Undefeated Women of Troy travel for big weekend

first_imgThe undefeated No. 8 USC women’s tennis team (5-0) has a big weekend ahead with a trip to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Indoor Championships at the University of Wisconsin.The Women of Troy qualified for this competitive out-of-state action with victories against both San Diego and Auburn during qualifying play two weeks ago.Sixteen teams qualified to compete in the tournament this weekend, all of which are ranked in the top 20 in the country.No. 1 Duke and No. 2 Northwestern could be in the future for the Women of Troy if they can make it past the first few rounds.Last week, the Women of Troy also jumped up one spot in their ITA team ranking, from No. 9 to No. 8.“It’s a small change, so it doesn’t have that big of an effect,” sophomore Alison Ramos said. “But it’s definitely a start, though we still aren’t satisfied being ranked No. 8.”USC also has four players ranked among the nation’s top 50 in singles: No. 8 Maria Sanchez, No. 18 Danielle Lao, No. 37 Valeria Pulido and No. 38 Alison Ramos. In doubles, Pulido and Sanchez team up at No. 19.USC’s first opponent of the weekend, the Tigers, also recently improved its team ranking. After recently upsetting No. 4 Georgia (4-3), Clemson rose from No. 15 to No. 14 last week as well. Clemson has three players nationally ranked in singles: No. 9 Josipa Bek, No. 61 Nelly Ciolkowski and No. 113 Ina Hadziselimovic. In doubles, Bek and Hadziselimovic are ranked No. 4.USC is 7-0 all-time against Clemson after facing it in last year’s ITA Team Indoors and beating it 4-3 in the consolation second round.“We are getting the chance to play teams from the East Coast that we don’t get to play during the season,” Ramos said. “It’s all very exciting to not only play new competition but also to get the chance to play indoors.”USC will open competition today at 3:30 p.m. CST facing Clemson in the first round of play for a chance to move into Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. quarterfinal round. Semifinals will then be held Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with the championship match set for Monday, Feb. 15.last_img read more

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Juniper study predicts DFS consumer spend will double by 2021

first_imgShare Related Articles Share Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit IGT ‘prudent on recovery’ as company absorbs H1 losses of $291m August 4, 2020 A new study from Juniper Research has predicted that consumer spend on daily fantasy sports (DFS) will double from $2.6 billion in 2016 to $5.3 billion by 2021.Juniper also anticipates that FanDuel and DraftKings, two companies that were referenced in the study and represent a combined 90% market share, will merge imminently to consolidate their dominance.North America continues to dominate the industry with US regulatory loopholes denoting the activity a ‘game of skill,’ rather than gambling. In fact, more than 75% of the worldwide DFS market comes from North America, and about 50 million Americans played some form of fantasy sports in 2015.However, given both FanDuel and DraftKings have already made an initial foray into the UK, West Europe is set to become the next major market over the coming five years. This is despite concerns over guaranteed prize pools and revenue constraints, as well as issues with professional players.Research author Lauren Foye commented: “DraftKings and FanDuel have used aggressive marketing strategies that gave rise to accusations of false advertising and concerns with cost overruns. Both they and emerging players will need to quell suggestions that only 10% of ‘professional’ players win the monetary prizes on offer.”The research claimed that concerns could be addressed through private leagues, where users compete with friends, essentially removing the issue surrounding pro-players. Meanwhile, providers will attract casual players playing for smaller prize pools, alleviating some of the concerns surrounding liquidity.Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.last_img read more

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Mourinho set to ring the changes for Southampton test

