about.“I am just going to be myself, the same I have always been and try to give my best for the club.”The speed with which Kepa settles in will be just one of the factors that determine how Chelsea progress under Sarri’s new regime.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

League updates

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card League leader Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies is dominating its fellow magnet schools. SOCES, coming off an 8-0 rout Tuesday of Fulton College Prep of Van Nuys, is undefeated in league play. FRONTIER Oaks Christian, ranked second in Southern Section Div. V, looks in strong shape to retain its league title. The Lions (9-2-1) are undefeated in Frontier play after drilling Santa Clara 9-1 Tuesday. Matt Morrissette and Doug Chespak lead Oaks Christian. GOLDEN The league’s top teams reside in Palmdale. Crosstown rivals Palmdale, which climbed to No. 5 in this week’s Div. I rankings, and Highland of Palmdale were tied for first heading into Wednesday night’s showdown. Palmdale senior Jose Garay scored twice Friday in a victory over Knight of Palmdale to increase his league-leading total to 26. Burroughs of Burbank and Canyon of Canyon Country are enjoying a change of fortune since league play began. Burroughs had its best pre-league campaign in 13 years but is 0-3 in Foothill play after Tuesday’s loss to the Cowboys. Canyon, which entered league action with a losing record, last week upset Saugus and is in the Foothill hunt; its only loss was to Hart. FREEWAY TRI VALLEY Oak Park, looking to go from third place last season to league champion, moved up to No. 2 in this week’s Div. VI rankings. GIRLS DELPHIC Following a 13-0 victory over Scott Academy of Saugus, Grace Brethren of Simi Valley (6-7-1, 2-0-0) routed California Academy of Math and Sciences of Carson 7-0 on Tuesday, with Cindy Parks scoring her team-leading 20th goal. FOOTHILL Hart of Newhall’s Sarina Coutin tied the single-season school record with her 31st goal in Tuesday’s 5-0 romp over Burbank. The sophomore forward, who has 51 goals in 43 career games, looks to surge past Laura Qualls’ 1997 mark Friday against Saugus, which has allowed only one goal in league play and seven in 14 games all season. FRONTIER Oaks Christian of Westlake Village is on the verge of its 100th victory in six years of play. The Lions (10-3-1, 2-1-0) dominated Santa Clara of Oxnard 11-0 on Tuesday to improve to 99-19-19 all-time, with 80 shutouts. Oaks Christian’s first chance at win No. 100 will be Monday in a nonleague game against Dos Pueblos of Goleta. FREEWAY Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (7-0-0), the only area girls’ team with a perfect record, routed Fulton College Prep of Van Nuys 10-0 Tuesday as Lauren Sanchez scored three goals and Antonia Aljuwani added a pair. LIBERTY Viewpoint of Calabasas had two things it wanted to accomplish entering league play: win the title outright after sharing it with Windward of Los Angeles last season, and surrender no goals. The Patriots (9-4-0, 4-0-0) have outscored opponents 23-0 heading into Friday’s game at Wildwood of Los Angeles. PACIFIC VIEW Camarillo (7-6-1, 4-0-0), which finished a half-game out of first place last season, took sole possession of the league lead with Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over Rio Mesa of Oxnard. The Scorpions are ahead of Oxnard (7-6-1, 3-1-0), Pacifica of Oxnard (8-7-2, 2-1-1) and Rio Mesa (2-1-1 in league). PREP Flintridge Prep of La Canada Flintridge (8-4-3, 2-0-1) is in strong position to secure a Div. IV playoff berth – and possibly win the league title – after Tuesday’s 2-2 tie at defending champion Chadwick of Rancho Palos Verdes. VALLEY MISSION Sylmar (13-1-5, 2-0-0) rallied to beat Van Nuys 2-1 Friday and remain atop the standings. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img BOYS FOOTHILL After scoring two goals Friday to break Hart of Newhall’s season scoring record, senior Matt Valaika added two more goals Tuesday in a 2-0 victory over Burbank, increasing his area-best total to 31. last_img read more

