Man City, Arsenal and Spurs in scramble for £25m Norwich ace James Maddison

first_imgJAMES MADDISON will spark a £25million summer scramble for his signature after being told his knee injury is not as bad as first feared.Norwich’s highly-rated young midfielder was resigned to missing out on a close season switch to the Premier League after suffering damaged ligaments in the Canaries’ 5-1 thumping at Sheffield Wednesday four days ago.2 James Maddison will spark a £25million scramble for his signatureCredit: PA:Empics SportMaddison, 21, was told he could expect to be sidelined for six months – which would have scuppered his chances of sealing a big-money move to the top-flight before the start of next season.Newly crowned champions Manchester City, along with Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton, Southampton and Brighton are queueing up to snare the England Under-21 international.They thought they would have to shelve plans to snap him up until November after he hobbled out of Hillsborough on crutches and wearing a knee brace.But now their hopes of pushing through a relatively quick deal have been boosted by the news that Maddison will be fit in eight-ten weeks and back in training by mid-July.2 England Under-21 midfielder James Maddison is wanted by Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton, Southampton and BrightonCredit: Getty Images – GettyMaddison put pen to paper on a new four-year contract last June, but is keen to quit Carrow Road following City’s failure to win promotion this term.Despite his 15 goals for them, the Canaries couldn’t even make the play-offs, and now Maddison wants to test himself at the highest level with a move to the Premier League which would see him quadruple his wages.Maddison began his career at Coventry in 2013 and moved to Norwich three years later.He immediately returned to the Sky Blues on loan and also spent the 2016-17 season away at Aberdeen.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashYaya Toure gets a standing ovation from the Manchester City fans as he is substituted in his final home gamelast_img read more

Gambling No.1 addiction for football stars

first_imgMore than 70 percent of footballers, rugby players and stars from other sports who go through Sporting Chance are in the grip of gambling, according to the Arsenal legend who has found solace as football director for Azerbaijan side Gabala.Two footballers, a rugby league player and a boxer are currently at the clinic founded in 2000 by Adams in Hampshire, south-west of London, he said at the Soccerex convention in Manchester.Three football managers and several coaching staff members have also joined players seeking refuge there over the past 18 months, according Sporting Chance chief executive Colin Bland.Sporting Chance is recognised a world leader in helping athletes overcome their destructive behaviour.But Bland said too many football coaches still do not take account of mental illness when deciding if a player is fit to compete.– Walking wounded –“Coaches will quite accept that I can’t play because I have torn something or my knee is bad.“But if you are up and walking you might be suffering from an acute depressive disorder or a mental illness, you are well enough to play and you get your treatment at the end of the season.”Adams said he had twice turned out for Arsenal when “pissed”. His own trail of alcoholic chaos wrecked “six or seven” marriages of teammates and friends.“I dragged them around the world,” recounted the winner of two English league titles.“When I joined the club the ex-pros took me down the pub. That was where we went on a Tuesday after training — bang. But they don’t tend to do that now,” said Adams.In his own case a long injury layoff sucked him into alcohol dependance.“I got shit-faced, absolutely out of my tree, drunk alcoholically, wet the bed, into fights, put crutches over people’s heads.”He had a 12-year battle where booze dominated his summer breaks and increasingly “the career that I loved.”  Adams went to prison for dangerous driving but even that did not stop the drink.“The illness of addiction has gone in different directions. I describe it like milkshakes, chocolate milkshake is alcohol. But you have got the internet now and gambling is a massive one.“I think 70 percent of our clients who come through as patients are gambling addicts. There has been a big shift away from booze to gambling.”– Huge bets –Former West Ham United and Stoke winger Matthew Etherington reckons he lost 1.5 million pounds ($2.3 million) on greyhounds, horses and cards.Adams’s former teammate Paul Merson has said he spent up to 30,000 pounds ($46,000) betting on a single football match in the 1990s.Former Newcastle United and Sunderland striker Michael Chopra has also been among the Sporting Chance clients. He has told how he spent a similar amount gambling with other players on the team bus.Now the players union, the Professional Footballers Association, is the main financial backer of Sporting Chance.Bland said about 85 percent of Sport Chance’s customers are still from football with its huge riches. But there have been boxers and darts players afflicted.Rugby league is also a source of trouble and the charity is looking to set up a branch in Australia, a league bastion.“There are many guys in top-flight football and top-flight rugby that actually look after themselves and stay clean of substances, gambling and alcohol with the tools they have been given by Sporting Chance,” said Bland.Sometimes clubs approach the charity because they have a problem player “and they don’t know how to have the conversation,” said Bland.Sporting Chance talks every season to young players at all 92 clubs in the English professional leagues. But it believes there will always be players with problems.“We have a lot of young players that are trying to make their way in the game and other games as well who are worried, they are worried about appearing weak in the team or not being selected,” said Bland.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Arsenal captain and legend, Tony Adams. He runs Sporting Chance clinic in the UK. PHOTO/FileMANCHESTER, September 9- Gambling has overtaken the demon drink as the main risk for cash-rich footballers, according to former England captain Tony Adams who battled alcoholism before becoming a saviour for players fighting addiction.Adams, who founded the Sporting Chance clinic having come through his own drink hell, told how old professionals led him to the pub after training but modern-day stars fall for huge bets and the internet.last_img read more

