Arsenal preparing £55m Cavani bid

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, October 2-Arsenal are reportedly preparing a £55 million bid for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, despite new arrival Danny Welbeck scoring a hat-trick on Wednesday.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger relied almost exclusively on Olivier Giroud up front last season, but the Frenchman suffered a broken left tibia at the start of the new campaign and has been ruled out until 2015 after undergoing surgery. That development saw Wenger swoop for Welbeck, who joined for £16m from Manchester United, and the England international looks to be finding his feet at the Emirates after firing home a treble against Galatasaray in the Champions League this week.However, the north London giants are still believed to be keen on strengthening their striking options even further, with current back-up frontman Yaya Sanogo still looking some way off from a finished product, and Theo Walcott not yet ready to return from injury.The Gunners’ focus is now thought to have shifted to Cavani, who is strongly believed to have become disillusioned with life at Parc des Princes, where he has been forced to play out of position on the wing to accommodate star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Further adding to the claims of a potential deal is the fact the once financially frugal Wenger has loosened his purse strings considerably over the past two years, having signed Mesut Ozil for a club-record £42.5m last term, while this year he splashed over £90m on new talent, including Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers.PSG could also be open to selling Cavani, with the club eager to recoup some of the £50m they spent on David Luiz in August to avoid any further Financial Fair Play sanctions.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Plastic piping OK’d for use instead of copper

first_imgSACRAMENTO – California home builders on Monday won the right to use less-expensive plastic water piping instead of copper, ending a two-decade-long battle against groups that warned of plastic’s potential health hazards. Developers called the decision by the California Building Standards Commission a victory for consumers because it will reduce plumbing costs in new homes and when doing retrofits. “Forty-nine other states use the product. We now have a 25-year history of this product in use,” said Dennis Beddard, general counsel of the California Department of Housing and Community Development, which drafted the regulation. “It clearly demonstrates this product can be used safely.” Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride, otherwise known as CPVC piping, is a sturdy material that – unlike most plastics – holds up even when filled with hot water. That makes it an ideal substitute for the metal pipes traditionally used in homes. It also costs several thousand dollars less in a typical home than copper piping. But environmental concerns and fire hazards prompted state regulators to ban its use in drinking-water lines throughout the state. The building industry has lobbied the commission since 1982 to change that. Home builders won a partial victory in 2000 when California regulators allowed limited use of plastic piping. They gave builders the right to install it in areas where soil or water conditions might prematurely corrode copper. Environmental and consumer groups have argued that chemicals in the type of plastic piping preferred by the industry are dangerous, leaching into the soil and contaminating water that eventually runs out the faucet. Labor groups had sought to protect workers from the fumes given off by the glue used to fit the pipes together, while fire officials warned of the toxic fumes CPVC emits when it burns. “From leaching toxic chemicals to rupturing prematurely to fire hazards, CPVC is associated with impacts that are hazardous,” said Richard Holober, executive director of the Consumer Federation of California. Arkansas restricts the use of CPVC pipes, while the cities of New York, Chicago and Nacogdoches, Texas, ban it, according to the Safe Building Materials Coalition, a California group that represents environmental, consumer, labor and firefighting groups that oppose the material’s widespread use. 160Want 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

‘We always dominate Chelsea!’ – Manuel Pellegrini after Man City hand Blues a thrashing

first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini added salt to Chelsea’s wounds after his side comprehensively beat the Blues 3-0, insisting that they ‘always dominate’ their title rivals.Goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho helped City deliver a serious message to the rest of the Premier League’s elite, duly clinching their first victory over Chelsea since Jose Mourinho arrived for a second spell at the club in 2013.City’s resounding win means they already hold a five point advantage over Mourinho’s outfit, and Pellegrini felt the victory finally reflected their dominance over the Premier League champions.“I think that we always dominate Chelsea, not just today,” said the Chilean.“Maybe we draw in both games last year and in my first season when we won the title we lost both games, but I still think we always dominate.”The hosts looked in the ascendency from the first minute at a revamped Eithad Stadium, and Pellegrini was full of praise for the collective effort in shackling Mourihno’s charges.He added: “I think today we made complete work.“I think that we didn’t give them any chances to counter attack. They are a very dangerous team because they have very good technical players which make it difficult for the other team to control.”last_img read more

