Chelsea face competition in race for Everton star – report

first_imgRussian club Zenit St Petersburg are looking to beat Chelsea to the signing of Everton star Marouane Fellaini, The Sun reports.Chelsea have been tipped to move for the Belgian when the transfer window opens next month and Manchester City are also said to be interested.Zenit, who paid a reported £32m to sign Fellaini’s international team-mate Axel Witsel from Benfica, expect to make more big-money buys.And a Zenit source is quoted as saying: “The management expect to strengthen midfield. The signings will be of high quality.“Marouane Fellaini is on the list. He has clearly proved himself for Everton.”This page is regularly updated. YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Ponting smashes LCD TV in anger

first_imgThe Gujarat Cricket Association has filed a complaint with the BCCI against Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting for smashing an LCD in the dressing room in a fit of anger. The GCA had earlier hit out at Ponting’s actions, asking the ICC to take strict action against him. Ponting vented out his anger at the television after he was run out against Zimbabwe for 28 runs after a direct hit from Chris Mpofu in the World Cup Group A match on Monday. GCA secretary Rajesh Patel confirmed the incident to Headlines Today.In fact, the LCD screen has been completely damaged and it seems like the GCA will ask Cricket Australia to reimburse them for the damages. Ponting, later, apologised for the incident.CA’s defenceCricket Australia media manager Lachy Patterson told Headlines Today the TV in the dressing room wasn’t working and that Ponting was just trying to fix it when it broke.He also claimed that media reports were greatly exaggerated. He went on to say that the Australian skipper has already apologised for the incident.last_img read more

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National Training Camp

first_imgThe 2008 National Training Squads (NTS) for the Men’s Open, Women’s Open, and Mixed Open will participate in the Training Camp at the NSW Academy of Sport in Narrabeen. The camp will be the first since the Australian Teams defended the 2007 World Cup in South AfricaThe NTS combine with the Australian Youth Squads as they prepare to reclaim the Youth World Cup in New Zealand in January 2009. The 18’s Boys, 18’s Girls, 18’s Mixed, 20’s Boys, 20’s Girls, and 20’s Mixed will be put their paces by some of the leading coaches in the country.Leading referees will also be involved in the camp under the direction of the National Referee Panel with a mix of practical and theory sessions.Combined with the event will also be a Women’s Leadership Coaching Workshop in what is sure to be a busy weekend for the Touch Football fraternity.For further information about TFA’s High Performance Program, please visit http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=3780&pID=14last_img read more

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10 months agoAC Milan coach Gattuso denies any Ibrahimovic disappointment

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan coach Gattuso denies any Ibrahimovic disappointmentby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso has shrugged off missing out on Zlatan Ibrahimovic.The Swede has just signed a new deal with Galaxy.Gattuso said, “I never spoke to Zlatan. When important people like our directors are here I respect them and everyone does their own job.“I knew there was a chance, and I also knew from day one that it was difficult.“There’s no disappointment, if someone arrives I’m happy but I’m not going to tear my hair out about those who don’t.“The management knows who I like and who can be useful, and since July I’ve never spoken to a player outside our group.” last_img read more

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Talks positive Zomato Gold still a bone of contention NRAI

first_imgNew Delhi: As the ongoing tussle between the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) and online food aggregators as well as delivery platforms enters a settlement stage, Zomato Gold is still proving to be a bone of contention, a top NRAI executive said on Monday. The restaurants’ trade body met Swiggy and Zomato last week and had constructive talks, barring any significant progress on the Zomato Gold programme. “The NRAI remains steadfast in its belief that Zomato Gold in its current form is not acceptable in either dine-in or delivery segment. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “We, however, also took note that Zomato has put the contentious ‘Infinity’ dining programme in abeyance till further notice. This move was appreciated by the NRAI,” Anurag Katriar, President of NRAI, said in a statement. A Zomato spokesperson said that it continues to have discussions with the NRAI on all issues faced by the industry and “is focused on providing solutions sustainable for all participants”. On the #Logout campaign, Katriar said: “The NRAI has successfully concluded talks with Dineout, Gourmet Passport, Nearbuy and Magicpin and they are back in business and out of the purview of #Logout. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “Talks with Eazydiner is also fairly advanced and we expect an early resolution to that”. The restaurant’s trade body held its second meeting with both the key delivery aggregators, Swiggy and Zomato on September 13. These were follow-up meetings after the NRAI flagged eight critical issues pertaining to the online delivery space which are crippling this vertical of the food service industry. “The follow-up meetings on the eight core issues were largely positive and talks have progressed well so far. Both aggregators have presented concrete roadmap and apprised the NRAI core team of the progress made thus far,” informed Katriar. The association said since the desired changes are fairly large and significant, their total resolution may take some time. The newly-appointed NRAI managing committee is slated to meet this week in Mumbai to deliberate upon the progress made and subsequently decide the next course of action. A Swiggy spokesperson said that it is committed to empowering its users with access to the greatest choice of restaurants and cuisines. “Our recent discussions on the various projects have been well received and has brought us one step closer to achieving our combined goals,” the spokesperson added.last_img read more

