Norwich defender joins Sheffield Wednesday on loan

first_img Norwich defender Michael Turner 1 Sheffield Wednesday have announced the signing of Norwich defender Michael Turner on a season-long loan.Turner has struggled to tie down a first-team spot recently at Carrow Road with Sebastien Bassong and Russell Martin forming a partnership at the back and spent time out on loan at Fulham last season.The centre-half began his career at Charlton but did not make a first-team appearance for the Addicks and spent two seasons at Brentford before moving to Hull in 2006.The 31-year-old came to prominence in East Yorkshire, helping City gain promotion to the top flight and spending a season in the Premier League with the Tigers before sealing a move to Sunderland.Turner spent three years on Wearside and joined the Canaries for an undisclosed fee in 2012.He will now add to the central defensive corps at Hillsborough alongside Owls captain Glenn Loovens, Tom Lees, Vincent Sasso and Darryl Lachman.last_img read more

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Fulham 4-0 QPR: Ross McCormack scores twice as Cottagers destroy West London rivals in the Championship

first_imgRoss McCormack scored twice as Fulham demolished an underperforming QPR side at Craven Cottage on Friday night.Moussa Dembele opened the scoring after only two minutes before Ben Pringle doubled the lead nearly 15 minutes later.McCormack scored either side of half time to seal the win as QPR’s terrible trips to Fulham continued after losing 6-0 the last time they visited their West London neighbours.The win brings Fulham to within a point of Rangers in the middle of the Championship table.Dembele gave Fulham a wonderful start after only two minutes when the 19-year-old found himself unmarked in the six-yard box to head home James Husband’s cross.It was the Frenchman’s second goal of the season as he took advantage of some very slack QPR defending.Unsatisfied, Fulham continued to press hard with McCormack and Dembele both going close.The visitors had a golden chance to equalise on 17 minutes when Massimo Luongo sliced his shot wide from 12 yards after a wonderful one-touch move.And that miss was punished immediately as Pringle doubled the Cottagers’ lead.QPR were far too relaxed in clearing the ball and Pringle intercepted Gabriele Angella’s attempt to banish the danger, before striking a sweet left-footed strike into the bottom right-hand corner.Fulham continued to push for the third and they got it after half an hour, through the club’s top scorer from last season, McCormack.Tom Cairney found the striker on the edge of the box before the Scotland international placed the ball beyond the reach of Robert Green, for his third goal of the season.  In truth, the game was already won after his first goal but, just to make sure, McCormack doubled his tally for the night just after 60 minutes went by on the clock.This time it was a lot easier after Ryan Fredericks’ cut-back rocketed back off the crossbar following an attempted clearance from Angella, allowing McCormack to tap into an empty net.It got worse for QPR and Chris Ramsey as Charlie Austin was forced off with what looked like a hamstring injury. Ross McCormack 1last_img read more

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FA will hold talks with FFF about Tuesday’s contest between England and France

first_img FA will hold talks with FFF about Tuesday’s contest between England and France 1 The FA will hold talks with its French counterparts over the weekend to see whether Tuesday’s friendly against England at Wembley should go ahead following the terrorist attacks in Paris.France declared a national state of emergency and has closed its borders on Friday night after dozens of people were killed in multiple shootings in the country’s capital.England are due to host the French national team at Wembley in a friendly on Tuesday.There was no immediate word from the French Football Federation (FFF) about whether the team still planned to travel to London next week.The FA will speak to the FFF over the next 24 hours to ask whether the game should go ahead.“It is a very serious and tragic matter, an FA spokesman said following England’s 2-0 defeat to Spain in Alicante.“If there is any update on the match on Tuesday we will announce in due course.“We will liaise with the French Football Federation over the weekend.“The FA sends its deep condolences to the victims of this tragic event but to say anything else would be inappropriate.”last_img read more

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Ranking the 10 Premier League candidates’ European Golden Boy chances – Manchester United star a serious contender for the award?

