Glenn Murray 1 Bournemouth are set to complete the signing of Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray.The Cherries have agreed a deal worth around £5million with their Premier League rivals for the 31-year-old.He has already finalised personal terms with Eddie Howe’s side and is due to undergo a medical on Tuesday morning before putting pen-to-paper.Murray has scored 47 goals in 125 appearances for Palace after joining the Eagles from Brighton in 2011 but has not been a regular since returning from a long-term injury absence.Howe is also hoping to land Netherlands international Jonathan De Guzman – but the deal is in the balance as it stands.Bournemouth have agreed a loan deal with Napoli for the former Swansea midfielder and are waiting on the player to decide whether to make the move.
Middlesbrough have signed Bruno Zuculini on loan from Manchester City.The Argentine midfielder has penned a month-long deal with the Championship side.Aitor Karanka moved to bring in Zuculin after seeing Adam Forshaw pick up an injury and with Grant Leadbitter and Adam Clayton both just one yellow card away from suspension.Zuculiin began his career in his homeland with Racing Club before joining City in the summer of 2014.The 22-year-old has yet to start a competitive match for the Premier League club but does have some first-team experience following loan stints with Valencia and Cordoba. 1 Bruno Zuculini
Fiorentina 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Mauricio Pochettino’s men held in Europa League last 32 Tottenham will take a valuable away goal back to White Hart Lane after drawing 1-1 at Fiorentina. It was the first leg of the Europa League last 32 and Nacer Chadli’s first-half penalty was cancelled out by Federico Bernardeschi in the second period. Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased to return to north London on level terms, with the second leg taking place next week. After a quiet start in Florence, the hosts nearly took the lead through Polish midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski – on loan from Borussia Dortmund – but Toby Alderweireld made a good last-ditch block.Christian Eriksen went close as his dipping strike was tipped over the bar by Viola shot-stopper Ciprian Tatarusanu.Star man Dele Alli was lucky to still be on the pitch after half an hour when he appeared to kick his opponent who was on the floor, with the 19-year-old escaping with just a booking.With the half-time whistle just moments away, Spurs full-back Ben Davies was fouled in the box and the referee had no choice but to award the spot-kick, which Chadli successfully converted.Pochettino’s men nearly doubled their lead two minutes into the second half as Heung-Min Son headed home Eriksen’s cross, but it was ruled out for offside.Son went close again as he was teed up by Alli, flashing a shot just wide of the target.The Serie A side were back on level terms just before the hour as Bernardeschi’s 20-yard shot deflected off stand-in captain Ryan Mason. It sailed out of the reach of goalkeeper Michel Vorm, in for the injured Hugo Lloris.Matias Vecino nearly put the home side in front as Vorm patted away another shot and former West Ham attacker Mauro Zarate flashed a looping volley just past the post in injury time.Alli was brought down in the box in the final quarter of an hour, but referee Felix Zwayer stood firm. Nevertheless, the Argentinian boss will be pleased to take a level scoreline back to the lane. 1
Manuel Pellegrinis gamble to field a weakened side in the FA Cup on Sunday paid off Vincent Kompany heralded an ‘exceptional result’ as Manchester City beat Dynamo Kiev 3-1 in the first leg of the Champions League last 16.Manuel Pellegrini’s gamble to field a weakened side in the FA Cup on Sunday paid off as his men were impressive for the majority of the match in Ukraine.Captain Kompany played the full 90 minutes and led by example as his side secured the impressive away result.The Belgian defender admits the outcome, and performance, against Dynamo Kiev was as good as it gets.“It is an exceptional result away from home, we couldn’t have hoped for better,” he told BT Sport.“The performance was good, a lot of high pressing and a lot of chances, but 3-1 is a good result, we’re happy with it. We’re not going to get carried away.