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Starlight Childrens Foundation To Host Dream Halloween 2016

first_imgStarlight Children’s Foundation will host LA’s iconic Dream Halloween costume party and fundraiser at the historic Park Plaza in downtown Los Angeles on October 22, 2016.The popular family-friendly event returns this year as a charity benefit for Starlight whose mission is to bring happiness to critically, chronically and terminally ill children. Since 1992, Dream Halloween has raised millions of dollars to support kids and families facing serious health challenges.Starlight invites guests to check into the legendary “Starlight Hotel” for Dream Halloween 2016. This one-of-a-kind costume party will delight children and adults with two floors and three ballrooms full of games, crafts, food, live performances and other phantasmagorical surprises throughout the night. Dream Halloween is produced by Joe Moller Events, a full service boutique event production company based in Los Angeles.Starlight’s all-star Dream Halloween host committee includes Ashley Argota, Butterscotch, Philippe Cousteau, Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, Deborah Cox, Cindy Crawford, Tiffany Espensen, Mckenna Grace, Sammi Hanratty, Stacy Keibler, Joey King, Dave Koz, Elise Luthman, Joey Luthman, Bailee Madison, Mahkenna, Kayla Maisonet, Sierra McCormick, Katherine McNamara, Brendan Meyer, Aubrey K. Miller, Dylan Minnette, Kathleen Robertson, Elisabeth Röhm, John Stamos, Sophie Simmons, James Valentine and Theo Von.All proceeds benefit Starlight Children’s Foundation. Sponsorships, ticket packages and individual tickets are on sale now at www.dreamhalloween.org. For every sponsorship or ticket package purchased, Starlight will donate complimentary event passes to LA-area kids and families supported by Starlight’s network of community partners including children’s hospitals, specialty camps and clinics, respite houses and shelters.Michaels Stores is the Title Sponsor of Dream Halloween. Additional event sponsors include: Colgate-Palmolive; Dave Koz & Friends at Sea; Disney; the Northwestern Mutual offices of Los Angeles, Irvine, Las Vegas and West Los Angeles; Nintendo of America; Insomniac Games; and Audrey’s Cookies.For more information about Dream Halloween, including sponsorships, ticket packages or to purchase individual tickets, please visit www.dreamhalloween.org or contact Lauren Stephenson, Manager, Impact & Philanthropy, at 424-245-3693 or by email at [email protected]last_img read more

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Trying to Measure the LeBron Effect on Game Attendance

LeBron James may not show up for the Miami Heat next year, but whichever team he ends up with is likely to see a huge economic bump. James puts people in the seats.After reports leaked Tuesday that James would exercise his early-termination option in his contract with the Heat, some speculated that he’ll actually stay in South Beach next season. But teams are itching to clear cap space in the hopes of signing the NBA forward.We know plenty about James’s value on the court, but to get some sense of his economic value, we looked at how attendance changed before and while he was on the Cavaliers and Heat. As a baseline, the average NBA team’s attendance is about 90 percent capacity over the course of the season, but that varies wildly depending on a team’s winning percentage. (It also presumably fluctuates throughout a season.) I looked at NBA teams’ winning percentage and home-game attendance from the 2001-02 season through the 2013-14 season, and found that a team that wins 80 percent of its games — roughly 66 games in a season, probably the best record in the league — should average 100 percent capacity. Comparatively, a team that wins only 20 percent of its games will, on average, sell 80 percent of its tickets.It’s easy to see why winning fills arenas. Wins excite fans, give them hope for a potential championship, and (hopefully) are a display of entertaining basketball. James helps do that better than nearly anybody. Even controlling for success, a “LeBron Effect” materialized in the data. The teams he’s played for — the 2004 through 2010 Cavs and the 2011 though 2014 Heat — have home-attendance averages of 98.0 percent capacity, well above what their records would predict. Nearly all of James’s teams have sold tickets at higher rates than we’d expect for how well they performed. Note how for every season but one, his teams are above the line in the chart below.(Attendance here is measured by capacity, or the percentage of available seats sold. Sometimes capacity percentages rise above 100 percent because of imperfect stadium data, whether standing-room-only tickets are counted, etc.)Interestingly, James sells out even more so on the road, perhaps because he’s more of a novelty when traveling. Over the past six seasons — his last two with the Cavs and all four with the Heat — James’s teams away capacity has averaged 99.5 percent. (Because of imperfect data on away game attendance capacity, only the past six seasons were analyzed.) It’s no surprise that the relationship between a team’s winning percentage and its draw while traveling is much weaker — that is, the curve is flatter. But adjusting for how good the Cavs or Heat were in a given season, those teams with James on them sold out the house. Look how far above the line James teams are now:This analysis does not account for ticket prices, merchandise sales or any of the other revenue channels for James’s teams, so it’s just the beginning of the conversation about his economic worth. But wherever he ends up, two things are likely to continue: His team will sell out the home stadium, and his opponents’ box offices will be sad to see him go. read more

