Leeds owner blasts transfer target after calling off deal

first_img Fernando Forestieri 1 Leeds United have pulled out of a deal for Watford forward Fernando Forestieri.The Championship club had been close to sealing a swoop for the 25-year-old, who is struggling to break into the first-team at Vicarage Road under new boss Quique Sanchez Flores.However, Leeds have now pulled out of the transfer after chairman Massimo Cellino claimed the player did not have the right state of mind to play for Leeds.“We decided on Tuesday we would not be signing Forestieri, it was clear he didn’t have the right mentality needed,” Cellino told the club website. “I want players to show a hunger and desire to come here – but he did not.“It was not about the money. A player could cost £3m, £5m or be a free transfer, but if their mentality isn’t right then I will not sign them for Leeds.”last_img read more

Video: The European records Messi and Ronaldo haven’t broken…yet!

first_imgLionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo seem to break incredible new records every week, but there are plenty of Champions League landmarks they have yet to reach.Watch the video above to see a selection of the goalscoring records the talented duo still have to pass, including the fastest ever European goal and the most goals scored in a single European season.They may be the two greatest players of their generation, but they will have some way to go if they’re to beat some of these achievements!For more of the best sports entertainment on YouTube, subscribe to talkSPORT here.last_img read more

Jackson Martinez could not believe his luck when this happened!

first_imgGetty Images Jackson Martinez scores a rare goal for Atletico Madrid against Valencia in LaLiga Atletico Madrid remain in contention for the Spanish title following their latest win.A 2-1 victory against Valencia keeps means they are keeping pace at the top of La Liga where Real Madrid and Barcelona occupy first and second place with 21 points.Atletico have 19 points and owe their latest triumph to goals from Yannick Carrasco and Jackson Martinez, who benefitted from some comical defending from Shkodran Mustafi and Aderlan Santos to score the first of the game.center_img 1last_img read more

‘New striker in January please, Wenger!’ – Fans not impressed with Giroud

first_img1 Olivier Giroud missed two goals against Tottenham Arsenal fought back to earn themselves a point against a dominant Tottenham side in the north London derby.Spurs led for much of the game, but were unable to find a second goal after Harry Kane’s opener.Gunners’ forward Olivier Giroud missed two great chances to head his side level, with one hitting the bar and the other going wide despite finding himself unmarked in the six-yard box.Here, Arsenal fans express their views on the France striker on Twitter.Let us know what you think about Giroud’s suitability to lead the line by commenting below or tweeting us @talkSPORT.last_img read more

Green out for season

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.By putting Green on injured reserve, the winless Dolphins freed up a spot on the 53-man roster, which they used to activate receiver Kerry Reed from the practice squad. “At this point, this is the best thing for Trent and the team,” Coach Cam Cameron said in a statement. “The doctors have prescribed rest for now. No long-term decisions regarding Trent’s future have been made.” Green said he understood the Dolphins’ need to make a move. “I appreciate the way the organization has handled this,” he said in a statement. “I realize this is in the best interest of my long-term health, and I want nothing but the best for the team. “Right now I haven’t made any decisions about my future, but I talked with the Dolphins about staying involved in some capacity the rest of the season.” From news services There will be no comeback this season by Trent Green, leaving the Miami Dolphins with an uncertain quarterback situation yet again. Green was placed on injured reserve Saturday, shelving him for the rest of the season following his second severe concussion in 13 months. The 37-year-old Green said he has made no decision about playing next year. A series of test results were normal following the latest injury Oct. 7, but doctors were concerned about possible long-term effects and declined to clear him to play. Around the league 49ers: San Francisco waived linebacker Hannibal Navies and signed fullback Zak Keasey from the practice squad to the active roster before their game against the New York Giants. Navies, a nine-year pro with his fourth NFL team, started the 49ers’ last two games after Manny Lawson was lost for the season with a knee injury. But Navies was doubtful for San Francisco’s visit to New York because of a knee injury. Bills: Buffalo signed tight end Derek Schouman off the practice squad after releasing backup defensive tackle Tim Anderson. Schouman was Buffalo’s seventh-round pick out of Boise State. Colts: Wide receiver Marvin Harrison remains questionable for Indianapolis’ game against Jacksonville on Monday night because of a bruised left knee. Colts coach Tony Dungy said before practice Harrison would probably be a game-time decision in the AFC South clash between the Colts (5-0) and Jaguars (4-1). Falcons: Alge Crumpler’s chronically sore knee could sideline the four-time Pro Bowl tight end for today’s game at New Orleans. Crumpler, the Falcons’ leading receiver the last three years, has played in 40 straight games, including 39 starts, despite having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee the last two offseasons. Jets: Tight end Chris Baker won’t play in New York’s game at Cincinnati after he was downgraded from questionable to out with a back injury. Baker, who has 12 catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns, was limited in practice all week and didn’t accompany the team to Cincinnati.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

