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Done deal? Chelsea on verge of sealing transfer of £27m World Cup star attacker

first_img Chelsea transfer news: Juan Cuadrado to leave Stamford Bridge for Juventus 1 Chelsea are on the verge of doing another big transfer deal, but this time it’s a big signing set to depart Stamford Bridge. Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed the Italian giants are close to signing Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado on loan from the Premier League champions.Speaking before Juventus’s opening Serie A match of the season on Sunday, Marotta told Sport Mediaset: “Cuadrado will arrive on loan. It could be made official as soon as tomorrow.”Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Serie A side Fiorentina on the final day of the Premier League transfer window in February for a reported £27million. The 27-year-old has failed to settle at Stamford Bridge, making only four league starts last season as the Blues coasted to the title, and the arrival of Pedro from Barcelona appears to have hastened his departure.last_img read more

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Five players not good enough for Liverpool including Jordon Ibe

first_img 3. Jordon Ibe – The 19-year-old has undoubted potential, but the loss of Raheem Sterling immediately prompted suggestions among fans and pundits that Ibe is actually the better player. Talk about ramp up pressure on Ibe to perform! He may well prove better than Sterling in the long run, but whereas his former team-mate was able to blossom very quickly alongside the brilliance of Suarez and Sturridge, Ibe is on the fringes of a team nowhere near that level right now and the danger is that playing him too often in a team struggling for cohesion will slow his progress. Ibe possibly should have continued to develop on loan, with a more established wide attacker signed to replace Sterling. Or at least give the more mature Markovic a shot. The pressure is on Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, after his side fell to a tame 3-1 defeat at Manchester United. Despite picking up seven points and three clean cheets from their first three games, the defensive problems that have beset Rodgers’ reign look to have returned as the Reds have now shipped six goals in their last two.BRENDAN RODGERS: BACK HIM OR SACK HIM? SEE HOW NEARLY 20,000 PEOPLE VOTED, JUST CLICK HEREBut who’s not cutting it for Liverpool on the pitch right now, as they bid to reclaim their place in the Champions League?Click the right arrow to see the five players that aren’t good enough for Liverpool right now.Disagree with our picks? Comment below. 5. Dejan Lovren – Lovren looked like an established Premier League centre half at Southampton, resulting in Liverpool willing to spend £20 million on the defender, but time has shown that he was probably made to look better than he is by Saints’ overall defensive set up. The Croatian made six defensive errors last campaign, more than any other Liverpool player. 5 4. Kolo Toure – The Ivorian defender has won two league titles and three FA Cups in his career, but that was with much better sides than the current Liverpool team and, frankly, Toure is well past his best. His time at Liverpool has been riddled with defensive mistakes, most notably the back-pass at the Hawthorns in 2014, which ended up costing the Reds two vital points in the title race. 5 2. Simon Mignolet – The Belgian goalkeeper made a poor start to the 2014/15 season, leading to him being dropped for what Rodgers described as an indefinite period, starting with a trip to Manchester United. Mignolet was reinstated to the team after an injury to reserve ‘keeper Brad Jones, and his form improved, but his poor aerial ability promotes nerves among the Liverpool back four. 5 1. Martin Skrtel – click the arrow above to see four more players who shouldn’t be playing for Liverpool – While Lovren and Mignolet get their fair share of criticism, Skrtel seems to fly under the radar, but the Slovakian has been pretty much a constant in Liverpool’s poor defending under Brendan Rodgers. Seemingly first choice centre back under Rodgers, Skrtel’s positioning and often nonsensical fouls hardly help the Reds’ defensive cause. Only Lovren made more defensive errors than the Slovakian for Liverpool last year. 5 5last_img read more

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Liverpool FC: This year’s Hillsborough memorial service will be the last held at Anfield

first_img The 2014 service, 25 years on from the 1989 disaster 1 This year’s Hillsborough memorial service is to be the last held at Anfield.Members of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG) unanimously agreed Friday, April 15 will be the final time the public event is held at the ground, which has staged the service every year since the 1989 disaster.“The 96 will never be forgotten,” said HFSG chairman Margaret Aspinall.“It is likely that the inquests will be concluded before the anniversary so this final memorial service will provide the families with some closure.“The HFSG would like to thank everyone for all the support the families have received over the past 27 years and all those people who have attended the service at Anfield each year.“We would also like to extend our thanks to Liverpool Football Club for their continued support over the past 27 years and for hosting the service each year at Anfield.“We hope that the public and fans respect the decision of the HFSG and will continue to remember the 96 in their own perhaps more private way.”last_img read more

