first_img BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer With a group of young veterans returning, the Holmdel High School boys tennis team is looking to improve on last spring’s 14-4 record. The Hornets feature a trio of sophomores in the singles slots and a very deep and talented group of players, coach Chuck Chelednick said. The Hornets got off to an inauspicious start, however, dropping its season-opener last Monday to fifth-ranked Christian Brothers Academy (CBA), 3-2, in what was a hard-fought battle that came down to the final match at second doubles. They then dropped a 3-2 match to Rumson-Fair Haven on Thursday, before blanking Raritan, 5-0, on Friday. Jonathan Tai holds down the first singles slot for Holmdel. A year ago, Tai went 12-5 alternating between the first and second spots, and boasts a consistent all-around game and a tricky spin serve that keeps opponents off-balance. Jeff Yang, a solid baseline player with good forehand strokes, is No. 2. He was 13-3 last season. Jeff Yen is an exceptionally quick baseline player who wears down opponents. Yen was 14-1 as a freshman. Senior Julius Li and junior Ken Hettler, who combined to go 14-2 last season, are at first doubles. Greg Teng, a sophomore, and Josh Mooney, a junior, will start the season at second doubles. Sophomore Alex Wu and Jon D’Agostino, who were 10-1 together a year ago, will also see doubles action. “We’re very deep and I’m going to mix and match players throughout the year,” Chelednick said. “Everyone will get their shot.” Other members of the team include juniors Ken Chiou and Kushal Patel; sophomores Justin Chu and Allen Liu; and freshmen Eric Chung and Vincent Lyu. “We’re playing in a very tough conference [Shore A North)], so we’re going to need our doubles teams to come through,” Chelednick said. “I think a lot of our matches will be 3-2s, so we’re going to need strong seasons from just a bout everyone.” As the 10th-ranked team in the Shore, Holmdel faces some high expectations once again — nothing new for one of the Shore’s elite programs. BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer last_img read more

first_imgBy Justin PalmerHailed already by some as all-time greats, New Zealand will be venerated in rugby folklore if they become the first team to win back-to-back World Cups by beating Australia at Twickenham on Saturday (6pm).The old adversaries, both twice winners, meet in the denouement of the global showpiece for the first time since the tournament’s inception in 1987 having previously only met in three semi-finals.The All Blacks swept aside the Wallabies four years ago on the way to ending their 24-year wait for a second triumph and Steve Hansen’s side have unquestionably been the dominant force since.New Zealand have suffered only three defeats in 53 games spanning the four years after their 2011 triumph and Saturday’s trans-Tasman battle will signify a changing of the guard for the men in black.The likes of supreme flyhalf Dan Carter and centres Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith head to pastures new in French club rugby after long and distinguished international careers, with talisman and captain Richie McCaw also highly likely to call time after extending his world record to 148 caps.Lifting the Webb Ellis Cup aloft would be a fitting end not only for the 34-year-old McCaw, who Hansen thinks is the “best rugby player to have played the game”, but for Carter who missed the 2011 final through injury.“He is probably the greatest player we have had play the game,” Hansen said of McCaw on Thursday. “Certainly for New Zealand.”Standing in their path are a rejuvenated Australia side who have gone from a team in chaos and racked by infighting to World Cup finalists since Michael Cheika was appointed last October after Ewen McKenzie’s shock resignation.Cheika lost three of his first four games in charge but, since slumping to sixth in the world rankings in March, Australia have claimed the southern hemisphere’s Rugby Championship, culminating in a 27-19 win over New Zealand in Sydney – their first win over the All Blacks since 2011.Impressive wins over England and Wales in the pool stage confirmed their credentials for the title and having enjoyed a quarter-final let-off against Scotland, the Wallabies were both clinical in attack and resilient in defence in defeating Argentina to reach the final.They will need to step up a notch again with Hansen naming an unchanged All Blacks team and bench from the one that beat South Africa 20-18 last weekend.Australia have made one change with loosehead prop Scott Sio back after recovering from an elbow injury.Centre Matt Giteau, 33, is the lone survivor from the last Australian team to play in the World Cup final, in 2003 when they lost to England.Teams:New Zealand: 1-Joe Moody, 2-Dane Coles, 3-Owen Franks, 4-Brodie Retallick, 5-Sam Whitelock, 6-Jerome Kaino, 7-Richie McCaw (captain), 8-Kieran Read; 9-Aaron Smith, 10-Dan Carter, 11-Julian Savea, 12-Ma’a Nonu, 13-Conrad Smith, 14-Nehe Milner-Skudder, 15-Ben SmithReplacements: 16-Keven Mealamu, 17-Ben Franks, 18-Charlie Faumuina, 19-Victor Vito, 20-Sam Cane, 21-Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22-Beauden Barrett, 23-Sonny Bill WilliamsAustralia: 1-Scott Sio, 2-Stephen Moore (captain), 3-Sekope Kepu, 4-Kane Douglas, 5-Rob Simmons, 6-Scott Fardy, 7-Michael Hooper, 8-David