Jobs not always waiting for vets

first_imgBURBANK – In summer 2003, Brenda Piedra was getting supplies in the streets of Baghdad – “shopping,” as she calls it. But it was nothing like a trip to the mall. As an Army private on a supply mission, Piedra came under fire that August day. A soldier in the Humvee in front of her was killed, and Piedra spent a long 20 minutes dodging bullets, pulling injured soldiers out of the street and firing back. Before leaving active duty in 2005, Piedra rose to the rank of sergeant, pulled guard-duty shifts and supervised crews of Iraqi construction workers. But since returning home, and after more than a year of searching, she has been unable to find a good job. In fact, things have gotten so bad that she has applied for a job to return to Iraq as a civilian contractor. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.On Thursday, she hoped for something better while attending a Burbank job fair for hundreds of fellow veterans, many of whom have struggled while transitioning to civilian life. “It is frustrating,” said Piedra, 25, of Burbank. “Not finding a job and lack of money, not paying the bills.” Some veterans said combat training doesn’t always translate to a stable, well-paying job. And others still are haunted by what they experienced overseas. Death up close Joe Campo, 23, of Simi Valley still has nightmares in which he is shot or his buddy goes down. As an Army infantry soldier patrolling around Baghdad’s Green Zone, he never went through those things but has seen death up close, he said at Thursday’s job fair. Driving along a busy street in a Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, Campo’s unit was attacked by two suicide bombers. Campo was hunkered down in the turret, and the explosion didn’t pierce the heavily armored Bradley. But it killed a dozen Iraqi civilians and police officers, he said. When he stuck his head out after the dust cleared, he found himself next to the severed head of one of the bombers. “You go through not knowing if you’re going to make it through that patrol,” Campo said. “You don’t know if you’re going to make it to the end of the night.” After returning home in January 2006, Campo would get nervous in a traffic jam – such occurrences always meant danger in Iraq. And whenever he scanned a cardboard box or a stalled car, he would worry about an IED, an improvised explosive device, even though he was back in the States. But unlike Piedra, he has been lucky enough to find a job. He works for his cousin, handling birds of prey used on movies or to kill rodents at landfills. It’s fun work – not even like a real job – but it’s nothing close to full-time, he said. Eventually, he’d like to work in public safety. But after shattering his leg in a recent motorcycle accident, he’s unsure whether he can find the job he wants. “As soon as they see the military experience, they know it’s a good worker,” he said of prospective employers. “But it’s hard to get an actual, decent-salary job, something I can pursue my career in.” About 400 veterans attended Thursday’s “Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet” event at the Burbank Airport Marriott. It was organized by the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley and the California Employment Development Department, with help from the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation. At a similar job fair in Mississippi, 600 veterans were hired in one day, many to rebuild the Gulf of Mexico coastline ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, said Tom Poulter of the foundation. Looking for work In California, more than 27,000 veterans a year return home looking for work, said Roger Brautigan, undersecretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Piedra said she is looking for work in law enforcement or corrections. When she was in Iraq, her unit was sent out in Humvees without metal plating, and they lacked body armor, too. On the supply missions, they “shopped” at Baghdad stores for everything from furniture to water – things that were lacking back at the base. “It wasn’t safe at all, but we had to do it because there was nothing set up for us,” she said. Los Angeles City Councilman Tony C rdenas attended Thursday’s event and said soldiers like Piedra deserve help. “She was going through that firefight – thank God she survived – and she’s back here with us,” he said. “But the thing is she did it, she committed, she followed through and she’s back. The least we can do is commit to helping them now that they’re here.” Some of the veterans at the job fair are entering the work force after a decade or more in the military. Sgt. William Becker, 54, has spent 28 years in the Army, with experience driving trucks and handling heavy weaponry. He leaves in February, and on Thursday he felt confident as he walked among the tables talking to employers. “I can drive pretty much anything that can be driven,” he said. “I’ve done quite a bit in my lifetime, so I can pretty much do anything they have.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want 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

