DONE DEAL! Tottenham sign Bayer Leverkusen forward Son Heung-Min

first_img New Tottenham forward Son Heung-Min 1 Tottenham have confirmed the signing of South Korean forward Son Heung-Min from Bayer Leverkusen in a reported £22million deal.The 23-year-old, who will wear the number seven shirt at White Hart Lane, scored 49 goals in five seasons in the Bundesliga and has penned a five-year contract with the north London outfit.Spurs have been on the hunt for more firepower this summer, with flop Roberto Soldado returning to Spain with Valencia while Emmanuel Adebayor has been permission to leave.They have been chasing a deal for West Brom starlet Saido Berahino for most of the transfer window, but, after two failed bids, it is now thought they have dropped their pursuit with White Hart Lane chiefs unwilling to meet the Baggies’ £25million valuation of the 22-year-old.Tottenham instead turned thier attension to Son, and quickly wrapped up a deal for the South Korea starlet, with his arrival at White Hart Lane helping to ease the pressure on Harry Kane, who has failed to find the target this season.“Spurs for me is such a big club and a really good team,” Son said.“My goal has always been to play in the Premier League and Tottenham have given me a great opportunity to do that and I am really happy to have the chance to come here.“I love the Premier League and I am very excited to play at White Hart Lane. I have not played there yet but I’d Iove to go out there, show my abilities and perform for the Spurs fans as soon as possible.”last_img read more

Newcastle star thanks fans for support after injuring knee in Holland win

first_img1 Tim Krul Gutted to come off with an injury tonight. Thanks for all the get well wishes. I will know more about the extent of the injury after scans 🙏— Tim Krul (@TimKrul) October 10, 2015 Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul has thanked well-wishers for their support after suffering a knee injury while on international duty.The 27-year-old was forced from the field after he fell awkwardly in the latter stages of Holland’s 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan on Saturday.Holland head coach Danny Blind reportedly described the injury as “bad” after the match, which was played on the artificial turf of the Astana Arena.The extent of Krul’s injury will not be known until after he undergoes scans, and he took to Twitter to thank his fans for their support: Krul’s potential setback is a blow for Newcastle boss Steve McClaren, particularly as second-choice keeper Karl Darlow is currently sidelined with a foot injury.Newcastle are currently bottom of the Barclays Premier League, having failed to win any of their first eight games of the season.last_img read more

Football fan stabbed at north London derby between Tottenham and West Ham

first_img1 A 35-year-old man was stabbed outside White Hart Lane ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League match with West Ham on Sunday.The Metropolitan Police said the victim was stabbed in the abdomen in an incident around the junction of White Hart Lane and Tottenham High Road.West Ham believe he is one of the club’s supporters and he was taken to an east London hospital where his condition was said to be stable. Man stabbed outside White Hart Lane before Tottenham’s London derby with West Ham, police say last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp among candidates for Swansea job

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral PR manager beings us the latest odds on the next likely Swansea manager, with Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp a surprise name in the list of candidates.The Ajax assistant coach is 14/1 to be the Jack’s next boss. After distancing himself from a return to the Welsh club, Brendan Rodgers has now eased to 5/1, David Moyes is 11/4, ex-Sunderland coach Gus Poyet is 3/1 and Nigel Pearson is 14/1.Meanwhile, there are all the latest odds ahead of tonight’s Europa League action, with already-through Liverpool 5/4 shots to beat Sion in Switzerland and Tottenham priced as 21/20 to beat Monaco at White Hart Lane, with a win for both clubs 7/2.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Confirmed Man United starting XI v West Brom – new star gets another start!

first_img Marcus Rashford starts again for United 1 The teams for Manchester United’s trip to West Bromwich Albion have been confirmed as follows:West Brom: Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Chester, Sessegnon,Yacob, Fletcher, Gardner, Rondon, Berahino.Subs: Anichebe, Myhill, McClean, Pocognoli, Lambert, Pritchard, Sandro.Man United: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Ander Herrera,Carrick, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford.Subs: Depay, Romero, Fellaini, Schneiderlin, Varela, Weir, Fosu-Mensah.Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)last_img read more

