Month: December 2019

£22m Tottenham target ‘wants to leave Bayer Leverkusen’, talkSPORT told

first_imgTottenham target Son Heung-Min wants to leave Bayer Leverkusen and will complete a £22million move to White Hart Lane ‘within the next couple of days’, talkSPORT have been told.Spurs have turned their attention to the South Korean international after having two bids rejected by West Brom for England Under-21 starlet Saido Berahino.The north London side were reportedly not prepared to match the Baggies’ £25m valuation for the young forward, so have instead moved ahead with a deal for Son, who has been a hit in the Bundesliga.And, according to German footbal correspondent Olly Knaack, the lively forward’s five-season spell in Germany is set to come to an end, with Leverkusen keen to cash in.He told Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Son’s agent has made it clear that he wants to leave and will leave Leverkusen, so he will be with Tottenham within the next couple of days,“He’s very skilful and very fast. He scored 41 goals in 135 Bundesliga games and can make a difference in a game and in the Tottenham squad.“I’m not sure he’s physically strong enough for the Premier League yet, but of course Leverkusen will sell if a club throws that amount of money at them.“They paid €10million – around £8m – for him two years ago, and now it’s about three times the amount they are getting, so they are cashing in.”last_img read more


December 30, 2019 0

‘Gareth Bale leaving was a killer’, admits celebrity Spurs fan

first_img Danny Goffey 1 Each week a leading band or musician takes our Starting XI Q&A. So step forward, ex-Supergrass drummer Danny Goffey…Who would be the most rock ‘n’ roll signing your club could make?Gandalf! He’d be a magician at 10!If your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be?‘I would do anything for Spurs… but I won’t do that!’ – MeatloafWhich football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground)?Nou Camp – packed full of Spanish ladies!Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star?Hugo Lloris – keyboard player in an indie-electro dance bandBrit award or Premier League trophy?Premier League Trophy. (I already have a Brit award)When you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your wall?Football posters; Hoddle & Waddle. Music posters; Hoddle & Waddle doing ‘Diamond Lights’Elvis was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of football?Pele – the Godfather of goal scoringIf you were in charge of your club’s dressing room stereo, what tunes would you put on before a big game and why?‘London Calling’ –  The Clash, a rousing London Anthem. ‘Break On Through’ – The Doors, an air of spirited menace. Street Fighting Man’ – The Stones, for bravery.Which player’s departure broke your heart, and which signing got you most excited?Soldado created a lot of excitement but didn’t deliver. Bale leaving was a bit of a killer.Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs?Wojciech Szczesny – enough said!What’s the best/worst football song ever recorded?Best: ‘Ossie’s Dream’ – Chas and Dave. Worst: ‘Diamond Lights’ – Hoddle and Waddle.Working under the Vangoffey monicker, Danny Goffey steps into the limelight after spending most of his adult life writing and performing in the Great British rock band Supergrass, penning many of their best songs including ‘Alright’, ‘Caught by the Fuzz’ and ‘Late in the Day’. After more than 15 years the band split leaving Goffey sitting on his hands contemplating his next move. ‘Take Your Jacket Off & Get Into It’ – Debut Album Released October 23rdlast_img read more


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Blatter and Platini bans: FIFA Committee rejects appeals against suspensions

first_img Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have had their appeals against 90-day provisional bans rejected by FIFA’s appeals committee.Platini and outgoing FIFA president Blatter were both provisionally suspended by FIFA’s ethics committee over a £1.3million payment made to the UEFA president in 2011 for work said to be carried out more than nine years previously.Platini and Blatter lodged appeals against the provisional suspension and, after these were rejected, they are now expected to take their cases to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. 1last_img read more


December 30, 2019 0

Poll: Mitchell, Michael, Ben, Glen – who is your favourite Johnson?

first_img Poll: Mitchell, Michael, Ben, Glen – who is your favourite Johnson? 1 After the Australia fast bowler announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday, the Drive team want to know your thoughts…last_img


