Video: Memphis Depay’s individual highlights against Club Brugge

first_imgManchester United new boy Memphis Depay has finally shown the Old Trafford faithful what he’s all about with a brilliant display against Club Brugge.The Dutchman had done farily well in their two Premier League games this season but might just have won over any doubters with a superb two-goal display against the Belgians.They were two huge goals too as they had to come from behind against their opponents in the Champions League qualifier following Michael Carrick’s eighth minute own goal.Marouane Fellaini’s strike seconds before the final whistle made it 3-1 to Manchester United in the first leg but Depay’s performance was the bright point for most supporters.You can see Memphis Depay’s individual highlights against Club Brugge above…last_img read more

MLS sensation dampens Liverpool and Tottenham transfer talk

first_img Sebastian Giovinco 1 Sebastian Giovinco is happy at Toronto – despite talk of renewed interest from Liverpool and Tottenham.The Italian moved to the MLS side in January to sign a four-year contract worth £4.5m a season, ending a nine-year spell with his boyhood club Juventus.Since making the switch the 5ft 4in playmaker, who is dubbed the ‘Atomic Ant’, has been in stunning form for his new club.Giovinco has scored 22 goals in 31 appearances and his performances have reignited interest from the Premier League.Both Liverpool and Tottenham are reportedly monitoring his situation, but the 28-year-old has insists he is settled in Toronto.“I’m happy where I am. I only just changed club, so let me enjoy this adventure first,” Giovinco told Rai Sport.last_img read more

Klopp admits he has spoken to Gerrard about Anfield return

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits he has spoken to Steven Gerrard about the prospect of him returning to Anfield – but not with a view to making a first-team comeback.The 35-year-old midfielder is currently in the Major League Soccer off-season following his summer move to the Los Angeles Galaxy.Gerrard had been told by former Reds manager Brendan Rodgers he could train at Melwood while he was back in the UK, and Klopp is happy to honour that promise.However, there has been no offer of a potential return to a playing role and, with Gerrard set to resume pre-season training in mid-January, there is no chance of a short-term loan, as the likes of David Beckham and Thierry Henry exploited during their time in the United States.“Stevie has a contract with LA Galaxy, he loves this club and he is a legend and when his contract has ended we can talk about different stuff,” said Klopp.“We will find for sure something for Stevie when he comes back and whatever he wants to do we will help him but not at this moment – we are in the middle of the season.“Do you think he should play at this moment or next year. No? Why did you ask me?“I spoke with Stevie; one phone call and a few messages and I told him ‘When you are here of course you can come whenever you want, you can train with us if you think it is good for you’.“Of course our doors are always open for him, that is clear. But nothing else.”The prospect of Liverpool buying back their former talisman, who has one year remaining on his Galaxy contract, seems equally remote.Gerrard himself has admitted he probably has only one year left of his playing career.“It could be my last season as a footballer. I certainly don’t want to feel like I’m feeling right now come next year,” he told reporters in America last week.“I’d love to go out on a high. It’s a long season, and I only came here for the last four months but I’ll certainly be better for the experience next year.”There does remain a chance, however, he could end up back at Liverpool on the backroom staff in some capacity in the future. Steven Gerrard 1last_img read more

Harry Redknapp tells West Ham: Win FA Cup to give Upton Park perfect send off

first_imgHarry Redknapp has called for West Ham to leave Upton Park on a high by lifting the FA Cup.The London club will leave their home of over 100 years for the Olympic Stadium in Stratford at the end of the season.Under new boss Slaven Bilic, the Hammers are enjoying one of their most promising seasons in recent memory, with the team currently sitting in seventh place and just seven points adrift of the top four.They’re hopes of silverware are still intact, too. After their remarkable replay victory over Liverpool, they next face Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in the fifth round on Sunday.And former manager Redknapp believes winning the famous trophy would be the perfect end to their residency at ‘the old Boleyn’.“It’s the last year at Upton Park and it would be great to go out on a high and celebrate by winning the FA Cup,” Redknapp, who guided Portsmouth to FA Cup glory in 2008, told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“They’re a very good side and I like the look of them, they’ve been excellent.“It’s amazing that they’re no longer going to be at the old Boleyn, all my memories of my life from when I was about 14 or 15 go back there.“There’s nowhere like it, it’s a great atmosphere there. Those midweek games at Upton Park when all the fans are singing ‘Bubbles’, it really takes some beating.“It’s a great place and a tough place to play too, the fans could give you some stick back in the day!“The new stadium is going to be great for them, it’s going to take West Ham to another level, but I’d like to see them go out with a cup win under their belt.”last_img read more