Pocock; 9-Will Genia, 10-Bernard Foley, 11-Drew Mitchell, 12-Matt Giteau, 13-Tevita Kuridrani, 14-Adam Ashley-Cooper, 15-Israel FolauReplacements: 16-Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17-James Slipper, 18-Greg Holmes, 19-Dean Mumm, 20-Ben McCalman, 21-Nick Phipps, 22-Matt Toomua, 23-Kurtley BealeReferee: Nigel Owens (Wales) (editing by Rex Gowar)last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,Last Thursday afternoon, on my way to pick up my children from their school which is located in Subryanville, Georgetown I encountered quite a hullabaloo on Sheriff Street with heavily armed City Constabulary ranks milling about, lots of heavy-duty construction equipment and machinery present an the demolition of a section of a business underway.Leading the charge of this ‘break down’ exercise was none other than the Town Clerk Royston King, surrounded by a retinue of bodyguards and other municipal officials. This was the second time I had such a revolting experience, as not so long ago, I also witnessed first-hand a similar destructive exercise again personally led by King, that time it was removal and proposed cutting up of some swimming pools that were located on Ixora Avenue in Bel Air Park.My first question is why does King, the Administrative Officer of the Council, find it necessary to take charge of everything personally? Should such an exercise, if deemed necessary, not be supervised by the City Engineer and/or the Head of the City Constabulary or their subordinates? Why does King like to micromanage so much?Does he have a narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), or is he sending out a message to the businesspersons that ‘the buck stops at him’ in the most literal sense and therefore they have to talk to him and no one else for their salvation.My second question is why are they being so selective in correcting purported faults in the city, when there are dozens of very glaring faults and breaches in each and every ward of the city for years now. This is discriminatory and counter-productive. By their own admission they said through large full page and full colour fancy newspaper ads that they would be tearing down 52 derelict buildings which are in a ruinous state and pose a danger to occupants and members of the public beginning October 5 last year. They may have pulled down two with the remaining 40 waiting to crash to the ground injuring and killing the occupants and innocent passers-by. Maybe they don’t have an axe to grind with the owners of those buildings or the owners come to an amicable settlement with certain officers of the Council. By the way, we don’t see any of the Council’s ruinous buildings, including City Hall appearing on that list of 52, but they should.But isn’t this present City Council willing to stop King from usurping the responsibilities, mandate and authority of many of the Council’s senior officers, such as those of the City Engineer, Medical Officer of Health, Clerk of Markets, etc, in this march of madness? Or will they allow him to continue running around town, chasing vendors from one place to another, selectively breaking down structures, building presidential parks, putting down parking meters on streets that are not even under the purview of the Council, increasing fees, fines, rents and taxes.They are failing the citizenry that elected them!Sincerely,Debra Gibsonlast_img read more

first_imgSacking of Linden CIIP workersMinister within the Natural Resources Ministry Simona Broomes has made an appeal to Lindeners to practice problem-solving at the local level, with a reminder of the purpose of Local Government Elections (LGE). The call was made during a meeting with residents of the community on Sunday where a number of issues were brought to the fore and discussed, including the recent termination of workers under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Project (CIIP).A section of the gathering at the meetingPresent at the meeting was Councillor within the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Gordon Callender, who wasted no time in relaying the concerns of the workers. Callender, who was very vocal on the issue, stressed that many persons employed under the CIIP programme are single parents. He pointed out that more people in the community had been employed under a similar drainage and irrigation (D&I) programme under the previous Administration, stressing that the numbers have since decreased and there was a recent attempt to have the numbers further decreased.Callender complained that although efforts were made to have the termination letters rescinded by Regional Chairman Renis Morian, this was not done, noting that there are several issues surrounding the CIIP that leaders in Georgetown are unaware of. Meanwhile, Councillor Charles Sampson stated that there are many irregularities as it relates to payment associated with the programme and opined that the payment policies should be clearly outlined so that workers know what they are.