Uncommon generosity

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! CRISIS can bring out the worst and the best in human nature. And in last week’s firestorms, it was the best that many fire victims experienced. All over Southern California, people helped people. Touched by the stories of loss, strangers reached out in many ways. They gave food and supplies to people evacuated from the fast-moving blazes. Neighbors helped neighbors put out flames and save homes. Strangers were moved to acts of uncommon generosity. Even people who had lost everything found themselves lending a hand to other victims. While nothing can reverse the loss, it’s clear that even the inferno can’t burn away our humanity.last_img read more

’til Death and beyond

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But there was some type of delay, so they put the ceremony on the back burner, Veloz said. On a whim, the couple decided to get married on their favorite holiday. “We’ve always loved Halloween and getting dressed up,” said Pasillas in her white mummylike dress as she waited in the lobby. “So, when Tom brought up getting married on Halloween, I said `yes.’ ” As for the groom, who sported a rented black tuxedo and an oversize skeleton mask, it was perfect timing. “There’s no better day than Oct. 31 as a wedding anniversary,” he said as onlookers took photos of the couple. “It’s just a fun thing to do.” • Photo Gallery: Halloween wedding• Video: Halloween wedding NORWALK – Exercising imagination and forsaking the traditional romantic holidays, a Santa Fe Springs couple tied the knot Wednesday dressed in costume. Tom Veloz and Pauline Pasillas, both 36, dressed as a skeleton and bride of Frankenstein as they exchanged vows in front of 23 family and friends at the Los Angeles Registrar- Recorder/County Clerk’s Office. The couple, who have known each other for 20 years, originally planned to get married in a traditional summer wedding when they filed for their marriage license. The couple will have a traditional ceremony next year. In attendance, and also dressed in costume, were the couple’s three children – Christopher, 18, Tommy, 16, and Brenda, 12. “They are such special people,” said best man and longtime friend of the couple Michael Cruz. “They are a one-in-a-million couple.” “This is priceless,” said Kathy Treggs, manager of public records, as she and other employees took images of the couple on their camera phones. When it was time for the pair, who met on a blind date, to get married, the chapel turned into a mini-Halloween party. Deputy Commissioner Fatima Jimenez, who presided over the ceremony, called the wedding original. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” she said. “It’s fun and everyone is so happy.” After exchanging two oversized rings fitted with fake spiders, the couple exited the chapel and were off to a Halloween party/wedding reception. “It turned out pretty good,” Veloz said. “Things always seem to work out better on the spur of the moment.” sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Veterans Days events set

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Whittier: The Uptown Senior Center, 13225 Walnut St., will be celebrating all veterans from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. Veterans are encouraged to bring in memorabilia to display during the celebration. The movie “Letters from Iwo Jima” will also be shown. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. For information call (562) 464-3370. SUNDAY Monterey Park: City officials and American Legion Post 397 will host a Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. in front of City Hall, 320 W. Newmark Ave. The event will include the presentation of a wreath at the city’s War Memorial, as well as patriotic music and speeches by local elected officials. For more information, call (626) 307-2541. Pico Rivera: Winners of the annual “Voice of Democracy” Audio Essay Competition will be invited to share their essays at the Veterans Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Veterans Monument at Rosemead Boulevard and Mines Avenue. The theme for this year’s program was “My Role In Honoring America’s Veterans.” The winners were judged on originality of essays, delivery and content. For more information visit vfw.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Several local cities will remember veterans – living and dead – at Veterans Day observances. From solemn ceremonies featuring survivors of World War II and other veterans to family style picnics, residents can attend the events honoring those who have served. Below is a list of area Veterans Day activities: FRIDAY last_img read more