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VIDEO: Watch this incredible goal of the season contender from Malaysia

first_imgCheck out this amazing goal from the Malaysian league!It appears to be a Cristiano Ronaldo-style ‘knuckleball’ free kick at first but ends up in the opposite corner, without any wind assistance.It has more swerve and bend than Papiss Cisse’s goal of the season winner against Chelsea in 2012. Watch the goal above and let us know if you’ve seen any better!last_img

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‘Leicester or Spurs winning the Premier League is embarrassing for Arsenal’

first_img Arsenal troop off, dejected, after a crushing loss at Old Trafford 1 Arsenal’s last Premier League outing brought renewed belief they could win the title, when they beat leaders Leicester with a last gasp goal.But the Gunners’ next league game brought them crashing back down to earth, with a dispiriting 3-2 defeat at an injury-plagued Manchester United.The Red Devils fielded a makeshift defence that many Gooners believed boded well for their sides chances of taking three points.United, however, went 2-0 ahead with goals from 18-year-old Premier League debutant Marcus Rashford, and it was Arsenal’s defence that looked poor.Danny Welbeck pulled one back, only for Rashford to set up a goal for Ander Herrera. Mesut Ozil’s goal was little consolation for the defeated Gunners.Here is a selection of the reaction from Arsenal fans on social media.last_img read more

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Ballot proposal taking big risk

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsGoing back 15 years, voters have rejected the last five attempts to reform the health care system. Four of those measures embraced populist ideas – regulating HMOs and forcing businesses to offer health insurance. “I don’t think it has a chance,” said David McCuan, a political science professor at Sonoma State University and expert in initiative politics, when asked about Schwarzenegger’s ballot-box strategy. “He wants to do something really big and leave a legacy, but it ignores initiative history. The money spent against ballot measures is among the best investment in politics. Add to that the `T’ word – taxes – and the `C’ word – complexity – and things get messy really quickly.” To some, the governor’s refusal to consider more modest reforms – ones that would sidestep the perilous initiative process or at least provoke less of a fight – raise questions about his political judgment. It was only two years ago when a confident Schwarzenegger took a package of reform measures to voters and was soundly defeated. Schwarzenegger, of course, believes if anyone is suited to buck precedent, it’s him. Aside from the 2005 fiasco, he boasts a solid record of ballot box success. With voters growing increasingly anxious about health care and the presidential candidates focusing attention on the issue, the governor believes he has a decent shot. “Gov. Schwarzenegger was not elected to make decisions based on political calculations and special-interest threats,” his spokesman, Adam Mendelsohn, said. “Everyone recognizes it would be a difficult campaign, but it’s a debate Californians are eager to have. People’s frustration with the health care system is at an all-time high.” Frustrated by opposition in the Legislature, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to take his health care plan to “the people” next year in the form of a sweeping ballot measure. But if recent ballot initiative history is any guide, it’s almost certain to fail. Any health care referendum is bound to draw deep-pocketed opposition and be exceedingly complex – two problems that, time and again, have spelled defeat at the ballot box. A review of the 107 initiatives that have appeared on the California ballot since 1998 underscores how daunting a campaign for health care reform would be. Only nine of those measures passed when opponents spent at least $1 million, according to campaign finance records. But in five of those success stories, the initiative’s backers outspent opponents by at least 2 to 1. The remaining measures featured popular, easy-to-digest causes, such as increasing tobacco taxes for child-development programs and requiring that all public school classes be taught in English. Beth Capell, a lobbyist for the consumer group Health Access who’s worked on multiple health care ballot campaigns, said she believes the right initiative could pass. Reformers have learned a lot from those previous campaigns, she said, noting that the last attempt in 2004 failed narrowly. That measure, Proposition 72, would have upheld a mandate on many businesses to provide insurance. “We know a lot more now about how to do this than we did in the ’90s,” Capell said. Schwarzenegger’s gambit would certainly be unique, and it’s impossible to draw a precise parallel from past ballot measures. But history does offer some guide of how long the odds would be. One lesson is that naysayers have a distinct advantage, particularly when they spend even modest sums to sow doubts in voters’ minds. The measures that pass are typically ones with little or no opposition: Of the 61 measures that have been approved over the last decade, 42 had no money going against them, and nine others had less than $1 million in “no” money, according to campaign records. Another is that voters are loathe to raise taxes, even when they target unpopular industries for popular causes. Last year alone, voters snubbed three separate proposals to raise taxes on tobacco companies, oil producers and wealthy people. The measures would have propped up hospital finances, funded research on clean energy, and paid for universal pre-school. Schwarzenegger’s plan includes an industry-supported tax on hospital revenues and a requirement for employers to either provide insurance or pay into a state pool, which opponents consider a tax. Democrats have suggested a cigarette-tax hike, but the governor so far has not embraced it. A third lesson is that simple, populist messages have the best chance of overcoming monied opposition. Complicated initiatives provide openings for opponents to distort or poke holes in them – creating enough confusion that voters choose the safety of a “no” vote and the status quo. The complexity of health care makes it nearly impossible to distill into concise campaign messages, let alone to shield from distortions. One group has already aired radio spots in Sacramento blasting the governor’s plan as a “$12 billion government-run bureaucracy” that would steal money from schools and public safety and force people out of their private insurance. In reality, Schwarzenegger’s plan maintains the role of private insurers, and he insists it will not affect the state general fund. But initiative campaigns are the enemy of nuanced debate. Sacramento political consultant Rick Claussen, who has helped opponents beat back several health care initiatives since the 1990s, said he doubts it would turn out differently next year. The problem with thrusting health care reform upon voters, he said, is that many people fear that change will threaten their own coverage, or cost them money – messages sure to be hammered home by opponents. “Most voters have health care,” he said, “and are happy with what they have.” Which is another daunting challenge: In the face of such easy opposition messages, Schwarzenegger must convince those who already have insurance that his plan is good for them, too, and not just the uninsured. Still, Schwarzenegger didn’t have much choice but to go beyond the Legislature and take it to “the people.” Such a comprehensive plan requires taxes – and that requires Republican support in the Legislature, which isn’t there. Assembly Minority Leader Mike Villines, R-Fresno, has tried to persuade Schwarzenegger to push for more modest reforms, such as helping people with pre-existing conditions obtain coverage or insuring more children. “You can take bite-size steps and really help a lot of people, instead of trying to do it all at once and losing,” Villines said he told the governor, in so many words. Schwarzenegger wanted none of it. “We’ve got to be able to do what no one else has done,” the governor responded, according to Villines. The governor’s ambition – and desire to solve the whole problem, not just part of it – doesn’t easily allow him to scale back his plan. “He thinks big, to his credit,” said McCuan of Sonoma State. “But I don’t think his popularity and ego are enough to get him over this hump.” mzapler@mercurynews.com (916) 441-4603160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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BUDGET 2016: GOVERNMENT HAS ‘BLOWN’ RECOVERY AND HELPED WELL-OFF – UNION

