Bony who? Gylfi Sigurdsson hails prolific Swansea duo Gomis and Ayew

first_img Swansea trio Gylfi Sigurdsson, Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew 1 Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has hailed the new strike force that has filled the Wilfried Bony shaped hole at the club.Bony moved from the Liberty stadium to Manchester City in January, allowing Bafetimbi Gomis to step up from the fringes and become a leading man.Manager Garry Monk then landed Andre Ayew from Marseille for free this summer and the pair have now struck seven goals between them in their four opening games if this season.“They’ve been fantastic,” Sigurdsson said. “Andre and Bafe have been scoring a lot of goals and linking up really well. Hopefully that will continue throughout the season.”last_img read more

United States win 2015 Solheim Cup

first_img1 The United States turned their fury at a controversial incident into a brilliant fightback to win the Solheim Cup and avoid an unprecedented third straight defeat on Sunday.Europe took a 10-6 lead into the final session at St Leon-Rot in Germany, but could only claim three and a half points from the 12 singles to see the trophy slip from their grasp.Victories from Karine Icher, Mel Reid and Anna Nordqvist left Carin Koch’s team needing just half a point from the remaining five matches, but none of those even made it to the 18th.After Charley Hull lost her 100 per cent record to an inspired Cristie Kerr and Caroline Hedwall was thrashed by Michelle Wie, Angela Stanford amazingly ended a run of nine straight defeats with a 2&1 win over Suzann Pettersen, who had earlier been at the heart of the controversy which left two players in tears.And when Sandra Gal missed a birdie putt on the 15th to keep her match with Paula Creamer alive, US captain Juli Inkster could celebrate a stunning success.“I didn’t have to say anything to them after this morning, they were all fired up and ready to go out and play,” Inkster told Sky Sports 4. “Last night I put my line-up together and it fell in perfectly the way I wanted it and the girls just played awesome today. They never gave up. Everybody did their job and I couldn’t be prouder of those girls.”The controversy erupted in the final fourball match carried over from Saturday, with Pettersen and Charley Hull all square with two holes to play against Brittany Lincicome and Alison Lee.Lee missed a birdie putt to win the 17th and, after the ball finished two feet behind the hole, scooped it up with her putter thinking it either had been, or was certain to be conceded.Hull gave that impression as she was already walking across the front of the green towards the 18th tee, but Pettersen said they had not conceded the putt and therefore won the hole.European captain Koch approached the match referee on the 18th to ask if there was anything she could do and was told they could concede the hole, but opted not to after Pettersen insisted she would not have conceded Lee’s putt.Hull, 19, and 20-year-old rookie Lee were reduced to tears as heated discussions took place around the green, with Inkster wanting to lead some of her team in a chant of “Europeans suck”, before they opted for “Class, style, U-S-A. The United States have won the Solheim Cup, beating Europe 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 last_img read more

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe backs Southampton striker for England Euro 2016 call

first_imgSouthampton striker Charlie Austin still has “every chance” of forcing his way into England’s Euro 2016 squad, according to Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe.Cherries manager Howe hailed Saints’ £4million January capture of Austin from QPR as “good business”, admitting he still rues failing to sign the former bricklayer back in 2009.Austin hit 18 Premier League goals despite QPR suffering relegation last term, and even edged into Roy Hodgson’s England squad briefly in May 2015.The 26-year-old scored on his Southampton debut in the 1-0 win at Manchester United on January 23, and now long-term admirer Howe has tipped him to fire the goals to prove his England credentials.“I still think he’s young enough for England, and I still think the end of this season could be really important for him,” said Howe, wary of Austin’s influence when Bournemouth host Southampton in Tuesday’s Premier League action.“England aren’t blessed with a huge array of strikers to pick from and I still think he’s got every chance to get to the Euros. So the end of the season’s going to be important for him.“It could possibly turn out to be a timely move. From his perspective he’s got to stay fit and bang some goals in.”Only a transfer embargo denied Howe signing Austin for Bournemouth in League Two following a pre-season trial back in 2009.The natural poacher’s 46 goals in 46 games for neighbours Poole Town the previous campaign had caught Howe’s eye, and the Bournemouth boss later signed Austin in his stint as Burnley manager.Howe revealed one crisp volleyed finish from Austin in Bournemouth training still remains fresh in his memory, some seven years on.“It’s good business for Southampton, they’ve done well,” said Howe.“We were frustrated here many years ago when we tried to sign him and we were embargoed.“But then I was fortunate enough to take him to Burnley. He was outstanding and scored a lot of goals there.“Charlie is someone we admire greatly and he’s a real goalscorer.“So I think he’ll do very well for Saints, supplemented by a very good squad around him and a team that will play to his strengths.“To step through the levels, first of all you’ve got to be good enough, so you’ve got to be technically able.“Now Charlie’s been able to do that, and I think he’s improved and I think he’s had a good step.“He hasn’t done it in one jump, it’s been a gradual process from Poole Town to Swindon to where he is now.“So he’s done it gradually but he seems to have taken every step and every raise in the level in his stride, and that’s been a real factor.“And I think mentally you need to be strong enough to handle the rise, with the rise comes more exposure and more money.“Charlie’s been very level-headed and he’s been able to keep his motivation levels very high.“He just has an ability to score. That was the first thing that struck me.“We did a small-sided game, he’d just come to us from Poole Town on trial, and I remember him hitting this volley into the bottom corner without even blinking.“He was playing against good players who had done really well in League Two.“And immediately you take real notice that this boy’s got something.“From that moment he never changed, he still had the ability to find the net.”Howe will hand Lewis Grabban a late fitness test ahead of hosting Saints on Tuesday, the striker making “good progress” in fighting to beat a groin strain.Howe will make a late decision on whether to start Max Gradel given his phased recovery from long-term knee trouble, while Junior Stanislas should miss out with a hamstring problem. 1 Charlie Austin in action for Southampton against Chelsea last_img read more