first_img 10 The shortlist for the European Golden Boy award was announced earlier this month with 40 names from around the continent hoping to follow in Raheem Sterling’s footsteps.The 2015 winner of the annual prize will be in esteemed company too, with Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Paul Pogba all winners in the past.While the likes of Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ruben Neves (Porto) and Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht) are favourites to claim the award, the Premier League is well represented with ten nominees.Two English-based candidates, Adnan Januzaj and Jason Denayer, are currently plying their trade abroad on loan spells so are ineligible for our rankings.So which Premier League prodigy is best placed to actually win the accolade?talkSPORT ranks their chances… 10 6. Divock Origi (Liverpool) – Origi, like Iheanacho, has been cast in at the deep end more than he might have expected in his fledgling Liverpool career due to a host of high-profile injuries on Merseyside. While he has potential his performances so far suggest a raw talent that needs nurturing – something Jurgen Klopp can do. He will be hoping his exploits at the 2014 World Cup aren’t a bad omen – plenty of previous tournament stars have proven to be a flash in the pan (think El Hadji Djouf). 9. Adama Traore (Aston Villa) – Traore might have ranked slightly higher had injuries evaded him in his debut season in England, but the potential is evident. Barcelona may have let him leave for the Midlands in the summer but they were so insistent on a possible reunion that the Catalan club have first option to buy him back in the next few years. An ongoing contract wrangle, where he is reportedly set to become the Villa’s highest earner, has apparently unsettled the mercurial winger. 10 10 8. Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) – Iheanacho has perhaps assumed more responsibility than he anticipated so far this season, with injuries to Sergio Aguero and Wilfried Bony creating a window of opportunity. It is an opening he has grasped with both hands, scoring three times (all against Crystal Palace) including a last-minute winner at Selhurst Park in the league in September. Manuel Pellegrini is a huge admirer, which bodes well for the Nigerian. 7. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) – The first of four Englishmen in the list, Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea career has been stop-start so far as he moves in and out of Jose Mourinho’s good books. From the Blues’ academy products, the midfielder has the best chance of making a lasting impression at Stamford Bridge and could take advantage given his team-mates’ struggles this campaign. 1. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – £58m is a lot of money for anyone, particularly a teenager, but Martial has somehow made that (potential) eye-watering fee seem fairly reasonable in the space of just a few months. With United floundering in attack, Martial has looked electric in attack and from wide positions and appears to have the temperament to fulfill his sizeable potential. From the Premier League candidates, the Frenchman stands the best chance of clinching glory. 10 10. Nathan Ake (Chelsea – on loan at Watford). Find out the nine other Premier League players shortlisted for the European Golden Boy award, by clicking the arrow above – The full back has been an important cog in Watford’s solid start to the season, with their defensive record particularly impressive. His performances may prove a bright note for Chelsea fans who have witnessed some shambolic displays from their stars so far this term. 10 10 10 10 4. Dele Alli (Tottenham) – Few could have predicted the Tottenham midfielder’s meteoric rise from League One regular to England match-winner in the space of six months. Alli has the world at his feet and has become a crucial component of Mauricio Pochettino’s new look resolute Spurs team this term. Should be a regular fixture for England for the next decade. 5. Jordon Ibe (Liverpool) – Ibe has had a breakthrough 2015, particularly considering he started the year on loan at Championship side Derby County. His instant impact when recalled from that spell was endearing and, despite fading away towards the end of last season, he looks revitalised again under Jurgen Klopp. An out-and-out winger is a rare commodity these days and the young Englishman is a threat to any full back. 3. Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – Shaw may have ranked higher if his season, and perhaps Euro 2016 hopes, weren’t so cruelly cut short by that leg break in the Champions League in September. He’d been United’s and England’s best player up until the injury in Eindhoven and the 19-year-old will be hoping to pick up exactly where he left off again once he makes a full recovery. 2. Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) – Another youngster whose emergence few predicted, Bellerin is now one of the first names on the Arsenal team sheet. His electric pace and creativity going forward has seen him create more chances than any other Premier League defender, while his duel with the irrepressible Douglas Costa against Bayern Munich in the Champions League was compelling. 10last_img read more

