Kevin De Bruyne 1 Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs claims the club had no way of stopping Kevin De Bruyne joining Manchester City – as they offered to quadruple his wages.The Belgian moved to the English side this summer after they shelled out £54m to secure his signature.Wolfsburg understandably wanted to keep the former Chelsea man, who claimed 16 goals and 27 assists in all competitions last season.But Allofs has revealed they were powerless to do so after City came in with a wage offer which blew them out of the water.“When a player comes to you with an offer from a club willing to pay him four times as much [as he is already earning], then you’ve got to consider what’s going through his head,” Allofs told Die Welt.“We had looked for a solution which would have allowed us to keep hold of him for at least another year, but when that was not possible, it was clear that we would sell him.”
1 Manchester United target Sofiane Feghouli Fenerbahce are ready to make their move for Manchester United target Sofiane Feghouli.Feghouli is yet to sign a new contract at Valencia and is currently set to walk away as a free agent in the summer.United are long-term admirers of the Algerian midfielder, while Inter Milan and AS Roma both want to tempt him to Italy.But now, according to reports in Turkey, Fenerbahce have joined the race and will make their move in January.Valencia may choose to cash in on Feghouli rather than lose him for nothing in the summer and Fenerbahce are circling.
QPR have confirmed the appointment of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as their new manager.The former Leeds and Chelsea striker has left his role at Burton, who are currently top of League One, and signed a rolling contract at Loftus Road.Hasselbaink replaces Chris Ramsey, who was sacked a month ago following Rangers’ unconvincing start to the season.Former Hoops boss Neil Warnock was then appointed interim manager and guided the club to two wins, a draw and a defeat from four games, culminating in Thursday night’s 1-0 victory at Reading.Hasselbaink has enjoyed a hugely impressive start to his managerial career in England, leading Burton to the League Two title in his first season and leaving them challenging for back-to-back promotions.The 43-year-old Dutchman takes over a Rangers side lying 11th in the Championship following last season’s relegation. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 1
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino attempted to temper their season expectations despite a dramatic 2-1 victory at Watford that took Spurs within three points of Premier League leaders Leicester.Heung-Min Son struck in the last minute of normal time against the ten-man Hornets after Odion Ighalo had cancelled out Erik Lamela’s clever finish in the first half.Spurs have lost just twice this season and, while the top four remains their initial target, the title seems feasible with their main rivals all hugely inconsistent.But Pochettino was refusing to get carried away after the win in front of a vociferous Vicarage Road crowd.“We need to keep inside our real aims and I think that the most important thing is to keep working hard,” said the Argentine.“This is our philosophy and at the end of the season we hope to achieve good things.“I think this is the value of the victory that we have got today. It is massive for us and we should be very proud.”Watford full-back Nathan Ake received a straight red card for a lunge on Lamela early in the second half which ultimately changed the course of the game, but Pochettino wasn’t convinced it was a sending off.He added: “It’s a little bit nasty but I don’t think it’s a red. It’s orange because it’s more than a yellow.”
Liverpool fans enjoyed Gary Neville’s Valencia team losing 7-0 1 Luis Suarez tore Gary Neville’s Valencia apart in the Copa del Rey.To the delight of Liverpool fans, Luis Suarez scored four goals in the 7-0 hammering at the Camp Nou.And some were quick to reach out on Twitter to thank their former striker.Neville, meanwhile, claims he will not resign as manager of Valencia where he has yet to win since taking over in December.Here, talkSPORT has collected a selection of tweets from fans.
1 Jurgen Klopp Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his side are genuine contenders in Europe and admits it may be their best route back into the Champions League.The Reds are nine points adrift of qualification domestically and, while they are still eight matches away from even reaching the Europa League final, the prospect of using this route to rejoin the continent’s elite is one the German is considering.“A few teams in the world can think about winning the Europa League and I think we are one of these teams,” he said on his return to his homeland to face Augsburg.“We don’t have to say ‘We have no chance’ but if you look at the teams in the competition now it is like a little Champions League.“Sometimes you can look at winning a cup as the shortest way to get somewhere but for sure the Europa League is not the shortest way to get to the Champions League, it is a really hard race.“The chance to qualify for the Champions League makes it more interesting, ask Sevilla (Europa League winners four times in the last 10 years) who would have qualified many times with this rule.“We are in the last 32. We can see the line but I cannot say now, ‘This is our only chance of being in the Champions League’. It’s a chance.“How many points in the league are we away from the Champions League? I think it is nine. So, yeah, at this moment I would say we have a better chance this way at the moment.“Maybe the top four clubs will have a crisis but we have to solve our own problems.“We have to be at the highest motivation for the game without thinking about the last moment and knowing the possibility.”After a hectic period in January, Klopp has the luxury of being able to just focus on the Europa League for the next week as his side are not involved in the FA Cup at the weekend and injury problems are starting to ease.That increases the likelihood of him naming a strong side to face Augsburg, who are struggling in the Bundesliga.“We haven’t been able to pick a consistent team so far for different reasons,” Klopp added.“If you have a pre-season and no injuries then you can play a lot of times with a similar if not the same team – the biggest teams in the world are doing this.“I don’t want to compare ourselves with Barcelona but three of these players (Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar) play all of the time.“Listen, we played Sunday and we play Thursday, that’s a good gap, enough time to recover no problem. It’s nothing.“We then play Thursday-Thursday, so no problems again. We then have a final (Capital One Cup on the Sunday).“Before a final you don’t have to think about anything because you don’t need to be recovered. You could play the final on Friday!”
