AC Milan reject claims they were ‘desperate’ to sign PSG star

first_img Zlatan Ibrahimovic 1 AC Milan have refuted claims that they were “desperate” to re-sign Arsenal and Chelsea target Zlatan Ibrahimovic during the transfer window.The super Swede was tracked by his former side and the 33-year-old reportedly labelled the San Siro giants “desperate” for trying to sign him while under contract at Paris Saint-Germain.Ibrahimovic, who has attracted widespread interest from the Premier League in recent months, recently committed his future to the Ligue 1 champions until his contract expires at the end of next summer.However, that did not deter Milan from putting their side of the story across in response to Ibrahimovic’s supposed comments.“Milan are not desperate,” a club statement read.“The great Ibra knows that he, and along with his agent, is bewildered by the storm created by his comments, the translation given and above all for the way they were interpreted.”The former Barcelona frontman’s agent, Mino Raiola, added: “Zlatan in fact added that he was very proud that Milan were interested in him, it means he is still an important player because Milan, always the words of Zlatan, are a top level club.”last_img read more

Hummels Liverpool boost, Man United £37m man’s Chelsea attack, Arsenal January striker signing and more gossip

first_img1 Transfer rumours Here are the top transfer stories in today’s Sunday newspapers…Arsenal are looking at signing Russia forward Aleksandr Kokorin from Dynamo Moscow in January (Sun on Sunday) Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood labelled Chelsea “fluky” for their 2-0 win against his team at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. (Sunday Express) Jurgen Klopp wanted to sign Divock Origi for Borussia Dortmund but the Belgian striker chose a move to Liverpool, where the German is now his coach. (Mail on Sunday) Mats Hummels is “convinced” his former Dortmund boss Klopp will win the Premier League with Liverpool. (ESPN) Bayern Munich are interested in appointing Carlo Ancelotti as they believe Pep Guardiola could join Manchester City. (Sunday Mirror) Valencia’s 22-year-old striker Paco Alcacer is a January transfer target for Chelsea. (Sun on Sunday) Jose Mourinho said Eden Hazard was on the bench against Aston Villa because “we needed midfield players to be concerned with being solid”. (Sunday Mirror) Juan Mata has had a dig at Mourinho: “If a luxury player is a player who scores and assists and has good stats,” Mata said in reference seemingly to his former Blues boss, “then I’m happy to be a luxury player.” (Sunday Times)David Moyes could leave Real Sociedad if he is approached by Aston Villa. (Daily Star Sunday)last_img read more

Von Trapp family son dies at 91

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.During the 1930s, von Trapp studied cello and became proficient on several other instruments. He sang tenor with his family’s choir, The Trapp Family Singers, who won great acclaim throughout Europe after their debut in 1935. In 1938, von Trapp and his family escaped from Nazi-occupied Austria. After they arrived in New York, the family became popular with concert audiences. The family eventually settled in Vermont. During World War II, von Trapp served in Europe with the U.S. Army. After the war, von Trapp returned to his family’s farm in Stowe and resumed touring with the family choir. After the Trapp Family Singers retired, von Trapp helped to found a music school in Reading, Penn., called the Community School of Music. Several years later he brought his family back to Vermont and eventually settled on a dairy farm in Waitsfield where he farmed with his family until he retired in 1979. He spent the years after his retirement traveling and weaving, spinning, and crocheting. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Erika, and six children. He is also survived by three sisters and one brother.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTPELIER, Vt. – Werner von Trapp, a member of the musical family made famous by the 1965 movie “The Sound of Music,” has died, his family said. He was 91. Von Trapp died Thursday at his home in Waitsfield. The cause of death was not announced. The family confirmed his death, but declined to comment further. “The Sound of Music” was based loosely on a 1949 book by his stepmother, Maria von Trapp, who died in 1987. It tells the story of an Austrian woman who married a widower with seven children and teaches them music. Born in 1915 in Zell am See, Austria, von Trapp was the fourth child and second son of Captain Georg von Trapp and his first wife, Agathe Whitehead. In the movie “The Sound of Music,” Werner von Trapp was depicted by the character named Kurt. last_img read more

