Charly Musonda Manchester United are ready to make a move for Chelsea starlet Charly Musonda.The 19-year-old is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in European football and has already been scouted by several clubs.Arsenal, Juventus, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have all run the rule over Musonda, who has struggled for first-team opportunities at Stamford Bridge.And now, according to Foot Mercato, Manchester United are readying a move to snatch the midfielder away from Chelsea.Scouts sent by Louis van Gaal are said to be very impressed by Musonda and they have urged the club to make a bid.United are now reportedly ready to test Chelsea’s resolve to hold onto their youngster by tabling a £10m-plus offer when the transfer window re-opens in January. 1
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Arsenal have been handed a nightmare tie in the Champions League as they take on current holders Barcelona.Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez have all been in incredible form in 2015 and will be giving Arsene Wenger sleepless nights over the European break.Watch the video above to see what awaits Arsenal!
Someone channel Jeane Dixon. Or call Joan Quigley, Nancy Reagan’s infamous astrologer. Wait – is there a numerologist in the house? Consider: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger flourishes in even-numbered years and flubs in the odds. ? Schwarzenegger came into office in 2004 with a bang. He demanded the repeal of the car tax, and the Legislature obeyed. He sought “action, action, action,” and the Legislature agreed to borrow $15 billion to fix the deficit and then tossed in massive workers’ compensation reform as a bonus. Then came 2005. Disaster. The governor, thinking big went to the voters on redistricting, state spending and teacher tenure reforms. All of them bombed. A humbled Schwarzenegger emerged in 2006 – but by the end of the year, even national magazines were gushing about his “post-partisanship” approach to the environment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.2007 still has a few months left. ? Schwarzenegger could still emerge with a deal on health care and water. But it’s looking like – well, an odd year. The real test of our theory may be a ways off. Political prognosticators see the governor challenging Barbara Boxer for her Senate seat. ? The year? Nice, even 2010. – San Jose Mercury News 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
CONVICTED CROOK Francois de Dietrich is to appeal his 18 month jail sentence in the North next week – but it’s unclear if the on-the-run conman will appear in court in person.Lawyers acting for the ERIC Solutions boss have lodged an appeal at Belfast High Court.More than 200 people from Donegal had given him money to invest for them – but investigators believe he was operating an illegal Ponzi scheme. He didn’t have legal permission to run any sort of investment scheme. A former employee in France has told us De Dietrich’s wife and children have returned to northern France and his former boss is living in Estonia.The UK Financial Services Authority began court action last October, winning an injunction banning him and his company ETIC Solutions from taking any more deposits.Last month, the High Court ordered that de Dietrich be sent to jail for contempt of that injunction. He had been given five chances to cooperate with the court.Mr de Dietrich has said: “My businesses are legitimate and as a consequence of the FSA action I have been unable to trade, which has led to the loss of many jobs.” The Frenchman – whose estate agency business and restaurant have closed – has a long record of dishonesty.Earlier this week a Dublin court hearing a case brought by two Donegal businessmen heard how they had been introduced to the investment scheme by former Donegal GAA player Tommy Ryan.FRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: ON-THE-RUN CROOK TO APPEAL JAIL TERM – BUT WILL HE TURN UP? was last modified: February 9th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
SLIGO-BASED Connacht Gold has been give the go-ahead to buy Donegal Creameries milk and retail stores businesses.The takeover – first revealed on donegaldaily.com – was passed by the Competition Authority.The authority said it had taken account of the views of customers of both entities as well as the views of the Irish Farmers Association about the competitive impact of the acquisition on farmers in the northwest. Connacht Gold confirmed the €21 million deal on October 31st – several weeks after we revealed talks.Donegal Creameries will now focus on its seed potato and niche dairy products division It also has an animal feed business and property portfoilio.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything FOR FREE on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com SALE OF DONEGAL CREAMERIES GIVEN GO-AHEAD was last modified: January 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:connacht goldDonegal Creameriesdonegaldaily.comtakeover
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic 1 West Ham are on the verge of completing a move for Valencia prodigy Antonio Martinez, claim reports in Spain.The Hammers are understood to be have been pestering the Spanish club about signing the 18-year-old since January and a deal now appears to be nearing completion.According to AS, West Ham will pay Valencia around £2.3m for the Spain youth international, who is expected to start his career in London with the club’s under-21s squad.With Valencia languishing in mid-table, Martinez is understood to be keen on joining up with the Hammers, who are on the cusp of securing European football next year.A striker and winger, Martinez has played 17 games for Valencia’s youth side this season, scoring two goals and registering three assists.