first_imgBudget 2016 UNITE the Union response:Government blows recovery by failing to invest in equalityAusterity holes remain as Government prioritises tax cuts over investment USC cut worth most to higher earnersUnite disappointed at decision to further reduce Employer’s PRSIUnion welcomes moves to address PRSI step-effect for low earnersSocial protection changes do not compensate for cuts since 2012 In its initial response to Budget 2016, trade union Unite today (Tuesday October 13th) warned that the Budget measures are set to entrench inequality by failing to address the structural deficits left behind by austerity. The union’s Ireland Secretary Jimmy Kelly accused the Government of ‘blowing the recovery’ by failing to invest not only in our infrastructure, but in the public services on which we all rely.Mr Kelly was particularly scathing of the decision to cut USC, disproportionately benefiting the top 20 per cent of earners, and he pointed out that by choosing to cut taxes for the better off, the Government was reducing the funds available for investment. He also expressed disappointment at the decision to further slightly reduce Employer’s PRSI at a time when Irish employers already pay the lowest social insurance in the EU. However, Mr Kelly did welcome moves to address the so-called ‘PRSI step effect’ anomaly which has penalised low earners receiving a wage increase.“As we slowly emerge from recession, we are facing a housing crisis as well as deficits in a range of other areas, from schools to broadband. Yet, two weeks ago, the Government announced a capital plan which represented almost no increase in investment spending as a proportion of GDP.“Today, the Government continued to turn a blind eye to the glaring structural deficits left by austerity.“With growth rates due to weaken over the next two years, and the risk of considerable uncertainty in the European and international economy, the Government should have substantially increased investment in our infrastructure, productivity and education. Instead, it is recklessly cutting taxes. This is boom-and-bust economics. “A Budget which cuts inheritance taxes while failing to restore the real value of Social Protection payments will only further entrench inequality.“Half of all workers earn less than €29,000. They will see few benefits from the USC cuts – and the few Euro extra they do get will be swallowed up by inflation and by increased charges for services which, in other European countries, form part of the ‘social wage’.“Nor will these measures do anything for the 50 per cent of those reliant on unemployment, lone parent or disability payments who suffer multiple deprivation experiences. While the partial restoration of the Christmas bonus will be welcomed by many struggling families, a Budget is not just for Christmas and those families’ incomes in 2016 will still be less in real terms than in 2012.“Although Unite welcomes the decision to address the so-called PRSI step effect, which has penalised low-earners receiving a wage increase, we are particularly disappointed at the decision to effectively further reduce Employer’s PRSI, which is already at the bottom of the EU, by raising the entry point to the top rate. “Today, the Government had an opportunity to start raising employers’ social insurance to European levels to fund a ‘social wage’ in the form of European-style social services.“Instead, they are effectively asking working people to subsidise their own tax cuts by sacrificing investment in the social and economic infrastructure which would benefit all of us and help create a more equal society.“Budget 2016 is the latest in a series of regressive Budgets produced by this Government. By failing to invest in equality they are blowing the recovery.“This is not only an Election Budget – it is clearly a Fine Gael Election Budget from which any Labour fingerprints have been carefully wiped”, Jimmy Kelly concluded.BUDGET 2016: GOVERNMENT HAS ‘BLOWN’ RECOVERY AND HELPED WELL-OFF – UNION was last modified: October 13th, 2015 by John2Share 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:budget 2016Unite unionlast_img read more

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England goalkeeper Jack Butland accepts his Euro 2016 dream is over

first_img1 Jack Butland admits his dream of representing England at Euro 2016 is over.The Stoke goalkeeper suffered a fractured ankle while making his fourth international appearance in Saturday’s friendly victory over Germany.He will undergo surgery on Tuesday night and, with this summer’s finals only ten weeks away, accepts he has zero chance of recovering in time.“I don’t think it (Euro 2016) is going to be an option for me now to be honest because I won’t be able to play again between now and the end of the season,” said the 23-year-old, speaking to #pottersmag.“I will have an operation on Tuesday night and then it is all about working hard and making sure I come out the other side stronger and better than before.“It is difficult because I have been working towards the Euros this summer, but I won’t be able to be part of that experience now.“It isn’t the challenge that I expected or wanted this summer but I’m going to approach it with the right mentality and learn from it, both physically and mentally.“I have not had to deal with an injury like this before so I will come out of it as a stronger person and a better goalkeeper, and look forward to the start of next season.”‘It is very disturbing and very upsetting for us’ – Roy Hodgson admits England rocked by Jack Butland injury blow Jack Butland is stretchered off during England’s victory over Germany last_img read more

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CONFIRMED: Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane sign new Republic of Ireland contracts

first_img1 Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane have signed new contracts through to the end of the 2018 World Cup.O’Neill took over during qualifying for the 2014 World Cup after Giovanni Trapattoni was sacked when Ireland’s hopes of reaching Brazil ended, and he has led the side to Euro 2016.They begin their campaign against Sweden at the Stade de France on Monday and O’Neill, Keane, and backroom staff Steve Guppy, Seamus McDonagh and Steve Walford have penned new deals on the eve of the tournament.“I am delighted that John Delaney and the FAI Board have extended our contracts for the World Cup campaign,” said O’Neill.“It has been an absolute privilege to have been in charge of the Republic of Ireland national team these last 30 months and we go to France tomorrow in good spirits, with a strong desire to do well in the next few weeks.“The players have done brilliantly in the campaign so far and they are ready for the big challenges ahead.”Irish FA CEO Delaney hailed a “great day” for Irish football after the former Celtic and Leicester manager agreed to extend his stay at the helm.“I am delighted we have agreed terms with Martin and his team of Roy Keane, Steve Guppy, Seamus McDonagh and Steve Walford,” said Delaney.“The board of the FAI were unanimous in offering Martin and his full management team a renewal of their contracts.“Since Martin has taken over we have achieved the objective of qualifying for the Euros and he has led the project in helping to develop some of the emerging talents in Irish football, including Robbie Brady and Shane Duffy, right up to the recent introduction of Callum O’Dowda who made his senior debut last week.“I am delighted to have worked with Martin and his team through qualification for the Euros, and I and all of the staff in the association look forward to working with them into the future.” Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane have agreed deals to the 2018 World Cup last_img read more

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