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Joint-powers agency to focus on I-5 corridor

first_imgBURBANK – A new joint-powers agency with leaders from Los Angeles, Burbank, Glendale and San Fernando will play a key role in efforts to revitalize a 30-mile stretch along the Golden State Freeway, officials said Thursday. The effort to energize the region into a vibrant corridor of thriving businesses and communities drew hundreds of community and government leaders to an I-5 corridor summit where everything from inland ports to additional busways and highway expansion was discussed. And untangling the precious freeway space from Glendale to Santa Clarita was touted as a key to making the region more livable for everyone. “In this region, in order to make the system work, you’ve got to have a system,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.And the next steps in developing the corridor will largely come through a new council of governments unanimously approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council. Working as a region, the board members can band together to fight for money for projects and work on problems the area faces, including transportation, housing and employment, said Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel. “Working together is how you can solve some of those problems,” Greuel said. “We, as business leaders, have to look to the future and how we’ll approach it. We need to have a regional reach.” Thursday’s meeting stemmed from a report by the Mulholland Institute that examined the freeway corridor and its economic potential. The study says the area has underdeveloped land that could be turned into hubs for biomedical, entertainment, technology and business sectors. 818-713-3746 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

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Beware of fine print when giving gift card

first_imgPeople are increasingly turning to gift cards as spending hours in a crowded mall looking for that last Xbox, iPod or Elmo grows less and less appealing. But shoppers should do a bit of research first. The gift cards that require the most diligence are issued by banks and credit-card companies. They can be used practically anywhere the issuer’s credit card is accepted, but they are often off-limits for stuff such as recurring bills, car rentals, pay-at-the-pump gas stations and casinos. More importantly, they expire, and the issuers tend to tack on fees. American Express gift cards charge a monthly service fee of $2 after a year and $5.95 to replace a lost or stolen card. The card has a “valid through” date – if it expires and you still have funds remaining, you can ask for a check for the amount, but American Express will deduct $10. Gift-card laws do vary across states, though – recommends checking your state’s consumer protection department for details. In some states, an unused gift card counts as unclaimed property, so after a couple of years, the state can claim it. Here’s some state-specific fine print: American Express does not ship gift cards to Connecticut, Hawaii, Rhode Island or Vermont. Discover does not sell gift cards in those four states, plus Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Tennessee. Macy’s gift cards expire in some states, but not in California, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. Bloomingdale’s gift cards also expire in some states, but not in California, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada.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 KingsDiscover doesn’t charge a shipping fee, but its gift cards deduct a $2.50 dormancy fee after a year of inactivity, and they expire after two years. You can request a replacement card for up to 90 days after expiration, but it costs $5. For Visa and MasterCard gift cards, the individual banks that issue them can provide you with fee information. Be sure to ask specifically about upfront fees, dormancy fees, fees to check your balance, and fees to get your balance back if the card expires. Gift cards issued by retailers are more restrictive in the obvious sense – the recipient can only spend them at the store – but they usually don’t have fees or expiration dates. So if you know where your friend likes to shop, a store gift card is probably a better choice than a bank gift card. If your friend is a big online shopper, ask if the gift card can be used for Web purchases. Home Depot Inc. gift cards, for example, can only be used for in-store purchases. The National Retail Federation said 92percent of the leading retailers have no gift-card fees. Of the 22 major retailers surveyed this year by online financial information service, none charged fees for their gift cards, and only Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s had expiration dates. last_img read more

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West Ham co-chairman tells talkSPORT: ‘We’d love to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic!’

first_imgWest Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has told talkSPORT he would love to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic as part of an overhaul of the Hammers’ strikeforce this summer.The east London club are enjoying a brilliant campaign, with Slaven Bilic’s men just one point off fourth place in the Premier League while they are still in the running to lift the FA Cup.And Hammers chiefs are ready to give Bilic a healthy summer transfer kitty as they aim to maintain their competitiveness next season.A move for out-of-favour Liverpool striker Christian Benteke has been rumoured and while Sullivan refused to confirm the reports, he did admit a number of ‘top Premier League goalscorers’ are on the club’s radar.But it seems West Ham are setting their sights a little higher…“We have a list of about ten strikers all over Europe, and most of our money will go into signing a striker,” Sullivan told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “That is the plan for next season.“I’d love Ibrahimovic from PSG, but whether he’d come to us I don’t know. I know he’s 34 but he’s a fantastic player.“There are a number of top Premier League players we may be bidding for, top goalscorers, but I can’t name them. I can’t comment on players from other teams.“The squad we have at West Ham now is the best we’ve had in six years, by a long, long way.“We will be adding to that squad in the summer and hopefully we’ll be a bit better next year.”last_img read more