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is incredulous over why his team have to play three days before Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final at Real Madrid.Pellegrini believes the scheduling of his side’s Premier League game at Southampton at 4.30pm on Sunday hampers their hopes of reaching the final of Europe’s leading club competition.Real will have four days to prepare for the clash at the Bernabeu after their La Liga game at Real Sociedad on Saturday and Pellegrini thinks City’s game should have been brought forward to correspond.The club made enquiries as to whether that was possible, but it is understood an official request was not submitted as it was felt it would be unlikely to succeed for a televised fixture.“For me it is unbelievable,” said Pellegrini, whose side will have all to play for in Spain after a goalless draw in the first leg at the Etihad Stadium.“If you see other leagues, including Italy, the teams that play Champions League play their domestic games on a Friday.“We are representing England and I think it’s important not to give any advantage to the other team.”It is the second time this season City have been frustrated by fixture scheduling ahead of a European game.The first leg of their last-16 tie at Dynamo Kiev came three days after their FA Cup fifth-round clash at Chelsea. City were angry that a request to have that game moved failed and they consequently fielded an under-strength side at Stamford Bridge.That will not happen in this instance as City need points to tighten their grip on a top-four spot in the Premier League, but Pellegrini is likely to make changes.The Chilean said: “In the Premier League, I don’t understand why, when having so many games, and they all have the same interest, we can’t play one day before to have 24 hours (more rest), at least having the same as Real Madrid.“We knew we had to play eight games in 30 days. It is a lot of games for this squad, so I am making rotations in every game, and changes.“But the best way to make a good game on Wednesday is to win on Sunday and have trust in the performance of different players.”City will be without playmaker David Silva for the trip to Madrid after the Spaniard suffered a hamstring injury in midweek.Pellegrini said: “He will not be fit for this week. He will need two or three weeks to recover. He will play in the final – that is the target!”Pellegrini, speaking at his pre-match press conference, delivered a more positive update on midfielder Yaya Toure, who is now back in training. The Ivorian will not play at Southampton, but could be back in contention for Madrid.“In this moment we don’t know, but he has some options,” said Pellegrini. 1
One Direction’s Niall Horan has told talkSPORT of an ‘unbelievable’ moment during training for Soccer Aid.The 22-year-old Irishman is part of the Rest of the World team to face England at Old Trafford on Sunday.Both teams will be made up of a mixture of ex-pros and celebrities and Horan admits to being star struck by some former footballers in training.“It’s absolutely ridiculous,” Horan told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “On the first day we were doing small possession boxes and there were two yellow bibs, everyone else blue. It was me and the other person was Cafu.“I remember saying ‘Cafu! Cafu!’ and he passed the ball to me. I stopped and I remember saying out loud: ‘I never thought in my wildest of dreams that I’d receive a pass from Cafu.’“It was unbelievable and it was the same with [ex-Manchester United defender] Jaap Stam.”Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri will be in charge of the Rest of the World team and Horan has seen some of his title-winning methods at hand.He continued: “Ranieri arrived today because he was in Italy – I think getting some sort of knighthood!“[Before] we were being coached by Craig Shakespeare, who was Ranieri’s assistant with Stevie Walsh [this season].“Our sessions have been really intense and you get a feeling of what they are about, but Ranieri arrived today.“We were working on a bit of shape and I was on the wing and he was working with me. He was bringing me through the shape and giving a good insight of how to play on the wing which was really good.“He was very involved when he came in, whistle in hand, shouting analogies and he was brilliant.”
