Video: Ouch! Tottenham striker Harry Kane gets a clattering from the advertising hoardings

first_imgHarry Pain?Tottenham striker Harry Kane was in the wars in the League Cup showdown with Arsenal on Wednesday night, clattering into the advertising hoardings.After a duel with Gunners winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain which saw him earn a corner for his side, the England star went head first into the boards behind the goal.The 22-year-old fortunately seemed unscathed by the incident, although he was unable to inspire Spurs to victory as they fell to a 2-1 defeat.last_img

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Long-term Arsenal target admits ‘love’ for the Gunners

first_imgArsenal target William Carvalho has admitted his love for the Gunners is why he finds the Premier League so appealing.The Sporting Lisbon midfielder has been tipped to move to the Emirates in the past, while Manchester United have also been linked with the Portuguese.However, speaking to A Bola, Carvalho insists a move to the Premier League is not on his agenda at the moment.“I am where I want to be right now, which is Sporting,” he said.“I prefer not to say too much, but there is a club I have always loved: Arsenal.“It’s because they had Thierry Henry, a player I always enjoyed watching.“Perhaps this is also why I’ve found the Premier League so appealing.” William Carvalho 1last_img

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Man City boost! Kompany set for Premier League return

first_img Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany 1 Manchester City have received a boost ahead of their return to Premier League action with news club captain Vincent Kompany appears ready to make his comeback from injury.The centre-back has missed the Blues’ last five games with a calf injury and was also declared unfit for international action by his club manager Manuel Pellegrini.But that did not stop him being called up and, after sitting out Saturday’s game in Andorra, the 29-year-old was deemed ready for action in his country’s final Euro 2016 qualifier against Israel in Brussels.He played 58 minutes without apparent setback as the Red Devils won 3-1 to secure top spot in Group B and a seeding for next summer’s finals in France.Kompany then delivered a positive update on his condition ahead of City’s Barclays Premier League clash with Bournemouth on Saturday.He told Sky Sports News: “I feel great and I am glad I got to do it. I needed to be part of this. At the same time it’s going again now and I am just looking forward to the next games.“I play for my country and I am proud to do it. There are no small games. I have given everything I have, always, for City. I will carry on doing this and I will do the same for my country.”Kompany’s return, despite the previous reservations of Pellegrini, gives City some positive news after a difficult international break.Sergio Aguero, who scored five against Newcastle on his last City appearance, could be out for a month after suffering a hamstring injury playing for Argentina while David Silva injured his ankle on Spain duty.Left-back Aleksandar Kolarov also took a knock while away with Serbia.The full extent of their injuries will become clear after City have carried out assessments.These latest problems add to a number of issues City already had with Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri, Fabian Delph and Gael Clichy having also been sidelined.last_img read more

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STOP HIM! West Ham must halt Everton star’s scoring streak against them on Saturday

first_img Romelu Lukaku 1 Slaven Bilic knows West Ham must end Romelu Lukaku’s amazing goalscoring streak against them if they are to break their Everton hoodoo.The Hammers have beaten Everton just once in their last 17 meetings, and that victory came on penalties following a 2-2 draw in the FA Cup last season.Pivotal to the Toffees’ most recent successes against West Ham has been Lukaku, who has scored in each of the last six meetings between the teams.Yet Bilic’s side have already ended one Merseyside curse this season when they won at Liverpool for the first time in 50 years.And the Upton Park boss believes they can halt their drought against Everton – as long as they keep the Belgium striker quiet.“That is more important than 17 games,” said Bilic. “He’s scored in six games out of six against us. But that only proves how good he is as a player.“They have some great players with experience, legs, width, pace, imagination – the likes of Ross Barkley.“But if you have to take one player out, then I wouldn’t like to play against Lukaku because he is a top striker and gets assists, and that’s why they paid 30-odd million for him.“But we have great defenders and we’ve already stopped some of the great names this season with the help of the other guys in front of them.“I didn’t know it was that long since we beat them the last time, but that only shows what we are facing; a big club with the mentality of a club that has had its ups and down over the years.“It’s a club thinking big, acting big by signing players and by not letting players go, a massive club.“So I didn’t know it had been eight years. But that doesn’t mean a lot. It’s a new game. We beat so many big teams this season but that didn’t mean a lot when we lost against Watford last week.”last_img read more

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Liverpool FC news: Ian Ayre Q&A cancelled as ticket price row continues

first_imgLiverpool have cancelled a question and answer session with chief executive Ian Ayre as the row over rising Anfield ticket prices continues.The Reds boss was scheduled to answer queries sent in by fans via Twitter about the controversial 2016-17 pricing structure on the club’s television station at 6pm on Monday.However, the event was cancelled by the club just over four hours before air.“LFC thanks fans for submitting questions for tonight’s Q&A however due to ongoing ticketing discussions, this will no longer take place,” said a statement on the club’s Twitter account.Thousands of fans staged a 77th-minute walk-out during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to Sunderland to protest the new £77 seat prices at Anfield.It is understood the club’s top-ranking officials are already considering a review of their controversial pricing policy as a result. The new price proposal will also see a £1,000 season ticket introduced for the first time.The club have argued the new structure offers greater accessibility and affordability.The proposal includes 45 percent of match tickets decreasing in price, 64 percent of season tickets to reduce or stay the same in cost, better availability for local fans and around 1,500 £9 tickets for category C games. 1 Liverpool FC news: Ian Ayre Q&A cancelled as ticket price row continues last_img read more

