9 9 9 9 4. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) 9 6. Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich) 9. Adam Lallana (Liverpool) Happy birthday, Diego Costa!The beastly Brazil-born striker is 27 today – 7 October – and doesn’t look a day over, well, about 47.Think we’re being harsh? Just check out how he compares to these football stars who are all the same age as the feisty forward.Click the right arrow above to scroll through our collection of images… 9 7. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) 9 5. Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) 9 3. Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan) 9 2. Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen) 8. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) 1. Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich)
1 Tottenham youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers has signed a new contract with the club.The 17-year-old has been tipped for a big future and was a regular for USA at Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand earlier this year.The defender is expected to make the breakthrough into the Spurs first-team and he has been rewarded for his progress with a new contract.Carter-Vickers is now tied to Tottenham until 2018 and will continue to be part of the club’s under-21 side. Cameron Carter-Vickers
Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has been linked to Arsenal and Man United With more on Juventus’ 21-year-old stopper Daniele Rugani, check out talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight.Name: Daniele RuganiDate of birth: 29/07/94Born: Lucca, Tuscany (central Italy)Club: JuventusPosition: Centre backInternational: 15 Italy Under-21 caps, two capsWhat’s the latest?Arsenal and Man United are being linked with talented defender Daniele Rugani, who has been limited to one minute of action in the Champions League this season against Sevilla. As well as the Premier League duo, Napoli, managed by Rugani’s former boss, Maurizio Sarri, have also been linked. Another report claims Juve will consider letting Rugani leave, but only on loan.Did you know?1) Rugani came through the ranks at Empoli, but was sent on loan to Juventus – who he supported as a boy – in the 2012/13 season where he played for the youth team (Primavera). He won the Coppa Italia Primavera in 2013 and Juve then bought the player, but loaned him back to Empoli, in Serie B.2) It was in the second tier of Italian football in the 2013/14 season where the young stopper’s reputation grew, as Empoli won promotion to Serie A and Rugani was crowned the best young player in Serie B. It was around this time that Juve and Empoli entered a co-ownership agreement for the player.3) Still with Empoli in the 2014/15 season, Rugani didn’t miss a league game, going the entire season without picking up a booking. Juventus cancelled its co-ownership in February 2015 (this practice has now been banned by Italy’s FA), paying Empoli €3.5m over four seasons. He remained at the club, though, until the end of last season.4) Rugani’s professionalism, positional awareness and his reading of the game have been praised. However, he says he often focuses on negative aspects of a performance, calling himself a ‘maniac’ when it comes to correcting himself. Talking about his season without a yellow card he said it could be down to the fact he is not as aggressive and impulsive as some players, though admitted it is unlikely to happen again. The player claims he certainly doesn’t hold back when tackling.5) He is yet to play for the Italy senior team, but was a member of the U21 side at the recent European Championship, playing against England in the Azzurri’s 3-1 win.What is being said?He says:I consider myself a modern player who is able to play in a three or four-man defenceThey say:He has excellent capabilities and concentration. He will be a very important player for the future of Italian football– Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri thinks Rugani is the best young Italian playerVideo evidence: 1
1 Liverpool and Tottenham are set to miss out on the signing of Ezequiel Lavezzi with the player’s agent due to fly to Italy for talks with Juventus and Inter Milan.The Argentina international is coming into the final six months of his contract at Paris Saint-Germain and is unlikely to pen an extension.It means the 30-year-old will be available on a free in the summer and clubs across Europe are keen to snap him up.Both Liverpool and Tottenham explored the possibility of signing Lavezzi last summer, while Arsenal were after the winger during his Napoli days.However, according to reports in Italy, Premier League clubs are set to miss out as the Argentine’s agent flies to Italy for talks with Serie A sides.Juventus and Inter both want Lavezzi and it will now be a straight fight between them to tie up a deal with the player. Ezequiel Lavezzi
Aston Villa manager Remi Garde applauded captain Micah Richards after the defender stood up to a group of angry fans after they were held by Wycombe in the FA Cup.Boos sounded from the away stands as the Villans could only muster a 1-1 draw with the League Two side, as the fourth-tier minnows sealed a replay trip to Villa Park.The Premier League’s basement side took the lead through Richards’ early goal, only for Joe Jacobson to level from the penalty spot.After the final whistle, Richards battled to calm the protests of fans who criticised the skipper and the team from behind the dugout at Adams Park.And Villa boss Garde believes Richards was right to take the time to address the fans’ pitchside frustrations in person.“It was brave of him to do that,” said the French boss.“As professionals we have to face our responsibilities – not only Micah, me and all the players.“To be fair I didn’t see the incident, but I’ve been told about it.“I understand that the fans could be angry. We have to accept that, as a player, a manager, everybody at the club has to accept that criticism, because we are not winning – that’s football.“The situation with Aston Villa is very difficult and makes some silly things happen sometimes.