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hinted that he will ring the changes to his side when they welcome Southampton to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.A run of three straight victories for Jose Mourinho’s men came to an abrupt end with a 2-2 draw at struggling Newcastle United and a 2-1 defeat to Porto in the UEFA Champions League over the last week.And next up come a Saints side who have rediscovered their form after winning their last two matches, scoring nine goals in the process.Mourinho, therefore, has hinted at further changes on Saturday evening as he looks to return his side to winning ways.”There are rotations, we always try to do a little bit,” he said. “Mentally, it is important, physically it is important, but there is also a part of the rotation which is because of the instability of the performances.”If you play well for four or five matches you get stability, you keep the core. It is normal. If not, it is normal that you always try to find solutions and win the next game.”Mourinho, who has led his side to just eight points from seven matches, has never lost to Southampton in the BPL, although both of last season’s encounters ended in 1-1 draws. “They [Southampton] are a good team,” he said. “A team that last season we couldn’t beat in the two matches, although we know that we could have won them. We know why we couldn’t win.”The match at home we had unbelievable dominance but we respect them a lot. For sure, they are going to give us a difficult match.”Despite the champions’ struggles this season, Southampton defender Cedric Soares is in no doubt as to the Portuguese manager’s ability and is relishing the chance to play against one of England’s biggest sides.”Everybody knows that the qualities he [Mourinho] has, he is an amazing coach,” the 24-year-old told the Southern Daily Echo. “It will be a pleasure for me to play against him and for sure it will be a great game. “It is a big game and every player wants to play those big games. It is about football.”Big stadiums, big environment; you want to play that high level and Chelsea is one of the best teams, so everybody wants to play. We will do our best to win.”Despite their back-to-back wins Ronald Koeman’s side’s away form leaves room for improvement, with no league win on the road in 10 matches; a run only equalled by Newcastle United.The Dutchman will hope Graziano Pelle can continue to find the net scoring four goals in seven matches. Meanwhile, Chelsea do not have a single player who has scored more than one goal in the league.Striker Diego Costa is suspended and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (knee) is still a long-term absentee, while Southampton have been coping without Steven Caulker, Jordy Clasie, Fraser Forster and Florin Gardos. Chelsea (from): Begovic, Blackman, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Djilobodji, Ivanovic, Rahman, Terry, Zouma, Fabregas, Hazard, Loftus-Cheek, Matic, Mikel, Oscar, Ramires, Traore, Willian, Falcao, Kenedy, Pedro, Remy.Southampton (from): K Davis, Gazzaniga, Stekelenburg, Bertrand, Cedric, Fonte, Martina, McCarthy, Targett, Van Dijk, Yoshida, S Davis, Isgrove, Mane, McQueen, Ramirez, Reed, Romeu, Tadic, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Juanmi, Long, Pelle, Rodriguez.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Fantasy Baseball 3B Sleepers: Breakout, undervalued third basemen to add to 2020 draft cheat sheets

first_imgThe third base rankings are loaded heading into the 2020 fantasy baseball season, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the 3B sleeper section on your draft cheat sheet. Finding the right undervalued players or potential breakouts in the mid-to-late rounds is how you maximize your draft, and fortunately there are several prime candidates at the hot corner. Because all are eligible at other positions (in fact, one isn’t even eligible at 3B yet), you can easily stock your team with a few of these guys and have the kind of interchangeable depth needed to win leagues. As with most of our sleeper lists, the running theme is “playing time”. If the players below get regular at-bats, they will have been undervalued in your draft. If they don’t, then they’ll be little more than useful fill-ins in daily transaction leagues or DFS contests. But we all know that even if a player doesn’t appear to have a clear path to regular at-bats in March, that can change in a hurry, and the players below are all capable enough to produce as soon as they get the chance.  More 2020 Fantasy Baseball: Auction Values | Mock Draft SimulatorAustin Riley, Braves (OF). Riley got off to a torrid start last year before eventually fading down the stretch. He still finished with 18 HRs in just 80 games and will compete for a starting job this spring. He’s only eligible at OF heading into the season, but if he gets regular playing time, it will likely be at 3B (or DH), which is why we’re still including him here. The 22-year-old slugger has the potential to put up massive HR and RBI totals, and while his high K-rate will always keep his average low, Riley is still being undervalued in drafts. ​Other 3B-eligible players we’ve highlighted as sleepers elsewhere: Carter Kieboom, Nationals (SS), Scott Kingery, Phillies (2B), Ian Happ (OF) DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 Fantasy Baseball Cheat SheetFantasy Baseball 3B SleepersPosition eligibility based on Yahoo default settings (10 games played or 5 games started)Tommy Edman, Cardinals (also eligible at 2B and OF). Edman played enough last year (92 games) that he’s not a secret, but he still might be undervalued by a large swath of the fantasy community. The 24-year-old switch-hitter can play virtually anywhere on the field, and after batting .304, swatting 11 homers, and swiping 15 bases in the majors last season, it’s clear he can produce worthwhile fantasy numbers. With fewer third basemen stealing an appreciable amount of bases, Edman can provide unique value if you’re willing to wait for your 3B.2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Yandy Diaz, Rays (1B). Much was made of Diaz’s noticeably more muscular physique last year, and he put it to good use by clubbing 14 HRs in just 79 games. A foot injury limited his playing time, but Diaz showed his upside. With a relatively high BB-rate (10.1 percent) and low K-rate (17.6 percent), Diaz has a good hitting profile that should translate to solid all-around numbers across a full season. Playing time is the only worry — and it’s a legit worry — because Diaz isn’t great with the glove and the Rays have a host of competent players who can play 1B/3B/DH. That said, if Diaz can stick in the lineup, he’ll far outproduce his draft position.2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Short | Outfielder | Starter | Each teamYoshi Tsutsugo, Rays (OF). Tsutsugo is one of those players competing with with Diaz for playing time, even if indirectly. The 28-year-old lefty has been playing professionally in Japan the past 10 years, posting a .284/.382/.525 line with 205 career HRs. Even though he’s eligible at 3B and OF in Yahoo leagues, he could also play 1B and DH, so there will be plenty of ways Tsutsugo can get into the lineup. Whether he can stick there consistently is another thing, but if he can, he has plenty of upside. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategy:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | RelieverNick Solak, Rangers (2B). Solak impressed in his 33-game stint in the majors last year (.293/.393/.491 line), which isn’t a surprise considering he was dominating at Triple-A (.347/.386/.653). It is a bit disappointing he didn’t run much (seven total SBs last year) after swiping 21 bases at Double-A in 2018, but Solak made up for that by hitting 32 homers between Triple-A and the majors. He’ll have to compete for a starting job, but if he can prove capable on defense, Solak will be a hot commodity. Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategies: Auction | Keeper/Dynasty | PointsJon Berti, Marlins (SS, OF). Bereti doesn’t fit the mold of a typical sleeper. First starters, he’s 30 and doesn’t have a regular spot in the lineup, but the speedy utility player is still expected to be in the Marlins lineup most days. If he is, he’ll steal a good amount of bases (17 in 73 games last year) and pop some homers (six last season). It’s unclear if Berti will be much more than a one-category contributor, but even if he’s just stealing bases, he’ll still have value. last_img read more

