Arsenal targets ranked from worst to best: Wenger to be busy this month

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger is looking to strengthen his side’s title challenge in the second half of the season.The Frenchman has been open in stating that he expects a busy transfer window for Arsenal, with it looking as though at least one new player will be arriving at the Emirates Stadium.Arsenal are considering a number of players and talkSPORT have ranked the top targets linked with a move to the Gunners this month.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to read our assessment. 5 5. Troy Deeney (Watford) – continue reading our ranking of Arsenal’s top January targets by clicking the arrow above –

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In an exclusive interview with talkSPORT, the Hornets captain insisted he will not be leaving Vicarage Road this month, despite confessing his flattery over links to the Gunners. While this may appear to have drawn a line under a move to the Emirates, it shouldn’t be ruled out entirely. If Arsenal offer a figure around £20m, Watford could be tempted to cash in – though it’s expected a move for either Deeney or fellow striker Odion Ighalo will be put on hold until the summer. 5 4. Jackson Martinez (Atletico Madrid) – read more

An occasional visit with Hank makes you want more visits

first_imgSome children just have it, the spark, the thing, the mojo. Mostly it doesn’t last. So many bright kids somehow grow into tiresome adults. Then there’s Hank Nelson, a tall, rangy blond in rimless glasses, a surfer-boy ringer in shorts and flip-flops sitting among beat-up computers in Redondo Union High School’s student paper newsroom. Nelson, 17, is in charge here and nicely so. He speaks softly to the younger staffers, and it’s easy to see him through their eyes. He’s the kid who isn’t a kid, the older boy worth looking up to, the young man who is almost too serious, the guy who’s doing everything and destined for bigger things. I met Hank when he was a second-grader at Alta Vista School in Redondo Beach. He was the one with spark like an electric current, and I met him when former Breeze colleague Janet Barker invited me to speak to a class of third-graders about writing. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.As we walked, Janet glanced down at the class roster and said, “Oh, you’re going to meet Hank!” Hank, who turned his assignment into a paper airplane. Hank, who was the kind of pain in the neck who comes off smart and instantly endearing if you don’t count the ear damage. “I was an excitable boy,” a much bigger but still smart and endearing Hank told me. “And I guess that I still am when I get going on something like the Thirty Years War. Then I have to pull back before I start boring people.” Hank loves history. He got a perfect score on his AP European history test and pretty much the same on nine others. Over the summer he decided that all the history he picked up in Julie Ferron’s class could be augmented with words on a “pimp pope” and the bizarre fears of powerful freaks and presented as a free AP history podcast ( “I love history,” said Hank, who this year is shooting for 51 seconds flat in the 400-meter run. “I wanted to make it so a girl like my 15-year-old sister, Maggie – a real science type – would enjoy the subject, too.” Actually, Hank loves so many things and in such depth it’s hard to cover it all. This is nothing new. Back at Alta Vista teachers had him pegged as a writer, a natural. Later, at Parras Middle School, he’d be described by one teacher as future presidential material. Somewhere in there I decided to keep an eye on Hank, not because he’s the only outstanding kid in the South Bay, but because we sometimes just need a representative good kid, someone to tell us that there is still plenty of hope mixed in with stories of shootings and children left behind. So here is some forward momentum in a still-evolving young man who is president of the Key Club and working with Amnesty International while running track and cross-country, playing the mandolin and hoping for early admission to Dartmouth. When I last spoke to Hank he was just starting high school. Back then his mother, Melanie, called her straight-A student and student council president high maintenance. “Having Hank is a little like owning a fine sports car,” she said. “But he needs attention. Dinner with Hank is a thousand questions about life, a thousand ideas. He’s a very interesting boy.” That, and an array of ambitions. In ninth grade he wanted to be a writer and pediatrician. Until he went to Boys State over the summer he wanted to be a lawyer. Being close to lawyers during a week in Sacramento convinced him that the law was dull beyond belief. Which is why he’s considering a diplomatic career, thinking about studying Russian and Arabic in college, and thinking about the good he might do. Then again, being a diplomat would mean being away from the family he doesn’t yet have. It would also pull him away from history, his first love, and this idea that he wants to bring history alive in college classrooms. Oh, and he’d like to work on the college paper at Dartmouth and write fiction maybe. But the underlying theme here is help. He has always wanted to help others without even quite knowing why. It’s just there, like being proud of all his hard work coupled with moments when he wonders if all the work has been worth it. Which brings him to Albert Camus, “The Myth of Sisyphus,” an essay that might not immediately spring to the minds of most 17-year-olds. “In it Sisyphus is condemned to pushing a rock up a hill, only to have it continually fall down. It’s about how all labor is futile because in the end we all die. But it also tells us that if you find happiness in labor you can find reason to go on. I’ve found that in my pursuits.” I told Hank that I’d still be keeping an eye on him. I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at, call 310-543-6681 or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077. Hear my podcast at 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

