Transfer Deadline Day: The six biggest deals of the day before the window slammed shut

first_imgThe summer transfer window is officially shut and the dust is settling on another rollercoaster few months.As history suggests, each year Premier League clubs usurp the total collective expenditure from the previous summer – and this year was no exception, with England’s top flight amassing nearly £900m in transfer fees.While the eye-catching deals of Kevin De Bruyne, Memphis Depay and Roberto Firmino were all completed well in advance of Transfer Deadline Day, some clubs left it until the 11th hour to carry out their work.But which were the biggest deals on another absorbing deadline day? Here are the six biggest in terms of transfer fees… 6 3. Ramiro Funes Mori: £9.5m (River Plate to Everton) – Ramiro Funes Mori might not be a household name but his one cap for Argentina raised a few eyebrows. The transfer fee, too, caught the eye, particularly as he was originally viewed as a contingency plan in the likelihood of John Stones’s departure to Chelsea. That didn’t materialise, and the Toffees now look considerably stronger at centre-back after completing one of the earliest deals of the day. 6 5. Aaron Lennon: £4.5m (Tottenham to Everton) – Ten years at Tottenham officially came to an end on deadline day as Aaron Lennon left for pastures new at Everton. After a successful loan spell at Goodison Park in the second half of last season, the Toffees were always favourites to snap up the former England international on a permanent basis. It took them until after the 6pm deadline to do so, mind. 6 6 4. Michail Antonio: £7m (Nottingham Forest to West Ham) – The best player in the Championship? Possibly. After rejecting approaches from Derby County and Middlesbrough, Michail Antonio got the Premier League move he desired when West Ham came calling. He’s quick, he’s direct and he’s got an eye for goal, so West Ham fans should love him. He was one of four arrivals at Upton Park on deadline day, along with Alex Song, Nikica Jelavic and Victor Moses. 6 6. Glenn Murray: £4m (Crystal Palace to Bournemouth) – Glenn Murray is another striker in the Rickie Lambert and Charlie Austin ilk in that he’s scored goals throughout the English leagues. Seven strikes last season for Crystal Palace convinced Premier League newboys Bournemouth to part with £4m for his services, and the 31-year-old agreed a three-year deal on the south coast around midday on deadline day. 2. Virgil van Dijk: £11.5m (Celtic to Southampton) – This had been written on the wall for a while, but Virgil van Dijk’s move to Southampton should be a shrewd bit of business for Southampton. Celtic’s early exit from the Champions League catalysed his departure from the Scottish champions, and in truth he could have slotted in seamlessly in the defensive line for any Premier League club. The Saints will be hoping he can strike up an instant rapport with captain Jose Fonte. 6 1. Anthony Martial: £36m (Monaco to Manchester United) – Panic buy? It’s safe to say the sensational capture of Anthony Martial certainly initially smacked of desperation from a Manchester United perspective, particularly considering the names they’ve been linked with throughout the summer. His potential, however, is unequivocal and comparisons with Thierry Henry on an athletic and personal level are completely justified. Can he help share the goalscoring burden with Wayne Rooney? Welcome to Manchester, the most expensive teenager in football history…last_img read more

Robbie Keane’s response to Roy Keane was fantastic

first_imgWhen Robbie Keane was asked if he’d heard Roy Keane discussing his availability for the Germany game, the striker’s response was direct and to the point.‘UNLESS HE’S BREASTFEEDING’ – ROY KEANE EXPECTS ROBBIE KEANE TO BE AVAILABLEKeane the player was with his wife on Monday night as she gave birth in Los Angeles, and Keane the assistant manager explained he expected the player to be ready for the Euro 2016 qualifier in Dublin ‘unless he was breastfeeding’.For those who can’t quite understand Ireland’s top scorer, he explained his boss would know more about those matter because “he’s got bigger tits than me”.Germany top Group D, with Ireland in third place, four points ahead of Scotland and two behind second-placed Poland. So Robbie, what did you make of Roy Keane’s breastfeeding comment?— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) October 7, 2015 1center_img Robbie Keane with Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill last_img read more