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Jack Grealish returns to Aston Villa first-team

first_imgAston Villa starlet Jack Grealish has returned to the first-team squad, manager Remi Garde has confirmed.The talented 20-year-old was forced to train with the youth side after being pictured in a nightclub following a 4-0 defeat to Everton last month.Garde called his actions “not of a professional standard” and the midfielder missed the defeat to Watford and the draw with Southampton over the past two weekends as a result.But Garde has now revealed his punishment over.Speaking to AVTV, the Frenchman said: “Jack is back with the group now. I am pleased to have him back because he’s an important player for the group.“I am also pleased regarding how Jack trained over the past two weeks with the under-21s. Jack is back. I am happy for that – and for the team.”Grealish played all 90 minutes in the under-21s’ 2-1 win over Derby on Monday and is now back training with the first-team squad ahead of the bottom club’s home clash with Garde’s old club Arsenal this weekend. 1 Jack Grealish last_img read more


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Suspect package delays exit from Wolfsburg ground for VIP spectators after Manchester United match

first_img The Volkswagen Arena Spectators in the VIP area were prevented from leaving the Volkswagen Arena following Manchester United’s 3-2 defeat to Wolfsburg after a suspect package was found in a car park outside the stadium.They had to wait for approximately 15 minutes as police looked at the package. They were then allowed to leave after the police were satisfied it was not a bomb, a Wolfsburg official said.Former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and former chief executive David Gill were among those who had to wait to depart.Security has been heightened at Champions League games following the Paris terror attacks last month when three suicide bombers blew themselves up close to the Stade de France while France played Germany.The following week saw Germany’s match against Holland called off after suspicions terrorists would target the stadium in Hanover, which is approximately an hour’s drive from Wolfsburg. 1last_img read more


December 30, 2019 0

Insider Trading: Liverpool target to cost close to £40m and Inter Milan to pip Chelsea to PSG star?

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip from the January window.There’s the latest on Liverpool’s pursuit of Shakhtar Donestk star Alex Teixeira. Reds chiefs were in Florida yesterday trying to thrash out a £24.5m deal but the Ukrainian side value the Brazilian attacker at nearly £40m, so there is still some negotiating ahead.Chelsea are one of a few Premier League clubs looking at Ezequiel Lavezzi, but the Argentine forward is looking more likely to return to Italy – with Inter Milan – with his PSG contract expiring at the end of the season.Newcastle’s interest in Tottenham outcast Andros Townsend is reportedly cooling as Daniel Levy refuses to budge on their £14m valuation for the winger, who has been told he doesn’t have a future at the club.And is Scott Sinclair set for a return to Swansea after his career nosedived dramatically following his departure to Manchester City three years ago?Here are the latest transfer stories from talkSPORT.com:Sergio Aguero reveals he is still attempting to lure Lionel Messi to Manchester City Marseille continue discussions with Chelsea and Newcastle over Betrand Traore and Florian Thauvin Roma nearing deal to sign Bournemouth target Stephan El Shaarawy on loan Former QPR and Tottenham flop Adel Taarabt set for sensational AC Milan return West Brom boss Tony Pulis says club are yet to receive January bid for Saido Berahino Roberto Martinez insists key trio Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley and John Stones will not leave Arsenal and Liverpool target dismisses claims he is about to leave Ajax Everton and Manchester City target Alessio Cerci signs for Serie A side Genoa Napoli ready to increase offer for Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissokolast_img read more


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Liverpool FC injury update: Positive news ahead of Man United clash

first_img Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva 1 At one point following Jurgen Klopp’s arrival at Liverpool as manager, the club’s medical department were working over time.In January, after a succession of hamstring injuries, 13 players were all out of action but now the Reds are rejuvenated and almost back to full strength.And it’s a great time for the squad to be in this state, especially with their Europa League last 16 first leg clash with Manchester United coming up on Thursday.Ahead of the game at Anfield, Klopp is only without Lucas Leiva, who is out for five to six weeks with a thigh strain, Kevin Stewart and Jordan Rossiter, while Danny Ings and Joe Gomez are long-term absentees.The successful reintegration of Mamadou Sakho, Dejan Lovren, Joe Allen, Adam Lallana and Martin Skrtel in recent weeks following their spells on the sideline is a huge boost to the German.And could be key for the club as they push hard to finish as high as possible in the Premier League and win the Europa League.MAN UNITED INJURY NEWS AHEAD OF EUROPEAN MEETING WITH LIVERPOOLlast_img read more


December 30, 2019 0

DNA data fuel new racism fears

first_imgThough few of the bits of human genetic code that vary between individuals have yet to be tied to physical or behavioral traits, scientists have found that roughly 10 percent of them are more common in certain continental groups, and can be used to distinguish people of different races. They say that studying the differences, which arose during the tens of thousands of years that human populations evolved on separate continents after their ancestors dispersed from humanity’s birthplace in East Africa, is crucial to mapping the genetic basis for disease. But many geneticists, wary of fueling discrimination and worried that speaking openly about race could endanger support for their research, are loath to discuss the social implications of their findings. Still, some acknowledge that as their data and methods are extended to nonmedical traits, the field has reached what one leading researcher recently called “a very delicate time and a dangerous time.” “There are clear differences between people of different continental ancestries,” said Marcus W. Feldman, a professor of biological sciences at Stanford University. “It’s not there yet for things like IQ, but I can see it coming. And it has the potential to spark a new era of racism if we do not start explaining it better.” Feldman said any finding on intelligence was likely to be exceedingly hard to pin down. But given that some may emerge, he said he wanted to create “ready response teams” of geneticists to put such socially fraught discoveries in perspective. The authority that DNA has earned through its use in freeing falsely convicted inmates, preventing disease and tracing family ties leads people to wrongly elevate genetics over other explanations for differences between groups. “I’ve spent the last 10 years of my life researching how much genetic variability there is between populations,” said Dr. David Altshuler, director of the Program in Medical and Population Genetics at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass. “But living in America, it is so clear that the economic and social and educational differences have so much more influence than genes. People just somehow fixate on genetics, even if the influence is very small.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – When scientists first decoded the human genome in 2000, they were quick to portray it as proof of humankind’s remarkable similarity. The DNA of any two people, they emphasized, is at least 99 percent identical. But new research is exploring the remaining fraction to explain differences between people of different continental origins. Scientists, for instance, have recently identified small changes in DNA that account for the pale skin of Europeans, the tendency of Asians to sweat less and West Africans’ resistance to certain diseases. At the same time, genetic information is slipping out of the laboratory and into everyday life, carrying with it the inescapable message that people of different races have different DNA. Ancestry tests tell customers what percentage of their genes is from Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. The heart-disease drug BiDil is marketed exclusively to black people, who seem genetically predisposed to respond to it. Jews are offered prenatal tests for genetic disorders rarely found in other ethnic groups. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Such developments are providing some of the first tangible benefits of the genetic revolution. Yet some social critics fear they may also be giving long-discredited racial prejudices a new potency. The notion that race is more than skin-deep, they fear, could undermine principles of equal treatment and opportunity that rely on the presumption that we are all fundamentally equal. “We are living through an era of the ascendance of biology, and we have to be very careful,” said Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. “We will all be walking a fine line between using biology and allowing it to be abused.” Certain superficial traits like skin pigmentation or disease predispositions have long been presumed to be genetic. Now, the ability to pinpoint their source in DNA is prompting the question on mainstream Internet discussion sites, in college classrooms and among the growing community of ancestry test-takers, of whether more profound differences may also be attributed to genetics. Nonscientists are already beginning to stitch together highly speculative conclusions about the historically charged subject of race and intelligence from the new biological data. Last month, a blogger in Manhattan described a recently published study that linked several snippets of DNA to high IQ. An online genetic database used by medical researchers, he told readers, showed that two of the snippets were found more often in Europeans and Asians than in Africans. No matter that the link between IQ and those particular bits of DNA was unconfirmed, or that other high-IQ snippets are more common in Africans, or that hundreds or thousands of others may also affect intelligence, or that their combined influence might be dwarfed by environmental factors. Just the existence of such genetic differences between races, proclaimed the author of the Half Sigma blog, a 40-year-old software developer, means “the egalitarian theory” that all races are equal “is proven false.” last_img read more