Storms leave state with water to spare

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – A series of late winter storms that blanketed the Sierra Nevada with snow has left California flush with water for the foreseeable future, according to meteorologists and hydrologists. The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which serves as a natural holding tank for California, contains more water than even last year, which also saw above-average snowfall. Donner Summit, for example, has seen 390 inches of snow, compared to an average of 313 inches for this time of year, according to data compiled by Randall Osterhauber, a research scientist for the University of California at Berkeley. Donner has 120 inches of snow on the ground, compared to 71 at this time last year, according to Osterhauber’s statistics. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “If it stopped right now, we would have enough water in storage for two years of drought,” said Mike Pechner, staff meteorologist for KCBS Radio. “They have already had an entire season’s worth of accumulated rain and snow.” The situation has surprised many hydrologists and meteorologists who didn’t expect such a flush year after the New Year got off to a balmy start. More rain than snow fell during the Christmas and New Year’s storms, which were followed by a warm, dry February. Almost all the major snowfall has come since March 1. “As long as I’ve been keeping records, we haven’t had a similar cold snap this late in the season,” Pechner said. “The snowpack in the Sierra more than doubled in 17 days.” Most reservoirs are so full that they are spilling over, and officials are releasing water to make room for the snowmelt. “We’ve got good reservoir storage and good snowpack,” said Frank Gehrke, chief of snow surveys for the California Department of Water Resources. “In essence, we’ve got two bank accounts, and both of them are healthy.”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

€5.50 BOTTLE OF WINE NAMED BEST IN THE WORLD

first_imgA BOTTLE of wine costing just €5.50 has been voted the best in the world at a prestigious awards ceremony.The budget bottle of wine beat 16,000 rivals in a blind taste test.Asda’s La Moneda Reserva Malbec from Chile, costing just £4.37 across the Border (or just €5.50), was awarded Platinum Best in Show at the industry’s coveted Decanter World Wine Awards. The Malbec beat stiff competition from thousands of wines and was hailed ‘an absolute crowd pleaser’ by a panel of 240 international experts.After a week of rigorous blind taste tests of 16,000 wines, judges said the budget bottle of wine was the toast of the town for quality and value for money.Describing the wine as tasting of “freshly crushed black fruit, creamy vanilla yoghurt and pepper spice” they praised its “succulent juicy berries on the palate”.It was said to have “an excellent freshness” with a zing that was “full of energy with a great price point”.  €5.50 BOTTLE OF WINE NAMED BEST IN THE WORLD was last modified: June 10th, 2016 by John2Share 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:Asda’s La Moneda Reserva Malbecbest wine in the worldChilelast_img read more

Leaked FIFA 19 Barcelona ratings show Lionel Messi get a boost, but Dembele drops

first_img 5 Gerard Pique – 87 (FIFA 18 rating = 87)Samuel Umtiti – 87 (FIFA rating = 83)Jordi Alba – 87 (FIFA rating = 87)Sergio Busquets – 88 (FIFA 18 rating = 87)Arturo Vidal – 85 (FIFA 18 rating = 87) Alex Hunter will be back for another edition of The Journey (picture courtesy of EA Sports) Malcom – 83 (FIFA 18 rating = 79)Ousmane Dembele – 82 (FIFA 18 rating = 83)Arthur – 79 (FIFA 18 rating = 70) 5 According to the leaked teams, Barcelona have two of the highest ranked centre backs As with every edition, fans are eagerly awaiting to see the ratings bestowed unto their favoured players by the makers of the game, EA Sports.Already, we have seen the Steven Gerrard v Frank Lampard debate effectively ended with the introduction of their repsective Legends cards.As well as that, Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid and Liverpool have all had their player ratings effectively leaked.But now, it is the turn of the mighty Barcelona. 5 Despite a poor World Cup by his own lofty standards, the Argentine is set to be given the same rating in FIFA 19 as rival Ronaldo center_img Messi and Suarez will be back on gaming screens everywhere 5 Despite his big move from Bayern, Vidal has reportedly dropped in rating Although the Catalan giants’ Camp Nou stadium will not feature on the game due to contracting issues with rival company Konami, the LaLiga side are still one of the best teams to play as on the game.Things could change between now and the release of the full version but it appears these will be the FIFA 19 player ratings for Barcelona this year.Check out how got increases and decreases below.Marc-Andre ter Stegen – 89 (FIFA 18 rating = 87)Sergi Roberto – 84 (FIFA 18 rating = 81) The start of a new season means the release of another instalment of the popular FIFA series is soon upon us.Fans are eagerly awaiting the release of FIFA 19, which will mark the return of the UEFA Champions League and the inclusion of the Europa League. Ivan Rakitic – 87 (FIFA 18 rating = 87)Philippe Coutinho – 88 (FIFA 18 rating = 86)Luis Suarez – 91 (FIFA 18 rating = 91)Lionel Messi – 94 (FIFA 18 rating = 93) 5last_img read more