TRANSFER ALERT! Man United tracking Portugal winger with £15.5m release clause

first_imgManchester United have sent scouts to Portugal to watch Braga winger Rafa Silva.Silva, 22, has been linked with a number of clubs in Europe this season, including West Ham, Porto and Atletico Madrid.But now, according to A Bola, United are hot favourites to land the Portugal international, who has seven goals and assists apiece this season and is rated as one of the hottest young prospects in Europe.United representatives were in Portugal at the weekend to see Silva play in a 3-3 draw with Vitoria SC and will accelerate their pursuit of the winger should the player’s compatriot, Jose Mourinho, take over from Louis van Gaal at the end of the season.Silva is contracted to Braga until 2019 but has a £15.5m release clause, which United are expected to activate this summer. 1 Rafa Silva in action for Braga last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Former Arsenal defender seals Sunderland switch

first_img1 Emmanuel Eboue in action for former club Arsenal Emmanuel Eboue is back in the Premier League after signing a short-term deal with Sunderland.The Ivorian defender made 214 appearances for Arsenal over a six-year period before leaving English football for Galatasaray in 2011.He has been a free agent since being released by the Turkish top-flight side last summer and has been training with the Black Cats in recent weeks.Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce revealed he was keen to offer Eboue a deal last week and the 32-year-old has now put pen-to-paper.He has signed for the remainder of the season, with Allardyce hopeful he can help the relegation battlers beat the drop.A statement from the club read: “Sunderland AFC have completed the signing of defender Emmanuel Eboue on a short-term deal.“The former Ivory Coast full-back will remain with the Black Cats until the end of the 2015-16 Barclays Premier League season, having impressed following his arrival on Wearside a number of weeks ago.”last_img read more

Six accused in $1 million health care fraud ring

first_img 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Between Jan. 1, 2003 and Dec. 31, 2004, the group is accused of driving patients from Orange County to a clinic in Los Angeles to take bogus medical tests and equipment in exchange for cases of Ensure, court records show. The group then allegedly billed both the state Medi-Cal and federal Medicare programs for those services, paying themselves and their associates with that money, then laundering the funds, covering up the paper trail, court records show. In July, a husband and wife from Glendale and two female accomplices were arrested in connection with a similar scheme. That group was accused of running an adult day health care center out of a church community room, having uncredentialed social workers do checks of senior citizens’ and the handicap people’s homes, and falsely billing Medi-Cal for services. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. Six people, including two doctors, are accused of orchestrating an elaborate $1 million state and federal health care fraud scheme by bribing patients to take unnecessary tests, wheelchairs and hospital beds in exchange for the nutritional supplement Ensure, state officials said this morning. Four suspects were arrested yesterday morning in simultaneous raids conducted by state agents and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies. They are brothers Richard Melkonyan and Akop Melkonian; Lilit Baghdasaryan; and Dr. Rito Castanon-Hill. Dr. Neil Hollander is expected to surrender next week, said Gareth Lacy, a spokeman for the California Department of Justice. A fourth suspect, David James Garrison, remains at large. Charges include money laundering, filing false claims, and grand theft.last_img read more