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Despite Band Festival being cancelled, “Band Festival Spirit Week” will take place

first_img== On Friday afternoon at noon, the winners of NIACC’s Extreme Makeover will be announced live on Facebook == Tomorrow between 2:00 and 4:00 PM, you can drive past the Commerce Center on the east side of Central Park and be part of the “Reverse Band Festival Parade”. Organizers who will be wearing gloves and face masks will throw pre-packaged candy to you in your car as you go by (see the map at the bottom of this page) == On Saturday at 10:00 AM, a special feature will be made on the Band Festival Facebook page in honor of the annual celebration.  == Tonight at 7:00 PM on the Band Festival Facebook page, there will be a live performance by “Brad+Kate”, who were originally scheduled to perform at this year’s festival  MASON CITY — The North Iowa Band Festival in Mason City would have been starting tomorrow, but organizers cancelled the event due to the pandemic. It’s the first time since World War II that the event has not been held. Band Festival organizer Kativa Weitzel says it was a heart-breaking decision that had to be made.   “We just knew it was what’s best for our community and our social responsibility. It’s a tradition that won’t die, and in years to come, we will still have a festival. It was really sad to do.” Weitzel says many people have reached out to Band Festival organizers to express their support of the decision to cancel this year’s event.   “It’s very bittersweet this year going into Band Festival week with no parade, and 76 Trombones on Saturday, and the history behind it. We’ve had so many people reach out to us and saying how much this tradition means to their family, and how next year it’s going to be so sweet having a festival that got postponed. It’s something that will go down in history. It really impacts our community members and the students. I remember going to the parade as a kid and seeing my friends march, and all those things, and all of our grandparents were in it. It’s just a tradition that can’t be brought down.” Weitzel says there are several events that are being incorporated into what’s being called “Band Festival Spirit Week”: == On Friday night at 8:15, “Betty & the Gents” will perform on the Band Festival Facebook page Click here to take you to the North Iowa Band Festival Facebook pagelast_img read more

