“It is always about the money,” said Everton manager Ronald Koeman when asked after Sunday’s 1-0 home loss to Burnley if his team’s poor start to the season was particularly disappointing given the recent recruitment of new players for around 140 million pounds.“It is so easy in this situation to speak about the money. We have got a lot of money and we invest some money and it is always about the difference in spending from transfers,” the Dutchman added.Koeman’s frustration at the focus on the transfer market dealings of the club is understandable – the pre-season notion that Everton’s transfer activity made them contenders for a top six position always contained a strong degree of hype, especially considering the investments of those above them.But with Everton 16th after seven games, hovering two points above the relegation zone, with two wins to their name, the line of questioning was fair.Far from mounting a challenge to enter the elite, so far, Everton look to be going backwards and their acquisitions deserve some examination.Around half of the money spent on new players came from the sale of the club’s top player, striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United for a reported 75 million pounds.Yet the club did not spend any of their money on directly replacing Lukaku with a proven spearhead likely to bag 20 goals a season – instead spreading it around as they brought in nine new players.It is a sign of how well those deals are working out that three of the most prominent of those players, former England captain Wayne Rooney, Dutch midfielder Davy Klaassen and Spanish attacker Sandro Ramirez, started Sunday’s loss on the bench.Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford looks a sound acquisition as does centre-half Michael Keane, while Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson has known qualities.But given Sigurdsson, Rooney and Klaassen all occupy a similar position and indeed Croatian Nikola Vlasic is another attacking midfielder, the priorities are questionable.SPURS EXAMPLEKoeman had talked about bringing in an out-and-out striker and there have been suggestions that Arsenal’s French forward Olivier Giroud could be a target in January.But the use of resources echoes, in many ways, the way Tottenham used their windfall after the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in 2013.Spurs sold the Welshman for 85 million pounds and used that money to bring in seven players. Most failed to make any sort of impact and only two are still with the club – creative midfielder Christian Eriksen and winger Erik Lamela, who has been out for more than a year with a long-term injury.Others such as Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches, Spanish forward Roberto Soldado and Brazilian midfielder Paulinho struggled to make an impact.Spurs have progressed well in recent years, with a young, English core to their team led by Harry Kane and that might be a route that Everton will eventually consider.Dominic Calvert-Lewin is showing great promise in attack and another member of the England Under-20 World Cup winning team, Ademola Lookman is a 19-year-old forward who has impressed many but has not been given many opportunities since arriving in January.Tom Davies is a talented hard-working midfielder who has shown he is capable at Premier League level while defenders Mason Holgate and Jonjoe Kenny have promise.Last season it looked as if Koeman was going the route of blooding young players and complimenting them with some astute signings.It was an approach that vanished in the flurry of cash over the summer but it might yet still be the best way ahead for Everton.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Scientists say they have confirmed that a so-called 10th planet discovered last year by a Caltech astronomer is bigger than Pluto, but that likely won’t quell the debate over what makes a planet. Michael Brown and his team of astronomers, who first spotted the icy, rocky body – informally called 2003 UB313 – had reported only a rough estimate of its size based on its brightness. Now another group of researchers has come up with what is believed to be the first calculation of UB313’s diameter. By measuring how much heat it radiates, German scientists led by Frank Bertoldi of the University of Bonn estimate that UB313 is about 1,864 miles across. That makes it larger than Pluto, which has a diameter of about 1,429 miles. “It is now increasingly hard to justify calling Pluto a planet if UB313 is not also given this status,” Bertoldi said in a statement. Details were published in the journal Nature this week. Some astronomers have debated over what is a planet and whether Pluto should keep its status. The difficulty is there is no official definition and some argue that setting standards like size limits opens the door too wide. Caltech’s Brown, who discovered UB313 and announced it last July, said the Germans’ measurement seemed plausible. He said his team is using the Hubble Space Telescope to directly figure out its size. Brown previously reported that UB313 was thought to be larger than Pluto and estimated that it was most likely between 1,398 miles and 2,175miles in diameter. If it is determined to be the 10th planet, it would be the farthest-known body in the solar system.
Dan Windle hosts The 72 on talkSPORT 2, two hours on all the big talking points in the EFL Championship, League One and League Two.He was joined by Mark Webster and former Exeter, Swindon and Luton striker Sam Parkin to review the weekend’s action.Plus, Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom, Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer and Crawley town manager Harry Kewell all feature.
