Huddersfield to hold on to Premier League defender

first_imgBournemouth defender Elliott Ward is set to extend his loan deal at Huddersfield this week.The 30-year-old found himself deemed surplus to requirements at the Premier League new boys so joined the Terriers last month.The former Nottingham Forest and Norwich centre-back has made five appearances in the last three weeks but his initial loan is up on Wednesday.However, Huddersfield have an option to extend the deal and boss Chris Powell is keen to keep him at the club for longer. Elliott Ward 1last_img

Oldham sign MK Dons youngster Giorgio Rasulo on loan until January

first_img1 MK Dons teenager Giorgio Rasulo has joined Oldham on loan for a month.The midfielder made his debut for the club at the age of just 15 in 2012 but has made only seven first-team appearances for the Dons since then.Having spent time on loan at Oxford and Aldershot last season, Rasulo will now spend another spell away from the club.The 18-year-old has agreed to join League One Oldham on a deal up to and including the side’s clash with Colchester on January 2. Giorgio Rasulo last_img

‘A very heavy injury’ – Louis van Gaal confirms Antonio Valencia faces three months on the sidelines after surgery

first_imgAntonio Valencia will be out for at least three months with a foot injury, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed.Valencia suffered the injury to his left foot in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City last month.Valencia underwent surgery last week and Van Gaal said the Ecuadorian would not be back until the end of February at the earliest.The United manager told MUTV: “Valencia is longer term and very long.“It is not within three months or something.“It is a very heavy injury.”The 30-year-old utility man has only started two league games for United this season, but his absence will still be felt by Van Gaal.The United manager only has one specialist right-back in his squad – Matteo Darmian, who signed from Torino in the summer.Phil Jones and Ashley Young have also deputised in the position when Darmian and Valencia have been unavailable this season. 1 Antonio Valencia suffered the injury to his left foot in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City last month last_img read more

Tottenham team line up news – XI to seal qualification in Europe tonight

first_imgQarabag v Tottenham is live on talkSPORT at 6pm (GMT) on Thursday 26 NovemberAfter this visit to Baku, Spurs are set to host London rivals Chelsea at White Hart Lane at noon on 29 November.Manager Mauricio Pochettino has left first team regulars Kyle Walker, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose at home, while also confirming Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela and Alex Pritchard are injured.As a result, a number of the younger players have travelled with the team to Azerbaijan. Cameron Carter-Vickers,  the 17-year-ol defender and 18-year-old forward Shayon Harrison are there for the first time and join up with fellow academy graduates Josh Onomah, Harry Winks and goalkeeper Luke McGee.A win for Spurs would ensure qualification from the group stage with a game to spare, so are we llikely to see the likes of Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli – suspended for the Chelsea game – in the starting line up?Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the predicted XI. 11 1. Hugo Lloris (goalkeeper) – click the arrow above, right, to see the possible Tottenham line-up against Qarabag in squad number order – A win for Tottenham in Baku will see them qualify for the last 32 with a game to spare in Group J. 17. Andros Townsend (wide forward) 27. Kevin Wimmer (centre back) 4. Toby Alderweireld (centre back) 8. Ryan Mason (central midfield) 10. Harry Kane (striker) 15. Eric Dier (central midfield) 7. Heung-min Son (wide forward) 11 11 11 11 11 11 33. Ben Davies (left back) 11 11 20. Dele Alli (central attack) 11 16. Kieran Trippier (right back) 11last_img read more

Brighton complete the signing of Anthony Knockaert

first_img Anthony Knockaert 1 Brighton have completed the signing of former Leicester winger Anthony Knockaert from Standard Liege for an undisclosed fee.The 24-year-old, who helped Leicester win promotion and then played for a season in the Barclays Premier League before moving to Belgium, has agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract.Seagulls manager Chris Hughton said: “Once I knew that there was a possibility that Anthony was available, he was somebody I was interested in bringing to the club for a number of reasons.“He is a different type of player to the wide players we have here; he can play in three positions, on the left, off the frontman, but predominantly in his previous time here in England he played on the right side.“He is a very good technical, offensive player, and has experience of playing in the Championship, in a team who played a 4-4-2 system, and he is used to having a responsibility in the wide areas – but mostly it is what he can bring us offensively in terms of goals and assists.”The transfer is subject to international clearance so Knockaert is not expected to be available to face Hull in the FA Cup on Saturday.last_img read more

Manchester United legend takes up new coaching role

first_imgFormer Manchester United favourite Ruud van Nistelrooy has joined the coaching staff at his old club PSV Eindhoven.The Dutch striker hit 150 goals during five memorable years at Old Trafford before leaving for Real Madrid in 2006.He retired from football in 2012 but has been working as part of the coaching staff for the Dutch national team.But now PSV, where he made his breakthrough as a free-scoring forward, have announced that the 39-year-old will join them as the strikers coach for their Under-17, Under-19 and reserve teams.“I’ve learned a lot over the past two years about how beautiful it is to be involved as a coach starting with the Dutch national team,” Van Nistelrooy told the club’s official website.“I am very excited about my new job at PSV, where I’m going to help the young attackers to make maximum use of their qualities.” 1 Ruud van Nistelrooy with Guus Hiddink last_img read more