“If this programme has to continue, it has to continue in an orderly way. The people must know up front, what are the hours they would work, they also would need to know who takes care of their NIS; there are so many irregularities with this programme that it needs to be put into discussion. I am sure that the people in Georgetown who are ultimately responsible for this programme don’t know what they are doing… we want these workers to get an ease. It is not easy. Linden is a place with high unemployment,” he stressed.In response, Minister Broomes urged the community to “wake up” and become more involved in the process of moving their community forward, and reminded those present of the aim of Local Government Elections in returning the power to the people. As such, she advised that certain issues should be tackled at the level of their local administrations. She urged those present to come up with proposals and solutions to the issue and to have those presented to the relevant Ministry, through the RDC, adding that she was surprised that it was not ventilated at that level.“You have certain powers at the local level… go through the Constitution of your RDCs, go through the Constitution of your NDCs and the township… change has come, you had Local Government Elections… I don’t want to come here to dictate… These are problems you could fix comrades… stop calling on Ministers to fix problems. Fix your problems in house… you got a RDC and you got a Council… call an emergency meeting… raise it at the level of the RDC, make a decision on it and then you send that RDC minutes and a cover letter to the Minister responsible with your position. I don’t want to come in your region and dictate…”The Minister also encouraged Lindeners to stop the infighting and “shake off the spirit of depression”, noting that there is a lot that can be done; however the drive to get things done is lacking.“Linden, I want to see you straighten up. We got to bring Linden to where it used to be. Lindeners, let us unite and stand up”, Broomes said.She also encouraged those present to become more involved in democracy and to hold their leaders accountable.last_img read more

first_imgAndy Gray says Liverpool should turn to Kenny Dalglish to solve Raheem Sterling’s contract wrangle.The 20-year-old has confirmed he has turned down a new £100,000-a-week at Anfield, amid reported interest in his services from Real Madrid and Manchester City.There are now real fears among Reds chiefs that Sterling has made up his mind to leave the club in the summer, and Gray has advised Brendan Rodgers to send in ‘King Kenny’ to try and turn his head.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Gray said: “If this was Sir Alex Ferguson in his pomp at Manchester United and he was struggling with a player like that, he would have one of the best United players around historically, Bobby Charlton maybe, to have a chat with this guy.“If Raheem Sterling isn’t impressed with Kenny Dalgish, then there must be something wrong with him. It would be a good idea for them to say, ‘Kenny, go and meet the young man, sit down with him and see where his head is at, find out what he thinks, not his agent, and see if we can get this sorted’.“It’s not doing Liverpool any good. The run-in is not the time to be debating Raheem Sterling’s future. They are the wrong headlines going into a big weekend.”last_img read more

first_img Reports of an imminent settlement first appeared on, a pop culture Web site. To receive refunds $23.95 for the hardcover, $14.95 for paperback consumers will have to submit a receipt or some other proof of purchase: for the hardcover, page 163; for the paperback, the front cover. They will also need to sign a sworn statement that they bought the book because they believed it was a memoir. “A Million Little Pieces” was a sensation after Oprah Winfrey chose it for her book club last fall, but in early January the Web site The Smoking Gun revealed that Frey’s memoir of addiction and recovery contained numerous fabrications. Winfrey initially defended Frey, but soon changed her mind and berated him in person on her TV show. Even so, the book remained on best seller lists for months. Frey has also acknowledged extensive falsifications in a second memoir, “My Friend Leonard,” published by Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, which reportedly dropped him earlier this year.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles “I think when the lawsuits were first announced, most lawyers were somewhat skeptical whether there was a legal foundation,” Adler said. “But it’s not surprising that the folks involved in the publication of the book would seek to address consumer concerns and ultimately put an end to the issue.” Readers who bought “A Million Little Pieces” on or before Jan. 26, the day Frey and his publisher acknowledged that he had made up parts of the book, would be eligible for a refund of the full suggested retail price, regardless of discounts or special sales. Details about the settlement came from a person familiar with the deal who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because court approval was still pending. Under terms of the agreement, neither Frey nor the publisher have admitted any wrongdoing. “We continue to believe these are very weak cases, but in the interest of moving on, a resolution on the terms agreed to became a viable option,” Frey’s lawyer, Derek Meyer, said today.. Lawsuits against Frey proliferated around the country in the weeks after the scandal emerged and U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Holwell consolidated the cases in June. Lawyers for 10 of the 12 proposed representatives for the class action suits have accepted terms of the