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Top 10 teenagers in the Premier League – the future for your club?

first_imgLast season the Premier League saw many a debut from an exciting young player.The likes of Marcus Rashford and Kelechi Iheanacho proved crucial last season for Manchester United and Manchester City, respectively, pitching in with match-winning goals when the more experienced failed to deliver.So we’ve decided to take a look at the best teenagers on show in England’s top flight.Check out our top 10 of the finest youngsters to offer in the Premier League by viewing the slideshow above. 10 10 10 7. Sheyi Ojo, 19 (Liverpool) – Ojo is one of Liverpool’s most exciting young players and is also starring for England’s Under-19 side. With Jurgen Klopp keen on establishing his wide players, the 19-year-old could feature in the Reds’ plans for next season. 10 3. Kelechi Iheanacho, 19 (Manchester City) – Iheanacho was a surprise performer last season, scoring eight goals for City under Manuel Pellegrini. As with Mourinho, pressure could be on Pep Guardiola to see the striker continue his development in the senior squad. 10 10. Dominic Solanke, 18 (Chelsea) – Solanke has developed quite a reputation in Chelsea’s youth teams, but his chances in the first team have been few and far between. It’s now down to Antonio Conte to see the forward develop. Another loan move is expected, however. 6. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, 19 (Manchester United) – Borthwick-Jackson was one of several youngsters to catch the eye of former United boss Louis Van Gaal, earning his debut under the Dutchman. He signed a new contract in May until 2020 and Jose Mourinho will come in for criticism from those who celebrate the Red Devils’ history of giving youth a chance, if the young defender is marginalised from his first team plans. 9. Lewis Cook, 19 (Bournemouth) – Cook emerged as one of the Championship’s hottest players and won the Football League’s Young Player of the Year award in April. The midfielder was recently snapped up Bournemouth and plenty are eagerly awaiting his Premier League debut. 2. Reece Oxford, 17 (West Ham United) – The 17-year-old stunned the top flight with his performance against Arsenal on the opening day of last season and he’s been a hot topic since. Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly considering a bid for the £15m-rated midfielder, such is his perceived potential. 5. Ben Chilwell, 19 (Leicester City) – Chilwell came through the ranks at Leicester and many are tipping the left back for a bright future. Arsenal and Liverpool have been credited with interest for the 19-year-old, but the Foxes will want to keep hold of the youngster. 10 8. Joe Gomez, 19 (Liverpool) – In a huge blow for the player and his club, Gomez suffered a season-ending anterior cruciate injury mid-October, spoiling his debut campaign at Anfield. An Achilles setback means he’ll miss the start of next term, but he has vowed to return stronger. He is tipped as one for the future on Merseyside. 4. Timothy Fosu-Mensah, 18 (Manchester United) – The 18-year-old was handed his debut under Louis van Gaal and quickly impressed the Old Trafford faithful. He has proven he can hold his own in the Premier League, and with the right back position far from settled, he could feature under Jose Mourinho. 10 10 10 10 1. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – Rashford netted the winner against Manchester City to propel himself into stardomlast_img read more

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New database links guns, criminal histories