Once-hidden scenes from WWII give focus to Burns’ `The War’

first_imgI watched Ken Burns’ seven-night “The War” on PBS in the company of ghosts. Burns, who did such a fantastic job with the Civil War, baseball, jazz and the Brooklyn Bridge, spent six years on a 14-hour World War II documentary whose only problem was brevity. Still, PBS averaged 18 million viewers, which is a lot for them but nothing at all in a nation of 300 million – a nation, claims a recent U.S. Department of Education study, where half of our high school students believe that the United States joined Germany to fight the Soviet Union in World War II. I’m sensitive to this collective memory loss because I was raised in post-war America on the grim combat footage that fleshed out shows like “The Big Picture” and “Victory At Sea.” Which is to say that I’d already seen most of the images Burns used to render, as much as it can be, a war fought across an entire globe. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityWhat I had never seen was what the government kept hidden even as that war bled into the next war and the next war and the next. I’m speaking of the dead. In my childhood, the World War II oeuvre featured only dead Germans and Japanese. Maybe for the first time, Burns showed dead Americans, our handsome young men lying still on stretchers, our sailors dropping from beneath flags into the sea, our boys frozen in death. In all, 292,131 Americans died in battle along with an unsung 9,512 merchant mariners. Still, even this horrific number made up only 2 percent of 25 million allies who died in combat and even a smaller fraction of the estimated 72 million who perished in a war spun out of control. Still, it is our dead that speak to us most eloquently. Burns knew this when he told his story through the lives of people from small-town America, from an America so isolated from the world’s horrors as to be unrecognizable. Kurt Vonnegut, the American writer who lived through the fire bombing of Dresden as a POW, said that he hated the Germans and Japanese, not for the war but because they turned us into militarists. “The War” turned out to be militarism run wild, an unadorned series of mass slaughters that annihilated the line between good and evil. It is a total blood immersion that brings to mind a line from the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For The Devil”: “I rode a tank in the general’s ranks when the blitzkrieg raged and the violence stank!” I met hundreds of men who survived that violence. Writing about these veterans was always gratifying and familiar. That’s because my childhood was shaped by them, by those shell-shattered boys staring out a thousand miles from foxholes, bunkers and beachheads in the Burns’ documentary. I wrote so many stories about so many survivors of this mammoth conflict that one colleague began calling me “our World War II correspondent.” I never did write it all down, of course, couldn’t write it all down. Still, I am sorry for missing the things that went unasked as a reporter and – long ago – when I was young and had no idea of the price paid by men like Ralph Campaloupa. Ralph was our Scoutmaster, an endlessly patient guy who would skillfully eat on camping trips with a killing knife that he carried on a web belt. I was 10 when I asked him – a common enough question at the time – where he served in the war. “North Africa, Italy, D-Day, all the way into Germany,” he replied, staring into the fire. I remember his words because I knew instantly that he was the real deal. I also knew that I wasn’t invited to ask any more of a man who had survived that bloody sweep of history. There were others. In junior high we had a history teacher, a man whom we’d make fun of – I’m ashamed to say – behind his back because he was missing his left hand. The fun stopped when we discovered that he lost the hand while trying take a fighter up during the attack on Pearl Harbor. And there was a coach, a tough guy with a steel plate in his head and another butt of our jokes until I saw him at a parade in his Marine uniform with a foot of ribbons on his left breast. But it has only been in recent years that men like this have finally opened up and probably because there is no longer a need to remain quiet as their comrades die at a rate of 1,000 per day. Through my friendship with George Ciampa, a Torrance D-Day survivor, I met several veterans recently, men who volunteered some of the terrible images that have haunted them for six decades. One recalled a scene on Omaha Beach, a single image out of millions. And maybe he was the only man to witness it, to glance back at the carnage as a truck loaded with GIs was turned into a towering cloud of blood by a land mine. “I wake up with that picture in my head,” he told me, a man finally free to cry. I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at, call 310-543-6681 or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077. Hear my podcast at 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

Man shot in Carson dies of wounds

first_imgFrom staff reports A man shot in the block south of California State University, Dominguez Hills has succumbed to his injuries, a sheriff’s official said Sunday. Homicide investigators did not release the name or age of the man, who died at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Sgt. Dale Johnson said. The man was shot as he sat in a vehicle on Tajauta Avenue, near Del Amo Boulevard at about 9:30p.m. Saturday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The shooting is being treated as gang-related, Johnson said. 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