settlement, which call on Frey and Random House to pay out no more than a total of $2.35 million. That sum covers the refund to consumers, plaintiffs’ lawyers’ fees and an unspecified donation to charity. Author James Frey and publisher settle suit over lies in best-selling memoir It’s pay back time for disgraced memoirist James Frey and his publisher, Random House Inc. Under a tentative legal settlement, readers who said they were defrauded by Frey’s best seller, “A Million Little Pieces,” can claim refunds, an agreement called unprecedented and understandable by a leading publishing attorney. “I can confirm that we have an agreement in principle,” David Drake, a spokesman for the Random House imprint Doubleday, said today. “However, it requires court approval and may take several weeks and even months.” Allan Adler, vice president for legal and government affairs for the Association of American Publishers, noted that memoirs often cause allegations of defamation or invasion of privacy, but said he knew of no other case involving consumer fraud. He doubted whether the plaintiffs would have prevailed, but called the settlement sensible.last_img read more

first_imgNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez has held talks with managing director Lee Charnley about possible transfer targets in the January transfer window.Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley’s negotiations for the club’s takeover deal has taken longer than expected, leading to fears that Benitez would not have the option to strengthen his squad next month.The Magpies have only registered one point in their last eight Premier League matches, but Benitez, who spoke to talkSPORT’s Graham Courtney, said his talks with Charnley are gathering momentum.Benitez said: “Yes I had a conversation [with Lee Charnley] yesterday and we were talking about possible targets and what we have to do and we will discuss that further.“We have a lot of names but we have to put the names in order so that we can move forward.“If you’re asking me for a number, no I do not have one but at least we are talking. We now have to put these names on the table and in a few days we have to try and start doing business.”Newcastle face Arsenal this weekend and go into their clash at the Emirates Stadium just one point above the relegation zone, despite making a good start to the 2017/18 campaign.And Benitez was full of praise for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger ahead of the game.Benitez said: “I think he [Wenger] is a great manager with great experience and has a good team. Arsenal is a big club.“He has been at a massive club that has played at such a high level for many years.“Some people say ‘oh, he’s not winning trophies’ but he’s still there and they are in the Champions League normally and they are doing things right and playing good football.“He is a great manager but hopefully he will be disappointed on Saturday.”last_img read more

first_imgCANYON COUNTRY – D.J. Holt, a heavily recruited tight end and defensive lineman at Crespi High of Encino, plans to familiarize himself with some old friends when Canyon (2-2) visits at 7 tonight in a nonleague football showdown. Holt, who lives in Canyon Country, attended junior high at Sierra Vista with many of Canyon’s top players. “Oh, I know a lot of those guys. I used to hang out with J.J. DiLuigi a little bit,” Holt said. “They’ve been talking trash, too, because Canyon has beaten us the last two years.” This is Holt’s last chance at redemption, and the 6-foot-2, 245-pound senior hopes to finally lift Crespi (2-2) to an upset over the defending Southern Section Div. II champions. Crespi, which won the Div. X title last year, has lost two in a row and would love nothing more than to break its losing streak with an upset over such a prestigious program. “We know Canyon is the favorite but we think this is a winnable game,” Ross said. “There have been some huge upsets lately, like Harvard-Westlake beating Carson last week. In high school football, you never know what’s going to happen. That’s why you’ve got to play the game.” (661) 257-5218 For more: See our Football Friday page.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Canyon is good team but I think we can get after them,” Holt said. Holt, who has received scholarship offers from most Pacific-10 teams and is leaning toward Cal and Arizona State, has 11 receptions and two touchdowns, and he has also totaled 30 tackles and four sacks. “D.J. Holt is the fish that got away – our loss and Crespi’s gain,” Canyon coach Harry Welch said. “He’s a Division I athlete whether he’s playing outside linebacker, defensive end or any other position. He’s just a premium player.” Crespi coach Jeremiah Ross called Holt “an integral part of our offense and defense.” “He’s a great leader, too. D.J. Holt has given us all we could have asked for,” Ross said. last_img read more