Human-rights march before parade rejected

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Because the Tournament essentially controls Colorado Boulevard from mid-December through Jan. 1, City Manager Cynthia Kurtz told Li on Monday it would likely be “impossible” to accommodate another event on such a busy day and that any event on the street would require Tournament support. She suggested it be held another day or possibly on another street. Li said Friday he still expected to hear back from Tournament President C.L. Keedy and hoped his organization would consider the idea. “Mr. Keedy said he’d call me to talk about the arrangement of the Human Rights Torch Relay,” Li said. Apart from a recent letter to Mayor Bill Bogaard asserting the apolitical nature of the parade, Tournament officials have remained silent on the growing controversy and have refused to discuss the matter or return phone calls. PASADENA — Dismissing the idea of a human-rights procession before the start of next year’s Rose Parade as an attempt to “disrupt” its annual event, the Tournament of Roses has refused to discuss the idea. Those objecting to the planned Chinese Olympic float on human-rights grounds are calling for the inclusion of the “Human Rights Torch Relay” currently touring the world to balance the furor caused by the float. “When Mattel imported contaminated toys, it was their duty to take them back,” said Pasadena resident John Li, one of the principal float opponents and president of Caltech’s Falun Gong club. “So when someone imported this float to carry propaganda from the Chinese Communist Party, it’s their responsibility to make sure these rights violations stop before the Olympic celebrations commence, or at least let people know about them,” he added. “If someone wants to do something to disrupt the parade in Pasadena, then that’s something for the Police Department” to respond to, Tournament spokeswoman Caryn Eaves said Friday. Keedy “kind of feels we don’t have anything to add to that,” she added. Li took the issue to the Xicheng Sister City Committee on Friday night, but said the committee didn’t allow any public comment at the meeting. Li’s Falun Gong group has been joined by international human rights groups, religious groups, local residents, and members of the Chinese-American, Burmese and Tibetan communities opposed to the float. They were disappointed when the Pasadena City Council rejected a city commission’s recommendations to rebuke China’s rights record and took no action regarding the float on Oct. 29. At the heart of their complaint is belief that China’s worsening rights record means it has broken the promises it made to secure the 2008 Olympic bid. Earlier this year, China secretly ordered a ban of individuals and groups it believes pose a threat to the public relations boost it expects from hosting the Olympics, a U.S.-based group advocating for religious freedom said Friday. The Ministry of Public Security issued a broad order to exclude terrorists, some reporters, non-governmental organizations, Falun Gong members and other “antagonistic elements” such as any “people who have serious grievances against the Party,” according to the China Aid Association of Midland, Texas. The float’s $400,000 price tag was split between Pasadena-based Avery Dennison Corp. and an association of Chinese-American organizations, some of which have direct links to the Chinese Government. The Associated Press contributed to this report. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444 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

West Ham duo back fit but will NOT feature against Arsenal

first_img1 West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says Saturday’s London derby against Arsenal will come too early for James Collins and Sam Byram to return.The duo have been recovering from respective knocks in recent weeks and returned to light training this week.Bilic now has a full squad to pick from for the visit of the Gunners, but insists the two defenders won’t be risked.“James Collins and Sam Byram didn’t train with us for a few weeks but both of them will train with us on Friday,” said the Croatian.“Of course it’s going to be too early for them to be in the squad for Saturday but they are coming back before the end of the season.” James Collins last_img

Grant McCann confirmed as new Peterborough boss on four-year contract

first_img1 Grant McCann Grant McCann has been appointed as the new manager of Peterborough United.The 36-year-old, a former Posh player, has been in caretaker charge of the League One club since Graham Westley’s sacking in April.Having tasted victories in his two games at the helm, the Northern Irishman has now been handed the reins permanently.McCann becomes the eighth boss appointed by Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony since 2007.He told the club’s official website: “I would like to thank the chairman and the board of directors for the opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.“I am ready for this role, I have a strong affinity with this football club and the supporters have really got behind me during my spell in caretaker charge. “We have some good people in the management structure who have played for this football club and know what representing this club means.“I will be making an appointment as an assistant manager from outside of the club and that will be good to provide a different voice. It was really important to get things done now before the summer because we have a lot of work to do. “I am already in talks with potential new players for this football club. I am sure the supporters are aware of how I like the game to be played and we will be working hard on what we do without the ball in pre-season to get that right. I am looking forward to the challenge ahead.”last_img read more