“It was a Manchester City performance we would like to see more often until the end of the season, we can take a lot of positives out of this game – it’s a good start to the week.”City now turn their attentions to the League Cup final against Liverpool on Sunday and boss Manuel Pellegrini is keen to collect some silverware.“From tomorrow we are going to think about the Capital One Cup final because it is very important to win a trophy at this stage of the season,” he said.“(After) the Capital One Cup final, we must return to the Premier League to fight for another 36 points, so we have lots of things still to do.” 1
1 Newcastle’s official Fans Forum has called on the club for “action” as speculation about head coach Steve McClaren’s future continues to intensify.Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat to Bournemouth saw anti-McClaren chants and boos from Magpies supporters ring around St James’ Park.It was the Tyneside club’s 16th Barclays Premier League loss of the season, their fifth in their last six games, leaving them second-bottom of the table with 10 matches to play.McClaren vowed in his post-match press conference on Saturday that he would not be resigning, but talk is rife that the 54-year-old is facing the sack, with former Newcastle owner Sir John Hall on Sunday saying he should be axed.While Newcastle are yet to comment on McClaren’s position, reports on Monday suggested the board, of which he is a member, was holding discussions about the situation without him.Meanwhile, an open letter to the club from the Fans Forum – which has 15 seats occupied by supporters representing different elements of Newcastle’s fanbase, and meets to put questions to club officials at various points during a season – was published.It said: “What NUFC fans want is a team of 11 players in black and white shirts that understand their role to perform to their maximum – week in, week out.“We have entrusted the board of NUFC to ensure that the right personnel are in place to carry out this basic expectation.“Whilst we still have 10 games to go, NUFC Fans cannot accept the current work ethic of the players.“Someone, somewhere has to be accountable and decisions must be made.“We must urge you to review our position and initiate any changes you see fit to correct the current attitude of the playing staff.“Our players frequently look jaded and our playing style often appears outdated. We lack organisation and the players continue to lack discipline.“Maybe it’s time to accept that the ‘Head Coach’ role simply doesn’t work at NUFC and accept that a Manager is required, a person who will not only coach but motivate and manage!“We want players that are proud to wear the famous colours. We want a manager that truly wants the best for us.“It’s time for action, it’s time for accountability.”READ: IF he is sacked, who could replace Steve McClaren at St James’ Park? Five contenders revealed The home defeat to Bournemouth saw the atmosphere turn at St James’ Park
Whitcher played at Redondo High and Harbor College, took a couple of years off, then found his way east. Going into today’s game against Fort Lewis in Durango, Colo., the NCAA Division II Mustangs are 3-5 overall and 3-3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Sure, they rue the fact the season has not been a complete success, but the time they’ve spent in school has opened their eyes to a bigger picture of the world. White, a linebacker, was the trail blazer, arriving three years ago and ultimately became the recruiter of his three buddies. But he also latched on to the advantage of living in a small mountain town. “I’ve met a lot of cool people out here,” White said. “I basically came out here by myself and now I have a lot of good friends I’ll keep in touch with the rest of my life. It was pretty tough, but I didn’t expect to meet all these people, especially this many close friends. “It makes you grow up a little. You get a degree for free, plus you get a chance to play football.” Whitcher was working various jobs in Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach while he attained his AA degree from Harbor when he was lured to Silver City, by White, whose team needed a punter this season. Whitcher admits