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Guardiola risks Premier League fine after Spurs defeat by leaving media hanging

first_imgPEP GUARDIOLA may face a Premier League fine after leaving the media hanging for 45 minutes following Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat by Tottenham.The Manchester Evening News claims that the Spaniard’s lateness meant that home manager Jose Mourinho had already finished his post-match press conference by the time he emerged.1 Pep Guardiola kept his Manchester City players in the away dressing room after defeat at SpursCredit: EPAA debut goal from Steven Bergwijn followed by a strike from Son Heung-min condemned Guardiola’s side to their sixth league defeat of the season.Pep’s frustration was compounded by City’s domination in the game, which saw them miss a penalty in the first half before the tide turned in the second following Oleksandr Zinchenko’s red card.The former Barcelona boss responded by locking his players in the away changing room for three-quarters of an hour after the final whistle before emerging to face the press.But when Guardiola eventually emerged to face the Sky Sports cameras, he insisted the delay was not because he was criticising his stars.He said: “Never. With this performance? How should I be critical after this performance?”I was talking to my staff and my wife. After this performance it would be an incredible mistake to say how bad they are. We created chances and conceded few.”He later told reporters in a press conference when asked what he said: “How proud I am of them, but it’s not enough. I like to see my players playing that way.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Brighton vs Watford, Sheff Utd vs Bournemouth and Man City vs West Ham scores this coming weekend and win £100Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic“Never when we lose do I stay away from my players because I know them.”We lost the game so we talked about how to move forward and keep going. There’s a lot of months to play and try to do it.“If I would find the solution I would try to work on that. It would be a mistake not to let them feel incredible and fantastic after that game, football is sometimes like this.”Pep Guardiola doesn’t appear from dressing room for 45 minutes but claims Manchester City ‘played well’ in defeat at Tottenhamlast_img read more

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Giroud sinks Saints to take Chelsea to FA Cup final

first_imgOpting to select Giroud instead of Alvaro Morata proved a shrewd move by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte as the former Arsenal star produced a tremendous piece of skill to break the deadlock early in the second half.Giroud has feasted on Southampton this season, scoring twice to spark Chelsea’s 3-2 win last weekend and also netting a late equaliser against them for Arsenal in December.His fourth goal for Chelsea since his January signing was followed by a late header from substitute Morata, setting up a heavyweight final against United at Wembley on May 19.That will be Chelsea’s last chance to win major silverware at the end of a troubled season.Chelsea’s 13th FA Cup final appearance will be a repeat of the 2007 showpiece, when Jose Mourinho’s men won 1-0.The Blues, back in the final after losing to Arsenal in May, last won the competition in 2012 and are bidding to lift the trophy for the eighth time.Winning the FA Cup might not be enough to convince either Conte or Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich that their two-year partnership should be extended.Conte has spent much of the season complaining about Chelsea’s failure to back his transfer plans, while several of his players are believed to be unhappy with his demanding training sessions and intense personality.The Blues face a tough task to qualify for the Champions League via a top four finish in the Premier League as they trail fourth placed Tottenham by five points.Against that backdrop, winning the Cup would at least provide an uplifting conclusion to a frustrating campaign.For Southampton, the focus returns to their desperate battle to avoid relegation, with just four games left to climb out of the bottom three.There were a significant number of empty seats in the Southampton end of the stadium and the stay-away fans were vindicated by their struggling team’s lacklustre display.– Nimble Giroud –Southampton’s Polish defender Jan Bednarek (L) clears the ball from the path of Chelsea’s French striker Olivier Giroud during the English FA Cup semi-final at the Wembley Stadium on April 22, 2018They had little chance of a famous Cup upset with Eden Hazard at his stylish best.Hazard threatened with a fierce strike that flashed just over from 25 yards.Then the Belgian embarked on a surging run from deep in his own half before slipping a pin-point pass to Willian, who cut back inside and blasted against the crossbar.Giroud was warming to the task of giving Southampton another headache and he went close to breaking the deadlock with an acrobatic volley before half-time.Chelsea’s dominance was finally rewarded in the 46th minute.Cesc Fabregas lofted a pass towards Hazard and he controlled brilliantly in mid-air before slipping the ball through to Giroud.There was still work for Giroud to do and he side-stepped three defenders with surprising grace, his nimble foot-work giving him just enough space to slot home from close-range.Hazard was virtually unstoppable and he scythed through again before curling just wide.Southampton’s Charlie Austin appealed in vain for a penalty after Giroud left his arm out to block the forward’s header.Finally coming out of their shell, Mark Hughes’ side almost drew level when Nathan Redmond’s long-range drive was pushed away by Caballero.But it was too little, too late and Morata came off the bench to wrap up the win with just his third goal in his last 19 appearancesMorata, who has failed to impress since his move from Real Madrid last year, was furious after being hauled off at Burnley.Just days later, he was all smiles when he nodded home from Cesar Azpilicueta’s 82nd minute cross.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s French striker Olivier Giroud celebrates his goal against Southampton during the FA Cup semi finals on April 22, 2018LONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 22- Chelsea booked an FA Cup final showdown with Manchester United as Olivier Giroud tormented Southampton again with a sublime strike in Sunday’s 2-0 win at Wembley.Giroud has made a habit of scoring against Southampton and the France forward was their nemesis in a one-sided semi-final.last_img read more