Sick teen gets fast medical service from U.S. aircraft carrier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“I was in pain,” she said. The Reagan, a nuclear carrier, was the closest ship with a hospital facility, according to a news release from the Navy. It steamed overnight toward the cruise ship, which was about 250 miles northwest of Cabo San Lucas when the call went out. A helicopter took off from the Reagan around 5 a.m. Saturday to close the final 175-mile gap between the ships. The crew arrived after a 45-minute flight and lowered a medic onto the cruise ship deck in a basket because there wasn’t space to land, said Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Leland, the pilot. Montero, who was on an antibiotic drip, was loaded into a litter basket, lifted into the helicopter and flown back to the Reagan for an appendectomy. Her mother stayed aboard the cruise ship. Montero, of Albion, Ill., is expected to make a full recovery. A doctor at the children’s hospital said he anticipated she would be back home by Christmas. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN DIEGO – A teenager whose appendix ruptured at sea, hundreds of miles from help, got safely to shore Tuesday after an unusual rescue in which the Navy airlifted her from a cruise ship for emergency surgery. Laura Montero, 14, fell ill aboard the Dawn Princess cruise ship off the coast of Baja California. The Bahamian-registered ship sent out a distress call Friday that was answered by the USS Ronald Reagan, which was on training maneuvers about 500 miles away. Montero, a fair-haired girl with bright blue eyes, appeared to be doing well as she gave a brief interview with reporters at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. “I’d like to thank the captain of the Dawn Princess, the surgeon and the crew and everyone on the USS Ronald Reagan,” she said quietly, then flashed a shy grin. She said she was usually “a tiny bit” scared of heights but hadn’t been nervous when she was hoisted on a flat stretcher into the helicopter that came to fetch her. last_img read more

Rate hike adds up to instant demand

first_imgWHITTIER – With new postal rates now in effect, Wendy Magana felt she had no choice but to join dozens of other customers standing in line Monday to buy suddenly hot 2-cent stamps.“I have 200 37-cent stamps for my office and business and I didn’t want them to be unusable,” Magana said after purchasing stamps at the Main post office in Whittier. Lines stretched out the door at the Main and Baily Station post offices, where customers waited patiently to buy the 2-cent Navajo Jewelry stamps, which feature a silver and turquoise necklace on a black background.Demand for the stamps has zoomed now that the price of a stamp for regular, 1-ounce, first-class letters went from 37 cents to 39 cents Sunday.Although the non-denominated Lady Liberty stamp was available Monday, many customers wanted the 2-cent stamps because they had leftover 37-cent stamps.Due to high demand and late deliveries of new supplies, some post offices, including offices in Azusa, Baldwin Park, Monterey Park and Alhambra, ran out of 2-cent stamps Monday morning, said U.S. Postal Service spokesman Richard Maher. Additional 2-cent stamps had arrived at the offices later.“It was a matter of today’s delivery being late and there’s such a great demand for 2-cent stamps,” Maher said. “We got plenty, plenty, plenty of 2-cent stamps.”At the Baily station, eager customers surrounded a clerk who was trying to fill a stamp dispenser, snapping up 2-cent stamps quicker than she could fill the machine.“I have lots of bills and letters to mail out and, unfortunately, still have a lot of 37-cent stamps,” said Whittier resident Jessica Salcedo.Most people took the postal rate increase in stride.“It hasn’t gone up for a while, so I guess it was about time,” said Teresa Gonzalez of Whittier, sticking 2-cent stamps on a pile of letters. “We have to go along with it. We don’t have an alternative.”Staff Writer Ruby Gonzales contributed to this story. 698-0955, Ext. 3028 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want 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

‘Producer’ reminds people to mind pooches over star

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Lane said he was “truly touched, and it’s a great honor, and thank you all for coming.” Broderick’s wife, Sarah Jessica Parker, attended the unveiling along with director Mel Brooks. Brooks wrote the original film version of “The Producers” in 1968 then adapted it as a Broadway musical in 2001 and again for the current film. “These men both publicly and privately have done so much for me,” Brooks said. “Without Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick I would be living in a little motel just around the corner here, trying to make ends meet.” Lane received a Golden Globe nomination for his movie portrayal of producer Max Bialystock, a role that won him a Tony Award on Broadway in 2001. His movie credits include “The Birdcage.” Matthew Broderick had a request for people strolling the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “Please remember to curb your dogs when you are walking in this area,” Broderick said as he and Broadway buddy Nathan Lane received their stars on Monday in a dual ceremony. The two actors are currently starring in “The Odd Couple” on Broadway after appearing in the stage and screen versions of “The Producers.” “It’s a joy to feel like part of a tradition in such a showbiz town,” Broderick said. He thanked Lane for “acting so well with me.” Broderick has won two Tony Awards. He also starred in the films “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Godzilla.”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