December 30, 2019 0

SOFA KING PATRICK PULLS UP NEW CHAIR AS LETTERKENNY CHAMBER PRESIDENT

first_imgApart from a new President the Chamber has a new Council.   The Chamber Council is made up of 16 members, from a wide variety of business sectors, who meet on a monthly basis and who are responsible for steering the policies and projects of the Chamber.  Four new Chamber Council members were elected for the 2010/2011 period. SOFA KING Patrick McGinley is the new President of Letterkenny Chamber.It follows the Chamber’s AGM last night (Tuesday) at which a new Chamber Council was also elected. Outgoing President Paul Byrne wished his successor well in his term of office describing the Chamber as a strong membership organisation that has become even more relevant to all in business during these challenging times. Patrick concluded by saying “We will all face more challenges in 2011 and I will endeavour to work hard during my year of office to deliver for our new and existing members.” Patrick continued: “Over the last number of years we have all had to make some very tough decisions just to remain in business. The economic crisis in the country has affected us intensely here in the North West and in the recent budget there was nothing to stimulate the economy and no measures to lessen the cost of doing business.“We now know the next four years will bring more of the same and we will need to harness as much entrepreneurial spirit as possible to remain in business. As President of Letterkenny Chamber I will commit to keeping pressure on our TDs and local government to create the best environment for business here in the North West.“We will continue to urge the national Government at every opportunity to support our small businesses that are, after all, the lifeblood of our economy.”Patrick shares the same sense of pride for Letterkenny as his fellow Chamber members. In his address he pointed to the “increased sense of community within the business community in Letterkenny.  During my year as President I will commit to working with all Chamber members in a practical and supportive role and with the Chamber staff to drive the membership numbers. “The Chamber has been working for  its members for more than 45 years and the business community has benefitted and improved as a result of the Chamber’s efforts.  Over the next year we intend to   increase our membership substantially and continue to attract businesses who want to have their voice heard.”center_img During his first address as President of Letterkenny Chamber, Mr.McGinley said he was “honoured” to represent the business community of Letterkenny in 2011. “My predecessor Paul Byrne has done an excellent job serving as Chamber President. He invested much time and energy into the role during what was one of the toughest years faced by members for many years.“I view this role as a challenging but also an excellent opportunity to work on behalf of Letterkenny businesses to ensure that we all get a better deal for Letterkenny and the North West.” Chamber Council 2010/2011:  President – Patrick McGinley,(McGinley Sofas); Paul Byrne (Radisson Blu); Gerard Mc McCormick (Magees Pharmacy); Joe Mangan (Mangan Tours); Eamonn Stevenson (Eamonn Stevenson Financial Services Ltd.); Brian Mc McCormick (Brian McCormick Sports); Bernard Dillon (Honorary Member); Hugh Downey (Sharp Design); Paddy Delap (Clarkes Newsagents); Lisa Loughrey (John F Loughrey & Associates).; Seamus Browne (Browne Printers); Enda Mulligan (AIB); Gerard Grant (Pramerica); John O’Connell, (UHC); Tracy Bonnar (Silver Tassie); Kenneth Bradley (Oifig Thart Smart Office Solutions)SOFA KING PATRICK PULLS UP NEW CHAIR AS LETTERKENNY CHAMBER PRESIDENT was last modified: December 15th, 2010 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)last_img read more


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