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Job Vacancy: Bar manager wanted for Letterkenny area

first_imgOn behalf of our client, we are searching for a committed, proactive Bar Manager who would enjoy working in an exciting, fast-paced and busy environment.The Bar Manager will promote and grow the business, hire and train staff, and ensure that patrons are receiving excellent service.You will also be responsible for the management of inventory and resources, plan promotional events, ensure that quality and safety controls are followed, update supplier contracts, create schedules, and set business objectives. In order to succeed as a Bar Manager, you should be observant and have the ability to think critically and efficiently. You should be a skilled communicator with excellent problem solving, observation, and interpersonal skills.Job DetailsContract Type: Permanent Full Time Salary: NegotiableLocation: The successful candidate will be based in the general Letterkenny areaRoles and Responsibilities:* Manage the business aspects of the bar, such as, negotiating supplier contracts, taking inventory and reordering supplies, managing budgets, and setting goals.* Hiring and training staff to provide excellent service to patrons.* Creating effective schedules and quickly resolving issues to ensure that bar is well staffed during peak hours. * Setting and enforcing quality and safety controls.* Planning and taking part in promotional events.* Maintaining a fun, safe atmosphere for patrons.Essential Criteria: * Management experience is generally preferred.* Strong understanding of business management principles.* Excellent problem-solving, and customer service skills.* Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.* Willingness to work during peak hours, including nights, weekends, and holidays.* Effectively delegate responsibilities and maximize resources.* Decisiveness.How to Apply:To apply for this position, please send a cover letter outlining how you meet the criteria, along with your CV via email to nicole@hrteamservices.com by 5pm on Friday 29th November 2019.Job Vacancy: Bar manager wanted for Letterkenny area was last modified: November 20th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:barjobletterkennyManagerVacancylast_img read more

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Former Everton striker claims £50m Richarlison deal is good business by Toffees

first_img Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 2 targets So far, new Everton boss Marco Silva is yet to add any new signing to his new side.However, the signing of a £50million player would send out a signal of real intent from the former Hornets manager. IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM The 21-year-old is reportedly close to signing for the club in a deal worth £50million, a fee some critics have scoffed at.However Campbell believes it could prove to be a smart piece of business.“Marco Silva knows him and trusts him,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.“He came in as a 20-year-old and came into Watford and he lit up the first half of the season, he was a complete unknown. Richarlison could be heading to Goodison Park in a deal worth £50million Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 targets “So to be able to go back in for him and to get him, he’s obviously someone Silva thinks he can really fit him into this Everton team.“This £50m fee has been bandied about, is he worth it?“If Watford want that money and Everton are willing to pay to get the new manager a player he wants, then he’s worth the money.“Richarlison a player who does things at the top end of the pitch and that’s where Everton are lacking.” LATEST Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Richarlison is worth £50million and would be a fantastic addition to the Everton team.That’s according to former Toffees striker Kevin Campbell, who believes Marco Silva would be able to get the best out of the Brazilian. Latest Transfer News Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The Brazilian was signed by former Watford boss Marco Silva last season for just £11.5million Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on REVEALED RANKED last_img read more

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QPR ‘will have to pay a big fee for Blackburn star’

first_imgQPR will have to pay a big fee for Blackburn Rovers winger Junior Hoilett, the Daily Mirror believe.Rangers are set to seal the signing of Hoilett after seeing off competition from Newcastle and German side Borussia Monchengladbach.It is claimed Rovers boss Steve Kean has warned that his club want at least £6m for Hoilett or Jamie Mackie in exchange.Hoilett is out of contract but, at 22, cannot move on a Bosman-style free transfer so unless Blackburn accept an offer a fee will be set by a tribunal.Mackie has recently been linked with a move to Ewood Park. QPR have insisted they are not looking to offload him.The Daily Mail say Chelsea have been told they must double their bid for Robert Lewandowski, who is apparently also wanted by Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United.Chelsea are understood to have made an initial offer to Borussia Dortmund of £13m rising to £17m for the Poland striker, who has two years left on his contract.The Independent report that Chelsea have signed 17-year old centre-back Emir Dautovic from Slovenia club Maribor in a £1m deal and are set to complete the signing of 15-year-old George Brady – nephew of West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady – from Cannes.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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