Things To Do

first_imgCirque Sur Glace theatrical ice spectacular will feature stars from the world of figure skating, gymnastics, acrobatics and comedy, 7 p.m. today and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday at Ice Station Valencia, 27745 N. Smyth Drive, Valencia. Tickets: $50. Call (866) 468-3399 or visit www.TicketWeb.com. “A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. today, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $13-$17 for adults and $10- $13 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Bird Walk, 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Wendy Langhans at (310) 858-7272, Ext. 115. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Backpages will perform classic rock, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Santa Clarita Open Air Market at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission: $1.50 for adults, children 11 and under are free. Call (661) 259-3886. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 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

RE-COUNT POSSIBLE IN ‘MIX-UP’ OVER McBRIDE VOTES

first_imgFINE Gael’s Noel McBride is considering a recount of his votes – and those of namesake Michael McBride.It’s understood there is a significant difference between the pre-poll tallies and the actual vote in the Letterkenny electoral area.Noel McBride’s team have compared tallies from their own party as well as Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail and believe up to 80 votes may have gone to independent Michael McBride by mistake. Noel McBride currently sits on 833 votes after three counts.Michael McBride as 1,144 after three counts. RE-COUNT POSSIBLE IN ‘MIX-UP’ OVER McBRIDE VOTES was last modified: May 25th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Donegal County CouncilElection 2014:michael mcbridenoel mcbriderecountlast_img read more

Speed-camera operators vote for strike action

first_imgSpeed camera operators have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action, including strike action, in a ballot counted yesterday (Fri). The trade union Siptu said its members employed by GoSafe overwhelmingly backed industrial action, including strike action, in a ballot conducted on Friday, according to The Irish Times. Siptu organiser Brendan Carr said: “Our members were left with no option other than to vote for industrial action due to the continued refusal of the company to implement a Labour Court recommendation which confirms that it is Siptu representatives who have the sole right to negotiate on behalf of its members with management. “Our members have serious concerns relating to working conditions at the company. The employees of GoSafe were frustrated in their attempts to negotiate with their employer as it refused to attend the conciliation services of the State.”Mr Carr criticised what he described as “ the unacceptable practice of Government departments issuing contracts for State services to companies who refuse to engage with the industrial relations bodies of the State”.“This is a completely unacceptable situation when such companies are in receipt of large amounts of public funds.”He said Siptu wrote to Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, in relation to its members’ concerns. “Union representatives asked to meet with the Minister to discuss this dispute and seek his assistance in resolving it prior to any industrial action, which could impact on the operation of measures to ensure road safety. “Unfortunately, the Minister declined to intervene, despite the possible serious implications on road safety which is one of his key responsibilities.”Speed-camera operators vote for strike action was last modified: September 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Bircham explains new development structure at QPR

first_imgMarc Bircham tells West London Sport about his role with the newly created development squad at QPR and suggests the new Under-21 league means Rangers will not have to place so much emphasis on sending youngsters out on loan.See also:Bircham rejects Nottingham Forest job offer (8 July)Hodges keen to restart QPR production line (23 July)Hughes adds Hodges to QPR coaching team (20 June)New coaching chief starts work at QPR (5 July)Hodges’ appointment confirmed by QPR (21 July)Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Corcoran maintains his unbeaten record

first_imgWembley’s Gary Corcoran maintained his unbeaten record with a third-round stoppage of Chris Jenkinson at Bethnal Green’s York Hall.Corcoran, 23, previously a welterweight, weighed 11st 2lbs – a couple of pounds above the light-middleweight limit – but looked strong and intends to continue at the higher weight.He dominated from the start and the writing was on the wall for Jenkinson when he was thumped with a big left and then a right hook towards the end of the second round.After an accumulation of shots in the following round, the Bolton man was floored following a punishing right.Jenkinson got to his feet but the fight was stopped when he slumped to the canvas again after a clinical follow-up from Corcoran, whose record improved to 10-0, with five wins inside the distance.See also:Slick Smith becomes English championFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img