Joey Barton has stoked the fires ahead of his move to Rangers by claiming Celtic captain Scott Brown is ‘nowhere near the level I am as a player’.The controversial midfielder will join Mark Warburton’s side on a two-year deal from July 1.Celtic fans have been quick to warn Barton that he will ‘put in his place’ by tough-tackling Brown in next season’s Old Firm derbies.But the 33-year-old insists the experienced Scotland star will not be able to touch him if he plays to his best.Speaking on a special edition of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Saturday, the one-cap England international said: “People keep talking about Joey Barton and Scott Brown. He ain’t in my league. He is nowhere the level I am as a player. He can’t get to me.“If I play well, Scott Brown doesn’t stand a chance. That is not me being blasé. That is me just stating what I believe.”Barton insists Brown won’t be the only player struggling to live with him next season.The former Manchester City, Marseille and Newcastle star is not under-estimating the challenge of Scottish football, but he has no doubts that he will be a success.He continued: “There are some good sides, some really good players there who are going to be ultra-competitive. I am expecting I have got to be at the best of my ability for Rangers to do what they need to do. I’m, trained, I am ready to go.“I have played against Scottish players south of the border. Every one of them gives you a game, every one of them is at it. I am expecting nothing less.“I have been a marked man for ten years – a lot of it by my own doing – and I am comfortable with it. I am comfortable with expectation, I’m comfortable with pressure, I’m comfortable with my mindset and focus I have in terms of turning in my own performances. If I get to that level, unfortunately for anybody up there they ain’t going to live with me.”
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Eddie Jones is too proud to dwell on what he left behind in Miami after getting traded from the Heat to Memphis during the offseason. He doesn’t talk about the lost opportunity to reach the NBA Finals or the chance to play another year with Shaquille O’Neal or Dywane Wade. And he’s certainly not comfortable boasting Miami was better off with him on the team rather than Jason Williams, James Posey or Antoine Walker, the three players the Heat received in exchange. “To be honest, it’s not something I even want to think about or talk about,” Jones said. “It pretty much is what it is. I’m in Memphis now.” But give him this much: He absorbed an emotional blow the day he found out Miami was shipping him off to the Grizzlies, a punch that didn’t seem fair considering the wounds from the Heat’s Game 7 loss to Detroit in the Eastern Conference finals had barely started to heal. “It was a shock, to be perfectly honest,” Jones said, quietly. “When you get as close as we got to the NBA Finals only to fall a couple of minutes short, the last thing you expect to happen is a trade. You’re expecting to come back as a team and give it another shot. But obviously that’s not what happened.” Not at all. The Heat, desperate to retool around O’Neal and Wade, first orchestrated the five-team trade to get Posey, Williams and Walker, then it signed Gary Payton as a free agent. “They did what they felt they had to do,” Jones said. “That’s how it works sometimes.” It wasn’t the first time Jones was pushed out the door of a title contender, nor the first time the shove came from a team with O’Neal on it. L.A. fans still cringe at the trade that sent him to the Hornets for Glen Rice in 1999, and though no one ever stepped forward to confirm O’Neal’s fingerprints were on the move, all anyone had to do was read Shaq’s subsequent book to find out how he felt about Jones. Of course, completing the circle is Jerry West, who drafted Jones in 1994, traded him to Charlotte five years later then jumped at the chance for a reunion when the Heat came calling this offseason. West was in the middle of his own retooling job in Memphis, having grown weary of chemistry-killers like Williams and Bonzi Wells poisoning his young locker room. Swapping Williams for Jones was a no-brainer, especially stacked against the Wells trade to Sacramento for Bobby Jackson and the free-agent signing of Damon Stoudamire. In all, West brought in five new players, and in Jackson, Jones and Stoudamire he got the