Brewer digs in heels on reform

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “This is not the Navy. He doesn’t get people to automatically salute.” While Brewer said he’ll continue to work with the union, he called it time to step away from business as usual if the district wants real reform. “We have a legal and moral imperative here. … Previous initiatives have failed because of a lack of commitment to sustain it and a lack of political will. Right now, if you want change, you have to be bold. You can’t half-step it.” But Brewer has been under attack by members of a key task force on the plan over concepts such as carving out a separate district of 44 low-performing schools. Under pressure, Brewer reduced the number of schools by 10 and scrapped the idea of putting the schools under separate governance. One San Fernando Valley school, Sylmar High, remains on the list. Brewer also emphasized that the plan is “evolving and fluid,” and he expects changes before its 2008-09 implementation. The plan includes a curriculum aligned with state standards, focused professional development, safe schools and performance accountability and incentives. Reassignment fight From December to January, the local district superintendent will examine each school’s staff and determine whether there needs to be a change in principals or teachers. But Duffy decried that plan. “Somebody needs to whisper into the superintendent’s ear that he can’t just reassign teachers. There’s a contract, and he better follow the rules,” he said. Still, Brewer said the state gives more latitude in reassigning teachers because the schools need corrective actions to improve student achievement. “Some of these schools are failing for a reason, based on the leadership going on,” Brewer said. “The bottom line is we reserve the right to go in and make the changes necessary.” Duffy said bringing scripted-program teaching to secondary schools will have a “devastating effect on comprehension and problem-solving for elementary schools kids who then go to middle school … and can read but don’t know what they’re reading.” And he said studies show merit pay does little to boost student achievement and creates unhealthy competition among teachers. Board member Julie Korenstein agreed, saying a better plan would give a bonus reward to an entire school if it improves. Brewer argues that performance pay will provide incentives to retain highly qualified teachers in areas of need. Korenstein said she’s also frustrated that Brewer has not created the plan with board input. “He tends to come up with a grandiose plan, then backs down because it doesn’t make sense,” Korenstein said, referring to Brewer’s original proposal to create a separate mini-district of low-performing schools. “You usually have seven board members and a superintendent who work together to develop policy. You don’t have a superintendent developing policy and shoving it down people’s throats. That’s how you get into trouble.” Board member Richard Vladovic said he hopes both sides come to an agreement. “There should be a dialogue and if he hasn’t reached out to the union, I’m concerned. If I feel there hasn’t been sufficient dialogue, I’m going to make sure that at least all sides are heard,” he said. Raphael Sonenshein, a political science professor at California State University, Fullerton, said Brewer faces a key political test. “The union isn’t unbeatable, but I don’t know if you can do it on your own. It takes political strategy, some coalition building, consulting as much as you can and knowing where to draw the line,” he said. “This re-emphasizes the need of the superintendent to have a true political strategy that can give him the leverage he needs to get the reforms he wants.” Transforming schools Janelle Erickson, a spokeswoman for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has tried to take a more active role in running the district, said the mayor will continue to work with everyone. “Only through partnership and collaboration will we truly transform our public schools,” Erickson said. And after a challenging year of dealing with the powerful teachers union, Sonenshein said the superintendent may be overreaching. “He has a lot of ground to make up, and the problem is you can’t make it up all at once, and it may be that what he’ll like to do is make a big, bold step that makes up a lot of ground,” he said. “But in reality, it’s a series of small steps he’s going to need to reground his superintendentship that is sustainable over a long period of time. “This may be a little bit of a long pass to recoup a lot of ground. If it can’t be backed up with political strength, it actually ends up being costly than helpful.” For the latest school news, go to www.insidesocal.com/education. naush.boghossian@dailynews.com 818-713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Defying opposition from the teachers union, Los Angeles Unified Superintendent David Brewer III on Wednesday released a final plan to reform nearly three dozen schools that includes key elements vehemently decried by the union. Despite union-leadership opposition to proposals including reassignment of teachers, merit pay and scripted teaching at middle and high schools, Brewer kept all of the concepts in his final plan. The move sets up a critical showdown with the union, which now will target Los Angeles Unified School District board members, expected to vote on Brewer’s plan later this month. “He’s … declaring war. He’s got to get this by the board of education and we’re going to weigh into it very heavily,” A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, said. last_img read more

Woman sought for ripping off retirement home residents in Glendale, Pasadena

first_imgGLENDALE – Police have identified today a woman sought for allegedly stealing from residents of retirement homes in Glendale and Pasadena while posing as a hospital employee. Mary Susan Reese, 48, of Inglewood, used the name Isabel Jones or Isabel Smith when she committed a theft on Oct. 8 at the Glen-Park Retirement Facility, officer John Balian said. “The suspect, who was wearing a long white robe, approached a resident pretending to be an employee of the Glendale Memorial Hospital,” he said. “After the suspect left, the elderly victim discovered her wallet was missing.” The victim’s bank card later was used at the Glendale Galleria, Balian 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 “Investigation has revealed that the suspect has been committing the same crime at other retirement facilities in Pasadena and Glendale,” the officer said. The suspect was described as a “heavyset” black woman who is 5 feet 4 inches tall, Balian said. Anyone knowing her whereabouts was urged to call police at (818) 548- 3101 or the Crime Stoppers hotline, (818) 507-STOP.last_img read more