Roberto Martinez surprised by ‘special’ Everton youngster

first_img Brendan Galloway, left, has joined Luton getty 1center_img Everton boss Roberto Martinez admits he has been stunned by how easily Brendan Galloway has taken to Premier League football.The 19-year-old, signed from the MK Dons in 2014, has been a revelation for the Toffees at left-back after stepping in to replace the injured Leighton Baines.Galloway has made nine appearances so far this season and will again be in the starting line-up for Saturday’s Premier League trip to second-placed Arsenal.“”Brendan keeps surprising everyone,” said Martinez of the England Under-19 international.“His maturity is very impressive and I haven’t seen him needing time to rest or a need to take him out of the team.“You need to measure that week to week and allow football to make the decision. But there is no general rule saying that if someone is 19 and hasn’t really played before, there is a certain number of games you have to give him.“We have been very pleased with the way he has adapted to the demands and clearly we have someone quite special for the future.”last_img read more

Tottenham v Sunderland: Red-hot Defoe has Spurs running scared

first_imgMauricio Pochettino will be wary of a familiar foe when Tottenham play Sunderland and in-form striker Jermain Defoe.Defoe, who has had two spells at Spurs, has scored five times in his last two games for the Black Cats, including a hat-trick in the midweek win at Swansea.“A great player, a top goalscorer. His quality is great. It’s not new for us,” Pochettino said.Spurs, seeking their own striker to relieve the goalscoring burden on Harry Kane, are aiming to respond from their midweek loss to Leicester against a side they beat 1-0 in September.Since then Dick Advocaat has been replaced by Sam Allardyce and Pochettino can anticipate how the former West Ham boss will shape his side.“He has time to improve in the way he wants to play, (it was) a long time ago that we played (at Sunderland),” the Spurs boss added.“All the teams Allardyce has managed are very tough. (But) you need to be careful with all the opponents.“Always in the Premier League games are very tough. We will expect another tough game against Sunderland.”Allardyce’s sides have a reputation of being difficult to break down, particularly away from home.Pochettino must be hoping for a repeat of the response from the prior defeat, to Newcastle, when Spurs went on a three-match winning run.He recognises Spurs must get better in every area of the game.“We need to improve in all areas and all aspects,” he said.“For me football is about a lot of things, not only one, because it’s a collective effort, collective game. It’s impossible to speak of only one thing.” Jermain Defoe celebrates scoring for Sunderland 1last_img read more

Premier League round-up: Stoke thump Bournemouth while West Ham fight back in four-goal thriller

first_img Premier League round-up: Stoke thump Bournemouth while West Ham rescue draw with another comeback 1 It was another action-packed afternoon in the Premier League on talkSPORT, as we bring you all the final scores from Saturday afternoon…Norwich City 2-2 West HamWest Ham produced the second stunning comeback in as many weeks as the plucky Hammers fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Norwich at Carrow Road.Slaven Bilic’s side were battered for most of the game as goals from Republic of Ireland forward Robbie Brady and midfield maestro Wes Hoolahan gave the dominant hosts a deserved lead with just over an hour played.But, just as against Liverpool in the FA Cup this week, West Ham refused to go down without a fight and battled back to rescue a point with two goals in two minutes courtesy of star man Dimitri Payet.The Frenchman celebrated signing a new contract by netting their first – on the rebound after Victor Moses’ initial effort was saved – and he then provided the assist for Mark Noble’s stunning equaliser – the Englishman finding the top corner with a wonderful curling drive – which sealed a share of the points.Bournemouth 1-3 StokeStoke City rise to ninth place in the Premier League table as they fired three fine goals past a spirited Bournemouth.The Potters, wearing a one-off all white third kit to avoid clashing with the hosts, were off to a flyer at Dean Court as record signing Giannelli Imbula opened the scoring after just nine minutes.The £18.3million man scored his first Stoke goal with a thumping first-time volley from outside the box, with Ibrahim Afellay doubling their lead after the break with another fine long-range finish to complete a quick counter-attack.German forward Joselu then scored within moments of his introduction to make it 3-0 just minutes later, but Bournemouth refused to fold in front of their home fans.Matt Richie, perhaps the Cherries’ best player this season, exhibited wonderful technique to volley past Jack Butland on 57 minutes, and while Eddie Howe’s men were the better team until the final whistle it proved too late to spark a comeback.Swansea City 0-1 SouthamptonSouthampton climbed to within a point of fifth-placed Manchester United with a slim victory over Swansea City.It was an even contest at the Liberty Stadium but it lacked quality up front as both sides squandered planet of goalscoring chances.The points were eventually won by Shane Long’s 69th minute strike, as Southampton sealed their fifth win in six games, and returning goalkeeper Fraser Forster kept his sixth consecutive clean sheet.Crystal Palace 1-2 WatfordTroy Deeney struck twice as Watford climbed to eighth in the Premier League with a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace, who ended the game with ten men.The Hornets captain opened the scoring in the first-half from the penalty spot after he was fouled in the box.January signing Emmanuel Adebayor then netted his first Palace goal, looping a close-range header over Heurelho Gomes and into the net, to level before on the stroke of half-time.But Deeney was the hero for the Hornets once again with a cool close-range finish in the 82nd minute to seal a brilliant win.And it got worse for Palace defender in stoppage-time, as Pape Souaré was sent off for a nasty two-footed challenge.Everton 0-1 West BromSalomon Rondon’s first-half goal proved the difference as West Brom scraped a slim 1-0 victory over a luckless Everton.It was a frustrating afternoon for the Toffees, who were the overwhelmingly dominant side but were eventually punished for their wastefulness in front of goal.The Baggies scored against the run of play as Venezuelan forward Rondon chested the ball over the line from Jonas Olsson’s header in 17 minutes.It was all Everton for the rest of the game, as the hosts registered 76 per cent possession and 34 efforts on goal.But only six of those were on target, and Ben Foster was in fine form in the Baggies net as Tony Pulis’ side clung on to claim their first win in six games.last_img read more