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Royce White NBA Must Address Flying Other Mental Health

Royce White has a severe fear of flying, which has prevented the talented rookie forward of the Houston Rockets from getting his NBA career off the ground. More significantly, White said his playing career will stay grounded until the NBA creates a protocol for teams to treat players with mental defects.Because the Rockets have no formal game plan on how to work with White’s anxiety disorder, he said the chances are “very high” he will never play in the league. He and the team are at a stalemate on how to handle his delicate situation, leaving White on the sideline.“The reality is that it is not Houston’s fault,” White said on SiriusXM’s “Off the Dribble” show. “As much as we always want to try and blame one side or the other, they’ve been thrown into a position now where they’re forced to make things up as they go, because a protocol has not been put in place for mental health up until this point.”The Rockets are trying to accommodate the No. 16 pick in June’s NBA draft. They and White have consulted mental health experts for a plan that would allow White to travel to road games via bus or car.In the meantime, the Rockets have asked White to play for their D-League team, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, but the player has refused. His frustrations with the situation mounts, but he insists he would like to be a Rocket.“I don’t really think going to another team is something that would be better,” White, 21, said on the SiriusXM show. “And it’s not something that I want to do. I want to play for Houston. I love the city of Houston. Since I’ve been here, the fans have been nothing but supportive — that I’ve met in person. Twitter has been different. The fans that I’ve met in person have been supportive.“The community here is great. I have a lot of friends that work in the organization, in the building, that aren’t even related to practice or the game, so to speak. So I have no intention or desire to play for another team.”Besides, his concerns would exist with any other team.“There’s no mental health protocol here, for not only the Rockets but the entire league, really,” he said. “I expressed that that’s really unsafe if you think about it. So, basically, I’m fighting to have that rectified. I just don’t think it is OK or responsible or even logical to have GMs or any front office personnel have executive authority in medical situations.” read more

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Real Madrid preparing a cashplayer deal for Salah

first_imgReal Madrid are reportedly preparing a summer bid for Mohamed Salah that will include Gareth Bale and an additional €90m, claims Diario GolThe Liverpool forward recently broke the Premier League record that had been held by Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez for 31 goals in a single 38-game season by netting his 32nd league goal of this term as he won the Golden Boot award for the first time in his career.The Egyptian has also won the FWA and PFA Player of the Year awards in England for his impressive debut campaign for Liverpool and has reportedly caught the interest of Real for a move this summer.Los Blancos are believed to be heavily interested in bringing Salah to the Spanish capital and president Florentino Perez is certain that Liverpool will want at least €199m.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…But the former Spanish politician now believes he can reduce that to €90m by including Bale in the deal.The Welsh winger has struggled with injuries throughout his time at the Santiago Bernabeu and it is now believed that Real have run out of patience with him.While Bale’s departure was aimed at helping the club sign Neymar in the summer, a deal for Salah is also a top priority for Perez.The 25-year-old has scored 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool heading into their Champions League final against Real at Kiev’s Olympic Stadium in 10 days time.last_img read more

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Chelsea starlet suffers injury during international break

first_imgChelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu limps off for the Wales national team during their friendly against Spain on Thursday evening, according to talkSPORT.The teenage midfield sensation fell awkwardly in a challenge, picking up an injury in the process and was subsequently replaced by Andy King on 50 minutes.His team-mate at club level Alvaro Morata, accompanied by club captain Cesar Azpilicueta were quick to check on the 18-year-old and looked visibly concerned.The Exeter City academy product has impressed for Wales this season, particularly in the 4-1 victory over Ireland last month.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Wales head coach, Ryan Giggs will be fearful of losing Ampadu for their UEFA Nations League clash against the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, where the Welsh can keep their hopes of promotion alive.The Welsh team will enter that game on the back of a disappointing home 4-1 defeat to Spain at the Principality Stadium.A brace from inform Borussia Dortmund striker Paco Alcacer, a controversial Sergio Ramos header and a fourth goal from Marc Bartra gave Spain a comfortable lead, before Sam Vokes pulled back a consolation for the hosts late on.Despite a lack of game time at club level for Ampadu with Chelsea the teenager held his own against a well-experienced Spanish midfield.last_img read more

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