Man United, Arsenal and Spurs players who went from zero to hero!

first_img 7 7 7 7 3. David De Gea (Manchester United) – David De Gea might just be the best goalkeeper in the Premier League right now – and we should revel in his brilliance while we still can with Real Madrid seemingly an inevitable next move. But his United career began extremely unconvincingly. In and out of the side, with Anders Lindegaard often preferred, people questioned Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to pay Atletico Madrid £18.9m for him. The manager remained confident in the Spaniard’s ability and something finally clicked for the player. De Gea has been named United’s Player of the Season for the last two years and the club are desperate to keep him. 2. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) – To think Brendan Rodgers so nearly sanctioned a swap deal involving Henderson, plus £4m, to sign Clint Dempsey from Fulham in August 2012. His £16m fee from Sunderland was excessive when he signed in 2011 but the midfielder’s journey from ostracised scapegoat to Liverpool captain is miraculous. His work rate has always been there but his penchant for long-range goals and developing passing range has certainly softened the blow since Steven Gerrard’s decline and hasty departure. The Reds have truly missed his leadership skills so far this campaign as he recovers from a foot injury. 7 5. Ashley Young (Manchester United) – Another United player to be galvanised under Van Gaal, Young’s United career appeared to be over considering he mostly made headlines for tumbling theatrically to the floor. But, out of nothing, Young was like a new player last season, with his performances so impressive they effectively ended Angel di Maria’s United career prematurely. Young’s versatility is now a real asset to Van Gaal with such a slender squad and his reliability played a major factor in United’s return to Champions League football this year. 4. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – Aaron Ramsey was one of the most coveted players in the Football League during his early days at Cardiff but, it’s fair to say, his fledgling Arsenal career never really took off. A devastating broken leg against Stoke in 2010 instigated a plateau in his development, with many questioning whether he’d ever recover and some calling for him to be sold. His form in the 2013/14 season expelled any concerns, though and until he suffered another damaging injury, Ramsey scored 15 goals in all competitions by the end of November. He’s now one of the most effective goalscoring midfielders in the top flight and a willing runner on the right to allow the more creative forces in the Gunners midfield to thrive. And the fans now love him. 1. Gareth Bale (Tottenham) – Real Madrid bought Bale for a club record £85m 7. Erik Lamela (Tottenham) – Lamela was linked with a return to Italy in the summer, having become a peripheral figure at White Hart Lane, but his resurgence embodies Tottenham’s newfound steel under Mauricio Pochettino this season. Unbeaten in the league since the opening day of the campaign, the former Roma winger has become an integral part of a side proving increasingly hard to break down. His work-rate has improved drastically while he still remains a creative force in attacking areas. 6. Chris Smalling (Manchester United) – Another who has assumed new responsibility this season, Smalling has been heralded by his captain Wayne Rooney and manager Louis van Gaal as one of the best defenders in Europe in the past few months. Manchester United have gone 555 minutes without conceding in the Premier League and, while they might not be terribly exciting at the other end, Smalling has been the crucial component to their defensive rigidity. It’s a far cry from the days when he was castigated for his failure to nail down a regular position and his clumsiness. You would have been forgiven for thinking Erik Lamela’s Tottenham career was dead and buried in the summer.Rumoured to be returning to Italy with his tail tucked between his legs, the Argentine had become a peripheral figure and was lambasted for his failure to adapt to the demands of the Premier League.One of the seven signings acquired in the post Gareth Bale era in 2013, Lamela’s £30m price tag didn’t help with the weight of expectation.But this season he’s a changed man. His new found bullish and terrier-like approach suggests an element of reinvention and his performances are garnering wide acclaim.It’s been quite the turnaround for the much-maligned 23-year-old.But which other players have gone on similar journeys from zero to hero in Premier League history? talkSPORT takes a look at a few.Click the yellow arrow, above, right, to see our selection… 7 7last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A story about California Distinguished Schools that ran Wednesday inadvertently left out Garden Grove Elementary School in Reseda. The school was one of 19 in the San Fernando Valley that earned the title.last_img read more