Here are the top football headlines and transfer stories in Wednesday’s newspapers and online…Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, reportedly the favourite to replace Antonio Conte if he is sacked by Chelsea, will make Luis Suarez his first signing if he is appointed Blues manager. (Le10Sport)Chelsea are keeping tabs on Real Madrid star Marco Asensio and are considering a £120million deal for the midfielder next summer, although any deal would likely hinge on Eden Hazard moving to the Spanish giants. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United will reportedly demand £115million from Real Madrid for goalkeeper David de Gea. The 27-year-old Spaniard’s contract at Old Trafford expires at the end of next season. (The Sun)Chelsea Thibaut Courtois, 25, says his “personal situation” means he would consider a move to Real Madrid if the European champions show an interest in his insteada of De Gea. (Sport Foot Magazine)Liverpool have been warned that the Roma goalkeeper Alisson will cost more than £45million, with the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain also interested. (Daily Mirror)The 25-year-old Reds target has been described as the “Messi of goalkeepers” by former coach Roberto Negrisolo. (Il Romanista)Arsenal and Liverpool target Thomas Lemar has turned down a contract extension at Monaco in the hope he can force a summer move to England. (L’Equipe)Ajax winger Justin Kluivert, 18, denies speaking to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho about a move to Old Trafford and says he knows “little” about the club’s interest in him. (Metro)Bayer Leverkusen will only sell Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United target Leon Bailey if a club is prepared to stump up nearly £100m – FULL STORY HEREManchester United have joined Chelsea and Liverpool in the race to sign Lazio centre-back Stefan de Vrij – FULL STORY HERESchalke midfielder Max Meyer is apparently being chased by at least eight clubs. The 22-year-old was linked with a shock switch to join Arsenal on deadline day, but a late bid failed to materialise. (Bild)Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Malcom has revealed he wanted to leave current side Bordeaux during the January transfer window. (The Independent)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:Ray Wilkins has accused Chelsea’s players of downing tools on under-fire manager Antonio ConteWilkins: In-trouble Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is paying for the mistakes former technical director Michael Emenalo made in the summer transfer windowFormer West Ham captain Kevin Nolan has backed manager David Moyes and insists he is the right man to steer the east London club forwardBundesliga giants Bayern Munich will join Manchester United and Liverpool in the race to sign in-demand Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian PulisicIn-demand Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen has revealed he was never close to joining Newcastle during the January transfer windowLeicester City have set their sights on Eden Hazard’s brother Thorgan as a direct replacement for wantaway midfielder Riyad MahrezItalian minnows Benevento have reportedly tried and failed to sign former Arsenal duo Alex Song and Samir NasriManchester United and Arsenal have also been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema this summer, according to reports in SpainArsenal are keen on a move for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani – but they did not make a January move to sign him
The Scot is returning to a venue where he has already enjoyed considerable success, winning a Commonwealth gold four years ago and beating Mexican Humberto Soto back in March.He said of the Hydro: “I love it. Glasgow has been amazing to me ever since the Commonwealth Games.“Every time I’ve been in Glasgow I’ve had great success and a great welcome.“Even though I just stay along the road in Edinburgh they always make me feel at home here “It’s a great arena and I’m looking to continue my run of success there.” “I think I can but we’ll wait and see, you never know how it can play out.”If necessary, however, Taylor insisted he was prepared to go the distance.He said: “I’ve prepared diligently in the gym for this fight. I’ve sparred hundreds and hundreds of rounds.“If it goes 12, I’m more than confident that I’m fit enough. Josh Taylor believes he can knock out Viktor Postol on Saturday.‘The Tartan Tornado’ is one of the brightest prospects in British boxing and the Scotsman can make the final step towards a dream world title shot with victory over highly ranked Ukrainian fighter Postol at the Hydro in Glasgow.Taylor said he was confident of not only winning the title eliminator but doing so by inflicting a knockout blow within the 12 rounds.The 27-year-old from Prestonpans, East Lothian said: “I’ve got it in me to knock him out. I feel very confident in the way I’m performing at the minute.