Four families left homeless in fatal fire

first_imgPASADENA – As flames leapt from the second floor, Jaime Hernandez climbed onto the roof of the wood-framed house and smashed a window. “Rojas! Rojas!” he screamed as fire shot out the window and the intense heat drove him back. It was too late. His brother, 39-year-old Rojelio Hernandez, a carpenter everyone knew as “Rojas,” and his mother, 62-year-old Teresa Alvarez Rodriguez, were found early Saturday morning, huddled behind the metal front door of their second- story home at 44 Yale St. They ran to the door and started banging on it. Just as Davenport was about to kick it down, someone opened it. The two then ran inside and began scooping up children and taking them out, they said. “It was smoky, like a movie scene,” Davenport said Monday. “Christmas decorations started popping and busting. I was letting them know they need to come outside. I said, `The house is on fire. You’ve got to move fast.’ ” “I was scared because I’d never seen nothing like that before,” Williams said. “I just wanted to make sure the family was OK. “My thing was, I’d been living next door for two years now,” she said. “I have a pretty good connection with the family.” Williams and Davenport both belong to a new residents’ group, Neighborhood Outreach Workers, or NOW, which aims to quell violence and help out in the community. “I wish there was something more I could do to help them out,” Williams said. “It hurts me because they don’t have a place to live right now.” Ben Green, chief executive officer of the San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, said one of the agency’s volunteer Disaster Action Teams was dispatched to the site Saturday morning. He said four households, including members of families living behind the main house that caught fire, lost electricity and water service. The disaster team provided them with food and vouchers for housing and clothing. “They have their pajamas on,” he said of the victims. “They’ve got two kids going to high school that don’t have clothes. It’s embarrassing for them, so we give them vouchers so they can pick out what styles they like.” The Red Cross can only offer housing vouchers for 24 hours after a weekday fire, 48 hours if the fire happens on the weekend, Green said. Because the front house was destroyed – fire officials estimated damages at $300,000 – the family of 11 that lived downstairs needs additional housing assistance, officials said. Susan Perez, a Red Cross case manager, said the family was looking Monday for an apartment. The Red Cross will consider paying their first month’s rent, she added. Two of the children, a boy, 12, and a girl, 9, attend McKinley Elementary School, where officials were trying to help the displaced family. The siblings have two younger brothers, ages 3 and 4, and a 14-year-old sister who attends Wilson Middle School in Pasadena, said Olga Manzanero, McKinley’s community assistant. “They want to find an apartment where they can start a new life,” she said. “Right now, we’re gathering clothes and goods for them.” Anyone wishing to help the fire victims can call Lorena Montoya, (626) 795-2591, or log onto www.doorofhope.us/index.html. molly.okeon@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496160Want 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“The fire was fast – it spread in minutes. We think they tried to get out, but the metal door got stuck. It wouldn’t open,” Hernandez said Monday as he stared up at the charred remnants. Both his brother and his mother had arrived in the United States eight months ago from Mexico, hoping to “make a better life here,” said Hernandez, who lives one house away. Fire Department investigators were working Monday to find what caused the blaze, spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said. It could have been even worse, Hernandez and other neighbors said. Eleven other people who lived in the apartment downstairs, including five children, managed to escape. Some of the children were rescued by 19-year-old neighbor Keona Williams and her friend, Tyre Davenport, 22, who said they saw the flames and ran over to help. Williams said Davenport was dropping her off at her house, which is next door, when the two saw the flames. last_img