Citigroup taps Stuckey to help bank get out of subprime pridicament

first_imgNEW YORK – Citigroup Inc., after revealing it may have to write down $8 billion to $11billion of its debt this quarter, named Richard Stuckey to help it untangle the complicated subprime portfolio that may lead to a fourth-quarter loss for the bank. Back in 1998, Stuckey helped Citigroup extricate itself from losing bets on Long Term Capital Management, a Connecticut hedge fund that collapsed. The failure and bailout of LTCM nine years ago is regarded as the last time the global credit markets were as tight as they are this year. Citigroup has direct subprime exposure of $55 billion, $43 billion of which is collateralized debt obligations. CDOs are instruments that bundle different kinds of risk, and some include pieces of bonds backed by mortgages given to subprime borrowers, or those with poor credit history. What has worried investors is not only that Citigroup, the nation’s largest bank, may have to take losses but that those losses could end up being even wider if the credit markets don’t improve. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Jeffrey Harte, managing director at Sandler O’Neill & Partners LP, lowered his stock price and earnings expectations for Citigroup on Tuesday, noting that he anticipates an additional $4billion loss in 2008 besides the fourth quarter’s potential $11billion loss. In a memo to Citigroup’s global capital markets business Sunday, the company said it was creating a subprime portfolio group to be led by Stuckey. Mark Tsesarsky, another Citigroup veteran, will assist in risk management for the group. The team doesn’t have a plan in motion yet, but over the coming weeks will review Citigroup’s credit businesses. In a call with analysts Monday, Citigroup’s chief financial officer, Gary Crittenden, admitted that the bank did not hedge its bets on subprime debt appropriately before the credit markets froze up over the summer, when worries about spiking subprime-mortgage defaults led investors to avoid the credit markets and banks to slash the value of their CDOs. “There’s no excuses here,” Crittenden said. “It is what it is.” Citigroup, after falling nearly 5percent Monday, fell 82cents, or 2.3percent, to close at $35.08 Tuesday. 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

Around Whittier

first_imgThe attractions will include snow sledding, a snow play area, a figure skating demonstration, crafts and games, inflatables, train rides and a holiday boutique. There also will be a special visit from Santa. Photos will be taken and will be available for $1. For information, call the Recreation and Park Services Department at (562) 929-5702. La Mirada earns two recognitions LA MIRADA – The city has received two awards in the MarCom Awards 2007 competition. It received a Gold Award for the 2007 Community Calendar and an honorable mention for the La Mirada Living section. The MarCom Awards is an international competition in which marketing and communication professionals are recognized for outstanding achievements. Past winners range from individual communicators to media conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies. Breakfast with Santa planned LA HABRA – The Children’s Museum will hold its annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday and Sunday. It will be held at 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. both days at the museum, 301 S. Euclid St. Featured will be a continental breakfast, holiday craft fair and pictures with Santa Claus. Admission to the museum is included in the $8 fee. Make `Mad Dash’ to fight cancer WHITTIER – The third annual “Mad Dash,” a community friendship walk to raise money for children with cancer, will be held at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the La Serna High School track, 15301 E. Youngwood Drive. Donations may be mailed to 15519 Surrey Lane, La Mirada. For information, call (562) 943-3684. Make your own holiday cards MONTEBELLO – A free holiday card-making workshop will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Montebello Regional Library, 1550 W. Beverly Blvd. Cards will be made through origami or the Japanese art of paper folding. Materials will be provided. For information, call (323) 722-6551. Mormon choir to sing yule music SOUTH WHITTIER – The Southern California Mormon Choir will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 15265 Mulberry Drive. The concert will include secular and sacred Christmas music. During intermission, Ruth B. and Ed Shannon, Mike Blackmore and Pat Ruiz will be honored for outstanding service and receive “A Gift of Family History” and the Whittier California State “Community Service Award.” The event is free. For information, call Emelina Holmes at (562) 943-8385. – From staff 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe walk, expected to last 90 minutes to two hours, will be followed by light refreshments in the Nature Center building. Participants should dress comfortably and casually. Bring binoculars or scopes if you have them but the regular birders are quite generous in sharing their expertise and views of birds through their scopes, said Audubon officer Linda Oberholtzer. For information, call Oberholtzer at (562) 699-9738. Norwalk set to host Snowfest NORWALK – The city will host its annual Snowfest and tree-lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Norwalk Civic Center lawn, 12700 Norwalk Blvd. Care to go on a bird walk? SOUTH EL MONTE – The 19th annual Bill Bell Bird Walk will be held Dec. 15 at 8 a.m. at the Whittier Narrows Nature Center, 1000 N. Durfee Ave. Although Bell retired as editor of the Whittier Daily News in July, the Whittier Area Chapter of the National Audubon Society will continue with the bird walk and Bell will continue to participate this year, said Cathy Walters, chapter president and leader of the event. The group will meet in the Nature Center parking lot. Participants need not be experienced birders. last_img