“I’ve screenshotted every journalist that’s said it’s a great appointment. I’m going to keep that for whenever they tell us it wasn’t.”And Maxwell said that the reaction from fans was positive and he was hopeful that it would result in close to a full house for the next qualifier at the national stadium.I’m delighted for the Tartan Army. They’ve obviously been very vocal on social media saying how pleased they are with the appointment. I’m very hopeful and sure it will translate into people coming for the Cyprus game, which would be great for Steve and his first game in charge. Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell said Steve Clarke was the “outstanding” candidate for the Scotland job and the only person he spoke to about taking on the role.Former Kilmarnock boss Clarke was appointed as national team boss on Monday and given a three-year contract and a remit to qualify for Euro 2020 and the World Cup in 2022. Maxwell, who admitted he felt under pressure to get the right man following Alex McLeish’s departure, said that the board had considered a shortlist of six candidates but only spoke to one man after it was clear who ticked all the boxes.“The first thing that the board had to do was understand the skills and attributes that we wanted the national team coach to have and then you can start to refine that again against the candidates,” he said. “We analysed half a dozen to a good degree. We went in-depth into different aspects of their careers, their win ratios, loss ratios, points won from losing positions. All the usual things.“Throughout the process Steve was far and away the outstanding candidate and we’re absolutely delighted to be able to secure him.”Clarke’s appointment has been praised by fans and critics alike, surprising even the chief executive.“I thought the choice would go down well,” he said. “I didn’t think he would go down as well as he has.
A Lexington, IN father and two children were killed Sunday night in Scott County.Yesterday evening at approximately 7:45 pm, deputies from the Scott County Sheriff’s Department responded to a serious crash on State Road 203, also known as East Cherry Street, just north of Hunt Street in Lexington, IN. When deputies arrived, due the severity of the crash, they called for Indiana State Police Reconstructionists to come to the scene.Troopers arrived and assumed the investigation at the deputies’ request. The preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police Reconstructionists shows vehicle one, a white 2002 KIA Spectra, being driven by Alfonzo B. Qualls, 36, from Lexington, IN, was traveling northbound approaching a curve in the roadway on State Road #203. Vehicle two, a 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck being driven by Jacob S. Pettit, 21, from Madison, IN, was traveling southbound, approaching the same curve in the roadway.As the vehicles met in the curve, vehicle one, the KIA Spectra, allegedly left its travel lane and crossed into vehicle two’s lane of travel. The two vehicles crashed head on.As a result of the impact of the crash three people were killed and five others were injured.Below are the names, ages, addresses and vehicles of all the involved in the crash.Vehicle One, Kia Spectra, Driver of Vehicle One, Deceased Alfonzo B. Qualls, Lexington, IN Male Age/36Kia Spectra Passenger, (front passenger seat), Deceased Mariah Qualls, Lexington, IN Female Age/8Kia Spectra Passenger, (front passenger seat), Deceased Kaden A. Pedigo, Austin, IN Male Age/10Kia Spectra Passenger, (back seat), Life Threatening Injuries Alfonso Qualls JR, Lexington, IN Male Age/6Kia Spectra Passenger, (back seat), Life Threatening Injuries Jasmine Qualls, Lexington, IN Female Age/2Kia Spectra Passenger, (back seat), Life Threatening Injuries Makayla Qualls, Lexington, IN Female Age/infant babyVehicle Two, 2004 Chevrolet Pickup Truck, Driver Two, Non-Life Threatening Injuries Jacob S. Pettit, Madison, IN Male Age/212004 Chevrolet Pickup Truck Passenger, Non-Life Threatening Injuries Marjus C. Turner, Lexington, IN Male Age/26Due to the injuries suffered by the occupants of the KIA Spectra it is believed that none of the occupants were restrained by seatbelts. The infant child was in a car seat at the time of the collision however, it appears as though it was not properly secured in the vehicle.The KIA Spectra driver, Alfonso Qualls, had a suspended Indiana Driver’s License. An alcohol and substance blood test will be performed. The results will not be available for up to six weeks.Assisting agencies, Lexington Township Fire Department, Scott County E.M.S., Scott County Sheriff’s Department and the Scott County Coroner’s Office.This investigation is continuing.All Subjects are Innocent Until and Unless Proven Guilty in a Court of Law.
By Hub City Times staffMARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Chaparrals keep winning. Hub City’s amateur baseball team picked up its tenth straight win on July 8, defeating the Spirit Twins 13-3 in seven innings. The Chaparrals are now 12-1 on the season, and they’ve outscored their opponents 108-31.The Chaps took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning, and added five more runs in the third inning. That scoring spurt included a two-run home run by Noah Panzer. Spirit scored twice in the bottom of the fourth inning, but Marshfield came right back with three more runs in the fifth. The Twins added a run in the bottom of that inning, but that was it for the day. Marshfield added two more runs in the top of the seventh on a two-run homer by Riley Erickson, then held Spirit scoreless in the bottom half of the frame to end the game in seven innings on the 10-run mercy rule.The win goes to Ryan Metz. He scattered ten hits over six innings, allowing just two earned runs while walking two and striking out two.Bobby Pilz struck out two of the three batters he faced in the seventh inning, as the Chaps wrapped up their 12th win.Erickson went 3-for-4 with a home run and four runs batted in. Kyle Westhuis went 3-for-5 and Panzer went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.
