Deadline Day Brentford signing admits to nervous wait before late move from Shrewsbury

first_img1 Ryan Woods Brentford’s last-minute signing Ryan Woods endured a nervous summer waiting for his move from Shrewsbury to be completed.The midfielder, generously known in the lower leagues as the ‘Ginger Pirlo’, was involved in negotiations throughout the window but only signed on the dotted line in its final hours.“I was pleased to hear that a club like Brentford wanted me,” said the 21-year-old. “I had a good season last year and have carried that on that form and it’s caught the eye and I’m over the moon.“It’s a nervous time for you because you want things to get done sooner rather than later so you can concentrate on playing football.“It’s been a long winded process but I’m pleased to finally have it all done and can’t wait to get going.”last_img read more

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Coral Daily Download – Wayne Rooney set for record-breaking 50th England goal

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman looks ahead to England’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland on Tuesday night and reveals Wayne Rooney is 4/5 to get the goal he needs to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record.He also says Wales are 500/1 ON to join England in qualifying for next summer’s tournament, with Chris Coleman’s side needing just one point from their final two games to book their place in France.Northern Ireland are also long odds-on to qualify as they stand just two points from sealing their place at Euro 2016, while Republic of Ireland’s hopes are in the balance and Scotland look dead and buried.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

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CSKA Moscow 1-1 Manchester United: Anthony Martial header atones for penalty error

first_imgAnthony Martial atoned for his early penalty error with a powerful header as Manchester United drew at CSKA Moscow.United, back in the city of one of their finest hours – the 2008 Champions League triumph over Chelsea – found themselves behind as Seydou Doumbia scored the rebound after David De Gea’s penalty save.Martial, the man who gave away the penalty, made amends with 25 minutes remaining as he scored a delightful diving header from 12 yards.The result means United remain second in Group B ahead of the reverse fixture in two weeks’ time.After a quiet start by Manchester United, Martial had a shout for a penalty after he weaved his way into the box and was bundled over but any protestations were dismissed by the referee.However, Martial was involved in a penalty incident at the other end minutes later, as the referee pointed to the spot after the Frenchman handled in the area.De Gea did brilliantly to save the initial effort from Roman Eremenko but Doumbia reacted quickest to slam the rebound into the net.De Gea pulled out another wonder save on the half-hour mark when Ahmed Musa saw the Spaniard off his line but was denied by an acrobatic stop.United struggled to find space in behind the CSKA defence – who were sitting even deeper than they were to start with – as Wayne Rooney was restricted to a shot from 25 yards which sailed over.The barren attacking display by the Red Devils was summed up by the statistic that showed De Gea only had three fewer touches than Rooney in the first half.Marouane Fellaini replaced Bastian Schweinsteiger at half time but it failed to improve the quality of United’s build-up play as CSKA flooded the middle of the field.The visitors’ best chance came when Ander Herrera found himself free on the right and delivered a near-post cross to Rooney, but his header was straight at Igor Akinfeev.Herrera was the architect again minutes later but Jesse Lingard – making his first start since August 2014 – had strayed offside.But on the next attack, United got their goal – and it was Martial who managed to atone for his earlier error which led to the penalty.Antonio Valencia delivered the cross in and the Frenchman saw his diving header come off the post and nestle into the net for his fifth goal in seven starts.Martial almost turned provider with five minutes remaining as he squared from substitute Memphis Depay’s cross but Fellaini could not make contact as Akinfeev dived at his feet.And that was how it ended, while Wolfsburg beat PSV Eindhoven 2-0 to move to the top of Group B. Anthony Martial scored with a diving header for the Red Devils 1last_img read more

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Former Arsenal striker set for shock MLS move

first_imgFormer Arsenal forward Carlos Vela is on the verge of joining MLS side Colorado Rapids.The Mexican scored 11 goals in 62 appearances for the Gunners before joining Real Sociedad in 2012.Vela netted 10 goals for the La Liga club under David Moyes last season but the 26-year-old has struggled to find the target this term.And former Valencia forward Claudio Lopez, who is now sporting director at the Rapids, has confirmed talks are underway to take Vela to Colorado.“We’re already negotiating with Real Sociedad and the player,” Lopez told AS. Carlos Vela 1last_img read more

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Transfer report: Real Madrid target Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez as Ronaldo replacement

first_imgReal Madrid will make an astonishing bid for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez – should Cristiano Ronaldo leave in the summer.Ronaldo has been heavily linked with moves to Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain recently, and reports suggest his relationship with manager Rafael Benitez is disintegrating.According to Spanish magazine Don Balon, Real see Sanchez as the ideal replacement for Ronaldo and think the Chilean would be open to a return to Spanish football, having spent three years at Barcelona. The Chilean has set the Premier League alight since joining Arsenal in 2014, scoring 34 goals in 72 appearances.Naturally, Arsenal will be extremely reluctant to let Sanchez leave the Emirates but Real may come in with an extortionate bid that even the Gunners can’t refuse. Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez 1last_img read more