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Southampton striker Charlie Austin out for up to a MONTH with hamstring injury

first_imgSouthampton striker Charlie Austin will be out of action for three to four weeks with a hamstring injury, manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed.The striker was one of two injury blows Saints suffered in Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth, with both Austin and fellow striker Shane Long limping off at the   Vitality Stadium.Saints initially believed the former QPR frontman could be on the sidelines for two months, but after a scan on Wednesday the injury is not as bad as first feared.Dutch boss Koeman said: “We did a scan yesterday and he will be out for three or four weeks with a hamstring.“It is a grade 1 hamstring injury and normally it is between two and four weeks but it wasn’t the worst [type of hamstring injury].”The 26-year-old frontman has struggled with injury since joining Southampton in the January transfer window, but Koeman says the injury is different to those he has struggled with in the past. “It is a different place to those injuries he has had before,” he added. “It is not the same injury that he had when he came to Southampton.”Southampton welcome Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday but will also be without Long who was withdrawn after a knock on his knee.Koeman said: “Shane Long is not available for the weekend but it is a different type of injury and we have full hope that he will be available next weekend but not this weekend.“He was feeling a knock on his knee and it is really painful but it will not be a problem next weekend.“It is part of football, it is hard to take for Charlie, it is hard to take for us because we have lost two front players.“We lost two and now we need the rest of the strikers to do the job.” Southampton striker Charlie Austin limps off in defeat to Bournemouth 1last_img read more

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Valencia teacher is No. 1 in state

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.She applied for the award, included letters of recommendation and was chosen by a panel of educators from Phi Delta Kappa International. Pharis teaches her students to reach down into their own creative depths, Principal Paul Priesz said. “She’s a wonderful teacher, patient … and a great artist herself,” he said. “She’s passionate about what she does and she brings that out in kids.” Pharis, greeted by colleagues and friends with a standing ovation, said she has learned to share with students her own successes and rejections in hopes of teaching lessons beyond art. “For me, the joy of teaching is to watch children learn to problem-solve,” Pharis said. “That carries into other parts of life.” VALENCIA – Cindy Pharis has turned her passion for art into life lessons for her high school students, a winning strategy that has made her No. 1 in the state. On Thursday, Pharis was honored as the Wal-Mart & Sam’s Club Teacher of the Year for California and will be considered this month for the top national honor. “She’s awesome. She has so much passion,” said Valencia High senior Amber Gaines, 17, as she helped prepare for a surprise luncheon in Pharis’ honor. Pharis was among 197 nominees for the award – one that came with a $10,000 check for her school. And she gets results. “She taught me how to be creative, to incorporate styles into projects,” Gaines said. “You go from making these itty-bitty ugly pots to making something your mom will put on the dining room table.” pat.aidem@dailynews.com 661-257-5251160Want 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

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Former Liverpool defender to join AC Milan on a free transfer

first_img1 Daniel Agger left Anfield for his native Denmark in 2014 Former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger could be on his way to AC Milan on a free transfer this summer.Agger surprisingly left Anfield to return home to his native Denmark in 2014, with many still suggesting he has what it takes to play for a top European club.And now, with his contract at Brondby due to expire next month, Milan are ready to take a punt on the 31-year-old.According to Tuttosport, contact has been made between Milan officials and Agger, and the centre-back is understood to be keen on a switch to the San Siro, where he will receive a significant pay rise.last_img

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Omaha mall massacre: A holiday spirit turned to horror