first_imgNorwich City – Bartlomiej Dragowski (Fiorentina)Whether a loan deal, or an audacious permanent swoop, the Canaries should definitely be eyeing up the young goalkeeper.In a couple of astounding performances while at Empoli last term he set records for saves made in Serie A games.Bournemouth have been credited with interest but the fact theat La Viola have loaned Alban Lafont to Nantes for two year may scupper all interested parties unless they offer a huge fee. Could Toloi make the difference at Southampton? 21 Brighton and Hove Albion – Kevin Malcuit (Napoli)With Empoli star Giovanni Di Lorenzo heading to Naples this summer, and Kieran Trippier linked with a switch, it’s likely Malcuit and Elseid Hysaj could be on the move.The Frenchman, 27, starred for Lille and Saint-Etienne before transfer to Italy and might be able to be picked up under the nose of other squabbling clubs.Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal, and Marseille are among the clubs who are keeping tabs on his services. Getty Images Manchester United – Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)This is, of course, the obvious pick here but it makes total sense.Senegal international Koulibaly had been on of the best defenders in Serie A for several years now and would improve the Red Devils.His intelligence on the ball is just as vital as his defensive attributes. Zapata fights for the ball against Torino Chelsea have previously shown interest in Alex Sandro Getty Images Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Malcuit was wanted by a number of clubs around Europe before he joined Napoli Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Dragowski during a rare opportunity at Fiorentina Getty Images JIBE 21 LATEST New job Leicester City – Adam Ounas (Napoli)In two season over in Italy, Ounas hasn’t quite had a crack of the whip, starting just six games in Serie A.At the Africa Cup of Nations, the Algerian has shown he’s still got talent with two goals and an assist in his side’s 3-0 win over Tanzania.Could the Foxes hand the 22-year-old right winger a place to rebuild his career? Getty Images Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 21 targets 21 Gianfranco Zola meets the press with manager Ruud Gullit in 1996 De Roon has been a star performer since returning from Middlesbrough Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:10Loaded: 14.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:10 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Getty Images TROPHY Audero had one of the highest save percentages in Europe last season Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Getty Images 21 Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Burnley – Erick Pulgar (Bologna)With a €12million release clause, the Chilean ace, now starring at the Copa America, is set to be chased by a number of elite clubs.He would, though, be ideal for the Clarets thanks to his dominance in midfield and his set-piece taking abilities.A leader on the pitch, he would thrive under Sean Dyche and add some South American tenacity and flair to the Turf Moor melting pot. Getty Images 21 In the 1990s we saw Fabrizio Ravanelli, Ruud Gullit, Gianluca Vialli, Attilio Lombardo, Gianfranco Zola, and, er, Andrea Silenzi, all move to England after proving their talents in Italy.Meanwhile, recently, we’ve had Paul Pogba, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Darmian, and others come to our shores.But who might be treading the path next? Here at we’ve taken a look at which Serie A stars Premier League clubs should be attempting to sign this summer. Izzo in action for Torino Getty Images Getty Images Kouame holds off the challenge of Sampdoria ace Joachim Andersen 21 21 21 21 21 Getty Images Wolverhampton Wanderers – Cristian Zapata (Free Agent)Having been released by AC Milan, the 32-year-old Colombian is on the look out for a new club.Flamengo in Brazil are interested but Zapata, who seemed set to join Genoa at one point, but he could be an excellent signing for Wolves.With Europa League football on the cards, an experienced centre-back might be a wise addition for Nuno Espirito Santo, allowing rotation without weakening the starting XI too much. As transfers begin to get completed across Europe, it’s no surprise to see some Premier League clubs targeting players in Italy.Serie A has been home to many superstars global superstars throughout its history, with many then journeying on to the Premier League. 21 West Ham United – Pol Lirola (Sassuolo)Ryan Fredericks showed real improvement at the end of last season but a new right-back still may be on Manuel Pellegrini’s list.If so, the 21-year-old could be on the Chilean’s radar as he continues his progress in Serie A.He’s already said himself it might be time to change clubs and the Hammers could benefit from his itchy feet.Lirola was part of Spain’s European Under-21 Championship squad but didn’t play a match. 21 Chelsea – Lucas Paqueta (AC Milan)Seeing as the Blues can’t sign anyone this summer – at the moment anyway – they may as well scout for a talented youngster.The AC Milan attacking midfielder is progressing well in Europe already and might be on the move next year if the Italians fail to qualify for the Champions League again.Paqueta, 21, already has five international caps and is a fine left-footed midfielder who can play out wide or through the middle. Getty Images Aston Villa – Marten de Roon (Atalanta)Once of Middlesbrough, the Dutchman is now starring again in Italy and for the Netherlands too.He was key in Atalanta’s impressive Champions League qualification, which will undoubtedly make his signing unlikely.De Roon would be a fine midfielder addition though, giving some steel and neat passing in the centre of the park to complement Jack Grealish. deals Kluivert could have moved to United but chose to join Roma instead Manchester City – Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina)Leroy Sane’s future remains uncertain given he only managed 21 starts last season.The 23-year-old will surely want more games soon and might force through a move.If he does then Chiesa, who may now want out of La Viola, would be an excellent target, despite the Italian side’s new owner, Rocco Commisso’s claims he won’t even sell for €100million (£89.5million). 