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‘Liverpool need a 25 goal-a-season striker? YOU’VE GOT ONE!’ Sherwood backs Benteke

first_imgFormer Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has told Liverpool they do not need to buy a 25 goal-a-season striker to solve their attacking woes, insisting they already have one in Christian Benteke.Belgian frontman Benteke moved to Anfield from Villa Park last summer in a £32.5million deal but has so far struggled to win over fans, as well as new manager Jurgen Klopp.The 25-year-old might be the club’s top goalscorer, but just seven goals in 29 Reds appearances is a measly return for the towering frontman who terrorised defences in a claret and blue shirt.Liverpool have linked with strikers galore over the past few months as Klopp looks to solve his attacking problems – the Merseysiders have scored just 30 goals this season and are the only team inside the Premier League’s top nine to have a minus goal difference [-4].But Sherwood, who coached Benteke back to goalscoring form during his short stint as Villa manager, insists they have no need to look elsewhere for the answer.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Sherwood told talkSPORT: “Klopp isn’t playing Christian on a regular basis, and he seems fit enough, so it seems that he isn’t totally sure about the lad.“For me he’s a great player. He’s a proven, prolific goalscorer in the Premier League. He’s a one-in-two, he’s a great target man and he needs to play with a rhythm.“There’s no point in playing him in one game and he’s out the next. All strikers need to play regularly to produce their best.“I scream at the TV or radio every time I hear somebody saying, ‘Liverpool just need a 20, 25 goal a season man’. They’ve already got one!“He’s proven he can do it in this country. He isn’t a player coming in from abroad and needs time to settle, he’s already done that.“He does have barren spells, as every striker does. He scored two goals in 25 games before I went to Villa, but then he scored 11 in 13 at the end of the season which kept us in the Premier League.“So perhaps it’s my fault he’s went to Liverpool for £32.5million!“He’s at a fantastic club now, with good players and given the proper opportunity he will score goals, I’m sure of it.”last_img read more

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Whittier council raises fence height for homeowners along Greenway Trail

first_imgWHITTIER – The City Council has agreed to allow homeowners along the Greenway Trail taller fences as a way of providing more privacy and making up for the trees chopped down in some areas 13 months ago. The council voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve the first reading of the ordinance that raises the maximum height from 8 to 10 feet. “This is another opportunity to help residents along the trail,” Councilman Joe Vinatieri said. “We will have people going east and west all times of the day. We will have a lot more looky-loos looking into the back yard than before.” The problem is that the 4.5-mile long trail is at a higher grade than homes in some areas. And to make it worse, trees, which provided privacy for some homeowners near Palm Park, were cut down in September 2006. 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas Citylast_img read more

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Ex-WR Rasshan to start at QB

first_imgBy Brian Dohn Staff Writer With Patrick Cowan out due to a concussion and a collapsed lung, and with Ben Olson’s left knee still not healed, UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said sophomore Osaar Rasshan will start at quarterback Saturday when No. 9 Arizona State visits the Rose Bowl. Dorrell said he didn’t believe the game plan needed to be pared because of Rasshan’s inexperience, or because Rasshan spent training camp and the first six weeks of the season playing receiver. Rasshan was forced into action in Saturday’s 34-27 loss at Arizona after Cowan was injured. He was 3-of-10 passing for 78 yards in his quarterbacking debut but had success moving UCLA’s offense, partly because he ran for 57 yards on eight carries. “He proved to me that he could handle much more than probably we anticipated,” Dorrell said. “He’s gotten better and better the last few weeks that he’s been practicing and playing quarterback. He’s digested more and more information, and now he’s at a point where he’s going to be the guy starting in this particular game. “He’ll get a chance to digest much more information because he’ll get a lot more repetitions (in practice).” Rasshan, who will be the first African-American to start for UCLA since Bernard Quarles in 1979, did provide a spark to a sagging offense. In UCLA’s last 22 possessions with Cowan at quarterback, the offense scored 14 points, and failed to pick up a first down 11 times. In Rasshan’s five possessions, UCLA’s offense scored 13 points and failed to pick up a first down once. “(Rasshan) energized the offense,” UCLA tailback Chane Moline said. “He threw the ball around, ran the ball as well.” Dorrell said he was uncertain how long Cowan would be out. Sources said Olson, who tore a knee ligament Oct. 6 against Notre Dame, is eyeing a Nov. 24 return against Oregon. Tailback update Dorrell said tailback Chris Markey is day-to-day with a sprained left ankle. Markey did not play in the second half, forcing Moline and walk-on Craig Sheppard to carry the ball. Christian Ramirez suffered a concussion in the game, and his status for Arizona State is uncertain. Dorrell said he did not anticipate moving a player from another position to tailback. “We’re going to stay with what we have right now,” Dorrell said. Cowan heading home Dorrell said Cowan, who remained Arizona because of the lung injury, is expected home today. “He’s doing OK. He’s feeling better,” Dorrell said. “They did a last set of X-rays (Sunday) and everything looked OK.” Game review In watching the film, Dorrell said UCLA could not overcome a dismal second quarter in which Arizona outgained the Bruins, 187-27, and outscored UCLA, 14-0. “As I look at the game, we had one bad quarter, I believe,” Dorrell said. “We were ineffective offensively in the second quarter, and they had a couple of big plays where they scored a couple of touchdowns on us in a short amount of time.” Kurtzman passes away Felice Dee Kurtzman, who was at UCLA for 25 years, serving as a nutritionist since 1991, died Saturday after a 14-month battle with cancer. She was 52. Funeral services are scheduled for today at Mount Sinai Memorial Park at 2 p.m. brian.dohn@dailynews.com160Want 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