to being shocked by the small town, but there was one thing he liked immediately. “The elevation (6,000 feet), being a punter that helps me out,” Whitcher said. “That’s always a plus.” Whitcher ranks seventh in Division II with a 41.5-yard average, but after correcting his numbers, the team discovered his average is actually 43.5 yards, which would rank him fourth. Ehinger, a defensive lineman, actually shared playing time last year for Grand Valley, last year’s Division II national champion that is still riding a 36-game win streak. But he couldn’t settle in the way he wanted. “The program was cool, but I really didn’t like Michigan,” Ehinger said. “It was cold and too far from home. People out here are a lot more down to earth, a lot more cool.” You’ve got to be down to earth to survive the simple logistics. They don’t get flown around to road trips like Pac-10 schools. No, it’s a minimum of six hours on a bus to visit RMAC schools, and last season, they got to endure a pair of 18-hour trips to games in Nebraska. “You get off the bus feeling like you’ve already been through a game,” Such said. “You’re sore and tight and twisted. Once it’s game time, it’s like here we go again.” There are little rewards along the way. On Oct.6, the limelight came to town with No. 2 Chadron State. On that day, Chadron running back Danny Woodhead became the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher, surpassing the record of 7,353 career yards. “We were all talking about different ways to get on TV,” Such said, laughing. “There were rumors the game would be on ESPN. They might have covered it (for) 15 seconds.” But it was just a tiny part of an experience the four will never forget. “I think kids who don’t have the opportunity to go to Division I who are good enough to play Division II should definitely take a chance,” White said. “Get out of the city and go out and play Division II football in small towns.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Heck yeah, they talk about the beach. It’s about the only tie that binds that keeps four kids from the South Bay from going stir crazy. It would be easy, after all, for someone who grew up with all the amenities of the big city to suddenly be dropped into the middle of nowhere. Yet there are Nathaniel White, Jon Such, Jeremy Ehinger and Mike Whitcher toiling away in Silver City, N.M. Yep, that Silver City. Take Interstate 10 about 200 miles east of Tucson, Ariz., but don’t miss that junction at Lordsburg. When they aren’t sitting around and wondering when their next chance to hit the beach will be, at least the four can talk about football. Their shared passion for the game brought them together at Western New Mexico University. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre And despite the temptation for big-city folk to deride our nation’s outback, all four have no regrets attending school cut off from the rest of the world. “It’s a trip,” said Such, an offensive lineman. “I’m not going to lie; it’s definitely different than home.” The city is home to about 10,000 and the school has an enrollment of about 2,000. “It’s hilarious,” Such said, recalling one of his early visits. “I gave my parents a tour the first time they came out here and the tour was over in 15 minutes. There’s that, that, and that, and that’s about it right there. They thought it was pretty funny.” Such, Ehinger and White attended West Torrance High, then took different paths to reach WNMU. Such played at El Camino College, Ehinger attended Grand Valley State in Michigan and White played for Harbor College.
2 Diego Costa and Gareth Barry tussled during an FA Cup clash at Goodison Park The Football Association is awaiting referee Michael Oliver’s report before making a judgement on the Spain international’s latest misdemeanour. 2 Everton midfielder Gareth Barry has confirmed he was not bitten by Diego Costa in an incident during his team’s FA Cup tie against Chelsea.Costa was dismissed for a second bookable offence six minutes from the end of his side’s 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Goodison Park after an ugly clash with Barry, during which he appeared to make a motion to bite the Toffees midfielder.Barry has taken to social media to dispel suggestions Costa bit him.
