Arsenal will be without striker for a ‘period of months’ after knee surgery

first_img1 Arsenal will be without England forward Danny Welbeck for several months after he underwent surgery on a knee problem.The 24-year-old, signed from Manchester United on deadline day in September 2014, last played for the Gunners in April, missing both the FA Cup final and end-of-season internationals.Despite hopes Welbeck would be able to recover from bone bruising around the knee, Arsenal announced in a statement on Thursday the player had needed an operation and was now set for an extended spell of rehabilitation.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had hoped the forward would be available soon after the international break.However, following an increased training schedule, it was decided surgery would be needed.A statement from Arsenal read: “Danny Welbeck has undergone surgery on his left knee after being unable to sufficiently step up his rehabilitation work.“The striker has been working throughout the summer to recover from the injury sustained at the end of April.“It had been hoped he would avoid surgery, but after increasing his training workload, the injury to his cartilage did not respond as well as hoped and the decision was taken last week for him to undergo surgery by a leading specialist in the field.“Danny is now expected to be out for a period of months and everyone at Arsenal wishes him well.” Danny Welbeck last_img read more

Exclusive – Roy Hodgson on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool appointment: ‘It won’t be an easy job!’

first_imgEngland manager Roy Hodgson has told talkSPORT he is excited to see how newly appointed manager Jurgen Klopp can transform his new Liverpool team, but has warned the German it won’t be a straightforward job.The Reds have moved quickly to land former Borussia Dortmund chief Klopp, who was announced as the new Anfield chief on Thursday following Brendan Rodgers’ departure last week.Klopp has already spoken of his plans to introduce a ‘full throttle, emotional, fast and strong’ style of play at Liverpool, who currently sit in tenth place having claimed just three wins from their opening eight games of the season.And Hodgson has said he will keep a watchful eye over Klopp’s progress with a group of players who will play a ‘major part’ in the future of the England side.“It’ll be interesting to see what Jurgen Klopp can do there,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “He’s a charismatic manager and has a lot of energy.“I wish him well in what is going to be an exciting job, though it won’t be an easy one, because they haven’t really achieved what the Liverpool fans want to achieve for a number of years now.“I had a good relationship with Brendan Rodgers, he was always very helpful to me when it came to the England team and the release of his players, and I’m looking forward to that same relationship with the new man.“There are a lot of Liverpool players at the moment who play a major part in our thoughts going forward in regard to the England team. So the relationship with Jurgen, the work he does with the players and how the payers develop during their time with him, will be very important to me.”Hodgson is, of course, a former Liverpool manager himself, having taken charge of the side following the departure of Rafa Benitez in 2010.He lasted just seven months, however, before being replaced by club legend Kenny Dalglish in January 2011, and the England boss sympathises with Brendan Rodgers following his own departure from the hotseat.He added: “I do feel sorry for Brendan, I feel sorry for all managers who lose their jobs and it was obviously a surprise for him when it came about.“Unfortunately that’s a part of our lives as managers and we have to get on with the fact that even if someone is doing a good job, they are always in danger of losing it and then the new man will always arrive with pomp and ceremony.”last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp close to Liverpool reunion with former Borussia Dortmund midfielder

first_imgKevin Grosskreutz has agreed personal terms with Liverpool ahead of a January move, according to reports in Turkey.The midfielder moved to Galatasaray in the summer after spending six years with Borussia Dortmund.However, the Germany international is reportedly already keen to leave after failing to settle in Turkey.Grosskreutz was signed by Jurgen Klopp during his time at Dortmund and the Liverpool boss is a big fan of the 27-year-old.That, according to Turkish news outlet Takvim, has persuaded Klopp to make a move for his former player in attempt to bring him to Anfield.Grosskreutz has reportedly jumped at the chance to reunite with his former manager and he has already agreed personal terms.Liverpool must now thrash out a deal with Galatasaray ahead of the January transfer window. 1 Kevin Grosskreutz has reportedly agreed personal terms with the Reds last_img read more