Success remains possible

first_imgBecause they will be looking at two or three or more years of rebuilding without him. Bryant’s value was clear in the heartbreaking 95-93 down-to-the- wire loss to Houston. With a wrist-to-elbow wrap protecting his sprained right wrist and no doubt adding to the degree of difficulty when shooting, he scored a hard-earned 45 points (18 in the fourth quarter). Consider how it is to start the season distracted by reports Bryant’s trade demand will be granted. “It’s not difficult,” said Phil Jackson, the esteemed coach of the Lakers. “It’s just what it is. You don’t have to deal with anything else but what is right in front of you. That’s what’s on our plate right now.” Just take a deep breath and play the game. That’s what Bryant has done throughout his career. Despite many predictions the Lakers are not a playoff team, success is possible as long as Bryant remains here. Lakers owner Jerry Buss must be part of the solution, as he generally was in years past when his teams won eight NBA championships, and not part of the problem, which he was when he took a verbal whack at Bryant with the announcement he would entertain offers for Bryant. He had several reasons to pop off. He did so because he was asked about Bryant’s status. He did so to make it clear to customers that the possibility of Bryant departing is very real. He did so because the stories amounted to a free “NBA star for sale” classified ad. Buss also spoke out to provide support for his son Jim, the Lakers’ vice president of player personnel and mucking up matters. Rushing in to protect little Jimmy at a time when it upset the delicate balance involving Bryant was not wise. It was what a father does. Rumors to the contrary, Bryant figures to remain with the Lakers at least until the end of the year. Holding a fire sale now does not make sense. It is possible for the Lakers to play good basketball and for everyone to suddenly become one big happy family. Please note that is possible, not probable. The Lakers are not a pathetic team. Not with Bryant. But they do have a long “if” list. If Lamar Odom, who did not play Tuesday, is healthy. If Andrew Bynum is ready to contribute for 15 quality minutes a game, if Kwame Brown is the force he should be rebounding and on defense, and if Chris Mihm can contribute in and around the post. If Luke Walton and Ronny Turiaf continue steady improvement. If Jordan Farmar can provide Derek Fisher the support at point guard. At the end, as at the start, so much is about Bryant. Outstanding player on the planet? Yes. Is more needed? Another yes. Jackson used Bryant as facilitator and shooter during the exhibition season. What is needed is for Bryant to seamlessly blend the two disciplines. Not score-score-score in the first half and pass-pass-pass in the second half. Or the other way around. What is needed is for him to flow between the two roles. If Bryant can do it all his game moves to another level and carries the Lakers with him. If he can do it all he’ll make his teammates better players, he’ll be the NBA’s MVP and the Lakers will become a dangerous team. Jackson says when Bryant’s heart is in it he’s a “dynamite player.” If his head and heart are in it he’ll be double dynamite. Bryant summed up his view when he said, “I’m ready to go.” You get to sit back and see if he, Buss, Jackson and all the Lakers’ men can sort it out. Mwsptcol@aol.com160Want 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.As with Johnson, the boos turned to cheers when he produced. They were chanting “Ko-be, Ko-be, Ko-be” by the end of the third quarter. Granted, the prince of pout is flawed. But all the negatives do not change the fact that he is the outstanding basketball player on the planet. If they are wise, the Lakers will find a way to make it work with him. Because? Because they will not be a better team without him. See the wishing well? Think twice before throwing a coin into it. Your wish just might come true. This is a message to those who want Kobe Bryant gone. You ran out of patience during his summer of discontent. You’re tired of reading and listening to nonstop stories, rumors and speculation spinning out of his demand to be traded. Bringing back memories of Magic Johnson’s reception when he was blamed for getting Paul Westhead fired as coach, you booed him Tuesday evening when the Lakers opened the season against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center. last_img read more