21 Sheffield United – Leonardo Pavoletti (Cagliari)It would be a decent coup getting an Italy international in at Bramall Lane but it could happen.Clubs are targeting the 30-year-old who has quietly netted 29 goals in 67 games in his homeland.The likelihood is Chris Wilder will move for an upgrade on his strikeforce and Pavoletti might fit the bill. punished Pulgar is set to be the subject of several bids this summer Petagna was once on the books at AC Milan Liverpool – Nicolo Barella (Cagliari)When a player earns comparisons to Steven Gerrard it’s only right they should be carrying out checks on his ability.Already, he has seven Italy caps and two goals to his name have impressed with his hometown club.The box-to-box midfielder wants a move to Inter but at the moment the only keen club appear to be Roma, who he has snubbed. latest Getty Images Getty Images The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Ounas will be looking to get his career back on track 21 Getty Images 21 21 Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Getty Images Everton – Justin Kluivert (Roma)Probably only a loan deal for now, the Toffees could do with an extra body in their forward line.Bernard hasn’t quite been the addition many expected and having him in rotation with a talented youngster like Kluivert might be ideal.The Dutchman has struggled a little in the Italian capital but might benefit from a change of seen to get his confidence back. Perry Groves calls on Arsenal to significantly invest if they want to finish in the top four Arsenal – Armando Izzo (Torino)The Gunners have got to make their £40million transfer budget stretch this summer.A centre-back seems to be one target this window with William Saliba linked, among others.Izzo was reportedly scouted a number of times by Arsenal last season but at the moment Torino aren’t playing ball over a potential deal.The 27-year-old made his international debut this year in a 6-0 win over Liechenstein. Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Paqueta could get even better with another European season under his belt Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Watford – Christian Kouame (Genoa)Krzysztof Piatek left for AC Milan midway through last season but his partner in crime remains with Genoa.A grafter who has terrorised several defences ended the season with four goals and five assists as they beat the drop to Serie B.Bologna would rival the Hornets for his signature. United are reportedly prepared to make Koulibaly the most expensive defender in the world Pavoletti celebrates after playing for the Azzurri Getty Images Newcastle United – Andrea Petagna (SPAL)The Serie A minnows avoided relegation last season and have now made several loan deals permanent, including the signing of Petagna.A 16-goal haul last-term triggered a €12million (£11million) deal for his services but they may choose to cash in on him.With Salomon Rondon yet to return to St James’ Park, 24-year-old Petagna should be on their radar. 21 Getty Images 21 Crystal Palace – German Pezzella (Fiorentina)The Argentine has been a regular in his nation’s defence at the Copa America this summer but it’s his Serie A form he’d rather be judged on.Excellent in the air and a dogged defender, he would shore up the Eagles’ backline and is entering his peak at 28-years-old. Getty Images Getty Images Southampton – Rafael Toloi (Atalanta)Previously linked with the Saints back in 2018, the Brazilian would add some needed experience to a young backline, which now includes Jan Bednarek.Toloi would perhaps be tough to snag given his club’s Champions League qualification but the Premier League and Ralph Hasenhuttl’s impressive start at St Mary’s might make him think again if they move for him. Lirola controls the ball for Sassuolo Federico Chiesa in action for Fiorentina. LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Tottenham Hotspur – Alex Sandro (Juventus)Most Spurs fans won’t want to lose Danny Rose, especially after his end of season form.He was one of the few who held their nerve at the end of the Premier League campaign as they almost threw away a top four finish.But if he were to exit then it would be sensible for Mauricio Pochettino to push for a player like Sandro, who has done so well in Turin. boost last_img read more

first_imgApaches win second game in a rowBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterPRENTICE — The Auburndale football team won its second-straight game, topping Rib Lake/Prentice 21-7 in Marawood Conference action Friday night at Prentice High School.The Apaches are now 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the Marawood. Rib Lake/Prentice falls to 1-2 and 0-1 in conference play.Auburndale hosts unbeaten Edgar (3-0, 1-0 Marawood) on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at Auburndale High School.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of read more