Pedro scored on his Chelsea debut at West Brom Reports on Wednesday emerged from Spain suggesting winger Pedro is growing increasingly unhappy at Chelsea and wants a return to Barcelona. Just three months after arriving at Stamford Bridge for £19million, the Spaniard is rumoured to have told friends, including Cesc Fabregas, that he regrets the move and he would jump at the chance to return to Catalonia. Pedro, 28, has scored twice in nine appearances for Jose Mourinho’s side, who are struggling in their attempts to retain the Premier League title. With former team-mate Lionel Messi injured at Barcelona, Pedro could be forgiven for wondering what could have been, as he would possibly have slotted into the front three in the Argentine’s absence, alongside Luis Suarez and Neymar. He reportedly chose champions Chelsea over Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United and Red Devils, Chelsea and other football fans have been reacting to the rumours on social media… 1
1 Everton forward Kevin Mirallas AC Milan are eyeing up a January offer for out-of-favour Everton midfielder Kevin Mirallas.The Belgian playmaker has been frozen out of the first-team equation at Goodison Park in recent months and is reportedly ready to end his four-year spell on Merseyside.Mirallas’ international future is also in jeopardy after he was left out of Belgium’s squad for their recent friendly against Italy.But, according to Calcio Mercato, Milan are ready to provide Mirallas with an escape route, with the winger keen to get more regular playing time in order to keep his chances of playing at Euro 2016 alive.Everton will demand a fee of around £10million for the 28-year-old and negotiations between the two clubs could start as early as next week.
It’s nearly that time of year when clubs turn to new players to help stabilise their seasons.While many view the January transfer window as a bit of a non-entity, it sometimes offers golden opportunities for a bargain.From the start of the new year, a host of household names will also be free to talk to other clubs with a view to a permanent move when their respective deals expire in the summer.The Bosman transfer has produced sensational results in the past – think Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich in 2014.So would any Premier League clubs look at opening talks with any of these established stars?We’ve ranked the biggest names out of contract at the end of the season who are available, with number one likely to generate serious interest across Europe.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see which players made our list… 10 10. Hatem Ben Arfa (Nice) – From Newcastle flop to a potential France regular at Euro 2016, it’s been quite the turnaround for Ben Arfa. His displays in Ligue 1 have attracted interested from Borussia Dortmund and a host of Italian clubs. 1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG) – One of the best strikers in Europe potentially available on a free at the end of the season? Yes, the Swede’s wages are likely to be pricey but that won’t deter some of the more elite clubs. Could Ibrahimovic finally move to the Premier League? 4. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) – The former Blue looked more like a manager during Zenit’s match 8. Joel Matip (Schalke) – Matip is an assured presence in both defence and midfield, so it’s hardly surprising to see him linked heavily with a move to Liverpool. 5. Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia) – The Algerian was one of the stars of the 2014 World Cup and his goalscoring knack makes him a valuable asset from midfield. Inter are reported to have opened talks, while both Chelsea and Manchester United are also monitoring his progress. 10 7. Riccardo Montolivo (AC Milan) – Still Milan’s club captain, the classy midfielder is a prominent part of the Italy setup ahead of Euro 2016 and could move on after the tournament finishes. getty images 6. Michael Carrick (Manchester United) – Carrick’s fitness is a concern but, at 34, he still seems ageless. It will be very interesting to see how his career transpires at United in the next six months. 10 2. John Terry (Chelsea) – Similar to Ivanovic, Chelsea may eventually decide to cut ties with their iconic captain with Terry’s powers on the wane. A move to MLS would probably suit both parties. 3. Ezequiel Lavezzi (PSG) – The mercurial Argentine winger would still prove a hugely valuable addition to any Premier League outfit, although Barcelona are reportedly considering a move once their transfer embargo is lifted. Lavezzi has long been linked with Tottenham and Liverpool. 9. Charlie Austin (QPR) – Austin is one of the most lethal finishers in English football and, after turning down a move to Crystal Palace on deadline day in September, will be available for free when his Rangers contract runs out in June. 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