UCLA NOTEBOOK Taylor suffers seizure after hit

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It’s always scary when you see a player go through something like that,” Bruins coach Karl Dorrell said. “We had to say our prayers for him, and hopefully, he’ll go through a speedy recovery.” Taylor was injured making a play on Cal running back Justin Forsett on a second-and-6 with about two minutes remaining. While the band played on the field, EMTs treated Taylor on the sideline, with about 20 players and Dorrell looking on. “It’s the nature of the game,” Davis said. “C.T.’s a fighter and I know he’s going to be OK. All we can do is say our prayers for him, and hope for the best.” Taylor finished tied for the team lead with 10 tackles, including a team-high three for loss. By Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER UCLA’s celebration of beating No.10 California, 30-21, Saturday at the Rose Bowl was tempered because senior middle linebacker Christian Taylor was hospitalized after suffering a concussion and experiencing a seizure while on the bench at the conclusion of the game. A CT-scan on Taylor’s head and neck were negative. He was released from Huntington Memorial Hospital at approximately 7:15 p.m., and left with his parents, Kathy and Steve. Dorrell’s involvement Dorrell said he would be more involved in the offense, and several players said after the win it was noticeable. Dorrell was more involved with implementing the game plan during the week. While offensive coordinator Jay Norvell continued to call the bulk of the plays, players said Dorrell was also more involved the play-calling. “I could tell,” UCLA receiver Brandon Breazell said. “(Dorrell) made a couple decisions on our play calls. During the week you could tell because Coach Dorrell called some plays to see what he liked.” Not impressed Bruins junior tailback Kahlil Bell ran for 142 yards on 22 carries, which included a 64-yard run, but Cal linebacker Worrell Williams didn’t think much of Bell. “It was one run that he got, and it was a miscue,” Williams said. “Otherwise, he wouldn’t have gotten anything. I wasn’t really impressed with him at all. Yeah, he got 100 yards, but (Oregon State’s) Yvenson (Bernard) last week was a much better back than he was.” Turn of fortune Saturday’s loss almost certainly cost Cal any shot at the Pac-10 title and probably limits the Bears to a second-tier bowl berth. “We have stumbled two weeks in a row now,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. “We just have to regroup. We are not going to just pack it in. There is so much parity in this conference. “Anything can happen on any given week. I think the conference is better than it’s ever been. They just played a lot better than we did. They were more physical and deserved to win the football game.” Counting attendance The capacity for a UCLA game is between 88,000 and 89,000, but a sellout was announced although the attendance was 83,494. So what’s the deal? According to UCLA spokesman Marc Dellins, the reason is UCLA only uses three tickets for every four seats in the general admission sections. Odds and ends Defensive tackle Jess Ward sprained his left knee, and will have an MRI Monday to determine the severity. … Defensive tackle Jerzy Sierwierski suffered a bruised left shoulder. X-rays were negative. [email protected] 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

VIDEO: Gareth Bale vs Eden Hazard – Just who is the best?

first_imgWales and Belgium face off on Friday evening, looking to secure their place in the Euro 2016 semi-finals.And they have got there due to the impressive performances of their two star players.Gareth Bale has dragged the Dragons into the quarter-finals, scoring three goals and forcing Gareth McAuley into scoring an own goal which knocked Northern Ireland out in the last round.Hazard has not performed as well, netting just once, but he has grown into the tournament; his best performance was in the 4-0 win over Hungary.Both are incredibly talented individuals, as proven by their form at club level, and you can watch their best goals and skills above to decide who you think is best…last_img read more