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Around Whittier

first_imgThe Downey High School graduate will later sign photos and the magazine at Mambo Grill, 11018 Downey Ave. Workshop to address housing WHITTIER – The Housing Rights Center is hosting a free housing rights workshop from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Whittier Senior Center, 13225 Walnut St. HRC will discuss fair-housing laws, protected classes, unlawful housing discrimination practices and landlord-tenant rights and responsibilities. Other topics of discussion include rent increases, evictions, notices and more. The HRC is a private, nonprofit, civil rights organization dedicated to actively supporting and promoting freedom of residence through education and advocacy. For information call (800) 477-5977, Ext. 27. Lions club hosts Christmas party WHITTIER – The East Whittier Lions Club is hosting its annual Children’s Christmas Party from 7-9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Whittier Masonic Lodge on the corner of Greenleaf Avenue and Mar Vista Street. The event will include breakfast, a puppet show and a gift from Santa for children. Admission is $12. For information call (714) 571-1899. Santa Fe Springs to light its tree SANTA FE SPRINGS – The city is hosting its annual Holiday Fest and Tree Lighting Ceremony from 3-8 p.m. Saturday at the Town Center Green, 11740 E. Telegraph Road. The tree lighting will take place at 7 p.m. There will be plenty of holiday activities to enjoy, including a craft area, train rides, a winter play area and entertainment provided by local schools. Children will be able to take a photo with Santa Claus for $2. Santa’s reindeers will also be attending the event, and children will be able to visit with them. A variety of vendors will be selling unique and special holiday gifts. For information call (562) 863-4896. Create your own gift book SANTA FE SPRINGS – Wonder what to buy for that special someone for Christmas? Make something instead. The Santa Fe Springs Public Library, 11700 Telegraph Road, is holding a free workshop from 2-4 p.m. Saturday to teach the public how to make an accordion book to give as gifts or to keep. Registration is required. To register or for information call (562) 868-7738. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Celebrate Christmas around the world without leaving Whittier at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, Whittier College, 6760 Painter Ave. “The Worlds of Christmas” Friday show will feature a Celtic yuletide celebration by Craicmore, and The Alley Cats on Saturday. The Alley Cats, a doo-wop group, will entertain the audience with “A Christmas Long Ago.” Tickets are $25 and $20 for seniors. For information call (562) 907-4203 or visit the Web at www.shannoncenter.org Pianist to perform during parade DOWNEY – World renowned musician Sebastian Sidi will serve as grand marshal at the Downey Christmas Parade at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. He will be performing his “smoking piano” on the back of a huge, red, lifted 4×4 pickup truck. Those who arrive early at the parade route, which starts at Downey Avenue and Florence Boulevard, will receive a free copy of Downey magazine with Sidi on the cover. last_img read more

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LETTERKENNY BRANCH OF M&S TO OPEN AFTER STRIKE CALLED OFF

first_imgA planned one-day strike at Letterkenny Marks & Spencer tomorrow has been called off.Branches throughout the country were due to close.A spokesman for the Mandate trade union said the strike was deferred because of an emergency Labour Court hearing this Friday. Workers are angry at the closure of a defined-benefit pension scheme.Stores closed last Saturday as part of the industrial dispute.Friday’s talks are aimed at ending the row.   Advertisement LETTERKENNY BRANCH OF M&S TO OPEN AFTER STRIKE CALLED OFF was last modified: December 11th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LETTERKENNY BRANCH OF M&S TO OPEN AFTER STRIKE CALLED OFFlast_img read more

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