Liverpool and Arsenal told former Real Madrid man will cost £14.5m

first_img Jose Callejon 1 Napoli have slapped a £14.5m price tag on Liverpool and Arsenal-linked forward Jose Callejon.The former Real Madrid man has been tipped to leave Naples this summer with Inter Milan also interested in signing the 28-year-old.Callejon, who joined Napoli two summers ago from his boyhood club in Madrid, has been a revelation in Serie A – scoring 26 league goals from wide positions in the last two seasons.And now speculation concerning Callejon’s future at the Stadio San Paolo has increased following comments from the star’s agent.The Spain international’s representative has told La Gazzetta dello Sport that his client will consider any offers during the transfer window and is apparently keen to play in the Premier League.Callejon has three years left on his deal with Napoli and the Italian side will not be prepared to sell the attacker for anything less than their asking price.last_img read more

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Zidane facing first crisis as Madrid boss

first_imgReal Madrid Crisis in Catalunya: Zidane feeling the heat for first time after Madrid meltdown Ben Hayward Last updated 2 years ago 01:56 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(101) Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid 2017 Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Zinédine Zidane Girona v Real Madrid Girona Opinion The Frenchman won the award for coach of the year at FIFA’s The Best gala last week, but he has work to do now to get this team back on track Zinedine Zidane is facing his first crisis as Real Madrid coach. Defeat at Girona on Sunday sees Los Blancos fall eight points off the pace in La Liga and worse than the result itself was the nature of the performance. The champions have problems all over the pitch.Madrid had won their previous 13 matches away from home to set a new record in the Primera Division and all of their games on the road this season had ended in victories. Not this time, however, as promoted club Girona came from behind to seal a wonderful win in the teams’ first-ever competitive meeting.Madrid win and BTTS v Spurs 11/5 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Real have had their issues already in 2017-18, but those had come at home via back-to-back draws against Valencia and Levante, followed by defeat to Betis and a 1-1 tie with Tottenham.Now Zidane’s side have lost their impeccable away record and they can have few complaints about Sunday’s 2-1 loss in Catalunya, even if Portu’s winner may have been fractionally offside.Girona Real Madrid scoreIsco had earlier given Madrid the lead in the first half, just 18 seconds after Girona had hit the post at the other end. The Spain midfielder was on hand to finish off a quick counter-attack when Girona goalkeeper Bono spilled Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot into his path.But Madrid were all over the place in defence, with goalkeeper Kiko Casilla a nervy presence, Nacho and Sergio Ramos all at sea after Raphael Varane went off with an injury, Marcelo a shadow of his usual self and young right-back Achraf Hakimi struggling throughout.Madrid’s midfield also lacked ideas, with Isco individualistic and too selfish at times. Further forward Ronaldo and Karim Benzema again failed to find openings and Zidane may have been better off with a 4-3-3 in this match, even though Gareth Bale was still sidelined.Two goals in quick succession from Cristhian Stuani and Portu turned this match on its head and Madrid were unable to respond. Last season this is a game Real would have won, probably with some inspiration from the bench via James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata. Those two, however, are no longer at the club.Isco Girona Real Madrid LaLigaCristiano Ronaldo Girona Real Madrid LaLigaInjuries have been a problem for Los Blancos this term, but there is also too much apathy overall at the moment and too many players off form as well. And ultimately, Zidane must take responsibility for that.”If they give me ‘The Best’ award for coach, I’ll gladly accept it,” Zidane said last week ahead of the FIFA gala in London. “But I don’t think I’m the best in the world. I’m lucky to be at the best club in the world with the best players. I’m being honest – I like what I’m doing, I do it with passion and I’m getting better at it.”And on accepting the award, having picked up seven trophies already as Madrid boss including two Champions League crowns and La Liga last term, he said: “I have been here for 18 months and while I don’t know how much longer I’ll be here, I am enjoying it.”Despite his success so far, Zidane knows that things can quickly change at a club like Real. Up until now, pretty much everything has gone smoothly for the Frenchman, but he now faces a serious test to his coaching credentials, starting against Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Tunisia coach Nabil Maâloul promises to play without fear against England

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Two of them, the midfielders Saîf‑Eddine Khaoui and Ellyes Skhiri, have good chances of starting against England. The other two may also feature: the goalkeeper Mouez Hassen may be chosen ahead of Aymen Mathlouthi, the veteran who has looked shaky since falling out of favour at his club in Saudi Arabia.The Leicester City defender Yohan Benalouane will probably only play if Maâloul opts for three centre‑backs, which would be unwise on the evidence of the warm-ups, during which experimentation with a five-man defence confirmed that Benalouane is rash and Tunisia are at their best when playing nimbly on the front foot.Technique and clever movement are the keys to their attack, especially since injuries persuaded Maâloul to play without a recognised striker, using the winger Wahbi Khazri as a false 9. The Sunderland player tends to combine well with a trio of tricky midfielders behind him, especially Naïm Sliti. features On Monday Maâloul will send his side out against England hoping his second stint in charge of Tunisia’s senior team will end more gloriously than his first.Not that he has been starved of glory. He went to the 2004 Olympics straight after serving as assistant manager to the Frenchman Roger Lemerre when Tunisia won the Africa Cup of Nations. He then enjoyed success as a club manager, chiefly with Espérance, the Tunis club where the former midfielder spent most of his playing career.Maâloul led them to two domestic titles and the 2011 African Champions League. But his first attempt at leading his country’s senior team ended in ignominy, as he resigned following a home defeat against Cape Verde in the qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup. That result was overturned because Cape Verde fielded a suspended player but Maâloul had made up his mind. Likewise, many Tunisians had formed clear opinions of him after one victory from six matches.Many, then, were miffed when Maâloul eventually returned for a second go, taking the reins in April 2017 after the sacking of Henryk Kasperczak. To quash doubters he needed a strong second start. He made one, his team beating Egypt in his first match back thanks to a canny tactical performance that neutralised Mohamed Salah. Then he guided the Carthage Eagles to their first World Cup for 12 years.Since qualification Tunisia have had rotten luck, losing key players to injury including their best striker, Taha Yassine Khenissi, and the marvellous playmaker Youssef Msakni. Despite that Tunisia go into the game against England pointing to progress made in recent months.“We are in form,” says Maâloul. “We know very well we are in an extremely tough group but we have raised our game, especially in terms of our athleticism. Everyone has seen how well we have played in the warm-ups. We are determined to go down in history.”Maâloul was not talking twaddle. Always adept technically, Tunisia have played with more zip and muscle since qualification. They have also grown in cohesion, which must be particularly satisfying for the manager given critics told him he risked deflating team spirit when, post-qualification, he embarked on a scouting mission for new players, ones born in Europe to Tunisian parents. He has taken four such recruits to Russia. Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Wahbi Khazri: the makeshift striker with Tunisia’s hopes on his shoulders Share on Twitter Share via Email Read more Tunisia were drawing 1-1 with Serbia when Mohamed Jedidi stepped up to take a penalty. The striker scored and began celebrating. But the referee, Tahiti’s Charles Ariiotima, spotted an encroachment and ordered a retake.Jedidi stepped up and scored again. But the referee spotted an encroachment and ordered a retake. So Jedidi stepped up and scored yet again. But the referee spotted an encroachment and ordered a retake.As Tunisia’s manager raged on the sidelines, Jedidi stepped up again. This time his shot was saved! But the referee spotted an encroachment and ordered a retake. For the fifth time Jedidi stepped up. The goalkeeper denied him again. But the referee spotted an encroachment and ordered a retake.For his sixth attempt Jedidi drove the ball into the net. By now everyone had got the message and, no one having strayed into the box, the referee allowed the goal. Tunisia went on to win 3-2 but did not get out of their group. That was at the 2004 Olympics, where Nabil Maâloul took charge of his country – albeit an under-23 side – for the first time and got a valuable reminder of the merits of persistence. Reuse this content Tunisia football teamcenter_img Maâloul has vowed to do more than absorb pressure against England. “I’ve told the players to enjoy these matches because you don’t get to play against the world’s best every day,” he said.Tunisians hope Maâloul really does intend attacking because that is what this team do best – and World Cups are opportunities that most countries and managers do not get to take again. World Cup Share on Messenger Read more World Cup Fiver: sign up for our daily email. Gareth Southgate seeks true fulfilment after winning phoney war World Cup 2018 England Share on WhatsApp Topics The Observerlast_img read more

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Photo: Georgia QB Greyson Lambert Read Ex-Bulldog Teammate’s Children’s Book To Kids

first_imgGreyson Lambert reads to children.Greyson Lambert ReadingFormer Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell went from struggling to read when he began his college career to being inspired to write a children’s book after joining a book club during his time at Georgia.  This morning, Georgia quarterback Greyson Lambert read his former teammate’s book, “The Magician’s Hat” to a group of youths at a local summer reading program kickoff. Reading is always a good thing, and Lambert sharing Mitchell’s book with kids is even better.last_img read more

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US consumer spending surged 1 per cent in September

first_imgWASHINGTON – Consumers boosted their spending by 1 per cent in September, the biggest gain in eight years. The surge was fueled by robust demand across sectors, especially autos in the wake of recent hurricanes.The sharp jump in consumer spending was up from a tiny 0.1 per cent gain in August and was the best showing since an increase of 1.3 per cent in August 2009, the Commerce Department reported Monday. Income growth was also solid in September, rising by 0.4 per cent as wages and salaries climbed.Consumer spending is closely monitored because it accounts for 70 per cent of economic activity. The latest result suggests that Americans were feeling increasingly confident about the economy heading into the final quarter of the year.That should support solid growth in the fourth quarter. The overall economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at a solid 3 per cent annual rate in the July-September quarter, despite the devastation from two hurricanes.The big spending surge in September was led by a 14.7 per cent increase in spending for new motor vehicles, as drivers began replacing the estimated more than 300,000 vehicles destroyed in the hurricanes. Spending on nondurable goods such as clothing and services such as utility payments was also strong.“Consumers were not shy in September,” said Eugenio Aleman, senior economist at Wells Fargo. “Every sector of consumption was booming.”Consumer confidence has been bolstered by a Wall Street rally, which has pushed stocks to new highs. Economists expect even stronger spending next year if Republicans are able to push their tax cut package through Congress, and the cuts are made retroactive to the start of 2018.“Most households should get the benefit of a reduction in taxes early in the New Year, but we won’t know what proportion of households will be net beneficiaries of the Republican’s tax cuts until the details of the plan are released this Wednesday,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist for Capital Economics.A key inflation gauge closely followed by the Federal Reserve showed consumer prices rose 1.6 per cent in September compared to a year ago, up from readings of just 1.4 per cent the past three months.Fed officials, who have raised interest rates twice this year, will meet again on Tuesday and Wednesday. However, analysts expect them to defer a third rate hike in an effort to ensure that low inflation is rising and annual price gains are again moving toward the Fed’s 2 per cent target.The 1.6 per cent 12-month rise in prices was the strongest gain since a 1.7 per cent increase in April. Core inflation, which excludes food and energy, remained stuck at an increase of 1.3 per cent over the past 12 months, the same as August.The 1 per cent jump in consumer spending reflected a 3.2 per cent advance in spending on durable goods such as autos. Auto sales were strong in September, posting the first monthly gain of the year. Analysts said sales were helped by purchases of replacement vehicles for cars damaged by the hurricanes that hit Texas and Florida.Sales of non-durable goods such as clothing posted a 1.5 per cent rise, while spending on services such as utility bills and rent rose 0.5 per cent.With spending so strong, the personal saving rate dropped to 3.1 per cent of after-tax income, down from 3.6 per cent in August.last_img read more

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Changes coming to Albertas liquor laws

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – More changes are coming to Alberta’s liquor laws.Effective immediately, you will be able to take that drink you ordered at the hotel bar to your room or another part of the hotel for an extra fee.As well, bars and restaurants will be allowed to infuse alcohol with fruits, spices and other flavourings and create their own house-aged liquor.“Alberta makes some of the best liquor in the country. But some regulations were constraining restaurants and bars from being creative and limiting Albertans’ enjoyment,” explained Finance Minister Joe Ceci. “That’s why we are bringing in common-sense changes, like being able to take your wine from the hotel bar back to your room. This is in addition to previous changes that allowed for craft beer and liquor to be sold at farmer’s markets and more open patio policies.”Theatregoers and stage stars can now have a celebratory toast after the final curtain within the licensed area of the venue.The province says Alberta’s liquor laws are being updated to keep pace with the evolution happening in the industry.last_img read more

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Call for Facebook CEO to testify at International Grand Committee continues to

first_imgOTTAWA – Bob Zimmer has once again added his name to the growing list of elected representatives worldwide calling on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to give testimony at The International Grand Committee Meeting on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’. Brazil, Latvia and Singapore have now joined the committee which includes Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Argentina and Ireland. Elected representatives from these eight countries, representing over 393 million residents, will meet on November 27 in London. Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies, and Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, says there are still many questions that only the CEO of Facebook can answer. “It is clear from last week’s New York Times article on how Facebook executives handled recent data breaches and misinformation campaigns on their platform that there are still many questions that only Mr. Zuckerberg can answer. These allegations are deeply troubling, and it is vital that we get to the bottom of what happened and what is being done to fix it.” Zimmer hopes that Zuckerberg can do the testimony via video if he is unable to attend the hearing in London.“In the most recent response to our request, Facebook indicated that Mr. Zuckerberg would be unable to travel to London. We hope that by offering the option of giving video testimony, Mr. Zuckerberg will show our countries and the citizens we represent the respect that we deserve and finally accept our request to appear before our committee.”The International Grand Committee Meeting on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’ is set to take place in London on November 27.last_img read more

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Leaders of NDP United Conservatives rally troops in key Calgary battleground

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – It was back to the future at a United Conservative campaign rally in Calgary where leader Jason Kenney stirred up the crowd by talking about the old national energy program.Kenney reminded supporters last night that the NEP brought in by former prime minister Pierre Trudeau in 1980 ravaged Alberta’s energy industry and economy.And he says the policies of Alberta’s NDP government and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have been doing the same thing. Kenney says Premier Rachel Notley has sold Alberta out to the federal Liberals and it is time for a bright new day under his leadership.Notley was also in the key election battleground city, firing up her supporters at her own rally by promising to protect education and health care and promoting her plan to diversify the economy.Notley says there is no place for right-wing extremism, racism or hate in Alberta, especially in the legislature.She says she doesn’t believe Kenney is racist but says his party has a problem with racism.last_img read more

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