Managing big ideas

first_imgQ uestion: I’m called “Project Queen” around our fast- growing small company because I’m the one who keeps all of our projects on track. But my current tools – mostly Excel – are pretty much tapped out, and I need a better way. Any ideas? – PROJECT QUEEN Answer: Project management (PM) is hot territory for small and midsize businesses. And it’s one of the key areas where technology can greatly improve your results – and your bottom line. In the big business world, project management has become a highly specialized discipline. Universities offer project management study courses and degrees, and project management professionals (PMPs) can receive special project management certifications. 4. Projects die without collaboration. Even if a project involves just two or three people, manage it with a team approach so everyone has a stake in the outcome. Motivation and enthusiasm will increase – guaranteed. 5. Go beyond Excel. Use software and the Web to your advantage. PM solutions delivered online are fast and efficient to use. An online project management site is also a great way to bring everyone together in one spot where they can share documents and other information, as well as track time and resources. Here are some project management resources and solutions: Clarizen ( recently launched a new Web- based solution for small and midsize businesses. It’s essentially a Web-based home for your entire project, where you can manage it from start to finish. The cost is $50 monthly per user, with discounts if you sign up for 6 or 12 months. There’s a 30-day free trial available. One nifty feature is Clarizen’s ProjectMail, which lets you collaborate with team members, vendors or other outside sources via e-mail without having to buy more subscriptions. AtTask (, which received the 2007 Gold Award for project management software from Top Ten Reviews, is a Web-based service starting at about $32 a month. AtTask likes to tout its customer support that includes a hotline, forums, training boot camps, phone coaching and more. AtTask also has tools to integrate with and Microsoft Outlook. See a demo online, and get a free 30-day trial and 30 minutes of coaching. Celoxis ( is another complete Web-based solution to manage projects with teams of five to 100. Celoxis is also mostly geared to small and midsize businesses, with many users in industries such as IT development and outsourcing, Web design, health care, tourism and engineering. You can create customized applications such as sales tracking and others to suit your needs. Time sheet and expense features let you do billing and project costing with online approvals. The cost of the online, “hosted” version of Celoxis is one of the lowest, starting at just $14.95 a month per user, with two additional months free if you pay annually. Sign up for a free 30-day trial at the site. For PM software you buy and install on your own computers, consider Microsoft Project, which is a bit pricey at around $600, or a low-cost alternative called MinuteMan (www.minutman-, which is just $49.95 via electronic delivery. Daniel Kehrer ( is editor of, the top business search engine, and, a how-to site for small business.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 There’s also an explosion of technology to help management projects, including software and Web-based services. The online solutions in particular are attractive to smaller businesses because they let you get projects up and running instantly without the hassle of software installation and training, and give you more spending flexibility since there are no up-front investments or long-term commitments. First, some PM basics for small businesses. 1. Realize that “project management” isn’t just for big business. You’re managing projects all the time – even if you don’t think of it that way. Anything requiring multiple steps and multiple people is a project. 2. Technology can help. Web-based systems and PM software beat spreadsheets and conference calls. 3. Chuck the old “top down” thinking. Projects stall when there’s only one “mover.” Successful projects bring everyone involved into the loop to share in milestones, progress and kudos. last_img read more

LAUSD schools desperate for reform

first_imgSuperintendent David Brewer III and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have both launched reform efforts that, they say, will bring the change that’s so greatly needed. We can only hope so, because we can’t afford to put up with this kind of failure any longer.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE latest education news, courtesy of a UCLA study, couldn’t be more dispiriting: California has some of the worst schools in the country. Los Angeles has some of the worst schools in the state. And the San Fernando Valley’s schools barely fare better than the rest of the LAUSD. Often, apologists for the Los Angeles Unified District cite demographics, suggesting that the district’s problems are the students’ fault. Too many poor kids, too many minority kids, too many immigrant kids. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre But there’s no scapegoating the kids this time. California and the LAUSD’s failures span across all races, ethnicities and classes. In pretty much all demographic categories, our kids are doing worse than their peers across the state and the country. We can’t blame standardized testing, either. Tests were just one measure UCLA researchers used. In others – graduation rates, college enrollment, teacher training – the results were just as dismal. Never have the standard excuses been so thoroughly debunked. So it’s time to discard those excuses once and for all. It’s also time to own up to the fact that ours is a vast educational bureaucracy that wastes a fortune, stifles innovation, rewards mediocrity, and warehouses students in behemoth campuses that aren’t conducive to learning. last_img read more