Some see $120 barrel of oil

first_imgAbsent an astounding rise in prices, few economists expect high energy costs alone to push the economy into a recession, as previous oil price shocks did in the 1970s and early 1980s. That’s because the economy has become more energy efficient, and incomes have grown faster than energy costs. On a percentage basis, the country spends half the amount on energy today than it spent in 1980. Gasoline prices average $2.76 a gallon nationwide, with average prices in California above $3 a gallon, for unleaded regular, according to the Energy Information Administration. While that’s down almost half a dollar from their May peak, pump prices are still 53 cents higher than a year ago. Gas prices usually fall sharply after Labor Day – they dropped 62 cents last year between Aug.31 and Oct. 15, for instance. But this year, prices actually have risen slightly since summer’s end. In part, that’s because oil futures jumped 30 percent since late August, topping $90 a barrel for the first time ever on Thursday. Falling prices for ethanol, a gasoline additive, and rising imports of refined gasoline, which have helped keep supplies adequate, have played a role in keeping retail prices relatively subdued. But that’s not expected to last – many analysts expect prices to rise by at least 10-15 cents a gallon or more if oil pushes even higher. “Consumers will now see higher prices at the pump in the coming months and weeks,” said John Kilduff, vice president of risk management at MF Global UK Ltd. There are signs high fuel prices already are packing a punch. The EIA says demand for gas fell 0.5 percent over the last four weeks from a year ago and has been lower since Labor Day. That reverses a trend in recent years of steadily rising demand. During some weeks this summer, demand rose more than 1 percent over the previous year. The EIA also expects heating oil costs to jump 22 percent this winter. Demand may slip a little, but there’s only so much homeowners dependent on that fuel source can do to cut back, especially if it turns out to be an unusually cold winter. The result may be less spending on other goods and services, which could hurt economic growth. Higher jet fuel costs already are restraining airline earnings.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Still, paying $55 to fill his 20-gallon tank isn’t easy for the information specialist. “This right here is catastrophic for a lot of families,” Ammons, 54, said this week at a Houston Chevron station that was charging $2.65 a gallon for regular unleaded. “A lot of them have to choose: Do I buy food, do I send my kids to school or do I fill up my tank.” That choice may soon get a lot more difficult. The steep rise in oil prices to $90 a barrel over the past month means American consumers are almost certain to pay more for gasoline, heating oil, airline tickets and even food and goods that have to be transported great distances, experts say. Some analysts predict oil could rise up to $120 a barrel, but others argue that underlying supply and demand fundamentals do not support such a spike and that a drop in prices is more likely. What is clear is that oil has become a magnet for “hot money” from hedge funds and other momentum investors betting that the trend for higher prices still has a way to run. The dollar’s decline, which makes dollar-denominated oil futures a bargain to overseas investors, also has played a role in the recent runup. ECONOMY: Families feel the continued pinch, and it will be affecting other areas of life, too. By John Wilen and John Porretto THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – Jim Ammons grumbles to himself every time he fills up his Ford Expedition, but he says gas prices would have to almost quadruple to $10 a gallon before he’d ditch his SUV. last_img read more