Disneyland Resort to Introduce A Very Merry Unbirthday Tea Party

first_imgShare This!Are you a fan of Alice in Wonderland or looking for a unique way to celebrate a birthday, or even an unbirthday? The new A Very Merry Unbirthday Tea Party will be a great way to do so!Beginning May 31 at the Disneyland Hotel’s Steakhouse 55 and taking place on select days throughout the summer, Guests will be able to enjoy fresh salad, assorted scones, sandwiches, desserts, and hand-selected teas inspired by some of the film’s most popular characters.Guests will be able to choose from one of three tea party options:Classic Tea PartyTraditional SconesTea SandwichesDessertsTeas and Herbal Infusions$52 per adult – plus tax and gratuitiesPremium Tea PartySparkling WineTraditional SconesSaladTea SandwichesDessertsFarewell TruffleTeas and Herbal Infusions$65 per adult – plus tax and gratuitiesKids Tea PartyTraditional SconesTea SandwichesDessertsHerbal Infusions, Juices, Milk or Hot Chocolate$39 per child (ages 3 and up) – plus tax and gratuitiesAperitifs, wines by the glass, ports and cordials are also available for an additional charge.The A Very Merry Unbirthday Tea Party will take place Fridays through Sundays from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling (714) 781-DINElast_img read more

Anti-Srini camp forces BCCI to have emergent meet on Sunday

first_imgBCCI is likely to hold an emergent working committee meet on Sunday It may not be to embattled BCCI chief N.Srinivasan’s liking, but notices have been sent today to state associations to have an emergent working committee meet on Sunday afternoon in Mumbai.A top BCCI official confirms that last night itself Interim President Shivlal Yadav had instructed the Secretary Sanjay Patel to convene such an emergent meet on Sunday. By having it on Sunday, the meeting holds significance as it would be in time before the BCCI files its reply to Supreme court, 24 hours before the hearing on 22nd. If the anti Srinivasan camp has its way in the meet, it’s stance in court may not have the blessings of Srinivasan.All this is following Rajasthan Cricket Association’s letter to BCCI asking the board to meet and discuss with the members before it files a reply to the Court. The country’s Apex court has sought a reply from the BCCI as to how it plans to investigate allegations against 13 people (players and administrators) including displaced BCCI President N Srinivasan, a list compiled by court appointed investigator Justice Mudgal.Many more in the anti-Srinivasan camp within the Board also joined the RCA Wednesday night itself in demanding a meet to update on the proceedings in court. RCA in the letter had also questioned the stance BCCI took in court alleging that it may still be taking instructions from certain individuals’, pointing a finger at Srinivasan, who continues to be restrained from functioning in his capacity as BCCI chief by the Apex court.advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2015: ‘Sachin, Sachin’ chants back as Tendulkar drops in at MCG

first_imgTendulkar is the ‘Brand Ambassador’ of World CupLong retired from the game but Sachin Tendulkar’s mere presence was good enough for a near-capacity crowd to go hysterical during India’s World Cup game against South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, on Sunday.Having retired from international cricket in November, 2013, Tendulkar hasn’t dropped in for international matches often and therefore the legend’s presence at the iconic venue was just the icing on the cake that the fans needed in such a marquee match.Tendulkar is the ‘Brand Ambassador’ of World Cup and once he arrived, he was quickly whisked away to the ICC’s Hospitality Zone with tight security in place. However the moment the MCG giant screen showed Tendulkar, clad in violet shirt and dark trousers, enjoying the match, the chants of Sachiiin, Sachiiin were back again. It seemed that he never retired. When his image was flashed for the second time on the giant screen, he did wave at the crowd and it was met with deafening applause.While the lucky ones in the ICC Hospitality Box got their share of selfies and autographs, the ones outside had to be content by clicking the ‘Master’ picture. For Sachin, it seems as if he has now completed a ‘Circle of Life’ with the World Cup. In 1987, he was present at the Wankhede Stadium during the semi-finals as a ball boy and then was an integral part in the next six editions.On Sunday, he was again back to cheering his team. In person, he was not on turf, in spirit, he was very much there. advertisementlast_img read more