Bruins hope to build on bowl win

first_img No more – at least for one year. When spring football starts in February, the Bruins can celebrate many things, one of which is a 50-38 comeback win over Northwestern in the Sun Bowl Friday. UCLA was down 22-0 and rallied to lead by halftime, then held on for the biggest comeback win in school history. The Bruins finished 10-2 and became just the seventh team in school history to post a 10-win season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The future looks good. “This year we were so close to reaching that dream of playing in Pasadena, our home stadium,” freshman tailback Kahlil Bell said. “We lost to Arizona and USC, but I think a lot of the underclassmen realize what it takes to get over that hump. Hopefully, winning 10 games and going out on a positive note like we did, we can come out next year and hopefully, establish this program as a powerhouse, a true contender for that national championship. “That’s why everyone competes. We all compete to be the best and that’s hopefully what this program will be next year.” UCLA’s 12 seniors left the program in good shape. The losses of quarterback Drew Olson, tight end Marcedes Lewis and defenders Jarrad Page, Spencer Havner and Justin London will hurt. But heralded quarterback Ben Olson will start and tailback Maurice Drew might return for his senior season. Drew said last week he has not filed the paperwork to have his NFL Draft status evaluated, although he has until Jan. 15 to do so. UCLA loses several offensive linemen, but it just received a commitment from Nick Ekbatani, a junior-college transfer who will begin class this month and play spring football. EL PASO, Texas – Now that’s what everyone’s talking about. UCLA’s football team finally ended the season with a victory in a bowl game, and it’s hardly remarkable what a final-game victory will do for a team’s psyche. For the past two years, UCLA spent its offseason dealing with the ramifications of bowl losses to Wyoming and Fresno State. center_img “I love this team,” said London, who played his last collegiate game Friday. “The heart of this team is unmatched. I’m so proud of this team. The cool part is that we’re young. We’re losing a lot of key players, but we have a lot of key players returning. They’re set up to go up. I was just blessed to be a part of it. The seniors took it upon themselves to lead them in that direction.” That’s London, using the word “we” even though he can’t suit up next season. Underclassmen surely know that no game is over – no matter the deficit – and that should have a lasting impression. Against Washington State and Stanford this season, UCLA was down by 21 points and rallied to win. The comeback win against the Wildcats was even bigger. It’s not exactly a strategy coaches employ, but if UCLA learned one thing this year, it was how to play from behind and to never quit. It didn’t always work, as the Bruins were routed in losses to Arizona and USC. Winning the bowl game after the 66-19 clobbering by USC was big. “It’s something we talked about since the USC game, to finish our successful season on a positive note and using that as momentum going into 2006,” UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said. “We have a lot of young players in our program and they have something to shoot for and live up to. We’re 10-2 this year and now our goal is to try to keep those numbers the same or better each and every year and to be a contender in our own Pac-10 conference, and have the ability to compete and be a champion in that conference. “Next year, we know that we’ll build from this year. We’ll build from that experience of playing the top-caliber talent in our conference and be ready to play at a level that we probably weren’t ready to play at this year, but we’ll be ready to play it next year.”, Jill Painter, (818) 713-3615 [email protected] 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