SUB – Jesus Navas (for Delph, 54) – 7/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – Injected the pace that was lacking in the City side and scored a fine counter-attacking goal. 14 Bacary Sagna – 5/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – Largely troubled by Baines on the flank. 14 Willy Caballero – 6/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – The Argentinian made some key saves, especially in the second half, but could have done better for the opener. 14 14 Fernandinho – 6/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – Had to drop deep and was unable to impose himself massively. Nicolas Otamendi – 8/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – Broke up a lot of Everton attacks early, made a vital challenge on Lukaku and had a good chance to score. 14 Gael Clichy – 6/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – Another City player that had difficulties dealing with Everton’s pace. Man City were beaten 2-1 by Everton in the first leg of the League Cup semi final at Goodison Park on Wednesday. Jesus Navas scored the only goal for the Citizens in the second half, to make it 1-1, before Romelu Lukaku won it minutes later. Manuel Pellegrini’s men were off the pace from their usual best and they have given themselves a hard task for the return leg in three weeks’ time. We have rated the starting XI and substitutes out of 10.Take a look at the ratings in the slideshow above, and let us know your verdict by leaving a comment below.Read the report here: Everton 2-1 Man City: Lukaku’s header gives Toffees advantage in League Cup semi-final 14 Fabian Delph – 6/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – Looked full of running but made way as manager Manuel Pellegrini searched for a way back into the game. 14 Sergio Aguero – 7/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – There were signs of the old sharpness coming back as he tested Robles and fed Navas for his equaliser. SUB: Fernando (for De Bruyne, 90) – 5/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – Damage limitation substitution in injury time. 14 Eliaquim Mangala – 6/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – Got in the right positions and showed improvement on recent displays, replaced at half-time. Yaya Toure – 5/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – Showed early signs of promise in his advanced role but faded quickly and looked off the pace. David Silva – 6/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – The trickiness and vision that makes him such a handful was seen only sporadically as Everton kept him quiet. Kevin De Bruyne – 6/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – Showed only flashes of the brilliance he has brought to City this season. 14 14 SUB – Martin Demichelis (for Mangala, 45) – 6/10: Click the arrow above to find out how the rest of Man City’s players rated, and leave a comment below to let us know how you rated each player – Kept busy by Everton’s hard-working forwards. 14 14 14 14
Southampton and Stoke are ready to battle it out for the signature of Giannelli Imbula.The midfielder only moved to Porto in the summer after they paid Marseille around £15m.However, since the switch, the 23-year-old has struggled to adapt to life in Portugal and is considering leaving.That has, according to L’Equipe, put Southampton and Stoke on red alert as they eye up a move for Imbula.Several other Premier League clubs, including Aston Villa and West Brom, also hold a minor interest in the Frenchman.Arsenal and Tottenham were both linked with Imbula last summer, but the pair are now said to have switched targets. Porto midfielder Giannelli Imbula battles Chelsea’s Ramires in the Champions League 1
Arsenal lack the leadership required to be a great team, Niall Quinn has told talkSPORT.The Gunners have failed to win the Premier League in more than a decade and they face being also-rans again this season after Sunday’s defeat to Manchester United left them five points adrift of leaders Leicester.Arsene Wenger’s side were way off their best at Old Trafford, and Quinn believes they simply don’t possess the character needed to be champions.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the club’s former striker said: “They will never get a better chance [to win the title] than this year and I don’t think there are enough players in the side who have been in this position with an Arsenal shirt on.“In the old days they were used to doing it every couple of years and they had this great graft and experience and the leadership to bring you through situations – but I don’t see it there.“I saw a lot of people running around, trying things [against Manchester United], but I didn’t see the leadership that the great Arsenal teams had.“McLintock, Adams, Vieira, Petit, the successful teams had them [leaders]. I just don’t see that kind of player at Arsenal’s disposal right now.