Minimum wage going up in deal

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“I have always said that when the economy was ready, we should reward the efforts of California’s hard-working families by raising our minimum wage,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement. “This is another sign California is coming back stronger than ever.” Schwarzenegger had sought a $1-an-hour raise over two years, but agreed during negotiations to boost the wage from $6.75 to $8 an hour after Democrats dropped their demand for annual increases to keep up with inflation. “We asked ourselves the practical question that anyone of sound mind would ask: Would poor people prefer a $1.25 raise, or a bill that has everything they want but it never materializes?” Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, D-Los Angeles, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview late Monday. If the agreement is approved by the Legislature and signed into law, the minimum wage would increase by 75 cents in January and 50 cents in January 2008. The California Chamber of Commerce, which has opposed both the governor’s and the Legislature’s proposals to increase the minimum wage, credited Schwarzenegger for “standing firm” against tying the minimum wage to inflation. “Raising the minimum wage is one thing, but locking in automatic increases year-after-year, regardless of the condition of the economy or the health of a business, is another entirely,” said Vince Sollitto, spokesman for the California Chamber of Commerce. Sollitto said the chamber remained opposed to any wage increase. Senate Republican leader Dick Ackerman said Republicans would not support the wage hike. “We think any time you raise the minimum wage, it’s going to be a drag on business,” said Ackerman, R-Fullerton. George Patel, who employs eight workers at a Subway sandwich franchise three blocks from the state Capitol, said the boost in the minimum wage could force him to lay off some workers. “As the owner, I’m not very happy about it,” he said. “Right now, I could not afford an extra $1.25; I would have to do layoffs. Over two years, maybe I could afford it. But I would be looking to increase productivity.” In 2004, Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have increased the minimum wage by $1 over two years. He also vetoed a bill last year increasing the minimum wage to $1 and tying future increases to inflation. Art Pulaski, chief executive officer of the California Labor Federation, described the latest deal as a modest increase and pledged to push for indexing next year. “Clearly, the governor waited until three months before his election,” Pulaski said. “He’s using minimum wage as a political football.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – California’s minimum wage will increase by $1.25 an hour over the next two years under a deal struck Monday between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders. The agreement ends, at least temporarily, a stalemate between the governor and Democratic lawmakers and clears a political hurdle for Schwarzenegger as he seeks re-election. Both sides agreed a raise for the lowest-income workers was necessary but differed over whether it should be accompanied by automatic annual increases. The governor has vetoed two previous attempts to raise California’s minimum wage, which is far higher than the federal rate of $5.15 an hour but lags the rates in several other states. Schwarzenegger described the compromise as a “common sense” solution that would lead to a higher wage for working Californians without hurting the economy. last_img read more