‘Bring on Dortmund! Origi MUST start!’ – Liverpool fans react to Stoke win

first_img Divock Origi capped off the best week of his Liverpool career 1 Liverpool fans had a reason to feel optimistic after a comfortable 4-1 victory over Stoke in the Premier League. Many could have expected the Reds to put in a poor display after drawing at Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League on Thursday, but they were far from that against a sloppy Potters side. Alberto Moreno’s fine opener was cancelled out by Bojan Krkic but Daniel Sturridge restored their lead before half-time at Anfield and half-time substitute Divock Origi added to his midweek strike in Dortmund with a neat double to cap off the best week of his Liverpool career.Jurgen Klopp made seven changes to his side, handing first Premier League starts to Kevin Stewart and Sheyi Ojo, who both impressed. If the German boss can get the players he inherited to perform like that – how good can his own Liverpool team be next season? Reds fans were delighted followign the Anfield victory, see some of the best reaction below:last_img read more

‘Arsenal are NOT chasing Mahrez’ – Wenger

first_img1 Leicester will have a battle on their hands to keep Riyad Mahrez this summer Arsene Wenger has denied claims Arsenal are preparing a big summer swoop for Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez.The winger has been flying for the Foxes this season and has weighed in with 16 league goals and 11 assists.As a result, Arsenal have been linked with a spectacular summer move for the Algerian when the transfer window opens.Recent reports have claimed the Gunners are ready to ‘break the bank’ to sign the Foxes playmaker, who is rated at around £30million.But Arsene Wenger has now denied such speculation and insisted that no deal is in place for the 25-year-old.“No,” said Wenger when asked if a transfer was on the cards for Mahrez. “And even if there was I would not speak about that at this stage of the season [out of] respect to Leicester.”last_img read more

Mourinho ‘asked to wait 12 months’ before taking United manager job – reports

first_img Jose Mourinho has been asked to wait a year before taking the United job 1 Jose Mourinho has been asked by Manchester United chiefs to wait another year before taking the manager’s job.The Portuguese has been widely tipped to take over after another disappointing season under current boss Louis van Gaal.But, despite the request from Old Trafford hierarchy, Mourinho remains confident he will be in charge this summer, according to The Sun.Mourinho has been out of work since December last year, after Chelsea’s woeful defence of the Premier League title left them languishing above the relegation places.Manchester United have struggled this season too, and are in a battle to win a Champions League berth for next season, despite the £250million investment in new players.However the Dutchman has told reporters he WILL be at Old Trafford next year.He said before last Sunday’s draw with Leicester: “Next year you will see me again.“We always knew that the process would take three years. I wanted to sign only for two years. The club wanted me to sign for three years, not me.“Every week for six months I have been ‘sacked’ – and yet I am still here. But this has happened to me at every club I have been at.”last_img read more

Latest news: Conte to be reunited with superstar as Mourinho plots Chelsea raid?

first_imgWith Arsenal, Manchester City and Man United already making moves in the transfer market, there’s a chance Chelsea are going to get left behind this summer.Antonio Conte will become the club’s new manager this summer but first has to manage Italy at Euro 2016, with Spain up next on Monday.It’s unclear how prepared the Italian boss will be for life at Stamford Bridge but it’s likely he will already have preparations underway.There has been speculation in the press regarding possible signings, but what’s currently going on?Click the right arrow above for all the latest Chelsea transfer news… Paul Pogba (Juventus) – The French midfielder’s agent has opened up the possibility of Pogba returning to the Premier League. After four seasons and four Serie A titles, he may believe a change of pace is needed, but Chelsea will face competition from Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Man United, according to Mino Raiola. Cesar Azpilicueta – Jose Mourinho is also willing to risk the ire of his former club by making a summer move for Spain international Azpilicueta. A move to 3-5-2 under Antonio Conte could limit the player’s role at Stamford Bridge next season and he could seek a switch elsewhere, and Mourinho is ready to capitalise. Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in the versatile 26-year-old who can play in both full-back roles. Charly Musonda – Fenerbahce have already been linked with moves for Blues stars Loic Remy and Baba Rahman this summer. Now, though, their attentions have turned to Belgian youngster Musonda, who ended last season on loan at Real Betis, where he made 14 appearances. 5 5 5 5 Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid) – Click the right arrow above for more Chelsea transfer rumours… – As his Euro 2016 campaign for Spain continues, so does talk about a move away from the club who just bought him back from Juventus for £25m. Chelsea, Arsenal and Man United are all interested in the striker, and his agent Juanma Lopez has revealed the player will talk to Zinedine Zidane first before there is any decision over his future. 5 Mitchell Beeney – New Crawley Town head coach Dermot Drummy has raided his former club for the 20-year-old goalkeeper. After a loan spell with Newport County last year, Beeney is deemed ready for more first-team football at a club lower down the pyramid.last_img read more