first_imgA BUSINESSMAN has expressed surprise that so many people were conned by crook Francois de Dietrich.And he claims today that the Frenchman who swindled ‘investors’ out of €20M started his empire with stolen cash.Donegaldaily exposed Francois’s crimes six months ago – and we have also had it independently confirmed that de Dietrich stole up to €200k from a business in Donegal. He used this cash to start his Etic Solutions front company behind which he ran his scam.Businessman Stephen Kelly told donegaldaily today: “I know the guy 10 years and can’t understand how people where conned by him.“I saw both sides of him many times, he could make his staff feel like nothing one minute then charm the socks off someone he believed was wealthy the next.“He was running the same scam away before 2007, then it was Wine Investment and only involved around 1,000euro at a time but I guess he was building confidence with people. “He setup ETIC solutions from money he stole from a Donegal business.“He used this stolen money to put on a huge front, advertising and renting those offices in Ballybofey.“It looked so silly having huge offices with six staff..when they all could easily fit into one!”Mr Kelly warned: “He does need to be stopped now-and put behind bars…this guy will feel no remorse..and he will do it again.”Last night donegaldaily revealed that Francois has been to jail THREE TIMES in his native France for fraud. One victim was his own brother.Meanwhile a BBC programme tracked de Dietrich down to a village in northern France where he is living openly.He refused to comment other than to say he would return to Ireland to clear his name.He is wanted by police in the North where he faces 18 months jail for contempt of court. The crook swindled €20M out of Donegal investors over a three year period.Previous report here:UPDATED: FRANCOIS JAILED THREE TIMES FOR FRAUDNEW: ‘FRANCOIS STARTED CROOKED EMPIRE WITH STOLEN CASH’ was last modified: June 8th, 2011 by gregShare 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)Tags:BallybofeydonegaldonegaldailyFrancois de Dietrichletterkennylast_img read more

Nicklas Bendtner fined €2,250 by Wolfsburg for ‘oversleeping’

first_imgNicklas Bendtner was fined £1,800 for turning up to Wolfsburg training 45 minutes late on Monday, because he slept through his morning alarm.The former Arsenal striker was hit with a €2,250 fine – €50 for every minute of his arrears.“I just slept in and didn’t hear my alarm,” the 28-year-old Denmark international told Germany’s Bild newspaper. “It’s my mistake.”It’s not the first time ‘Lord Bendtner’ has faced club sanctions.The Denmark international was also fined by Wolfsburg in February after sharing a photograph of him next to his Mercedes. The Bundesliga club are owned by Volkswagen, and have a club policy that all players must arrive for training in a VW car.He was also once fined £80,000 and banned for one game by UEFA for pulling down his shorts to reveal Paddy Power branded underwear after scoring against Portugal in Euro 2012, while he was fined by Arsenal in 2014 for an unauthorised trip to his native Copenhagen.Bendtner has scored just twice for Wolfsburg this season and does not appear to have a future at the Bundesliga club, having been dropped from the squad entirely for recent games.He has been left out of the matchday squad for the past six games with coach Dieter Hecking admitting he is no longer under consideration.Bendtner’s contract still has over a year left to run but Wolfsburg will be looking to offload the striker, who won a Serie A title while on loan at Juventus, this summer. 1 ‘I slept in!’ – Nicklas Bendtner last_img read more

Leicester facing battle to keep Kante as Italian giants eye midfield sensation

first_img1 N’Golo Kante in action for Leicester City Juventus are eyeing up a summer swoop for Leicester City midfielder N’Golo Kante to replace the injured Claudio Marchisio.The Italian international has been ruled for six months with a cruciate knee injury and Juve are now on the lookout for someone to fill the holding midfield void in time for the start of the 2016/17 campaign.According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Kante is at the top of Juve’s wishlist following an outstanding season for Premier League leaders Leicester.The 25-year-old has earned a call-up to the French national team as a result of his virtuoso midfield displays for the Foxes this term and has caught the attention of a number of Europe’s heavyweight clubs.However, Leicester are unlikely to part with Kante in the summer having already secured a place in next season’s Champions League and it would take a fee in excess of £30m for the club to even consider letting him leave the King Power.last_img read more