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings The massacre was presaged Tuesday evening, when a young man with a troubled background named Robert A. Hawkins showed an AK-47 semiautomatic rifle to his landlady, Debora Maruca-Kovac. She says she didn’t think much of the incident at the time – Hawkins, she thought, wasn’t a violent type, although he was depressed over losing both his girlfriend and his job at McDonald’s. Perhaps an hour before the shooting, Hawkins called Maruca-Kovac to say he had left a suicide note. He wrote that he was “sorry for everything” and would no longer be a burden on his family, with whom he had feuded. More ominously, he wrote: “Now I’ll be famous.” Entering Von Maur’s in the Westroads Mall, Hawkins promptly drew the attention of security officers. “Mall security actually spotted Mr. Hawkins upon entry. He was under surveillance at that time, just based on his actions,” Police Chief Thomas Warren said Thursday. But the officers were unarmed, Warren said. “Mall security did not have a chance to intervene.” Hawkins initially remained in the store only briefly. He left, then returned within minutes – apparently with a rifle concealed in a balled-up sweat shirt. He immediately took the elevator to the third floor, and began firing almost as soon as he got out, Warren said. That elevator opens near the girls department. One of its managers at the time was Angie Schuster, 36, who was one of the six Von Maur employees killed. “She probably didn’t have any chance, any warning. I wouldn’t be surprised if she was the first one taken,” said Schuster’s sister, Donna Kenkel. “They said he got off the elevator, and she would have been right there in his way.” “He was walking at a steady pace. Boom, boom, boom, boom,” said Alan Mason, who was at a checkout counter buying pajamas for his mother. “The thing I remember the most is him coming out of that little alcove area (near the elevator) with his gun raised up. Just walking in a ready manner, just bopping that gun a little bit,” Mason said. In all, police say, more than 30 rounds were fired – with victims apparently chosen at random. Police believe Hawkins might have targeted the mall simply because it was large and he had been there somewhat regularly. The shopping center was also near the home of a friend whom Hawkins visited shortly before the shooting, Warren said. Mason, 42, was about 50 feet from Hawkins; his wife was even closer. The clerk at the counter told them to go with her to a hiding place – and they went to a small storage area behind the dressing rooms. A grandmother and her 4-year-old grandson sneaked into the storage area with them and they waited in fear. Shooting persisted – then stopped for a moment. Then, Mason said, he heard five or six more shots before all went quiet. They waited about 45 minutes – Mason grabbed a box cutter just in case the gunman came back – and they heard police announce their presence. Officers escorted them out of the store. As they left, Mason saw the gunman lying in the customer-service area. “Ultimately, at the conclusion of this event, he took his own life,” Warren said. “It doesn’t appear as if there was an opportunity for intervention.” At least four people were wounded, two of whom remained hospitalized Thursday. Mason, emerging from his refuge, also saw the body of a sales clerk in the aisle, and the body of an older man down on the second floor, at the base of the escalator. “There were shell casings and blood everywhere,” Mason said. “Blood and gunsmoke – a gunpowder smell in the air. Shell casings all over the place. Blood smearings.” Mason said Hawkins was wearing dark pants and a hooded sweat shirt. “I didn’t hear him say a word. He was too far away,” Mason said. “He just had a determined look on his face.” Before the shooting started, Kathy and John McDonald – who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in August – were sitting in the customer-service area, waiting for a present to be wrapped. They heard strange noises. “Loud, loud noises,” Kathy McDonald said. “I mean one thinks it might be a gun but surely not. It was just very, very hard to process what it was.” The couple scooted their chair over to a wall and crouched down behind it. “But evidently when the shooter came in, John wasn’t completely hidden because he saw him and shot,” Kathy McDonald said. “And so I just stayed there frozen, and he didn’t see me.” John McDonald, 65, a longtime executive with a natural gas company, fell to the floor behind the chair, fatally wounded. “There was so much blood. I just had a feeling that was it,” his widow said. Meanwhile, Mickey Vickroy, 74, joined a dozen co-workers hiding in a storage closet filled with baby wipes and cleaning supplies. “It was just like it wasn’t real. The whole time we were hiding in the back, the intercom was playing Christmas music,” she said. By the time police arrived, within six minutes of the first 911 call, customer Gary Scharf was dead. The 48-year-old businessman was returning home from a business trip in Iowa, but stopped at Von Maur’s to do some shopping. “I called him my Dudley-do-right,” said Kim Scharf, his ex-wife. “I’m not kidding, you’d never meet a more honorable and loyal man. “I’m sure he got in front of other people” at the store, and took a bullet that might have hit someone else, she said. Maggie Webb was dead, too – the youngest victim. A Von Maur’s employee, she would have turned 25 on Dec. 19. Co-worker Dianne Trent, also killed, was a 53-year-old divorcee who lived alone and would spend warm evenings tending to the flowers on her porch. Gary Joy, 56, and Janet Jorgensen, 66 – both Von Maur employees – were also shot to death. And then there was Beverly Flynn, 47, who died after emergency crews transported her from the mall. Flynn took the job at Von Maur mostly because she loved the holiday season, said a real estate colleague, Gena Schriver. “She loves Christmas. She loves buying gifts for people,” Schriver told the Omaha World-Herald. “These were innocent people going about their daily lives, performing their jobs and shopping for the holidays,” said Mayor Mike Fahey. “They are men and women who did not deserve the fate that they were given.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OMAHA, Neb. – The Von Maur department store in December is so full of holiday spirit that one real estate agent took a job wrapping gifts – not for the money but just to be part of the cheery bustle. Beverly Flynn, a mother of three, was among the eight people killed in a gunman’s rampage that silenced the tinkling Christmas carols on the store’s piano and turned the shopping center’s festive atmosphere into one of unspeakable tragedy. Those who escaped Wednesday’s attack huddled in dressing rooms and other hiding places, while bursts of gunfire sounded from the third floor overlooking an atrium. “We were praying. Every last one of us was praying,” said Mickey Vickroy, who hid with co-workers from the service department in a closet behind the third-floor wrapping room. They stayed hidden for roughly half an hour, until police shouted that they should come out with their hands up. last_img read more

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