14 August 2006Roland Schoeman turned in a sensational display at the Deutsche Ring Aquatics short course competition in Hamburg at the weekend, setting a world record in the 50 metres freestyle whilst also winning the 100 metres individual medley.It proved his decision to miss Swimming South Africa’s annual awards function, where he was named Athlete of the Year for the third year in succession, to be a good one.The 26-year-old sprint ace became the first man in history to break the 21-second barrier in the 50 metres freestyle, touching in 20.98 to shave 0.12 seconds off the previous mark set by France’s Fred Bousquet in 2004.Financial rewardThe new record was worth $15 000 to Schoeman, who also shares the 100 metres world short course record with the USA’s Ian Crocker.In the final, he was a little off the record he swam in the semi-finals, turning in a winning time of 21.28.In the final of the 100 metres individual medley, Schoeman touched in 52.56 seconds to secure victory.He is off to Victoria, Canada, next to compete in the Pan Pacific Championships from 17 August to 20 August. Last year, in Montreal, he won two gold medals and a silver at the Fina World Aquatics Championships.Return to competitionRyk Neethling, returning to competition after a two-month break, took third in 100 metres individual medley, some way behind Schoeman in 54.19 seconds.After the competition, Schoeman was named swimmer of the meet, which saw him add a car to the $15 000 he had won for his world record.He was not the only South African to stand out.Lyndon Ferns picked up gold in the 50 metres butterfly – an event in which Schoeman holds the world record, set in Montreal in 2005 – in 23.24 seconds.WomenIn women’s action, Suzaan van Biljon excelled in the breaststroke, winning the 50 metres in 31.17 seconds, and taking victory in the 200 metres in 2:23.42.Liza-Mari Retief secured fourth-place in the 100 metres butterfly in a time of 59.84 seconds. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Fiji oneworld connect membership The giant oneworld alliance is about to get bigger and extend its reach thanks to a new program designed to accommodate a broader range of airlines as “connect” partners.Oneworld connect is the first new membership platform since the alliance was unveiled almost 20 years ago and is designed to push its global coverage further than its current level of more than 1000 destinations in 150 plus territories.It also takes into account the changing nature of the airline industry and the emergence of low-cost and hybrid business models.Fiji Airways was unveiled as the first connect partner Sunday in the run-up to the International Air Transport Association’s annual conference in Sydney but oneworld chief executive Rob Gurney said talks were already underway with other carriers.READ: Fiji Airways continues record profit roll.“What we build is a scalable model that is a lot more simple to implement and we’re talking to a range of airlines at the moment that are operating more in that low-cost space,’’ Gurney told AirlineRatings.“Because it takes away the requirement to have all of these formal partnerships and systems integrations with every single member airline, it’s really more focused where the greatest commercial potential exists.“It’s simpler for the existing oneworld members but it’s also simpler for the connect partner. So we think we can accommodate a broader range of operators than we’ve traditionally hunted for.”Oneworld connect partners will provide select benefits to the alliance’s frequent flyers traveling on their flights, although they will be less than those offered by full members.Customers with oneworld emerald sapphire or ruby status in a oneworld member airline frequent flyer program will be able to use priority check-in and those with emerald or sapphire status will get priority boarding.Passengers and baggage will get through check-in for their entire journey and the ability to earn and redeem frequent flyer points where the connect member offers a loyalty program.There will also be access to select lounges for first and business class passengers as well as top-tier frequent flyers.Connect members will need to make their networks available on oneworld’s round-the-world Global Explorer fares and to maintain IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification.Oneworld chairman Pekka Vauramo noted global alliances already account for 60 percent of total industry revenues and global capacity and 75 percent of revenues between the top 125 business city airports.“With most of the world’s biggest airlines already signed up, global alliances have reached maturity,’’ he said.Fiji Airways, part-owned by Australia’s Qantas, saw passenger numbers grow by 12 percent in 2017 and has been adding new destinations.It added Adelaide, San Francisco and Singapore in 2017 and is due to start services to Japan in July, 2018.It flies a combination of Airbus A330, Boeing 737, ATR and Twin Otter aircraft and will take the first of five Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in November.Fiji Airways chief executive Andre Viljoen said the new connect membership would allow the airline to deepen its relationship with oneworld members such as Qantas, American Airlines, British Airways and Cathay Pacific.Viljoen said the connect membership would raise the airline’s profile and help put it on the global airline map.