Prosecutors decline to file case against Danny Bonaduce

first_imgHOLLYWOOD – Danny Bonaduce will not be charged with felony battery for tossing “Survivor” contestant Jonny Fairplay onto a stage because Fairplay “initiated contact and acted offensively,” prosecutors announced today. Fairplay jumped on Bonaduce Monday at the Fox Reality Really Awards in Hollywood, and the former child star, radio deejay and recovering drug and alcohol addict lifted Fairplay over his head and dropped him, causing him to fall face-first onto the stage, knocking out a tooth. In a charge evaluation worksheet filed yesterday and publicly released today, Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Boxer wrote that there was “insufficient evidence” to charge Bonaduce. Fairplay wrapped his arms and legs around Bonaduce and “thrust his pelvis” into Bonaduce’s body, Boxer wrote. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“It did not appear that (Bonaduce) intentionally tried to cause injuries, but simply reacted” to Fairplay’s actions, Boxer wrote, adding that Bonaduce’s conduct “fell within the realm of self-defense.” Bonaduce, who was featured on the TV show “The Partridge Family” in the 1970s, currently works with Adam Carolla on a morning radio show. 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

Bush asks Congress to OK $1.4 billion aid to Mexico to fight drug traffickers

first_imgMEXICO CITY – President George W. Bush asked Congress on Monday to approve a $1.4 billion aid package over the next two years to help the Mexican government fight narcotics traffickers, who have unleashed a bloody underworld war that has left more than 4,000 dead across Mexico in the last two years. The plan calls for the United States to give Mexico $500 million over the next 12 months to provide training for police and tools to dismantle drug cartels, including helicopters, surveillance planes, drug-sniffing dogs and software to track cases. An additional $50 million would go to Central American countries for the same purposes. The United States would also provide advisers to help vet police recruits, establish a witness protection program and set up citizen-complaint offices to cut down on the endemic corruption in Mexican police forces, State Department officials said. Thomas A. Shannon Jr., the assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, said the initiative was intended to bolster the administration of President Felipe Calderon as it continues an unprecedented crackdown on organized crime. Since taking office in December, Calderon has sent tens of thousands of troops into towns once controlled by drug cartels to restore order, extradited several well-known drug kingpins to the United States for prosecution and stepped up seizures of cocaine, guns and illicit cash. The result has been a violent backlash from criminal organizations. “We are at an important moment when organized crime presents a real threat to democratic governments in Central America and Mexico,” Shannon said. Billed as a “security cooperation initiative,” the agreement grew out of talks Bush held with Calderon last March in Merida, Mexico. Before and after the meeting, the Mexican president said that the United States did too little to reduce demand for drugs and to stop the flow of arms and cash southward into Mexico. 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