Loyola Marymount student arrested in shooting threat

first_imgA 21-year-old Loyola Marymount University student was arrested and charged with making criminal threats for allegedly posting an online message that a campus shooting was imminent. Police arrested senior Carlos Huerta on Saturday night near his apartment on campus. Huerta was suspected of posting a message that he would shoot and kill as many people as possible on campus before being killed himself by police, authorities said. The threat appeared on, a chat board that describes itself as having the “simple mission of enabling online anonymous free speech on college campuses.” He was expected to be arraigned today or Tuesday, said police spokeswoman Officer Norma Eisenman. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIt wasn’t immediately clear if Huerta had been assigned a lawyer. A message left at Loyola on Sunday was not immediately returned. University officials reported the threat to police around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Officer Mike Lopez. Officers were dispatched to patrol the campus as a precaution and campus entrances were restricted. Investigators working with campus officials were eventually able to determine that the threat had come from the computer registered to Huerta, police said. “There was never an indication the threat made was a valid one, and there is no ongoing threat to LMU,” said Deputy Chief Michael Downing, head of the LAPD Counterterrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau. This is the second time in less than a week that someone has been arrested for allegedly posting an online threat to go on a shooting spree in Los Angeles. Both occurred just days after the mall shooting in Omaha, Nebraska, that left eight holiday shoppers and the gunman dead.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

Nelles remains on hospital list

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSoon, a team from Sillen’s office will go to all seven locations, looking at infrastructure as well as community, land and engineering issues, she said. The latest decision isn’t good, said councilmen Bob Henderson and Greg Nordbak. City officials want the 73-acre Nelles property, which was closed in 2004 after it was operated for 113 years as a juvenile prison, for private development. Henderson, Nordbak and City Manager Steve Helvey flew to Sacramento to meet with Sillen on Tuesday, seeking to persuade him not to place a prison hospital at Nelles. “It was very frank, very open and somewhat disheartening,” Henderson said. “(Sillen) obviously feels he has a mandate to solve the problem. If it requires they build in Whittier, he’s going to build in Whittier.” Nordbak also was pessimistic. “I don’t think we have a lot of pull with this guy,” he said. “We’re going to have to hope he does the right thing.” Henderson said it would cost $7 million to $8 million to prepare the property for private development. As a result of the meeting with Sillen, the City Council on Tuesday agreed to hire a real estate expert to look at other potential state properties in Los Angeles County where a prison hospital could be built, Henderson said. Kagan said the state is looking for locations to build about 10,000 medical beds for inmates imprisoned because of mental-health issues as well as those who need long-term care ranging from skilled nursing to hospice needs. The Nelles site could hold as many as 2,000 beds, she said. That’s nearly five times as large as the nearby Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital. It would be a secure facility with guard stations, fencing and razor wire. “It would look like a prison,” Henderson said. Council members said they will continue the fight to stop construction of a prison hospital. “If it comes down to it, I hope we will utilize everything in our power to do whatever we can to stop it,” said Councilman Joe Vinatieri. “It ain’t over before it’s over. Buckle your seat belts. I think you’ll be in for a ride.” Councilwoman Cathy Warner said she, too, is prepared to fight a prison hospital. “I’ll be the first one out there leading the charge and carrying a picket sign,” she said. The other six sites under consideration are R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility at Rock Mountain, Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Folsom State Prison, California Institution for Men in Chino, California State Prison in Lancaster and the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility in Camarillo. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Chances that the former Fred C. Nelles Youth Authority Correctional Facility will become a prison hospital expanded this week. Nelles remains on a list of potential state prison hospital sites that has been pared from 10 to seven. Robert Sillen, the federal receiver in charge of inmate health care in California, expects to pick four to six of them for prison hospitals, said Rachael Kagan, Sillen’s spokeswoman. A decision is expected sometime in the spring, Kagan said. last_img read more