Police arrest man in Van Nuys rape

first_imgVAN NUYS – Police have arrested a 32-year-old grocery store worker they think is responsible for at least three sexual attacks in the San Fernando Valley, including a June rape in Van Nuys this summer. Fernando Lopez Garcia was arrested about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday at the Beverly Glen Marketplace in the 2900 block of Beverly Glen Circle, where he worked, Los Angeles police Detective John Eum said. He is being held on a rape charge at the Los Angeles County Jail with bail set at $300,000. He was pulled over for a traffic stop July 18 near Sherman Way and Sepulveda Boulevard, Eum said. At the time, police were looking for a man who raped a woman inside an elevator June 10 in Van Nuys. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Lopez Garcia matched the description – a Latino, 20-30 years old, 5-foot-2 to 5-foot-5 with a medium build, a ponytail, brown eyes and a smooth complexion. Lopez Garcia is 5-foot-5 and 135 pounds. They believe he cut his hair to conceal his identity, Eum said. Officers brought him in for questioning but didn’t have enough evidence to keep him. “We were unable to positively identify him at that time through photo lineups,” he said. “We did interview him again and he again denied any involvement in any of the sexual assaults.” He was arrested for misdemeanor indecent exposure in the 14800 block of Vanowen on Sept. 17. The victim ran out into the street and flagged down the police, who arrested Lopez Garcia, Eum said. He pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge and was released from jail. But police took his DNA. When detectives this week got word that his DNA matched that taken in the June 10 sexual assault, police rearrested him. In that case, a woman told police she was raped by a man with a ponytail in an elevator near Sepulveda Boulevard and Valerio Street, police said. Detectives also believe the ponytailed suspect came up behind another woman and grabbed her between her legs about 9 p.m. June 22 in the 6600 block of Sylmar Avenue. Twenty five minutes later, what appeared to be the same man groped a woman near her apartment in the 6800 block of Bevis Avenue. She screamed and the man fled. ——————————————————– For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.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

Bill hails Hillary as best choice for Dems

first_imgNEW YORK – Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was hailed by her husband Saturday as the best Democratic choice for the White House at a rally just uptown from his Harlem office where they were greeted by the sweet sounds of the Abyssinian Baptist Church choir and the hand claps of its congregation. “I would be campaigning for Hillary even if I was not married to her,” former President Clinton said from the altar of the historic church on West 138th Street. “I believe she is the best qualified, best suited nonincumbent ever.” The Clintons appeared before the near-capacity crowd with the senator walking out first, followed by her husband. The church echoed with cheers as Bill Clinton saluted the crowd, which responded with chants of “Hillary! Hillary!” The choir sang “Victory Is Mine” as the couple clapped along with their supporters. Clinton supporters lined up in a driving rain to get inside the church, where they were joined by virtually all the city’s top Democrats, from congressional delegation dean Rep. Charles Rangel to City Council speaker Christine Quinn. 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.After she was introduced by her husband, Sen. Clinton told the crowd it was time to return America “on the path to goodness and greatness again.” She attacked the Bush administration for marginalizing the middle class, children and other groups. “We’re going to make it clear there are no invisible people in America,” the senator said. The rally in the city’s most famous black neighborhood was another indication of the battle between Clinton and Barack Obama for the black vote in the Democratic primary. Last month in California, Clinton appeared in Watts and at a Beverly Hills fundraiser with hoops star Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Obama’s name received a loud cheer from the audience when he was mentioned by Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion. The latest AP-Ipsos poll shows Clinton leading Obama, her closest rival, 46percent to 25percent. As evidenced at the Harlem rally, Sen. Clinton benefits from the strong relationship her husband has enjoyed for years with black voters. Bill Clinton was cheered for mentioning that the couple had just celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary, and he joined them in singing “Happy Birthday” to his wife, who just turned 60. last_img read more