first_imgAided by a new database that matches criminal histories with gun owners, state and local law enforcement agents have begun rounding up California’s most violent gun-toting felons. The state Department of Justice and the LAPD have identified 110 fugitives, ex-convicts and other offenders who legally purchased guns then later were convicted of violent crimes. Some 890 others have been identified across the state. “Having armed, convicted felons is a risk to public safety,” said Wilfredo Cid, the chief of the Bureau of Firearms at the California Attorney General’s Office. “Those people do not have a right to carry a weapon.” Today, Attorney General Jerry Brown is expected to announce the results of recent statewide sweeps on suspected gun-owning felons. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe sweeps were made possible by the Armed Prohibited Persons System program, a statewide database with some 9,000 names. Under the program, state agents team up with local law enforcement agencies to crack down on convicted felons, including domestic violence suspects, those with misdemeanor assault convictions and those deemed mentally unstable. It has been in use since June. The system came about back in 2001 under Senate Bill 950, sponsored by Sens. Jim Brulte, R-Rancho Cucamonga, and Jack Scott, D-Pasadena, over concern of the growing number of people who legally purchase guns but later get arrested. There were 1,821 gun-related homicides statewide in 2006, including 815 in Los Angeles County. The bill granted the legal authority to cross-reference criminal history and firearms possession information. Prior to the passage of the bill, the state did not have legal authority or technological means to cross-reference this information and investigate people who acquired firearms and subsequently became prohibited from owning them. In July 2003, the department received more than $1 million to build the database, which ultimately cost a total of $4 million. It became operational in late 2006 and made fully available to local law enforcement in June. The database currently has 9,000 cases. It is estimated that it will eventually expand to identify 60,000 individuals in California who are prohibited from owning firearms. California Department of Justice personnel have trained 481 sworn local law enforcement officials from 196 police departments and 35 sheriff’s agencies to use the database. The program is the first of its kind in the country that tracks gun ownership among high-risk individuals, officials said. “California by far leads the way,” said Brian Malte, a state legislative director for the Brady Campaign, the nation’s largest gun violence prevention organization. The system works by maintaining information about people who have been – or will become – prohibited from possessing a firearm. From their stations, law enforcement agencies across the state can access the database, updated monthly. The system automatically raises a red flag to local stations and triggers an investigation into whether an individual has a gun. This allows police on the beat to have up-to-date information within minutes or hours, rather than days or weeks. “We applaud the Department of Justice’s efforts in ensuring that prohibited persons do not have firearms,” Malte said. “This is huge. It is the ultimate law enforcement tool to ensure that criminals with guns are disarmed quickly before something bad happens.” Chuck Michel, an attorney for the California Rifle and Pistol Association, said gun-rights groups originally supported the creation of the program because it was designed to get guns out of the hands of violent criminals and felons. “The … program is good in theory …,” Michel said. “In practice, however, there are now so many complicated ways to lose your gun rights over paperwork and minor violations that many lawyers don’t understand the system and many people don’t even realize they’re prohibited. “Regrettably, (the program) is frequently being misused against these minor offenders who have often been misadvised about their legal status.” Los Angeles police already have had a chance to use the system. Lt. Steve Nielsen headed up a local task force this fall with the LAPD’s Fugitive Warrant Section using the new system. The force conducted sweeps of homes of felons believed to be in possession of guns. Out of the 71 locations searched, 28 guns were seized and police arrested eight individuals. One suspect barricaded himself inside his home and a SWAT team was dispatched to get him out. The man, described by police as a gun fanatic, had 11 weapons. The LAPD makes more than 1,400 gun-related arrests and seizes more than 5,400 guns a year. Nielsen said the new program will allow cops to more aggressively pursue felons with guns.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

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Datebook 1/8

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Executive Board of the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley will meet from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at the Van Nuys State Auditorium, 6150 Van Nuys Blvd. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail TODAY Christmas tree recycling, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at 16 drop-off sites, including: Chatsworth Park South, 22360 Devonshire St.; Balboa Sports Center, 17015 Burbank Blvd., Encino; Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park; Sunland Park, 8651 Foothill Blvd.; and Sylmar Park, 13109 Borden Ave. Call (800) 773-2489. A tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., 4 p.m., Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive. Call (800) 204-3131 or see A memorial celebrating the life and artistry of actor/writer Jack Colvin will be held at 4 p.m. at Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd. In lieu of flowers friends are asked to send a tax deductible donation to the Michael Chekhov Studio, 6110 Saint Clair Ave., North Hollywood, 91606-4632. MONDAY The Los Angeles County Public Library’s San Fernando branch will hold a Pajama Storytime session at 6 p.m., 217 North Maclay Ave. The session is free. Call (818) 365-6928 for information. 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

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