first_imgA young man died after the car in which he was a passenger flipped over and did three somersaults after being involved in a high-speed chase with Gardai.Paul McMonagle, 22, was the front seat passenger in a car being driven by his father Paul Snr through the village of Muff in the early hours of September 5th, 2008.Gardai were parked at a local petrol station around 1am when they noticed a white Vauxhall Vectra car was driving very fast and decided to pursue it. As they followed the car it picked up speed and a chase ensued.The car slowed down at one stage and a man, Sean McMonagle, ran from the car and was pursued by another unmarked patrol car who had joined the chase.Garda Paul Forrester revealed how he continued to follow Paul McMonagle Snr and Jnr and reached speeds of up to 150 kph but always stayed 150 yards behind them for safety.After doing a u-turn the car eventually clipped a kerb, hit an 18 inch wall and then somersaulted three times before landing on its roof.Garda Forrester told an inquest at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court “The rear of car began to fishtail and clipped kerb and lost control. It then did skid and was totally out of control. The passenger side struck a stone wall and there an unbelievable impact and somersaulted in the air at least two or three times and the landed on roof,” he said.Garda Forrester also revealed there had been a lot of people in the area a few minutes earlier who were returning from a 21st birthday party nearby.He said he called the emergency services and an ambulance arrived from Letterkenny while two fire brigades arrived from Derry.Paramedic Gary Gardener revealed how he arrived on the scene and both men were trapped in the car but were able to identify themselves.He revealed that Paul McMonagle Jnr, the eldest of a family of five boys, seemed fine until they reached half-way through their 25 minute journey from Muff to Letterkenny when he began to deteriorate rapidly.After arriving at Letterkenny General Hospital Mr McMonagle of 32 Manor Wood, Knightsbridge, Derry, went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at 2.58am.State Pathologist Marie Cassidy said she carried out a post mortem on the dead man and revealed how he had a number of fractures as well as bruising to his chest and breast which was most likely from a seatbelt.She said it is likely that the victim died as a result of a tear to the aorta which happened when his body was flung forward during the impact of the crash.The victim’s mother Pauline McMonagle asked Gardai and the emergency services if her son could not have been taken across the border to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry which was just five minutes away.“Why? It was five minutes to Derry hospital and his family could have been with him when he died” se said.However paramedic Gary Gardener said it was policy that patients from the south should not be brought across the border unless they were in a critical condition and at the time Mr.McMonagle was not in a serious condition.The jury returned a unanimous verdict in accordance with the direction of Coroner John Cannon that the victim died as a result of a road traffic accident with death due to haemorrhage and shock due to the laceration of the aorta.“This is an awfully sad case and a sad event for all concerned. We are left with the death of a young man in the prime of his life and the future is suddenly brought to an end,” said the Coroner.Paul McGonagle Snr was sentenced to 12 months in jail and banned from driving for ten years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of his son when he appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court last April.Ends22 YEAR OLD MAN KILLED AFTER HIGH SPEED GARDA CHASE was last modified: March 16th, 2011 by StephenShare 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