Elvis earns even in death

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Elvis Presley is still the King. Presley, who earned an estimated $49 million in the past 12 months, has reclaimed the No. 1 spot on Forbes.com’s list of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities. He last topped the list in 2005. Presley died in 1977. His estate continues to generate millions from music royalties, DVDs, licensing deals and tourism at Graceland, the rocker’s mansion in Memphis, Tenn.last_img read more

Confirmed: Tottenham’s Dele Alli handed three match suspension

first_img Dele Alli in action for Tottenham Hotspur 1 Dele Alli has been handed a three-match ban for violent conduct by the Football Association which rules him out of action for the rest of the season.The 20-year-old Tottenham midfielder was hit with the suspension after appearing to punch West Brom’s Claudio Yacob in Monday night’s 1-1 draw between the two sides at White Hart Lane, which all-but ended SPurs’ title chances.Alli accepted the FA charge – but saw his claims that the accompanying three-match ban would be an excessive punishment thrown out.Named PFA Young Player of the Year last week, Alli had been fouled twice in the early stages by the Argentinian and looked to react when the two came together in the penalty area.The incident was missed by referee Mike Jones but the FA acted quickly in charging Alli and announced on Thursday evening that a three-match ban was his punishment.“Dele Alli will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after he committed an act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video,” an FA statement read:“The player accepted The FA’s charge but contested that the automatic penalty of a three-match suspension would be ‘clearly excessive’.“This claim, however, was rejected following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [Thursday 28 April 2016].“The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was involved in a 26th minute incident with West Bromwich Albion’s Claudio Yacob during their game on Monday [25 April 2016].”The news will come as a blow to Spurs and their head coach Mauricio Pochettino, although losing Alli now is less of a loss with the North London side unlikey to beat Leicester to the Premier League title.The draw against the Baggies, which saw Craig Dawson equalise his first-half own goal, leaves the Foxes just three points away from silverware, heading into their clash against Manchester United on Sunday.Alli has shone in his debut season at Spurs, and the benefit of his suspension is that the youngster will be fresh and fit heading into the European Championships this summer.last_img read more

Adrian Bevington leaves advisory role at Aston Villa

first_img Adrian Bevington only joined Villa in March 1 Adrian Bevington has left his advisory position with Aston Villa, the club have announced. Former Football Association executive Bevington joined the club to review and evaluate the managerial position and playing staff at Villa Park in March.He follows David Bernstein and Lord Mervyn King out of the club, after the pair quit the relegated side last month stating their new football board had found it impossible to implement a new structure.Bevington told the club’s official site: “I explained to [chairman] Steve Hollis a few weeks ago that I would not be looking to take on a full-time role with the club, but agreed to remain as an advisor until the end of the season.“I know how hard Steve is working on a number of levels and I hope he can conclude the ownership and managerial positions very soon.“I have enjoyed working with Steve and Brian Little – a man who clearly cares so much for the club and will do everything he can to help it succeed.“I’d also like to make particular reference to Eric Black. Eric has been a true professional to work with after taking on the manager’s role in the most difficult circumstances.“There is a huge amount of work ahead for Aston Villa FC. A club of its size with its great support should be competing at the higher levels of the Premier League, not in the position it currently finds itself.“To move forward, now more than ever, it is crucial the club makes the right calls on the big decisions it is faced with.”Chairman Hollis, who himself only joined Villa in January, thanked Bevington for his help. “I’d like to place on record my thanks to Adrian for his contribution and professionalism,” he said.“Over a short period of time, he has provided a great deal of football knowledge and experience – both to the club and to me personally.“Adrian gave me his word he would remain with the club until the end of the season. Now that time has come we wish him well for the future with his various football commitments.”Villa were relegated from the top flight for the first time since 1987 in April and finished bottom of the Barclays Premier League with a club-record low total of just 17 points. Former Leicester chief Nigel Pearson and ex-Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo are the frontrunners for the manager’s job with caretaker Eric Black not expected to stay at the club. Owner Randy Lerner is also closing in on a sale, which could be concluded within weeks.last_img read more