To prepare for the move, I had an hour’s lesson on how to drive the nine-shift truck with the hydraulic lift. It had an auxiliary gas tank, and I’d mastered how to turn it on. The truck went 55 mph and had no power steering. It also slipped out of gear on a downhill run. If I manually held it in place, we were all right. So it was with a lot of optimism that we attempted this 3,000-mile trip. The cab was small. Behind the seats were sleeping bags, air mats and pillows stuffed with pajamas in their cases, and on board were my trusty electric tea kettle, two cups, powdered coffee, milk and a small tablecloth. One small pan, two bowls, and silverware were in the shopping bag – this was the economy trip. My girlfriend had styled my hair, and we were bidding a last farewell to neighbors and friends when someone passed David a tall, black, silk hat. David’s eyes lit up, but there was no place to put it except on his head. We set out on the 1,000-mile turnpike from Boston to Chicago in style, with me in my dress and my son with his silk hat. Halfway across the continent we noticed there was something sluggish about the shifting. At each gas station we went in we were told about this big truck garage “just up ahead” that could fix it. We arrived just before lunchtime. I asked the owner how long it would take to get it repaired. He took me to the back of the garage, where he had a large blackboard. “You see that?” Names of owners, types of trucks, license plates and times of arrival were listed. Some at the top were crossed out. “We take them as they come in, and when they are finished they’re crossed off and they leave,” he said. “Your truck is at the bottom now.” “That’s a fair way to do business,” I said. “Now as for me and my truck, we are on the way to Los Angeles. We’ll be your guests until the truck is fixed. We have our sleeping bags, air mattresses and pillows, and will sleep beside or under the truck until we leave. “I’m a Christian, a Sunday school teacher and honest. Nothing will be disturbed in your garage for the duration.” “Not in my garage,” he said. Lunch came and I found a barrel, put the tablecloth over it, and set the two fold-up stools on either side of it. I plugged in my tea kettle, and put a Twinkie on each plate with a roll of crackers. The tea kettle whistled, and I poured the hot water into the soup. As we sat down, I told David to take off his hat for grace. I thanked the Lord not only for the food, but also for the garage, and His care of us. I also asked His mercy with the garage owner. I assured him that we were most grateful for this place to sleep out of the cold, wind and maybe rain. The sound of the kettle must have drawn the owner’s attention. When we got through lunch and packed up the truck, I heard the owner holler, “Will someone get on that Bachelder truck and get it out of here?” The truck needed only some small adjustment and we were soon on our way. I worried that I wouldn’t know when we had a flat with so many extra tires on the truck. But in a rainstorm it happened, and I was driving. Several burly truck drivers helped David get it changed, and I wondered if the outfits we were wearing had anything to do with their generosity. I pulled into the yard in Lawndale just six days after we left Massachusetts, still intact in the beautiful dress and pearls. Shirley Bachelder is a 42-year Torrance resident who is retired. Do you have a story to tell? Submit your column to Lisa Martini, My Turn, Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please limit to 800 words and include your telephone number. We’ll pay $25 for each column we publish. 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.I told Mildred that the dress had seen its last hurrah, and she said, “I have a couple of dresses I’d like to give you. I’m sure they’ll fit.” They were lovely: One was a brown print Bergdorf Goodman with an enormous full skirt and tight-fitting waist, the other was a light blue dimity with a beautiful wide lace collar. I discarded that old dress then and there. The morning I was getting ready to take the plane to Massachusetts, Mildred gave me a cultured pearl necklace and earrings. It was a beautiful choker and the pearls were as big as blueberries. I was in heaven. “Wear them always,” she said. We said a tearful farewell, and I headed home. It was the summer of 1962 and my family had bought a 2-ton Ford truck to move our things to California from Medford, Mass. I was 41 years old and going to drive the truck loaded with 28,000 pounds of furniture with my teenage son, David. Before leaving the East Coast, I flew to New York for the weekend to see my friend who had been my junior high school teacher and mentor. Mildred had married and lived in a penthouse apartment and was delighted to see me one last time. I wore an old navy blue serge dress and planned to discard it before leaving for California. I intended to wear dungarees driving cross-country. A small locked box on the running board of the truck was my entire wardrobe.