Three held, linked to burglaries

first_imgCANYON COUNTRY – Two men and a woman have been charged in connection with thefts in Canyon Country, and they could be involved in many of the recent burglaries in the area, investigators said. The area around Jakes Way has had about 60 burglaries since late August. Collectively, the three suspects face just a few theft charges in court. “We can only go there with what we can prove, so I feel fairly good about having these three people off the street,” said sheriff’s Sgt. James Anderson. “I don’t think they are the entire group of people that may have committed this group of 60 burglaries and vehicle burglaries. But I think they may be related to a good many of them.” Luis Miguel Peralta, 19, was arrested on Monday after he reportedly tried to break into a car and was detained by the owner, who held him there until deputies arrived, Anderson said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’He was subsequently identified by the victims of a “hot prowl” burglary that happened in August, where the victims were home and saw a man they said was Peralta, Anderson said. He was charged with three counts of burglary. Ramon Edmundo Burquez, 23, was arrested on Tuesday and booked on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, Anderson said. Based on a similarity between Burquez and a description of the thief in a “hot prowl” burglary, where the victim was home at the time, authorities called in the victim Thursday and she picked out Burquez in a suspect lineup, Anderson said. Now he faces narcotics and burglary charges. Authorities found the other suspect, Byanca Arapizco, 18, in a stolen vehicle on Dec. 4, and she had stolen credit cards in her possession, Anderson said. She has been charged with vehicle theft and petty theft. It’s unclear if the three individuals worked together, but sheriff’s officials believe they know each other. Burquez and Peralta were semi-transient, living with other people or in cars in the Canyon Country area, Anderson said. Arapizco also lives in Canyon Country. Victims of theft can deduct their non-insured losses from their taxes, but they must itemize them. More information is available at (661) 257-5253160Want 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

Jon Daly: Brendan Rodgers’ Hearts claims ‘disgraceful’

first_imgHe said: “It is absolutely disgraceful.“I think it is very poor form. A manager of his calibre should know better.“I followed Brendan’s career when he was at Liverpool and never once did I hear him make a comment about Man United’s structure, about Chelsea, about Man City’s structure, but all of a sudden he comes to Celtic and he thinks it is acceptable to talk about the structure of our football club.“Our club at the moment is very easy to pick on and kick, but for a manager of his calibre to come out and make the comments he did was unacceptable. “I can understand the comments made about the manager leaving but once he starts talking about the recruitment of players, fitting into the system and questioning Ian’s authority, it shows me he doesn’t know Ian Cathro very well.“There is no chance that any of those players that came in the door would have come in without Ian’s say-so.“Brendan is a knowledgeable man. The fact that he thinks Michael Smith, Kyle Lafferty, Christophe Berra, Rafal Grzelak, Connor Randall don’t suit a 3-4-3 system baffles me. It really does.“We have wing-backs, strikers, centre-back, combative midfielder, it is actually farcical that he thinks they didn’t fit into that system and the fact that he thinks that other people around the club makes the calls and to comment on it is an absolute disgrace.” Hearts interim manager Jon Daly launched a remarkable attack on Brendan Rodgers over claims made about the Jambos before their 4-1 defeat at Celtic Park.Daly was put in charge after head coach Ian Cathro was sacked midweek and before the match the Hoops boss expressed his empathy.However, Rodgers also questioned the recruitment policy at the Tynecastle club, saying: “He is trying to play football and you are bringing in players who play a direct game. So it makes me ask about where the players are coming from or if they are his.”Following Celtic’s easy win in the Ladbrokes Premiership opener – striker Leigh Griffiths grabbed a double with Scott Sinclair and Callum McGregor both also scoring – Daly came out firing.last_img read more

Winning Premiership openers for Rangers and Aberdeen

first_imgGraham Dorrans’ debut double gave Rangers a winning start to the new Ladbrokes Premiership season as they overcame Motherwell 2-1 at Fir Park.The boyhood Gers fan marked his first competitive start with a goal inside four minutes, but the Light Blues found themselves pegged back just before the break when Ben Heneghan headed home.Dorrans capped off his dream introduction, however, when he slotted home a second-half penalty to ease the pressure on boss Pedro Caixinha, who came under early scrutiny after a shock Europa League departure.Aberdeen, who pipped Rangers to runners-up position behind Celtic last season, registered a 2-0 victory. Derek McInnes’ side took a 26th-minute lead over Hamilton through Anthony O’Connor at Pittodrie but had to wait for a sending off to make matters safe.Xavier Thomas was booked twice in the space of eight second-half minutes to leave the visitors at a numerical disadvantage and substitute Miles Storey eventually made them pay in the closing moments.last_img read more