League suspends Flyer for 2 games

first_imgFrom news services Philadelphia defenseman Randy Jones was suspended two games by the NHL on Monday for his violent hit on Boston’s Patrice Bergeron, making him the third Philadelphia player suspended for a dangerous play this season. A pair of 20-game suspensions left no impression on the organization. Making Jones sit out two games likely won’t leave a dent in their psyche, either. At least Jones’ banishment is brief compared to teammates Steve Downie (20 games) and Jesse Boulerice (25 games). The difference between this suspension and the other two is that NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell thought Jones did not try to intentionally hurt Bergeron. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Bergeron lost consciousness, was transported from the ice on a stretcher and taken to the hospital, where team physician Dr. Bertram Zarins diagnosed him with a concussion and a broken nose. Bergeron was released Sunday. Bondra hangs up skates NHL veteran and Slovakian star Peter Bondra retired from professional hockey to become general manager of his country’s national team. The 39-year-old Bondra played last season for the Chicago Blackhawks before becoming a free agent. He had 503 goals and had 389 assists in 1,081 NHL games, mostly for the Washington Capitals. He also played for the Ottawa Senators and Atlanta Thrashers. His contract as general manger runs through 2008, when the hockey worlds are to take place in Canada. Kiprusoff signs extension Miikka Kiprusoff agreed to a $35 million, six-year extension with the Calgary Flames that will keep the star goalie him in Calgary through the 2013-14 season.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

Thousand Oaks family awarded $12.5 million for bicyclist-dad’s death by auto

first_imgSIMI VALLEY, Calif. – A jury has awarded $12.5 million to the family of a bicyclist who was struck and killed by a car driven by a woman who had just been diagnosed with “dense” cataracts in both eyes. A Ventura County Superior Court panel ruled Friday in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the motorist on behalf of Glenn Garvin’s wife and two sons. Garvin, 49, of Thousand Oaks was struck from behind while riding in a bicycle lane along Westlake Boulevard on Sept. 16, 2006. The new Lexus that hit him was driven by 82-year-old Norma Seigel of Thousand Oaks, who recently had learned she had cataracts. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.She also had been involved in another rear-end crash six months earlier. Seigel acknowledged before the trial that she was responsible for Garvin’s death so the accident’s cause wasn’t an issue in the case. Instead, the trial focused on monetary damages. Jonathan Light, president of the Ventura County Bar Association, said he believes the jury’s award was large partly because Garvin had a large annual income – future earnings the family will no longer receive. Garvin was an endodontist who earned about $746,633 in 2006, according to the lawsuit. “There was a loss of life. That’s a big deal,” Light said. Mark Hiepler, the Garvins’ attorney, said Seigel has insurance and assets, and another court hearing will determine whether it will be enough to satisfy the judgment. Garvin was a volunteer city traffic safety commissioner who “taught and lived bicycle safety,” said his wife, Pamela. In a prepared statement, she made reference to another elderly driver who was involved in a deadly crash in 2003. George Russell Weller was 86 when his car plowed through a street market in Santa Monica, killing 10 people and injuring more than 70. Pamela Garvin said her husband’s death and those at the market “were all preventable and teach us that we must individually take responsibility for those we love, whether elderly or young, who should not be driving.” The wrongful death trial lasted seven days in Superior Court in Simi Valley.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

New pudge principle: A few extra pounds won’t kill you

first_imgCHICAGO – Being 25 pounds overweight doesn’t appear to raise your risk of dying from cancer or heart disease, says a new government study that seems to vindicate Grandma’s claim that a few extra pounds won’t kill you. Released just a few weeks before Thanksgiving, the findings might comfort some who can’t seem to lose those last 15 pounds. And they hearten proponents of a theory that it’s possible to be “fit and fat.” The news isn’t all good: Overweight people do have a higher chance of dying from diabetes and kidney disease. And people who are obese – generally those more than 30 pounds overweight for their height – have a higher risk of death from a variety of ills, including some cancers and heart disease. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre However, having a little extra weight actually seemed to help people survive some illnesses – results that baffled several leading health researchers. “This is a very puzzling disconnect,” said Dr. JoAnn Manson, chief of preventive medicine at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “That is a conundrum.” It was the second study by the same government scientists who two years ago first suggested that deaths from being too fat were overstated. The new report further analyzed the same data, this time looking at specific causes of death along with new mortality figures from 2004 for 2.3million U.S. adults. “Excess weight does not uniformly increase the risk of mortality from any and every cause, but only from certain causes,” said the study’s lead author, Katherine Flegal of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study, which appears in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association, analyzed the body-mass index of people who died from various diseases. In many cases, the risks of death were substantial for obese people – those with a body-mass index, or BMI, of at least 30. Specifically, obesity raised the risk of death from heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease, and several cancers previously linked with excess weight, including breast, colon and pancreatic cancer. But being merely overweight – having a BMI between 25 and 30 – did not increase the risk of dying from heart disease or any kind of cancer. Also surprising was that overweight people were up to about 40percent less likely than normal-weight people to die from several other causes – including emphysema, pneumonia, injuries and various infections. The age group that seemed to benefit most from a little extra padding were people ages 25 to 59; older overweight people had reduced risks for these diseases, too. Why extra fat isn’t always deadly and might even help people survive some illnesses is unclear and in fact disputed by many health experts. But University of South Carolina obesity researcher Steven Blair, who says people can be fat and fit, is a believer. He called the report a careful and plausible analysis, and said Americans have been whipped into a “near hysteria” by hype over the nation’s obesity epidemic. While the epidemic is real, the number of deaths attributed to it and to being overweight has been exaggerated, Blair said. People should focus instead on healthful eating and exercise, and stop obsessing about carrying a few extra pounds or becoming supermodel thin, Blair said. He says his hefty grandmother used to justify her extra padding, saying, “`That way I have protection in case I get sick.’ Maybe there is something to that.” A little extra weight might provide “additional nutritional reserves” that could help people battle certain diseases, Flegal said. Dr. Robert Eckel, a spokesman for the American Heart Association, argued that the results could be misleading. For example, diabetes and heart disease often occur together and both often afflict overweight people. So when diabetes is listed as a cause of death, heart disease could have contributed, he said. Eckel also said the study results might reflect aggressive efforts to treat high blood pressure and cholesterol or other conditions that can lead to fatal heart attacks. Those conditions often occur in overweight people and can be costly and debilitating even if they aren’t always deadly, he said. Obesity researcher Barry Popkin of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill agreed, noting that the study “is about death. This is not about health and sickness.” It doesn’t address whether cancer and heart disease occur more often in overweight people – something that has been suggested by other research. Dr. Michael Thun of the American Cancer Society noted that staying slim tops a recent list of recommendations for preventing cancer in a report from the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research. The report was based on a review of more than 7,000 studies. The CDC report “definitely won’t be the last word,” Thun said. Manson, the Harvard researcher, cautioned that extra pounds can lead to obesity so people shouldn’t be complacent about being overweight. Laurie Slocum, who went from a size 20 to a size 12 after joining Weight Watchers two years ago, says the study won’t turn her into a slacker. A 47-year-old banker from Durand, Ill., she lost more than 60 pounds and still has a few to go. Thanks to dieting and exercise, her blood pressure has dropped from “the stroke zone” to normal. She said she feels too good now to use the new findings as an excuse to indulge. “It’s not going to change anything I’m doing,” Slocum said. “The number on the scale isn’t my goal … it’s a healthy lifestyle.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Transfer report – Man United ready £50m bid for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku

first_imgManchester United are ready to splash £50million on Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, according to reports in Holland.Despite being under pressure in the Old Trafford hotseat, manager Louis van Gaal is expected to get a £100m war chest in the summer to spend on new players.Top of the Dutchman’s priorities is a striker and the club have been tracking Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani.However, according to De Telegraaf, Manchester United are ready to make a move for Lukaku instead.Van Gaal is said to prefer a deal for the Belgian due to the fact he has already proven his ability in the Premier League.Everton want to keep hold of Lukaku, but it is reported the Toffees will sell if they receive an offer of £50m and above. Everton are desperate to keep hold of top striker Romelu Lukaku 1last_img read more

Lallana: I’m good friends with Pochettino… but I don’t want to leave Liverpool

first_imgAdam Lallana insists he has no desire to leave Liverpool for Tottenham this summer.The midfielder’s former manager at Southampton, Mauricio Pochettino, is eager to be reunited with the 28-year-old at White Hart Lane.According to widespread reports, Pochettino has made Lallana his top summer transfer target and Spurs have set aside £20million to try and lure him away from Anfield.But, while Lallana admits he is still close to the Argentine, the 28-year-old says there is no reason for him to leave Liverpool.After a slow start to his Reds career, the England international has become a key part of the team under Jurgen Klopp and is set to start Wednesday’s Europa League final.“I’ve got three years left on my contract here,” Lallana said.“It was only last season that people might have read that I was leaving and thought ‘Yes, let’s get him out’. But football changes very quickly and I’m really enjoying my football under this manager.“I’ve always had a good relationship with Pochettino. We are very good friends off the pitch now. But it would be very difficult (to leave).“I am at a massive club here and playing some of my best football for the club, getting to cup finals.” 1 Adam Lallana shares a joke with Danny Ings during a Liverpool training session last_img read more

Tottenham and England star on his superstitions and Three Lions memories

first_img5 England striker Harry Kane There was a touch of the fantastic about Kane’s England debut. Welcomed on to the pitch at Wembley as a 72nd-minute substitute for Wayne Rooney against Lithuania in March 2015, he scored with his third touch after just 79 seconds. Just a few years before, he had been a fan, watching from the stands.“I used to go with my dad and brother,” he says. “I remember a Switzerland game, and singing the national anthem before it gave me goosebumps. When I played for England at Wembley, singing the national anthem was a dream come true. I was so proud to make my debut, especially being at Wembley, and to score so early on was special. All my family were there to share the moment after the game. It’s a memory I won’t forget.”The last time we spoke to Kane, a month before that, he’d captured the eye for Tottenham but was yet to make his mark on the international stage. Even before speaking to him, you can tell how his stature has grown simply from the difference in venue – upmarket hotel instead of weathered sports centre.Other stories have taken the spotlight this season (one of them could well partner him up front for England), but Kane has kept banging in goals. “Time has gone quick since then,” he says. “It doesn’t seem like a year ago. I feel like I’ve got better – this season was a lot different to last season, obviously. Players know who I am and maybe have tactics to stop me scoring goals. I’ve had to cope with that, but it’s all part of the learning curve.”He has scored 32 goals for club and country this season, matching the total he reached in his breakthrough year, but with more expectation on his broad shoulders.“You’ve got to thrive on pressure,” says the Premier League Golden Boot winner. “You’ve got to be able to handle it. Any footballer who wants to be at the top level is going to be in pressure situations.“The way I see it, if you prepare yourself enough in training and work hard enough, then those situations get easier and easier.”Kane has proved he’s no one-season wonder. With five goals in 12 games, he could be England’s leading striker for the next 10 years: “Any top player, if they can keep doing it year in, year out, it shows that they can be at that top level.”Growing painsIt didn’t always look like it would turn out this way. Three years ago, Kane sat on the bench – alongside Jamie Vardy – for Leicester in a playoff semi they lost to Watford in dramatic circumstances. It was a difficult spell: nowhere near the Spurs side, struggling to make his mark on loan.“I went to Norwich, I got injured – I broke my foot and couldn’t get in the team,” says Kane. “I went to Leicester and couldn’t get in the team. It was a tough year for me, a tough learning curve, and one that’s made me stronger. I learnt a lot about myself then.”Both Kane and Vardy have since broken into a fresh and exciting England side. With them are young talents such as Dele Alli and a host of players who have come through the age-group system together.“When you’ve played with each other through the ranks – under-17s, under-18s, under-19s – you get to know each other and you get to know each other’s games,” says Kane. “We still have a good mixture – it isn’t just young players. We have some good, experienced players who have been there and done it and know what to expect.”There’s fierce competition for the job of leading the line in Roy Hodgson’s side, with Kane, Vardy, Daniel Sturridge, Marcus Rashford and, of course, Wayne Rooney all potential strikers. But Kane is unfazed about his position on the pitch. “Imagine the greatest goal you’ve ever scored”For most people, this would be a fairly simple exercise: a thumping playground volley, a glancing header in Sunday league, a five-aside flick you’re adamant was deliberate, even though no one believes you.But England striker Harry Kane has quite the highlights reel to run through. Our photographer asks him to picture himself scoring a dream goal while Kane strikes poses for our cover shoot.“The shirt would be off,” he grins – and you wouldn’t blame him for such a passionate celebration if he finds the net at Euro 2016. He has been waiting for this moment his whole life.Like all followers of the Three Lions, certain England moments are etched indelibly into Kane’s memory – brilliant goals and the scars of shootout heartache. 5 5 “I was probably only about five or six when Michael Owen scored that goal in World Cup ’98 against Argentina,” says the 22-year-old, who had actually not quite turned five that summer. “But that was obviously a special goal, so that’s one that kind of sticks out in my mind.”The Tottenham forward remembers collecting stickers and those petrol station coins of players’ faces from tournaments past; getting into school early to watch games at the 2002 World Cup, in Japan and South Korea. His most vivid memory of watching England is David Beckham helping them qualify for that tournament with a free-kick against Greece.“I remember watching that and going mental when it went in,” says Kane. “Obviously it’s such a famous goal, and Beckham was a big idol of mine growing up, so that is definitely one memory that sticks out.” 5 5 “I’ll play wherever the manager wants me to play,” he says. “At international level you have to be able to adapt to different situations and different positions, and I’m happy to do whatever I’m called upon to.”Kane tells us he prepares for every game in the same superstitious way – putting on his left shin pad, sock and boot before tending to the other leg. Before Saturday’s Euro 2016 opener against Russia, he might also take a moment to reflect on both how far he’s come, and how far he can take his country. “We can achieve anything,” he tells us. “We’ve just got to stay focused.”From England fan to star man for club and country, Kane is living the dream. So why wake up now?Harry Kane wears England’s new 2016 home kit, built for speed with revolutionary Nike Aeroswift innovation. Visit nike.comlast_img read more