Bryant torches Clippers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “I felt like this is a big game for us,” Bryant said. “There’s a lot being said in the papers about this game, and at halftime, I just tuned in. I said I’m going to over-will these guys. I’m just going to overpower them, go through them and send them a message.” As for his winning shot, he strangely pointed to an NFL quarterback to explain it. “I can’t fully take credit for that last move,” he said. “I stole it from Michael Vick, believe it or not.” Bryant’s game-winner snapped a 12-1 Clippers run that put them up 109-108 with 25 seconds left when Elton Brand scored over the Lakers’ Kwame Brown. The Clippers had a possession, down 110-109 after Bryant’s key jump shot, but a turnover from Shaun Livingston gave the Lakers’ Smush Parker an uncontested fast-break layup to put the Lakers up 112-109. In his second game back from a two-game suspension for a flagrant foul, Bryant hit a game-winning 6-foot jump shot with 11.4 seconds left and exploded for 50 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to give the Lakers a 112-109 victory in front of 20,154 Saturday night at Staples Center. Bryant bombarded the Clippers with 40 points in the second half – the second highest point total in a half in Lakers history. He once scored 42 in a half in March 2003. If the Lakers and Clippers are connected this season as borderline playoff teams without serious chances of winning a championship, the Lakers at least have one thing the Clippers don’t: A show-stopping, logic-defying superstar with the ability to take over basketball games and do things that often border on impossible named Kobe Bryant. center_img On the Clippers’ next possession, Cuttino Mobley made a 3-point shot that came well after the final buzzer that could have sent the game into overtime. Mobley finished with a season-high 36 points, and Brand had 28 points and 10 rebounds. About Mobley’s near 3-pointer and the final possession with 4.4 seconds left, Livingston said, “That seemed like the clock ran fast. I felt like 4.4 seconds was more than it was, but it just ran down on us.” Although the Clippers battled from a 12-point fourth quarter deficit to take the lead, they simply didn’t have an answer for Bryant. He also had a crowd-chanting 11-point barrage that included three 3-pointers in a 2-minute, 1-second span to start the fourth quarter to help void a 13-point lead by the Clippers in the third quarter. “For a time there, it was like he was on the court by himself,” Lakers forward Lamar Odom said. Bryant’s barrage subsided but had a ripple effect. He finished with 22 points in the fourth quarter, and helped Brian Cook, who had 16 points, get wide-open shots. “I tried to do everything I knew to do it,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said of trying to stop Bryant. “We were sending guys out at him. We were double-teaming him. We had length on him. Guys had hands there. It’s not like he was getting uncontested shots. We did everything we could against him.” Early on, Bryant struggled shooting, going 2 of 12 (16.7 percent) for 10 points in the first half. The Clippers scored 37 second-quarter points to go up 55-50 at halftime. If there truly is a battle for Los Angeles this season, the Clippers took a big step back by losing for the ninth time in 12 games. They were trying for a fourth consecutive win over the Lakers and never beaten the Lakers three in a row in Clipper history until they won on Nov. 18 with a 97-91 victory. If the Lakers have any concern, it might be that they are relying too much on Bryant, who had 48 points in the Lakers’ win over Philadelphia on Friday, his first day back from his suspension. “It’s not a long-term thing for us,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said of relying so much on Bryant. “But it certainly gives us a boost.” Joe Stevens, (562) 499-1338 [email protected] 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

Dozens signed up for AT&T Classic

first_imgVALENCIA – At least 89 players are ready to tee off in March at the AT&T Classic tournament, including returning champion Des Smyth, organizers said Monday. The annual PGA Champions Tour stop is scheduled for March 6-12 at the Valencia Country Club. Additional players are being added in the coming weeks, tournament executive director Brian Fitzgerald said. “The AT&T Classic has grown into one of the top Champions Tour events,” he said in a statement. “We’re anticipating our roster of golfers to expand in the coming weeks and look forward to hosting another exciting tournament in 2006.” In 2005, winner Smyth had the luck of the Irish on his side as he scored a 4-under 68 on the final day of the seniors tournament to win by one stroke. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Other notable players scheduled to compete include three-time winner Gil Morgan, 2002 winner Tom Kite, seven-time PGA Tour winner Peter Jacobsen, and 2003 winner Tom Purtzer. Also attending are Ben Crenshaw and Curtis Strange. This will be the first year the golf tournament – formerly the SBC Classic – will carry the AT&T moniker. Sponsor SBC Communications changed names last year following its $16 billion purchase of AT&T Inc. The annual golf classic was held at sites throughout the Los Angeles region, including Rancho Park Golf Course and Wilshire Country Club, before settling in Santa Clarita in 2001. Its contract with Valencia expires 2007. Each day of tournament play will air on The Golf Channel. Tickets are available for purchase through the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Foundation at (661) 253-8082 and the Los Angeles County Junior Golf Foundation at (213) 738-2972. 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