Red Raider Volleyball Tops Dordt In Thriller

first_imgOrange City, Iowa — No.2 Northwestern College outlasted 22nd-ranked Dordt in a thrilling five set match-up that will go down as yet another classic in the storied rivalry between the two programs. Individual scores were 25-19, 25-21, 22-25, 37-39 and 15-11.The Red Raiders improve to 9-0 in the GPAC, 21-0 overall; Dordt had its five match win streak snapped and drops to 6-4 in the GPAC, 15-7 overall.Anna Wedel put down a career-high 32 kills, breaking the program record for most kills in a match, and totaled 10 digs for her 10th double-double of the season. The junior eclipsed the previous mark (30) set two different times, most recently by her teammate, A.J. Kacmarynski in 2016 against Dakota Wesleyan. Wedel hit .481 for the match and posted double figures for the team-leading 19th time this season. Makenzie Fink hammered down a season-best 20 kills and also totaled a season-high 10 digs for her first double-double. Bekah Horstman added a career-best 15 kills, hitting .500 for the match, to go with 3.5 blocks.The teams thrilled the crowd with another classic match-up, including an epic fourth set where they combined for 76 points, breaking the GPAC record for the highest scoring set.Northwestern used a 4-0 run, from consecutive kills by Horstman and Kacmarynski followed by errors by the Defenders, to break a 13-13 tie in its 25-19 first set win. After Dordt pulled to within one (17-16), the Red Raiders scored the next five points on three attacks by Wedel and one by Horstman to finish off visitors.Coach Van Den Bosch’s squad led from start to finish in taking set two, 25-21. A 7-2 run put the Red Raiders up by as many as seven (17-10) and Fink closed out the set with a smash from the middle for a 2-0 lead. Northwestern outhit the Defenders in each of the first two sets.Set three belonged to the Defenders as they opened up an early 10-2 advantage behind the serving of Megan Raszler and net play by Corrina Timmermans, who put down three kills during the fast start. Forced to use both timeouts early, Northwestern slowly mounted a comeback, cutting the lead down to two during the final stages, until Ally Krommendyk put down one of her 17 kills to give the Defenders the set, 25-22. Dordt had its highest hitting percentage (.325) of the match, compared to Northwestern’s .244 in set three.Then, the fourth set…a set that featured 26 ties, 12 lead changes; Northwestern had eight match points, Dordt served for the set seven times, only to come through the final time when Krommendyk put away a Raszler set to force a game five. The Red Raiders held the largest lead of set four (12-9) after a kill from Wedel. The Defenders came all the way back, taking the lead late (22-20) until Fink scored on three attacks to again tie the set at 23. 14 more ties followed as the teams traded points and delighted the fans with high-level volleyball.Dordt scored the first two points of the final set on kills from Timmermans and Karsyn Winterfeld, who led the Defenders with 18 kills. Wedel followed with a kill and began a Northwestern rally as the hosts led by two (7-5). The Defenders came back, tied the set at seven and later at 10, but a kill from Kacmarynski off an assist by Lacey Wacker put Northwestern up for good. The Red Raiders closed with a 5-1 run to take the final set 15-11.Northwestern hit .292 for the match, totaled 13 blocks and four aces; Dordt hit .217, totaled 12 blocks and four aces. Wacker lofted up a career high 70 assists while Emily Strasser (20 digs) and Ann Pater (13 digs-career high) led the Red Raiders backrow play. Kacmarynski (3.5), Horstman (3) and Van Ginkel (2.5) led the blocking efforts for Van Den Bosch’s squad.Raszler put up 63 assists and nine digs; Timmermans (14 kills) and Jessi De Jager (12 kills) were also in double figures for Dordt.last_img read more