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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Nearly 60,000 gallons of fuel leaked and spread throughout the bay after a container ship struck a tower of the Bay Bridge. SAN FRANCISCO – The cleanup of the San Francisco Bay oil spill is shifting from water to land. Coast Guard officials say there are still 60 boats working to scoop up the spilled shipping fuel both inside and outside the Golden Gate. But those efforts are becoming less effective because the oil has dissolved and spread out too much. Coast Guard Captain William Uberti says he didn’t see much oil on the water during an aerial survey Monday. Moving forward, the cleanup effort will focus on Bay Area beaches and shorelines.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“I was a coach for Whittier High School, and his brother played football,” John Jones said. “I guess he inherited it from me and his brother.” Jones decided to enter his son in the local contest at Adventure Park on a whim a few months ago. He said Jayson was entered to make up for being unable to play tackle football. At 9 years old, Jayson is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds, too big for his age class in tackle ball. Instead, his family signed him up for another year of flag football, and enrolled him in the contest. At Adventure Park, he played against 15 other boys, ages 8 and 9. “I wanted to see how it was,” Jayson said of the competition. “I thought I wouldn’t win, because sometimes I get nervous.” But Jayson did win and qualified to compete regionally in Los Angeles. There he punted, passed and kicked against 35 other boys, and to his surprise, was given a place in the competition at Qualcomm Stadium, against four other finalists. Ralph Jones, 18, is Jayson’s brother. He practices with Jayson in the family’s backyard and accompanied the family to watch Jayson compete at Qualcomm. “I’m proud of him because he went so far,” Ralph Jones said. “He did way more than I would have done at his age. He’s a great athlete.” He also practices a lot. Jayson said he plays at least one hour every day. His father said he spends at least 10 hours a week playing football. Jayson also plays basketball and baseball, but said football (where he is most often quarterback) is his favorite. According to John Jones, he used to bring his son to practice with the Whittier High School football team. “I had no baby-sitter, so Ralphie would watch Jayson and he would play,” Jones said. “He would work out with the varsity team when he was 4 or 5.” Jayson’s distances have not been released officially yet, but John Jones said his son kicked at least 30 yards in the competition, which includes 3.4 million boys and girls ages 8 to 15, nationwide. His results from Sunday’s competition at Qualcomm will be tallied and compared to the winners for the other 31 pro teams. The four best scorers will be flown, with their parents, to the American Football Conference Championship game. Jones said he thinks his son has a good chance at qualifying. “This will boost his confidence a little more, see what kind of competition there is out there,” Jones said. Ralph Jones said he thinks his brother has a bright future in sports. “Look out when he gets to high school,” Jones said. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Photo Gallery : Whittier boy chosen for Pepsi challenge Video: Whittier boy competes in Pepsi challenge A 9-year-old Whittier boy was chosen as the representative for the San Diego Chargers this week in Pepsi’s Punt, Pass, Kick contest. Jayson Jones’ scores will be tallied against 31 others nationally, each representing a pro football team, to determine whether he will be invited to compete in the contest’s national championship. Jayson said he loves football and plays every day. His father agreed, and said the game is in his blood.
Also Saturday, a roadside bomb struck a U.S. combat patrol in Baghdad, killing one American soldier and wounding three, the military said in a statement.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 KingsAmong the 13 dead were three children and two women, the officer said. Villagers trying to fight back killed three gunmen, but the militants torched more than two dozen homes and around 500 families took shelter in neighboring towns, police said. Elsewhere in Diyala, Iraqi officials said U.S. and Iraqi troops, police and members of a local tribe freed four villages from al-Qaida control, killing 10 militants and arresting 15 in a two-day operation that ended Saturday. Among the weapons and ammunition seized were 100 barrels of TNT, according the provincial army and police. The U.S. military said it could not immediately confirm the report. As the influx of U.S. troops gained momentum earlier this year, American officials have courted both Sunni and Shiite tribal leaders in Diyala and elsewhere, hoping they will help lead local drives against al-Qaida. U.S. commanders have welcomed the relative lull in violence, but warn that Sunni and Shiite extremists still pose a serious threat. The U.S. administration has pushed the Shiite-led government to capitalize on the security gains and make tangible progress toward national reconciliation. That effort has foundered. BAGHDAD – Dozens of militants, suspected to be from al-Qaida, showered a Shiite village with mortar rounds early Saturday, then stormed the streets, killing at least 13 Iraqis, torching homes and forcing hundreds of families to flee, police said. Some villagers fought back, leaving three gunmen dead in the heart of one of Iraq’s most violent regions. Even with nationwide violence ebbing to the lowest levels since January 2006, American commanders have warned that security is precarious in northern Iraqi regions such as Diyala, where Saturday’s attack took place, as al-Qaida and other militants have moved there to avoid coalition operations. The attack on Dwelah, about 45 miles north of Baghdad in Diyala, began about 6:30 a.m. with mortar rounds. Then 50 to 60 militants streamed in and opened fire, a police officer said.