Lending counselors’ workloads spike

first_imgCounselors help homeowners examine their finances, what it will take to catch up with payments, if that’s feasible, and how the foreclosure process works. They also work with lenders, often spending hours trying to reach the right representative. Urban jokes that he has passed so much time on hold that he can play “name that tune” with the canned music that’s played. Officials worry counselors may quit because of burnout or better jobs just as demand is soaring, said Meg Burns, director of the single-family program development office for Housing and Urban Development. “I don’t think people fully appreciate the pressure that’s being put on those counselor organizations today,” she said. “Everybody’s pointing to counseling as … (an) end-all be-all solution to this crisis, and here we have all these nonprofit organizations struggling to provide services without adequate funding.” HUD has certified about 2,300 nonprofit agencies to offer financial housing counseling, a number that has remained fairly stable in recent years and is attributed primarily to funding constraints. However, the number of counselors seeking foreclosure-prevention training has jumped, says NeighborWorks, a leading housing finance training organization. It trained 143 counselors in fiscal year 2004 compared with 1,678 in fiscal 2007, and it is adding more classes to help ease the burden, including a new stress-management course, said Karen Hoskins, who handles its home-ownership training programs. Although there are no minimum job qualifications, most nonprofit housing agencies look for candidates who have some real estate lending experience. Many enter the field from banking, real estate or mortgage lending companies, Hoskins said. Urban said agencies look for applicants with a bachelor’s degree and a couple of years’ experience in real estate lending. Salaries typically range from $30,000 a year to $50,000 a year. Wages could be an area of growing concern if demand for their help continues, Hoskins said. Some organizations have boosted salaries, but the increases haven’t been proportionate to the increased workload. “A lot of individuals who choose this profession do it from the heart and have a desire to help people overcome the crisis,” Hoskins said. “That’s tremendously draining.” Urban was Brothers Redevelopment’s sole housing counselor in 2000, and the agency had about 50 cases that year. It now has eight counselors, and its caseload has topped 500 this year. Urban also is administrator of Colorado’s foreclosure hotline, staffed by about 50 counselors from 23 nonprofit agencies. Counselors have handled more than 21,000 calls since it opened in October 2006. Counselors must be advocates, negotiators and good listeners to cope with consumers who are angry, ashamed or confused, not knowing where to turn or what to do when they fall behind on mortgage payments. Sometimes, it takes a conversation about where each dollar is spent. Does a client really need cable television or a landscaping service? “We have folks that come in here who have stacks of unopened correspondence from the mortgage company who’s been sending them letters saying, `You know, you’re behind,”‘ said NeighborWorks counselor Chad Klawetter, 32, of Waco, Texas. “I’ve had plenty of people call who make more money than I do. That makes me kind of reflect on my own situation. This could easily be me, given the right set of circumstances,” he said. It was nearly four years ago that Zamora sought out Urban’s help after she fell a couple of months behind on mortgage payments. She said Urban helped her understand the process and her rights, and he helped her work out a repayment agreement to save her home. His best advice was to remember a credit rating is just a number that “doesn’t define who we are or our character,” she said. “I’m on the other side (now),” Zamora said. “Had I not worked with Zach, I don’t know that I would still be in my home.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DENVER – It was one of Zach Urban’s most trying days as a housing counselor: A woman arrived on his doorstep so distraught about the thought of losing her town home he feared she might harm herself. Sherie Zamora sought Urban’s help when she temporarily lost her job and couldn’t get relief from her mortgage company. She said Urban was calm and reassuring as they developed a plan. But as she left his office, he gave her some suicide-prevention hotline numbers. “I could laugh about this now, but, at the time, it was not a laughing matter,” said Zamora, 43, an insurance agent who saved her southeast Denver town home nearly four years ago. “I was at the end of my rope, and I felt hopeless.” Urban is one of thousands of counselors at nonprofit housing agencies who preside over a court of last resort for financially troubled homeowners. It’s become a more stressful job as the nation’s housing slump sends caseloads skyrocketing. The demand – and the heartwrenching stories – can seem never-ending. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “There’s the bad days where you’ve had five people come into your office that have all just broken down crying and, many times, looked to you to resolve the issues that took years and months to fall into place, and that’s something that won’t be solved overnight,” said Urban, counseling program manager at Brothers Redevelopment Inc. in Denver. “But then you turn the corner one day, working with somebody, and that house is saved or that family is given a positive resolution, and those are the good days.” Homeowners of all ages and income levels have fallen into trouble over the one-two punch of a softening housing market and problems with subprime mortgages, which are made to homeowners with weak credit. Sometimes it’s financial mismanagement. Other times it’s a lost job, medical issues or another life-changing event. The news isn’t getting much better. Foreclosure filings nearly doubled nationwide in September, and new home sales are projected to fall 23percent this year. In Colorado, one of the hardest hit states, foreclosures rose 31percent from 2005 to 2006 to a total of 28,220. They are expected to climb an additional 30percent by the end of 2007, Urban said. last_img

Belgium national team cancel training following Brussels attacks

first_img1 The Belgian national team have cancelled Tuesday’s scheduled training session out of respect for the victims of the Brussels attacks.Belgium are set to play Portugal in an international friendly at Brussels’ King Baudouin Stadium on Tuesday, March 29, but the fixture is now in doubt following suspected terrorist bomb attacks in the nation’s capital.Brussels Airport was rocked by a double blast on Tuesday morning while another blast was reported by local media at a Metro station in the city. Several people are feared dead with many more injured.A tweet from the Belgian team’s official account, @BelRedDevils, read: “#tousensemble, our thoughts are with the victims. Football is not important today. Training cancelled.”Barclays Premier League players including Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen and Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet have conveyed messages of alarm and support through Twitter.Seventy-four time Belgium centre-back Vertonghen wrote: “Can’t believe I’m reading these things again…” while Mignolet tweeted: “#Zaventem” in reference to the location of Brussels Airport.Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj added: “Horrible to see what is going on in Brussels #Zaventem”Elsewhere, Derdryck Boyata of Celtic wrote: “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims #zaventem”last_img read more

Leicester transfer news: La Liga defender agrees free transfer switch

first_img Luis Hernandez [right] in action for Sporting Gijon Leicester City have agreed a deal for Sporting Gijon defender Luis Hernandez, according to reports in Spain.The 27-year-old’s contract was due to expire at the end of the season and the Foxes have now pounced to snap him up on a free.Hernandez has impressed for the Spanish club this season with scouts from Leicester regularly watching him in action.And now, according to Onda Cero, Claudio Ranieri has given the go ahead for the Premier League leaders to complete a deal for the centre-back.Hernandez will link up with the Foxes in the summer once his contract with Gijon expires. 1last_img read more