For openers, errors cost Venus in upset

first_img The 10th-seeded Williams sprayed 65 unforced errors, including 41 in the third set as she struggled to control her ground strokes in her first tour-level event since September. “It happens to the best of us,” Williams said. “I had so many unforced errors, I struggled to keep the ball in. I just couldn’t get it right – she benefited from my largesse. MELBOURNE, Australia – Wimbledon champion Venus Williams crashed in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday, losing 2-6, 6-0, 9-7 to Tszvetana Pironkova. It was only the third time in 34 Grand Slam tournaments that the five-time major winner has lost in the first round. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “If I had just one-third less errors, this match is a different story.” Bulgaria’s Pironkova, ranked 94th, was broken when she served for the match in the 12th game of the third set. She saved two break points in her next service game and clinched it on her first match point on consecutive backhand errors from Williams. Top-ranked Lindsay Davenport cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Australian wild card entry Casey Dellacqua, ranked No. 180. Davenport, seeking her fourth Grand Slam singles title and first since winning here in 2000, set up three match points with an ace and clinched it in 57 minutes with an overhead winner. “I feel like I’m ready for the challenges,” said the 29-year-old Davenport. “I feel like I have the ability to play well and hopefully repeat what happened last year, and go better.” center_img Davenport won 19 of her last 21 service points against 20-year-old Dellacqua, then told the center court crowd: “It’s great to be back.” Davenport next faces Croatia’s Karolina Sprem, a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Alona Bondarenko of Ukraine. No. 9 Elena Dementieva was the first seeded player ousted from the season’s first major. The 24-year-old Russian, a semifinalist at the last U.S. Open, lost 7-5, 6-2 to Germany’s Julia Schruff. No. 24 Tatiana Golovin and No. 26 Ai Sugiyama followed her out. Former Wimbledon semifinalist Jelena Dokic, who won a wild card tournament to gain entry to her first Australian Open since 2001, crumbled after thinking she’d won her first-round match in straight sets. Dokic celebrated a forehand on match point in the 12th game of the second set, but it was called long. Virginie Razzano rallied to win it 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1. Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova, seeded 17th, overcame Japan’s Saori Obata 3-6, 6-3, 6-0, No. 4 Maria Sharapova had no problems with Sandra Kloesel 6-2, 6-1 and No. 6 Nadia Petrova defeated Australia’s Sophie Ferguson 6-2, 6-1. On the men’s side, eight-seeded Gaston Gaudio had a shorter-than-expected opener. The 2004 French Open champion was leading 6-2, 5-0 when Romania’s Razvan Sabau retired from their first-round match with an injured arm. No. 13 Robby Ginepri only needed 1 hour, 19 minutes for a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win over Austria’s Jurgen Melzer. “Winning in three is a much better start – it’s easier on the body,” said Ginepri. 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

McHugh urges Government to begin work again on Greencastle Harbour

first_imgDeputy Joe McHugh has said he is making a strong case to Government to begin work again on Greencastle harbour.A multi-million euro breakwater project at the Inishowen harbour was axed by Fianna Fail in 2010 as the economic crisis unfolded.Minister McHugh met representatives of various organisations in Greencastle including the Foyle Fishermen’s Co-Operative. Afterwards the Fine Gael TD for Donegal said: “There is a clear argument, which I support, for work to re-commence on the breakwater project and further, the development of Greencastle harbour from a whole range of commercial viewpoints,” said Minister McHugh.“Fishing, marine tourism and commercial possibilities are there for Greencastle to harness in the years ahead and I wanted to get a first hand briefing on local views in the area.“The Government has put up an additional €2.6bn in capital funding and for me we have to reverse the decision Fianna Fail decision.“This Government did release funding to maintain the work that had already been carried out to ensure it was preserved. “However it is clear to everyone that it needs to move forward again.”There is a strong case for funding, the Minister said, especially with the uncertainties surrounding Brexit.“After the UK leaves the EU, Greencastle will become even more important for Donegal, for the Republic and the European Union,” said Minister McHugh.“I want to assure the community that I am doing everything I can to deliver on the further development of Greencastle and I am making a case to my Government colleagues that this should be done.”Fine Gael Councillor Bernard McGuinness, who attended today’s meeting, supported a recent council motion calling for the development of the habour. “I am hoping that Minister Michael Creed will come to Donegal and come to Greencastle and that the money will be allocated as soon as possible,” said Cllr McGuinness.The Minister also said today that he had asked Minister Creed to meet Arranmore Island fishermen to discuss their concerns.“I have been in touch with Minister Creed today and I’m hopeful that he will meet a delegation from the island in the coming weeks where the Arranmore fishermen can air their views on the current state of the industry and how it is affecting their day to day lives,” said McHugh.McHugh urges Government to begin work again on Greencastle Harbour was last modified: February 7th, 2017 by StephenShare 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:deputy joe mchughdonegalGreencastle Harbourlast_img read more