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBut officials say that business at the Wal-Mart Supercenter at 1827 Walnut Grove Ave. is meeting all expectations. “It is doing better than I anticipated,” Store Manager Jorge Lopez said. Whether it was the dozens of satisfied building requirements or the promise of delivering groceries at low prices, Lopez said the store has “lived up to our end.” City records show that Wal-Mart has satisfied nearly all of its required conditions for approval. There are three outstanding conditions: electrical transformers need to go underground and there is confusion whether an existing sound wall is satisfactory. Planning Administrator Matt Everling said the staff will follow up with these concerns and report the information back to the planning commission at a future date. ROSEMEAD – It’s been a little more than a year since the store that was the source of debates, lawsuits and a recall effort opened in the city. But a topic that once drew hundreds of upset opponents only drew a handful of residents on Monday, who attended a meeting to complain about the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Walnut Grove Avenue. Residents said at a Wal-Mart building review Monday that noise, run-away shopping carts and increased traffic are continual problems. “The fact that people aren’t here tonight is not an indication that all is well,” said Yuki Fukumoto, a Wal-Mart neighbor and Rosemead resident. “We’ve gone from a quiet, residential neighborhood to a noisy street.” In Wal-Mart on Tuesday, women got their nails done, kids ate at the McDonald’s, and shoppers walked out of the store, their carts full of groceries, baby clothes and toilet paper. “I think that the community response has been overwhelmingly positive,” Lopez said. Monterey Park resident Betty Sarvegna shops at the Rosemead store about once a month. “The prices for groceries are more affordable than compared to other stores,” she said. Financial targets have been hit, city building conditions have been met, and customers seem to be happy, Lopez said. Tiffany Moffatt, community spokeswoman for Wal-Mart, said that the company “typically doesn’t release specific sales and performance numbers.” “But I can tell you we are extremely pleased with the fact that it has been very well received in the market,” Moffatt said. “It’s exceeded our expectations.” City Manager Oliver Chi did not release how much money in sales-tax revenue has been produced from Wal-Mart because that information is “privileged and confidential.” The Singtao Daily reported on Sept. 9, that Councilman John Nu ez released a “classified document” stating that the first quarter of the year Wal-Mart paid $160,000 in sales-tax revenue, which is $60,000 more than expected. On Monday, about six residents voiced their concerns. “For some of the residents that live close by, there is still a concern, especially with noise,” said Mayor John Tran. Tran, who voted against the approval of Wal-Mart, said the store has become more integral to the community. The store has sponsored several schools, city events and local clubs. “I think that people have a little bit different perception of the Wal-Mart today,” Lopez said. Marlene Shinen, a San Gabriel resident, said she was upset that Wal-Mart shopping carts can be spotted throughout the city. Councilwoman Margaret Clark said that problem is not unique to the city or the store. “We have shopping cart problems everywhere,” Clark said. “And we have an ordinance for fixing that.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsHe came back again Monday and made more threats and stated “you will be sorry,” documents state. No number was listed for Filek in an area phone directory and it was not immediately known if he had an attorney. Filek was arrested at least once during his visits to the cathedral. According to a security guard report, the Los Angeles Police Department advised guards to seek a restraining order because Filek was a repeat trespasser. A call to the Los Angeles archdiocese was not immediately returned Thursday. Mahony, 71, told colleagues at a conference in October that he was attacked. Mahony did not file a police report, but some of the priests attending the conference described the cardinal’s comments. The TRO petition confirmed the account, saying Mahony had “been subject to physical assault during 2007.” Attorneys have requested a temporary restraining order against a man they claim threatened Cardinal Roger Mahony and other church officials. Edward George Filek, 61, allegedly “made general threats” against Mahony and other cathedral workers, according to documents filed in the restraining order petition, dated Wednesday. Mahony recently told fellow priests that he was attacked earlier this year because of the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal. Filek was not linked to that attack. Filek was thrown out of Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral on Sunday after he started “doing drugs” in the cathedral during Mass, according to an incident report filed in the restraining order petition. He returned to the cathedral later in the day and security guards called police when he refused to leave. The Rev. Joseph Shea, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Glendale, related Mahony’s story for The Associated Press. It happened in late July or early August as he was dropping off letters at a mailbox near the cathedral, Shea said. Mahony was so badly beaten that he was hospitalized and it took him several weeks to recover, Shea added. After stories about the account were appeared in the media, police detectives talked to Mahony. He did not want to pursue an investigation, police said. The church has reached settlements totaling about $660 million with 508 alleged victims of sexual abuse. Checks for most of that money were mailed Monday. Leading up to the settlement, Mahony came under fire from victims and attorneys who said he moved sexually abusive priests to different parishes. Church officials have said Mahony tried to reach out to victims, meeting with many of them and their families. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Promoted PostLetterkenny’s Radisson Blu Hotel is hoping to turn other businesses ‘green’ with envy for St Patrick’s Weekend.The Radisson Blu, LetterkennyThe family-owned hotel will be carrying out a green initiative for St. Patrick’s Day beginning this Friday. For the occasion the hotel will be transformed from Radisson ‘Blu’ to ‘Green’! There will be a huge emphasis on celebrating Irish culture and playing the green card for the guests and visitors. The lighting in the hotel from the reception area to outdoors will change to the traditional colour to celebrate the upcoming day.The day itself will be full of entertainment for everyone. Live music will be performed by extremely talented duo, Zara Montgomery & Michael Gillespie from 5pm. Crafty kids will be there on the day to face paint the kids (whether that is young or old!). If you fancy a tipple, then the hotel will be serving St Patrick’s Day themed cocktails & pints of the black stuff, of course.The Port Bar & Grill will be serving food all day with a menu translated in both Irish & English – Perfect to incorporate a few words of Irish into your vocabulary. The St Patrick’s Day Special? Traditional Irish Stew (for the day that’s in it!).Staff will be hanging up their purple ties for the event & replacing them with green, sporting shamrocks as accessories & provide guests with that authentic Irish hospitality that they deliver 365 days of the year. So if it’s a taste of St Patrick’s weekend you are looking for and a team that are trying their best to bring it to you, the Radisson ‘Green’, Letterkenny is the place. RADISSON BLU TURNING OTHERS ‘GREEN’ WITH ENVY FOR ST PATRICK’S WEEKEND was last modified: March 12th, 2015 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:donegalletterkennyRadisson BluSt Patrick’s Weekend
The brother and sister team of Andrea and Owen Kelly are Firestar Firelighters and will represent Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana at this years national finals of the Student Enterprise Awards in Dublin on 22 April.Farm SIS (Safety is Success) is representing Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe at this years national finals of the Student Enterprise Awards and the team includes Ben Wallace, Dylan Laird, Aaron McCready, Christine Russell, Orlagh Fogarty, Adam McConnell, James Roulston.Excitement is building for student entrepreneurs from Donegal, who are preparing to represent the county at the Student Enterprise Awards National Final in Croke Park on April 22nd.Co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Office Donegal, the competition is the most successful programme of its kind in the country. An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D., launched the programme in September last year and since then, around 17,000 budding entrepreneurs from 380 secondary schools across the country have been running their own enterprises, with help from their teachers and Local Enterprise Offices.The student enterprises representing Donegal at the National Finals on April 22nd in Croke Park are: Senior Category: Farm SIS (Safety is Success) representing Royal and Prior Comprehensive School in Raphoe. The team of Ben Wallace, Dylan Laird, Aaron McCready, Christine Russell, Orlagh Fogarty, Adam McConnell, James Roulston designed farm safety jigsaw puzzles based on three themes – ‘Beware of the Bull’, ‘Stay Away from Moving Machinery’ and ‘Stay Away from Slurry – toxic fumes’. Ms Davina McCandless is the teacher in charge. Intermediate Category: Firestar Firelighters representing Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana. The brother and sister team of Andrea and Owen Kelly made firelighters soaking pieces of wood in kerosene. The teacher in charge is Ms Martina McBride. Over 300 finalists from all over the country will set-up enterprise exhibition displays before taking part in a series of judging interviews. The judging panels will takes numerous factors into account, such as business reporting, innovation, market research, risk management and finances.As well as gaining substantial business experience, there is an impressive prize-fund on offer for the young entrepreneurs, including a European trip, a national trophy and cash prizes. DONEGAL TEENAGE ENTREPRENEURS REACH CROKE PARK FINAL was last modified: March 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnews