West Brom confirm signing of Manchester United defender

first_img Jonny Evans West Brom have completed the signing of Manchester United defender Jonny Evans.The 27-year-old centre-half has penned a four-year deal and joins Albion after making 198 appearances in all competitions for United.The deal for the Northern Ireland international will cost the Baggies an initial £6million, rising to £8million with add-ons.Evans won three Premier League titles after making his United debut in 2007 and has won 42 caps for his country.“This is a great signing for the club,” head coach Tony Pulis told the official West Brom website.“Jonny brings a lot of experience and will be a big player for us – he’s a player I’ve been watching for some time.“We are delighted to have him on board.”Evans fell out of favour under United manager Louis van Gaal, playing only 17 times last season, and did not make a single first-team appearance at Old Trafford this term.“I hope to push the Albion up the league,” said Evans.“It’s a new, fresh challenge for me. One I’m looking forward to.“I know a few of the lads already and I spoke to a couple, who highly recommended the club.” 1last_img read more

Sterling ‘deserves’ to be booed by Liverpool fans, Reds legend tells talkSPORT

first_imgLiverpool legend Steve Nicol has told talkSPORT Raheem Sterling ‘deserves’ to be booed by Reds fans when they travel to face Manchester City on Saturday.The two clubs will go head-to-head this weekend for the first time since Sterling’s ugly Anfield exit in the summer.Once beloved by the Reds faithful, the 20-year-old England international turned his own fans against him by pushing through a big-money move to City in a drawn-out and bitter transfer saga.The build-up to Saturday’s clash – talkSPORT’s exclusive commentary game on Saturday night – has been dominated by the spiky reception that lies in wait for the youngster.And Anfield great Nicol believes Sterling deserves to be given a hard time by Liverpool fans.He told Extra Time: “Sterling was only at the club for a short period of time but he certainly made enough enemies with the carry on over his last sixth months at Liverpool.“I think he’s fortunate that this tie falls in Manchester and not in Liverpool. I still think he’s going to get a lot of booing and a lot of noise when he touches the ball.“And quite frankly, he deserves it.“I don’t remember a former Liverpool player who was ever given a hard time by the fans. I think the Liverpool fans appreciate what most past players gave to the club.“But this kid is in for a surprise. I don’t think he’s quite got the experience to handle it yet and it’ll give him just a little taste of what waits for him at Anfield.”Tune in from 5:45pm on Saturday for live commentary of Manchester City v Liverpool ONLY on talkSPORTlast_img read more

Tottenham 4-1 West Ham: Spurs extend unbeaten run to 12 games as red-hot Kane scores again

first_img Tottenham striker Harry Kane 1 Harry Kane continued his red-hot scoring streak with a brace as Tottenham claimed an impressive London derby victory over West Ham to move within two points of fourth-placed Arsenal.The England striker now has 11 goals for club and country this season, with his double at White Hart Lane – a goal in each half – meaning he has netted in four consecutive Premier League games, while Spurs extend their unbeaten run to 12 league games.Belgian centre-back Toby Alderweireld’s first-half header was sandwiched between the two Kane strikes, with a late Kyle Walker beauty capping off the rout before Manuel Lanzini netted an even later consolation.But Spurs really could have scored about six or seven as Slaven Bilic’s side seemingly felt the full force of Dimitri Payet’s absence.The French attacker has been the driving force behind the majority of West Ham’s best performances this season – including wins over Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal – and without the injured star they were outclassed and lacked any real cutting edge, even with the return of Andy Carrol and Diafra Sakho up front.Tottenham dominated from the start, with Hammers stopper Adrian called into action early on to deny a fiercely stuck effort from Christian Eriksen.The Spaniard’s gloves were all that stood between Spurs and a total whitewash at White Hart Lane, but unfortunately his errors equalled the number of his crucial saves, as a blunder saw Kane open the scoring on 24 minutes.Hesitant defending and a fortuitous bounce saw the ball dribble through on the edge of the box to Kane, who stood off his man, turned and fired left-footed into the roof of the net. Adrian should have done better, with the shot sailing through his open arms.To their credit West Ham refused to let their heads drop in those early stages, and they appeared inches away from an instant equaliser when Cheikhou Kouyate broke free and his ambitious close-range overhead kick rattled the crossbar, though he was flagged for offside anyway.From then on in it was one-way traffic, and Spurs soon doubled their lead when Alderweireld scored with a bullet header from a corner. Again it was grim viewing for Hammers fans, with Andy Carroll inexplicably beaten at the near post as he failed to spot the Belgian’s run.Spurs had a host of chances to effectively seal all three points before half-time, but were either denied by the quick hands of Adrian or the cruelty of the crossbar.First it was Son Heung-min who went close, seeing his delayed shot well saved after a wonderful team move involving Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli, with recent England debutant Alli heading the rebound onto the woodwork.And Kane was then left red faced as he squandered the opportunity to land the killer blow on the stroke of the break. A lucky ricochet off a West Ham defender allowed the England star to run through one-on-one, but he uncharacteristically shanked his shot horribly wide.The hosts’ dominance continued after the break and it wasn’t long until Kane bagged his second on 50 minutes, although Adrian again should have done better as he seemed to dive over the striker’s low effort from 22 yards.The pace slowed noticeably as Spurs stepped off the gas, but Adrian proved he was still alert with a fine double save to twice deny substitute Ryan Mason.But the glovesman was soon beaten again as Walker romped forward from right-back and played a one-two with Son on the edge of the box, before nonchalantly stroking the ball home with the outside of his boot.Lanzini gave West Ham fans at least one reason to smile with a 90th minute consolation, beating Hugo Lloris at his near post with a strong hit, or least he would have done if the away stand was not mostly empty as Hammers fans streamed for the exits.It was not all happy news for Tottenham, either, as a fifth yellow card of the season means Deli Alli will miss next weekend’s clash with Chelsea.last_img read more

We BELIEVE! Per Mertesacker confident Arsenal can secure UCL last 16 spot

first_img Per Mertesacker celebrates an Arsenal win 1 Per Mertesacker says Arsenal will go to Olympiacos with the belief they can pull off a victory that sees them qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League.The Gunners cruised to an emphatic win over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday to keep their hopes of progressing alive and now have to beat Olympiacos by two goals or match their 3-2 reverse by the Greeks in September.Mertesacker praised Arsenal’s attacking display against the Croatian side and believes they should have won by a bigger margin.“We’re delighted with the win,” he said.“We needed that, it was a must-win for our side. We’re delighted with how we played from the start. We got two early goals and we could have been three or four up by half-time.“We still believe and we believed before the game we could do special things. We already dropped a lot of points which was very disappointing but there’s still a chance so we believe.”last_img read more

Video: The next Manuel Neuer? Seven-year-old showcases amazing goalkeeping skills

first_imgIs this kid the next Manuel Neuer?Check out Billy Bob Bracher’s amazing goalkeeping skills.The seven-year-old displayed a repertoire of eye-catching saves, parries and kicks which suggests he’s certainly one for the future.last_img

Alessio Cerci snubs Manchester City and Everton to sign for Genoa

first_img Alessio Cerci Genoa have completed the loan signing of Alessio Cerci, a former Manchester City and Everton target, from AC Milan.The Italian winger was on City’s radar for some time when Roberto Mancini was in charge but their interest has cooled over the past few years.But Everton had also attempted to bring Cerci to the Premier League before he decided to swap Torino for AC Milan.The 28-year-old’s career has stalled since his move to the San Siro, and he has so far started only 15 Serie A games in two seasons.But he will get more opportunities now he has sealed a move to Genoa.A statement on the club website read: “Genoa Cricket and Football Club announces the signing of Alessio Cerci from AC Milan.“The formula of the deal is a loan.” 1last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Sunderland complete the signing of Ligue 1 defender

first_img1 Lamine Kone Sunderland have completed the signing of Lorient central defender Lamine Kone for an undisclosed fee.The France-born Ivory Coast international has signed a deal which commits him to the Wearside club until the end of the 2019-20 season.Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce told his club’s official website: “Strengthening our defensive options was a priority for us and Lamine is a player that has impressed me when I’ve seen him play.”Allardyce continued: “He is big and strong, attributes you need to play in central defence in the Premier League, and his arrival will give us healthy competition for places in a key position.”The news ends a protracted pursuit of Kone for the Barclays Premier League’s 19th-placed team.Allardyce had twice ended his interest in the 26-year-old this month, with the Black Cats initially cooling on a £5million swoop before a proposed loan move broke down.Allardyce has signalled his intention to bring in another defender and an attacking player before the end of the transfer window having already signed Jan Kirchhoff, Dame N’Doye and Steve Harper.Sunderland are also monitoring full-back Mathieu Debuchy’s situation at Arsenal as he looks for regular club football ahead of this summer’s Euro 2016 finals, although they face a battle with fellow Barclays Premier League strugglers Aston Villa if they are to strike a loan deal.A successful swoop for Kone could see Uruguayan defender Sebastian Coates leave Wearside with the former Liverpool player understood to be the subject of talks with Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon.Meanwhile, Greek midfielder Charis Mavrias has joined Bundesliga 2 Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan for the remainder of the season.The 21-year-old, who joined the Black Cats from Panathinaikos during the summer of 2013, has made just seven senior appearances and scored a single goal.last_img read more

Newcastle flop confirms he is heading for exit in the summer

first_img Remy Cabella in action for Marseille Newcastle winger Remy Cabella expects to make his loan move to Marseille permanent in the summer.The France international moved to the Ligue 1 side in August last year after falling out of favour at St. James’ Park.Within that loan deal was the option for Marseille to sign Cabella permanently at the end of the season and the 25-year-old predicts that will happen.“Yes there is the option to buy, this is what was expected from the start,” Cabella told Foot Mercato.“I think it will be activated. Normally I [expect to be at] Marseille next season. I am happy. I have adapted well.“I get along great with the club, the staff and all the players. There is a great atmosphere. Now I want to help this club back to the highest level.” 1last_img read more

Bruins still need to solve their QB woes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityEven with quarterback 1A Ben Olson going down with a first-quarter knee injury, even with QB 1B Patrick Cowan already sidelined with his own knee problems, it took some doing to lose to the Frightful Irish. The Bruins managed it only by being utterly unprepared for a quarterback emergency, even though 1A and 1B have not been healthy at the same time for any game this season. After Olson went down with UCLA holding a 3-0 lead, the Bruins sent out McLeod Bethel-Thompson, a non-scholarship redshirt freshman who had never thrown a pass in a college game. How did he fare? Let’s just say he didn’t bring to mind Norman Dow or John Barnes as a UCLA out-of-the-powder-blue savior. Bethel-Thompson threw four interceptions and lost a fumble. Two of those turnovers led directly to Notre Dame’s touchdowns. Otherwise, the Irish might still be looking for the end zone, given that UCLA’s defense yielded only 140 yards in 66 plays. Pertinent questions for Karl and his staff being: Why did the kid who actually has been (because of injuries to 1A and 1B) your No. 2 quarterback all season get almost zero practice with the first team? If you knew how ill-prepared Bethel- Thompson was, why didn’t you junk 90 percent of your playbook and see if your defense and special teams could beat the punchless Irish? Instead, UCLA coaches asked poor Bethel-Thompson to win the game for them, with disastrous results. Two calls stand out. A preposterous rollout on fourth-and-1 at the Notre Dame 32 when a bolt between the tackles might have earned enough yardage for a first down, a field goal and a potentially insurmountable (Notre Dame’s offense was that bad) 9-3 lead. A pass call on third-and-6 from the UCLA 5 that went for an interception returned to the UCLA 4 – and Notre Dame’s go-ahead touchdown. Those two calls turned a still-winnable game into a desperate one that led to all those turnovers – and Bethel-Thompson in tears in the locker room. The quarterback situation had yet to improve when the Bruins got back to practice Tuesday morning. Dorrell hasn’t quite reached the point where he is soliciting the student body for potential QBs. We know that because the Bruins’ practices this week start at 6 a.m., and everyone understands college undergrads can’t be roused before dawn even with a kind word (or a loaded gun) directed at them. Luckily for Dorrell, the Bruins have a bye this week. Unluckily, they get second-ranked Cal a week from Saturday. QBs 1A and 1B don’t figure to play that day. Olson had arthroscopic surgery Tuesday and is out for the month – if not the season. Cowan has yet to practice since his Sept. 22 knee injury – unless standing on the sidelines and throwing the ball around a little constitutes practice. Thus, the UCLA staff is going to have to do some serious coaching to get ready one of these three candidates: Bethel-Thompson, who got most of the practice snaps Tuesday. Osaar Rasshan, a former QB and now a former receiver who lost a depth-chart battle to Bethel-Thompson last spring and briefly was recast as a wideout. Chris Forcier, a freshman the Bruins still hope to redshirt. Rasshan is an interesting option because of his athleticism; he led a spread offense at Garey High in Pomona, where he ran for 860 yards and threw for 1,716 as a senior. But did we mention he lost the QB depth-chart battle to Bethel-Thompson? Unless the Bruins ditch the West Coast offense this week, Rasshan probably isn’t your starter. We’re thinking that Dorrell and first-year offensive coordinator Jay Norvell, presumably fond of their paychecks, will pour their energy into getting Bethel-Thompson properly prepared and Rasshan at least ready to go in and run around, if MBT gets hurt. A sensible gameplan vs. Cal, barring a miracle recovery by Cowan, would call for a heavy workload for tailback Kahlil Bell behind the competent offensive line, and a handful of careful attempts to get the ball to open-field threat Brandon Breazell – via end-arounds and short, safe passes. These are dangerous times for the Dorrell Regime. Unless Olson or Cowan returns quickly, and stays healthy, UCLA’s offense will be sporadic from here on out. And if the O remains as sloppy with the ball as it was against Notre Dame, finishing 6-6 might be the outer limits of this team’s capabilities. The next 10 days could tell us a lot about Dorrell and his staff. Can they stop the bleeding? Or does the season go down the drain? Presumably, they can’t count on someone humbling the Trojans every week. paul.oberjuerge@sbsun.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And then there are the Bruins. Do you think Karl Dorrell sent Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh a “thanks, dude!” card this week? He probably should have included a couple of dozen roses, too. If not for Stanford’s mind-boggling 24-23 victory over USC, and the subsequent national debate on What’s Wrong With the Trojans? … the steady perk of discontent bubbling beneath Dorrell might now be at a full boil. Dorrell & Co. had some ‘splainin’ to do after inventing a way to lose to previously winless Notre Dame on Saturday, 20-6. But USC’s face-plant across town reduced what could have been a firestorm of Dorrell bashing to the usual Bruins-only kvetching. last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgMONTEBELLO – A man who was struck and killed on the westbound Pomona (60) Freeway in Montebello on Tuesday may have been a transient, authorities said. Capt. Ed Winter of the coroner’s office said the man was on a freeway lane when he was hit by several vehicles, but the death was preliminarily listed as accidental and not the result of suicide. The man, who was not immediately identified, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which was reported about 4:30 a.m. on the 60 Freeway at Paramount Boulevard, said CHP Officer John Seumanutafa. Auction to benefit For more information, call (562) 945-3787, Ext. 102. Free movie at activity center LA MIRADA – The La Mirada Activity Center, 15775 Imperial Hwy., welcomes families to its “At the Movies” at 1 p.m. Saturday. This weekend’s screening is “The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie.” Free popcorn and punch will be served. For more information, call (562) 902-3160 or visit www.cityoflamirada.org. – From staff and wire reports160Want 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.Boys & Girls Club WHITTIER – The Boys & Girls Club of Whittier will hold its 33rd annual Gala Auction on Saturday at the Anaheim Marriott, 700 W. Convention Way, Anaheim. The event, which raises money for the more than 1,700 children ages 7 to 18 served by the club, is responsible for more than 20 percent of its annual operating budget. More than 500 children are served each day at the Greenleaf Avenue facility. A silent auction starts at 5:30p.m., with dinner at 7:30p.m. A live auction starts at 9 p.m., followed by dancing. To view a list of live-auction items, visit www.bgcw.org Tickets for $175 per person are still available. last_img read more