type of playoff experience and veteran leadership he was seeking to surround Pau Gasol, Mike Miller and Shane Battier. “We definitely did our homework on the guys we were looking to bring in,” Memphis coach Mike Fratello said. “When you’re talking about replacing five players, you have to.” To say the moves have paid off is an understatement. Despite replacing nearly half its roster, Memphis is third in the West. More importantly, the Grizzlies seem better equipped to handle the playoffs after getting swept in the first round the last two years. “We went from one of the youngest teams to one of the most experienced almost overnight,” said Battier. “It’s made a huge difference.” Jones has made an immediate impact on the court and in the locker room, but so has Stoudamire, who survived all those crazy years in Portland to become something of a sage with the young Grizzlies. “It’s like everything I went through in Portland is helping us,” Stoudamire said. Not to mention he doesn’t lack the courage to take the big shot, nor the ability to make them. His clutch 3-pointer to push Wednesday’s game against the Lakers into overtime is one of a handful of big shots he’s hit this year. “You’re talking about a guy who played in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, a guy who came within a minute or two of reaching the NBA finals,” Battier said. “A little old game like this against the Lakers isn’t going to rattle him.” The lesson of keeping things in perspective is the exact message Jones, Stoudamire and Jackson want to get across. All three are survivors – Jones is a Kobe/Shaq soap opera veteran, Jackson bounced around the league before finding his niche in Sacramento and Stoudamire lived to tell about all those zany years in Portland. The young Grizzlies can’t help but soak up everything they have to offer. “That’s one of the things that attracted me to come to Memphis,” Stoudamire said. “I know I’m not going to be the star of the team but I feel like I have a lot left in then tank and that I can help.” Rookie watch: An already impressive group of rookies grew by one with the recent play of Golden State’s Ike Diogu, whose 27 points and seven rebounds against the Pistons last week earned him a spot in the Warriors’ starting lineup. Diogu, a 6-8 forward from Arizona State, missed the first month with a hand injury but is starting to settle in with more game experience. In fact, he pushed Adonal Foyle out at starting center and the Warriors hope his high-energy play is a remedy for the slow starts that have plagued them. Diogu is trying to take his promotion in stride, although it didn’t help that he drew the loudest ovation when the starting lineup was announced before his first start. “Just because I’m in the starting lineup, I don’t really feel like there’s any big expectations on my shoulders,” he said. “I just have to do what I can do. Nothing more.” As far as this year’s group of rookies, New Orleans/Oklahoma City point guard Chris Paul has pulled to the forefront with his mature-beyond-his-years play and the 17 points and seven rebounds he’s averaging. Paul doesn’t get the national exposure he deserves playing for the Hornets, but if you’re hungry for a ridiculous ballhandling highlight, check out NBA.com’s clip of him abusing Milwaukee’s T.J. Ford with a now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t crossover. The 6-foot Paul leads New Orleans/Oklahoma City in scoring (16.7 ppg) and assists (7.3 apg). He is also third on the club in rebounding (6.0 rpg) while shooting over 44 percent from the floor, 27 percent from beyond the arc and just below 80 percent from the foul line. Paul has scored 20 or more points eight times. Prospect watch: Next year’s draft isn’t expected to be as deep as this year’s – remember the new rule prohibiting players jumping directly from high school to college and the 19-year-old minimum – but a handful of prospects are already making their move atop the draft board. Here’s an early look at the top five prospects: 1. Rudy Gay, 6-9, Jr., Connecticut. He projects as a small forward in the NBA, the best spot to take advantage of his explosive athletic ability. He’s a slasher type, but he’s also got a nice mid-range game and can take it out beyond the three-point line, too. 2. LaMarcus Aldridge, 6-10, Soph., Texas. The only thing holding him back from the top spot are concerns about the season-ending hip injury he suffered last year. So far he’s shown no residual effects while averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds. Scouts love his 7-5 wingspan. 