Liverpool’s shock Walcott move, Man City win race for £40m German star – GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top headlines and transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers and online…Ronald Koeman will be given the biggest transfer kitty in Everton’s history to rebuild the Toffees squad this summer. The Dutchman is finally expected to be confirmed as the Merseyside club’s new manager on Tuesday, penning a three-year contract worth £6million per season. (Daily Mail)Liverpool are hoping to land Arsenal winger Theo Walcott in a surprise £25million move. (The Sun)Manchester City have won the race for Schalke’s £40m-rated Germany prospect Leroy Sane. (The Sun)City target Aymeric Laporte has rejected the chance to join the Premier League side, with the 22-year-old French defender instead signing a new deal with Athletic Bilbao. (Daily Mail)Blues goalkeeper Willy Caballero is wanted by La Liga clubs Espanyol and Celta Vigo. (Daily Mirror)Reported Real Madrid target Riyad Mahrez has been offered a new contract worth £100,000 a week to stay at Premier League champions Leicester City. (Various)Meanwhile, former England and Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman has told Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to “get Foxes forward Jamie Vardy. (Daily Express)West Ham have reiterated they will not sell France playmaker Dimitri Payet for any price this summer. The 29-year-old free-kick master is reportedly wanted by Chelsea. (Daily Mirror)Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants to sign Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian, who is part of his Italy squad at Euro 2016. (Bleacher Report)Portuguese starlet Joao Carlos Teixeira is set to leave Liverpool this summer, with the highly-rated 23-year-old saying he wants to pursue his “dream” with Porto. (Liverpool Echo)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?EXCLUSIVE – Jack Wilshere tells England fans to ‘concentrate on the football’ after violence mars start of Euro 2016Liverpool transfer blow! Napoli set to offer Reds target Gonzalo Higuain new £110k-a-week contractEuro 2016: ‘I’d rather have Alvaro Morata than Zlatan Ibrahimovic!’ – Sweden captain fails to impress Manchester United fansManchester City blow as reported target Aymeric Laporte signs contract extension at Athletic Bilbao‘I love him with every bone in my body’ – Liverpool fans happy with this Coutinho newsLiverpool transfer news: Reds table £9.5m bid for Poland midfielder Piotr Zielinskilast_img read more

Gibbs has his team on a roll

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson LaVar Arrington’s interception set up Clinton Portis’ 6-yard touchdown run, and Sean Taylor returned a fumble 51 yards for another first-quarter score for the Redskins, who rebounded from a three-game losing streak to win five straight to get into the playoffs. “I go to work with a great bunch of guys, and they have a lot of fight to them,” Gibbs said after his first playoff game since a divisional-round loss to San Francisco on Jan. 9, 1993. “They never gave up no matter what the circumstances.” Taylor was later ejected for spitting in the face of a Bucs player, further depleting an injury-riddled defense that held off two Tampa Bay scoring threats in the closing minutes, including a near catch in the end zone that could have tied the game with just less than three minutes to go. Chris Simms lofted a perfect spiral to Edell Shepherd on third-and-10 from the Washington 35, but the Tampa Bay receiver lost control of the ball as he was coming down in the end zone. Simms, unaware the pass was ruled incomplete, began celebrating near the sideline – and the Bucs’ stadium crew set off premature fireworks. Tampa Bay asked for a video review, burning its final timeout, but the call was correctly upheld by instant replay. “It’s unfortunate,” coach Jon Gruden said. “He was open, he had his hands on the ball, and he was in the end zone.” The Redskins advanced to a divisional round game on Saturday at Seattle (13-3). They also avenged a 36-35 loss to Tampa Bay (11-6) this season, a game the Bucs won on Mike Alstott’s 2-point conversion run with less than a minute remaining. “Our defense was incredible,” Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell said. “You can’t say enough about them.” Gibbs, who came out of retirement two years ago, took over sole possession of third place on the career playoff wins list for a coach, improving to 17-5 in the postseason, including three Super Bowl titles during his first stint with the Redskins from 1981-92. The Hall of Famer is known as an offensive innovator, but the Redskins were outgained in this one 243-120. “Our guys on offense were giving it everything we had,” Gibbs said. “We tried a little bit of everything, and we couldn’t get anything to work.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The victory was the sixth straight for the Redskins (11-6), who won despite gaining only 120 yards on offense – the lowest total in NFL history for a winning team in a postseason game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. “It’s been a tough fight these last six weeks,” said linebacker Marcus Washington, who recovered a fumble and had a fourth-quarter interception. “We ain’t ready to go home yet, so we’re going to keep sawing wood.” center_img TAMPA, Fla. – Joe Gibbs’ teams always had a knack for peaking at the right time, and these Washington Redskins are no different. With the Hall of Fame coach back in the playoffs for the first time in 13 years, the Redskins – at least on defense – looked like a Super Bowl contender again in beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-10 in the NFC wild-card round Saturday. last_img read more