California a top destination for human traffickers, report finds

first_imgSACRAMENTO — California is a top destination for human traffickers who coerce people into the sex trade or hard labor through force or fraud, according to an 18-month government study released Tuesday. The report by a 19-member task force of the California Alliance to Combat Trafficking and Slavery says California is particularly vulnerable to human trafficking because of its international border, ports and airports; its booming immigrant population; and a large economy that includes industries that attract forced labor. The problem goes far beyond the sex trade, with migrant farm and construction workers, household employees, and workers in motels, restaurants and clothing factories frequently vulnerable to abuse, task force members said. The report, required by a 2005 state law, cites research by the University of California, Berkeley, Human Rights Center. Over a five-year period, from 1998-2003, university researchers found 57 forced labor operations in nearly a dozen California cities involving more than 500 people from 18 countries. Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose were centers for the problem. “She told me I had no identity: ‘If I kill you, no one will answer for you,’” Esperanza said at a news conference at the state Capitol. Esperanza now helps train law enforcement officers to spot human trafficking victims, who are often frightened, penniless, unskilled, don’t speak English and lack even basic knowledge of how to dial a telephone or board a bus to seek help. It’s the sort of training task force members said should be provided for firefighters, building inspectors, ambulance workers and others who might be in a position to spot the signs of human trafficking. The state should also increase penalties for traffickers and provide housing and protection for victims, the report says. Task force members are backing pending legislation that would allow a maximum prison term of six years, up from five now, for engaging in human trafficking and make it easier to prosecute child labor cases and trafficking rings that cross county lines. Until recently, traffickers could be prosecuted only for related crimes like kidnapping, pandering or pimping, said San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, a task force member. Trafficking was made a specific stand-alone federal crime only in 2000, and was criminalized in California in 2005. That is one reason researchers have mainly anecdotal evidence that the crime is widespread, said task force chairwoman Nancy Matson, who directs the state attorney general’s Crime and Violence Prevention Center. Only about 600 cases are documented in California a year, Matson said. The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division estimates that, nationwide, between 14,500 and 17,500 people each year are brought into the United States by traffickers to work in the sex trade or other jobs. Harris said that doesn’t include American citizens who are transported across state lines, from, say, Kansas to Los Angeles or Las Vegas. “These predators are making money off of these victims by keeping them in unconscionable situations in terms of the workplace, in terms of safety, in terms of threats and fear and manipulation,” Harris said.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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings Researchers say 80 percent of the victims are female, and half are children. The federal government says human trafficking is second only to the drug trade as an international criminal industry. “We don’t have chains, but the traffickers use coercion and fear” to keep people from fleeing, said a 35-year-old woman who said she was lured from Puebla, Mexico, to a Los Angeles sweat shop in 2002. The woman goes by the name Esperanza, a pseudonym that means “Hope” in Spanish, because she said the sweat shop owner continues to stalk her. She said she spent 40 days working and sleeping in the clothing factory before escaping by telling her overseer she wanted to attend Catholic Mass. She said the sweat shop owner threatened to harm her mother and the three children she left behind in Mexico, and warned that she would be jailed as an illegal immigrant if she went to authorities.last_img read more

Crystal Palace boost! Scottish midfielder hoping to return in the next month

first_imgJames McArthur hopes to return from injury inside a month to boost Crystal Palace’s options for a period that could define their season.The midfielder has missed much of the past two months since he tore ankle ligaments during February’s home defeat by Bournemouth, and when it was feared he would miss the remainder of their campaign.Palace’s struggles have continued in his absence, but McArthur has made significant progress in recovering his fitness and could be available for their FA Cup semi-final with Watford at Wembley on April 24, and for Premier League fixtures before then as they battle to remain above the bottom three.“It’s a slow injury and it’s taken its time to heal but the target is for me to be back in three weeks,” the Scotland international told Palace’s official club website.“I think it’s going to be tight, we’re trying to push it as much as we can but it’s got to be controlled as well.”Palace’s loss to Bournemouth was their fifth in succession and though they have progressed to the final four of the cup, their run of having not won in the league since December 19 has continued, leaving them at risk of eventually joining the bottom three.Manager Alan Pardew has targeted two victories before they face Watford to secure safety, and McArthur added: “Obviously it’s been a disappointing run of results but it’s about trying to stay positive and believe that we’re a good enough team.“It’s all about that one win and if we get that win it’ll take all the pressure off. The game at West Ham is our next chance to do that, and it will suit us.“No one will expect us to go there and win and it’s a great opportunity for us to turn the season around.” James McArthur hopes to return from injury inside a month 1last_img read more