Emre Can in action for Liverpool Emre Can is set to discover the extent of the injury he picked up against Borussia Dortmund this weekend, having undergone a scan on Friday.The German midfielder limped off during the game against the Bundesliga club, having fallen awkwardly in a goalmouth scramble 10 minutes from time.He is suspended for Sunday’s trip to Bournemouth, meaning he would not have been playing this weekend anyway, but the 22-year-old will now spend the upcoming days hoping to find out the extent of his injury.“We will have to see what the scan shows,” Can said, with the results expected within 24 hours.“I twisted my ankle. I hope it’s not too bad but it’s too early to say.”Can’s injury meant he missed the final minutes of the Reds amazing comeback against Dortmund, and the young midfielder is determined to win the Europa League trophy in Jurgen Klopp’s first season in charge.He added: “We want to win that trophy.“There are still good teams left in it and the semi-final won’t be easy but we just have to keep believing in ourselves.” 1
1 Arsenal are keeping a close eye on Lille starlet Sehrou Guirassy, talkSPORT understands.The 20-year-old forward is currently on loan at Auxerre in Ligue 2, where he has impressed with eight goals in 15 games.Guirassy joined Lille last summer from Ligue 2 outfit Laval, but was immediately loaned out to Auxerre where his performances have alerted Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.Arsenal have sent scouts to extensively watch the French Under-20 star in action this season, however the Premier League giants are reluctant to pay over the odds for the youngster.The Gunners hierarchy are prepared pay around £1million for Guirassy, who can operate as a centre forward or as winger. French forward Sehrou Guirassy has impressed Arsene Wenger
The Palos Verdes Peninsula-based Silver Spur Garden Club is 50 years old this year. But don’t let the lofty number fool you. These hands-on gardeners are as vibrant, natural and hardy as any of their favorite flowers. They are very active – meeting monthly, with guest speakers enriching their gardening know-how. Because they meet at homes, where members can view each others’ horticultural handiness, they limit their membership to 40, and there is a waiting list. “We are really a diverse group of women from many different countries. We have lots of areas of expertise, and we all share our knowledge. We’re like a close family,” said former president Jackie Johnson. A member for 35 years, Johnson has the longest tenure with the club. She and her husband specialize in growing bromeliads and orchids, but she has become proficient with dozens of plant species over the years. In fact, Johnson’s floral artistic design skills, honed in garden club meetings, won her the top prize out of 125 international entries in the Bromeliad World Conference’s artistic design competition in Los Angles. She also took home first-place honors in competitions in San Francisco, San Diego and Chicago. Typically, members of the Silver Spur Garden Club are not only great gardeners and hostesses with lovely homes and gardens, but they are gourmet cooks as well. Not surprisingly, guests often find edible flowers adorning luncheon plates or incorporated into salads, tea sandwiches or pastries. And, of course, the centerpieces are to die for. Among members’ gardens are exquisite Italian, Mediterranean, English cottage, coastal, container and succulent gardens, in addition to eclectic mixes. Member Julia Jones has about 150 topiaries in her garden. Club members also are diverse in age – from their 30s and 40s up to age 89.Lilian Bulat is the club’s sprightly senior member – she will turn 90 in January. Each club meeting includes artistic and horticultural sessions in which members bring new or different plants to display, or cuttings or plant divisions to share. The November meeting at the Mediterranean-style home of Jiovanna Ciccone featured a floral design demonstration by Redondo Beach bridal floral designer Lavorka Curic, owner of Flowers by Laurel. Assisted by Charlene Machen, Curic elicited oohs and aahs for her original holiday arrangements. “Brides ask me all the time to create something so special that no one has ever seen anything like it before. That’s what we go for,” said Curic, as she executed a two-tier arrangement with floating candles, orchids, burgundy roses and wine-colored gerbera daisies on a base of floating cranberries. Along with meetings, members also hold an annual spring tour of four gardens and a lovely outdoor luncheon and silent auction. Last year, they donated nearly $6,500 to nonprofits such as the South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Southern California Regional Occupational Center, South Bay Wildlife Rehab, Pennies for Pines and South Bay schools with gardening programs. The club also selects attractive home and commercial landscaping as recipients for Garden of the Season award – given to individuals or companies who significantly beautify their part of the world. “We just knock on doors and offer our award,” says Johnson. “People love it and over the years, a lot of these award recipients wound up joining our group.” The club also sponsors two bus tours each year to Los Angeles or Orange County botanical gardens, nurseries or other places of interest and at least once a year the club holds a couples party, usually in a private home. On Nov. 3, the group celebrated its 50th Golden Jubilee anniversary with a dinner at the Los Angeles Yacht Club in San Pedro, where members and their spouses celebrated and reminisced. Ask any member and you will hear sentiments similar to Johnson’s: “This group has enriched my life with wonderful friends and added greatly to my knowledge of plants and artistic design.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!