Roenick trying to lick finger injury

first_img Roenick said he’s targeting a return for the Jan. 21 game against San Jose, which would put him at the early end of a four-to-six week estimate for recovery after he underwent surgery on his left ring finger. “I feel really good,” Roenick said Monday. “It’s just frustrating when a finger keeps you out.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson For the second time in four days, Roenick skated before practice Monday and even stayed on the ice with the team, carrying a stick without a blade that prevented him from shooting pucks. “I don’t know if I have that much willpower, to avoid shooting a puck,” said Roenick, who still pushed around pucks with the blunt stick. “Just to get out there and skate, that’s the most important thing.” After a skate of close to an hour, Roenick showed off the finger, which has three pins protruding from the tip, and expressed optimism that his recovery would progress smoothly. Roenick said the pins would be removed from his finger in two weeks. “They’ll take X-rays to see if it’s solid, and they’ll test the flexibility,” Roenick said. “A couple guys have come back too early and re-broke it, so we want to stay away from that.” Avery out It was another day, another injury for the Kings, who quickly are turning into the Manchester Monarchs Alumni Association, but with the latest setback came a rare scrap of good news. Ten Kings regulars were out of the lineup with injuries or illness Monday night, including Sean Avery, who couldn’t play due to what the team called an “upper-body injury.” On the brighter side, Jeremy Roenick, out since Dec. 19 with a broken finger, said he hopes to return slightly earlier than expected. center_img Avery’s injury was serious enough to warrant a trip to a doctor. The Kings, always tight-lipped about injuries, didn’t say which body part Avery hurt Saturday in Dallas. “He was possible for tonight, and then they decided not to play him,” coach Andy Murray said, “so that makes me think it should be alright, but we don’t know right now.” Already at the minimum of healthy skaters, the Kings put George Parros on injured reserve and recalled Noah Clarke from Manchester. Clarke didn’t arrive in Los Angeles until Monday afternoon because his scheduled flight out of New England was canceled on Sunday. The Kings also found themselves shorthanded at the last minute when they had to scratch defenseman Nathan Dempsey, who had flu-like symptoms. The Kings played with only five defensemen. 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

CSUN stars ready to take next step

first_img They’ll be among 70 draft-eligible players showing MLS coaching staffs what they can do during the three-day, six-game combine. The MLS SuperDraft will be held next Friday in Philadelphia. “Willie and Daniel will always have a special place here at Cal State Northridge,” Matadors coach Terry Davila said. “They’re going to be the guys everyone else is compared to for years to come.” They’ve been anointed as two of the best to ever lace up cleats, put on shinguards and play soccer at Cal State Northridge. Now we’ll found out just how good Willie Sims and Daniel Paladini are as they embark on professional careers at Major League Soccer’s annual combine beginning today at the Home Depot Center in Carson. Three previous CSUN players have been selected in MLS drafts, although none have yet become regulars in the league. Goalkeeper Joe Barton was drafted by the Galaxy in 2003, defender Edwin Miranda by Dallas in 2004 and Benjamin Benditson by the Galaxy in last year’s supplemental draft. Sims has a guaranteed three-year MLS contract after signing with the Generation adidas program, which provides top underclassmen the opportunity to develop while not counting them against a team’s roster size or salary cap. Paladini, on the other hand, has no such assurances. “I’m very honored just to be invited to the combine,” Paladini said. “It’s almost a dream come true. It hasn’t happened yet, though. I have to play well. I’m going to keep pursuing my dream until I get the hint I’m not going to play anymore.” Sean Ceglinsky, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita CSUN emerged as a legitimate NCAA contender during Sims’ and Paladini’s tenures, winning two of the past three Big West Conference titles and reaching the playoffs four consecutive seasons. Their performances at the combine could have much to say about when, or whether, they are drafted and given the opportunity to play in the country’s top soccer league, for the likes of MLS champion Galaxy or Chivas USA, or in the second-tier USL Division I. “I’m anxious to play against the best,” said the Guatamala-born Sims, who moved to the United States when he was 6. “This is something I’ve wanted forever. It’s my ultimate goal. I’m going to go (all) out. You have to bring your ‘A’ game.” Sims, a Reseda High graduate who will turn 22 two days before the SuperDraft, was the Big West Co-Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman and sophomore, scoring 27 goals his first two seasons, then was a first-team All-American last fall, when he scored eight goals in the first eight games before he was sidelined with a knee injury. Paladini, a playmaker from St. Francis of La Canada Flintridge, enjoyed a breakout senior season with the Matadors, receiving Big West Midfielder of the Year honors. last_img read more