3. Adam Morrison, 6-8, Jr., Gonzaga. Stop with the Larry Bird comparisons already. OK, so he’s not the next Bird, but this guy can flat fill it up like no other in college basketball. He’s got a mean streak, size and a competitive drive that makes up for his average athletic ability. One big concern is that he has diabetes and from time to time needs insulin shots during games. 4. Ronnie Brewer, 6-7, Jr., Arkansas. NBA scouts are drooling over the fiery Brewer because he can handle the ball like a point guard and he mixes it up defensively. If he improves his shooting ability, he’s got star written all over him. 5. Andrea Bargnani, 7-0, Italy. He’s averaging 13 points in the Italian League, where he’s being talked up as the next – stop us if you’ve heard this before – Dirk Nowitzki. The question is what position he projects to in the NBA. But the way he can shoot the ball and defend, he’ll find a spot. FIVE QUESTIONS WITH … Pau Gasol Memphis forward Pau Gasol, a native of Spain, is averaging 19 points and nine rebounds in his fifth season. He sat down to answer five pertinent questions. Q: What’s your favorite TV show? A: It’s gotta be Sanford and Son. I love that show. Q: You’re stranded on a desert isle and you can pick three people to hang with you. Who are they? A: Definitely my two brothers and definitely a beautiful female. Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t an NBA player? A: I started medical school before I turned pro, so it would be a doctor. Q: What’s the first car you ever owned? A: A Jeep Cherokee, 1989. Q: What do you want people to remember about you as an NBA player? A: Just a guy who worked hard and was a leader to his team. – Vincent Bonsignore QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Now we can score points and lock up, too.” Detroit guard Rip Hamilton on the difference between last season under Larry Brown and this season under Flip Saunders. MUST SEE TV !bold!Miami at Phoenix, Friday, 7:30 p.m., ESPN Suns want to melt Heat with transition game. GOODFELLAS Memphis coach Mike Fratello and Tommy Lasorda go way back. So it wasn’t unusual to see Lasorda pop into the Grizzlies’ locker room after their win over the Lakers this week. What was unusual was seeing the 5-8 Lasorda giving 7-foot Memphis forward Pau Gasol a pep talk. “You can be one of the best players in this league,” Lasorda shouted to Gasol. “You just gotta be a little bit more aggressive.” PINKIE REPAIR Plenty of eyebrows rose when Marcus Camby was sidelined with a pinkie injury recently. But he’s off the hook after a doctor ordered surgery to repair the damaged finger. Camby was operated on Thursday and is expected to be sidelined two weeks. “I was trying to persuade the doctor that I could keep playing with it,” Camby said. “He was like, ‘No.’ I would risk further injury to myself and neither one of us would have wanted that. It’s a frustrating time (to miss). I’m just going to try to get back as quickly as I can.” Camby is averaging 16.3 points and 12.9 rebounds and 3.12 blocks a game, second-best in the league. CHASING HISTORY Detroit came into the season motivated to reclaim the NBA Title it relinquished to the Spurs last year. Now it turns out the Pistons have even more reason to play well: They’re chasing history. Detroit’s 24-3 record is the third best in league history after 27 games, and clearly puts the Pistons on track to challenge for the league-record for wins in a year. That mark belongs to the Chicago Bulls, who won 72 in 1995-96. The Spurs’ 24th win came against Miami Thursday, its ninth straight victory. “We’re chasing something bigger than Miami or anybody else,” the Pistons’ Ben Wallace said. “We have an opportunity to do something special.” TOUGH LUCK T.J. Ford, who got his career back on track this year after missing all of last year with a spinal injury, is taking his latest injury in stride. Ford is expected to miss two weeks with a left foot injury, and even though he isn’t happy about missing time he knows it could be worse. “It’s not serious, just something that’s minor, something that may take a few weeks but it’s not something that’s going to keep me out a long, long time,” Ford said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson