West Brom have agreed a fee with Manchester United for defender Jonny Evans who is now scheduled to undergo a medical with the Baggies, talkSPORT understands.The move is likely to trigger Joleon Lescott’s departure from the Hawthorns, who has his heart set on a move closer to home with Albion’s Midlands rivals Aston Villa.It is believed Villa will pay £1m for Lescott, plus add-ons, after Tim Sherwood identified the two-time Premier League winner as his prime defensive transfer target.Evans has found first-team chances hard to come by this season after Red Devils’ manager Louis van Gaal move Daley Blind to centre-back, and it is believed his former United team-mate – and now Baggies captain – Darren Fletcher convinced the 27-year-old to sign.United initially quoted £10m for the Northern Irishman back in May but may demand closer to £12m as the transfer window nears its close. Jonny Evans 1
With Sir Alex Ferguson plugging his new book, the belligerent Scotsman was always going to ruffle a few feathers.The legendary Manchester United boss has made several revelations in his latest tome, called ‘Leading’, including the top stars he missed out on, the men he wanted to replace him, and more.One topic that seemed to rankle Red Devils fans, though, was Fergie claiming he only managed four world-class stars at Old Trafford.Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, Eric Cantona and Paul Scholes were the men he named, but Man United supporters weren’t happy.You can see how they reacted on Twitter below… 1 Sir Alex Ferguson
1 Leandro Paredes Manchester City are ready to challenge Liverpool for the signing of Roma midfielder Leandro Paredes.The 21-year-old is currently impressing on loan at Empoli, where he has scored twice in 20 Serie A outings so far this term.Roma only signed him back in 2014 and have been excited by his form at Empoli with reports suggesting he will be part of their first-team squad from the summer.But Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is well aware of Paredes’ talent and has been linked with a summer move for the Argentine.However, according to reports in Italy, Roma are now bracing themselves for interest from another club in England – Manchester City.Pep Guardiola, who is taking over at City in the summer, is expected to make his mark on the squad once in place and Paredes is said to be high on his wish-list.
A paparazzo on a motorcycle was injured today when another paparazzo in a Range Rover made an illegal right turn and struck the man as they both were following Britney Spears in Beverly Hills, a police official said. The crash occurred about 5 p.m. on Santa Monica Boulevard near Elm Drive when a paparazzo following Britney Spears collided with another paparazzo on a motorcycle about a mile from the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel, said Beverly Hills police Sgt. Jay Kim. The injured paparazzo was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with abrasions to his legs and arms, Kim said. His condition was not immediately known, he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Britney Spears was not injured and had “no direct involvement” in the collision, Kim said. No arrests were made and no citations were issued in connection with the collision, which Kim said appeared to be “just an accident.” There were no signs of alcohol playing a part in the accident, he said.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A search is under way this morning for two females who robbed two 7- Elevens in the San Fernando Valley earlier today. The Los Angeles Police Department says the first robbery occurred shortly after midnight at a 7-Eleven on Sherman Way in Reseda. About five minutes later another 7-Eleven was held up on Roscoe Boulevard in Northridge. Police say a large handgun was used in both robberies. Check back to Dailynews.com for updates and breaking news.
Shock Nani swoop – Shock reports have emerged from Turkish news agency DHA, who have claimed Mourinho wants to bring his compatriot Nani back to Old Trafford. The Portuguese has a £6.3m release clause but United are unwilling to pay that for the 29-year-old, who left Old Trafford for Fenerbahce in July 2015. 5 United join the race for Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Manchester United have made enquiries for Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Mkhitaryan, according to the Daily Mail. The Armenian is thought to be available for £25m after refusing to sign a new contract, but the Red Devils face competition with Arsenal and Juventus considered favourites for his signature. 5 Zlatan Ibrahimovic signing will have to wait – Manchester United may have to wait for Sweden to be eliminated from Euro 2016 before they sign Ibrahimovic. The Times report that Sweden boss Erik Hamren has told his star man to delay his transfer to Old Trafford and focus on the national team instead. 5 David De Gea not joining Real Madrid – Manchester United fans can breathe a sigh of relief this summer, according to Spanish outlet Marca, who say that Real Madrid are no longer interested in signing goalkeeper De Gea. The Spaniard was the focus of a summer-long transfer saga last year but Zinedine Zidane is happy with current number one Keylor Navas. 5 Matteo Darmian involved in Paul Pogba switch – click the arrow, right, for more Manchester United transfer rumours – The Sun are reporting that United will use Italian right back Darmian as a makeweight as they try to lure Pogba back to Old Trafford. Juventus have enquired about Darmians availability while the Red Devils are believed to have had a £60m bid for Pogba rejected last week. 5 Jose Mourinho sealed his first signing as Manchester United manager with Ivorian Eric Bailly joining the club on Wednesday.The defender signed for around £30m from Villarreal as Mourinho aims to strengthen his defence ahead of his first campaign at Old Trafford.And expect there to be plenty more to follow the 22-year-old as the Red Devils try and build a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League title next season.Among Mourinho’s priorities are a striker and a midfielder, while he also assesses the current crop of players at the club.Click the arrow above, right, to see the latest Manchester United transfer rumours.
The Olympic Stadium – West Ham’s new home ground West Ham’s first match at the Olympic Stadium will be against either Shakhtyor Soligorsk of Belarus or Slovenian side Domzale. The Hammers have taken up residence in the revamped London 2012 venue after leaving Upton Park, their home for over 100 years, at the end of last season.Slaven Bilic’s side are taking on Italian giants Juventus in a glamour friendly to mark the opening of their new 60,000-seater ground in Stratford on Sunday, August 7.But they will actually take to the field for the first time in their new ground before that, with West Ham’s first fixture to come against the winner of the second-round qualifier, which is currently poised at 1-1 between the Belarusian and Slovenian sides.West Ham’s home leg is due to take place on 28 July, but the club have made an official request to UEFA to reverse the dates of the two legs, as the stadium is being used for the London Anniversary Games on 22 and 23 July. The second leg is scheduled for 4 August.The Hammers’ first home game in the Premier League will then be against Bournemouth on 21 August.A club issued a statement explaining their request to reverse the tie, which read: “In order to give Stadium owners E20 Stadium LLP as much time as possible to prepare the arena for its first taste of European football, the Club have today made official representation to request that the fixture be reversed.“If successful, Shakhtyor Soligorsk of Belarus or NK Domžale of Slovenia will visit Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the return leg on Thursday 4 August.“Owing to the date of the Europa League fixture, the Club has had to agree to work to a capacity of 54,000 for the Hammers’ first two fixtures at London Stadium. And, given the proximity of the Anniversary Games [22-23 July] to those opening two West Ham games, Stadium owners E20 Stadium PLP are doing their utmost to prepare the venue fully into football mode accordingly. “On behalf of its supporters, the Club went to great lengths in contractual negotiations with E20 Stadium LLP to ensure that the Stadium would be fully ready for the first two fixtures, in order to accommodate as many supporters as possible and offer the best matchday experience.“This is a necessary step for the ramp up to the Stadium opening in full football mode at its full 60,000 capacity for the eagerly-awaited opening Premier League fixture against AFC Bournemouth on Sunday 21 August.” West Ham were forced into playing a Europa League qualifier after being pipped for sixth place in the Premier League by Southampton on the final day of last season.They featured in the qualifying stages last season by virtue of the Fair Play League, but Bilic fielded youngsters and fringe players as they bowed out to Romanian side Astra Giurgiu in the third round.Bilic has vowed to take this season’s competition more seriously, however, and has already bolstered his squad with Havard Nordtveit, Sofiane Feghouli, Gokhan Tore and Ashley Fletcher.Meanwhile, other British-based clubs in the qualifying rounds include Hibernian will take on German side Hertha Berlin if the Edinburgh outfit can overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit against Danish outfit Brondby.City rivals Hearts, whose first leg in Malta ended 0-0 against Birkirkara, will be aiming to set up a tie against Russian side Krasnodar.Aberdeen, who are 3-0 up against Latvian side Ventspils, will face Maribor of Slovenia or Bulgarian side Levski Sofia, providing the Dons avoid trouble in their second leg.Northern Irish side Cliftonville will take on Spartak Moscow if they can come back from a 3-2 first-leg defeat against Cypriots AEK Larnaca.Cork City, who are tied at 1-1 with Swedish side Hacken, have been drawn against either Belgium’s Genk or Podgorica of Montenegro.If Welsh minnows Connah’s Quay come from 1-0 down against Vojvodina they could face Ireland’s St Patrick’s Athletic, who drew 1-1 with Dinamo Minsk in their first leg. 1
PARADISE, Calif. – A father and his three children who had been missing since heading into the mountains over the weekend to cut a Christmas tree were plucked Wednesday from a snowy ravine, providing a Christmas miracle just as another storm was bearing down. “I’m just amazed how well they did,” Lisa Sams said after seeing her children and ex-husband for the first time since they were found. “It was like butterflies in my stomach, like if you were going to go on a very-first date.” The four appeared to be in good shape as they bounded from a California Highway Patrol helicopter that made successive flights to bring them to safety. The father smiled as he stepped out of the chopper to cheers from family and friends, then was whisked to a nearby hospital with his children. The four left for the tree hunt Sunday but were not reported missing until late Monday. By then, a fierce storm had dumped more than a foot of snow in the mountains, about 100 miles north of Sacramento, and dropped temperatures into the 20s. “Our hearts are all full right now,” said Cory Stahl, who owns a pest-control business where the father works. “It’s a very merry Christmas now.” Clouds had prevented an aerial search until a brief lifting of them Wednesday afternoon allowed a CHP helicopter to join the effort. Flight officer David White said it was the last opportunity for the helicopter to land, with snow falling heavily as it descended. He said the four were wet and cold but otherwise seemed fine. They had survived wearing only jeans, sweat shirts and coats by huddling in a culvert beneath a bridge, sheltered from the outside by a makeshift wall of twigs and tree branches. Her younger children were pushed deepest into the shelter, with the father and eldest child blocking the wind, Sams recounted after visiting them at the hospital. She said they told of huddling together and telling jokes and singing to pass the time in the first couple of days, before beginning to grow scared and depressed in the last 24 hours. They had found water to drink and did not eat snow because their father remembered reading that it could cause hypothermia. Frederick also had taken off his shirt, torn up the fabric and wrapped it around his children’s feet, hoping to stave off frostbite. Sams said Alexis’ toes had grown black, but Frederick had kept rubbing them to try to keep them warm. Sams said color had begun to return to the girl’s toes in the hospital. The father and children – found less than a mile and a half from the road – said they had become confused by going from pine tree to pine tree, trying to find the perfect Christmas tree, before realizing they were lost. Sams said they told her they did not try to venture from the shelter because they knew she was a “worrywart” and would send a search crew. “I knew that they would pull together,” Sams said. “We’re a really close family.” The four were taken to Feather River Hospital in Paradise, where they were being checked for dehydration, hypothermia and frostbite. Treating physician Kurt Bower said all four were doing well – walking, talking and drinking hot chocolate. Because Dominguez had custody of his children at the time, his ex-wife did not know they were missing until she discovered that her youngest child failed to show up at school Monday. Authorities were alerted at 8 p.m. Monday and immediately began a search.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champHope of finding the four alive seemed to dim as the week wore on and meteorologists warned of another storm sweeping into Northern California late Wednesday. Wind-driven snowdrifts reached 7 feet high in the heavily wooded, canyon-crossed foothill region where the family was trapped. “As each hour and day unfolds, you get less and less optimistic,” said Mike Lerch, principal of Paradise High School. “This is a big sense of relief to the community.” Frederick Dominguez, 38, and his children – Christopher, 18, Alexis, 15, and Joshua, 12 – had been missing some 25 miles northeast of Chico, in the mostly rural north-central region of the state. The break in the search came in midafternoon Wednesday when a California Highway Patrol helicopter spotted the father atop a small bridge and landed nearby, sinking into 2 feet of snow. The family also had used tree branches to write the word “Help” into the snow.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson As good as the Trojans are now, they’re very young, with only 10 seniors listed on their two-deep depth chart for the Rose Bowl eight starters and two second-stringers. That means there’ll be a lot of experienced players returning even if tailbacks Bush and White, offensive tackle Justice, safety Bing and wide receiver Smith decide to go to the NFL. They have until Jan. 15 to decide. Bing and Smith are the best bets to return. Should Bing come back, it’s possible he’ll be switched to tailback, having performed impressively during a couple of practices at the position three weeks ago when Bush and White were in New York NY attending the Heisman Trophy ceremony Bush as a finalist, White to capture the experience. “Next year’s going to be a great year for ‘SC football again,” said linebacker Dallas Sartz, who gets a do-over as a senior because he sustained a season-ending shoulder injury early in the second game of this season. What if the likes of Bush, White, Justice, Bing and Smith leave? “Then we’ll have good people filling in for them,” Sartz said. “I wouldn’t expect a drop-off, really. I wouldn’t expect the coach to let that happen. The way coach Carroll’s philosophy is, it’s tougher on the practice field than on Saturdays.” A week before his No. 1 Trojans play No. 2 Texas in the Rose Bowl, Carroll agreed to a five-year contract extension. “He’s sitting so great at that university. What he’s done with that program is unprecedented,” said Anthony Davis, a star tailback at USC from 1972-74. “If he ever calls on me, I’m there. He’s a diamond, I’ll tell you.” Should the Trojans beat the Longhorns on Wednesday in a matchup of 12-0 teams, it will give them a 35-game winning streak and an unprecedented three straight national championships heading into next season. USC will have a new quarterback because Leinart, the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner and a three-year starter, is graduating. Third-year sophomore John David Booty, who has been watching, waiting and learning for three years, will compete with highly regarded freshman Mark Sanchez for the job. Possibilities at tailback besides Bing are Hershel Dennis, Michael Coleman, Desmond Reed and Chauncey Washington. And that doesn’t include any incoming freshmen. Dennis started in 2003 ahead of then-freshmen Bush and White. Like Sartz, he has one year of eligibility remaining. “It’s always tough to lose key players,” Sartz said. “There’s a lot of talent here, and the new guys will certainly help. Coach Carroll tells new guys they’re going to be playing, and they will. None of our linebackers redshirted this year.” If the Trojans beat Texas, they’ll have a chance to tie the record 47-game winning streak achieved by Oklahoma from 1953-57 by winning their 12 regular-season games next fall. “This is what we pointed to, really, 12 months ago,” Carroll said of his team qualifying for the national championship game in the Rose Bowl. If Carroll is saying the same thing a year from now, the Trojans will be on the verge of making history. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES (AP) Matt Leinart will leave after the Rose Bowl and a lot of his USC teammates might follow him. Yet even if stars such as Reggie Bush, LenDale White, Winston Justice, Darnell Bing and Steve Smith pass up their final year of eligibility to turn pro, don’t expect USC to falter anytime soon. “They’ll be good whether I’m here next year or not,” Justice said. That seems likely for several reasons first and foremost the man at the top, coach Pete Carroll, who has guided USC to a 48-3 record since the start of the 2002 season.