“Everybody has to keep calm, face their responsibilities, look in the mirror and ask themselves what they can do to get out of this difficult situation.”Garde has now gone ten matches without victory in charge of the Villans, with the extra fixture in the shape of the third round replay only adding to the pressure on the beleaguered boss.The coach hinted he would quit if he felt he could not reverse Villa’s wretched form, but accepted he must quickly find victories.“When you are not winning the manager is always making bad decisions,” said Garde, responding to criticism for withdrawing stand-out midfielder Carles Gil, with fans chanting, ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’.“You can always argue it was a bad or good decision: I know what I’m doing but sometimes it’s not working.“I know how it is in football, I’m not especially under pressure, but I’m not winning games.“The day I don’t feel I’m able to do anything positive for this football club you will know it.”WATCH: Aston Villa fans tell Micah Richards ‘there’s no passion’ after 1-1 draw with Wycombe Aston Villa captain Micah Richards 1
VAN NUYS – Police have arrested a 32-year-old grocery store worker they believe is responsible for at least three sexual attacks in the San Fernando Valley, including a rape in June in Van Nuys. 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. Lopez Garcia 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. When detectives this week got word that his DNA matched that found 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 in a sexual manner 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. [email protected] (818) 713-3635 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! 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 to 30 years old, 5 feet 2 to 5 feet 5 with a medium build, a ponytail, brown eyes and a smooth complexion. Lopez Garcia is 5 feet 5 and weighs 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 hold 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.” The suspect was arrested Sept. 17 on a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure in the 14800 block of Vanowen. 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 a sample of his DNA.
The nonpartisan conference was started 20 years ago as a government initiative and supports several nonprofit programs. Other conference participants included Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, singer Katharine McPhee, actress Jamie Lee Curtis, boxer Laila Ali and a pair of Nobel laureates. Schwarzenegger apologized to the crowd for not coming to Long Beach for the annual conference hosted by his wife Maria Shriver. “I think it would be better that I’m here with the firefighters,” Schwarzenegger said, drawing applause from the audience at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Tying in his role in the fires with the two main themes of the conference, leadership and the environment, Schwarzenegger described the role he and his staff are playing. “I think the most important thing is to jump into action as quickly as possible,” he said. Schwarzenegger also thanked President Bush for declaring a state of emergency in California. Schwarzenegger was scheduled to be on stage with Blair for a discussion on leadership and the environment moderated by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. Following Schwarzenegger’s update, Friedman asked Blair to recall crises he faced while in office and how he handled them. “You just have to focus on it, handle it, be there on the spot,” Blair said. Blair added that Schwarzenegger did well by passing up this year’s Women’s Conference, in which he has appeared every year while he’s been in office, to be at the scene of the fires. “I think that was the right decision,” Blair said. Friedman then turned to questions and commentary about the environment and global warming. “I’ve got this feeling I’m going to end my career in journalism almost glued to the Weather Channel,” Friedman said. Blair said that even if we are wrong about global warming, if the world takes action then we will have reduced pollution and found better ways to live. [email protected] 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.Blair, who was in Long Beach to discuss leadership and the environment at the Governor’s Annual Conference for Women, was joined on stage briefly via satellite by Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger appeared on a large video screen to give an update on the plague of wildfires in Southern California. But the favorite topic of both men echoed throughout the conference in the form of speeches, a compostable lunch served en masse to more than 12,000 people, a grass-covered couch and thousands of energy-efficient light bulbs handed out to attendees. Actor Ed Begley Jr.’s entrance on an environmentally friendly hybrid electric bicycle, and a heart-to-heart discussion between conference host Maria Shriver and the spouses of five of the presidential candidates were other conference highlights. This year’s conference theme was “Remarkable Lives. Remarkable Legacies. What’s Yours?” FORUM: Fire forces governor to skip annual women’s event his wife hosted in Long Beach. By Don Jergler STAFF WRITER It took one of the worst fire seasons in California history to keep former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger from meeting in Long Beach as planned to discuss the environment Tuesday.
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 The remains were placed in black plastic bags and transferred to a Shiite mosque in Dora, according to a police officer at the mosque. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release information. An Associated Press photographer at the Kazimain mosque counted 33 plastic bags, and police said each bag held the remains of one victim. BAGHDAD – Remains of possibly dozens of people believed slain in sectarian violence were unearthed Saturday from a mass grave in a former al-Qaida stronghold in southern Baghdad – the third such find in Iraq this month. Also Saturday, an Iraqi television station reported one of its reporters had been kidnapped – the latest in a grim series of attacks that has made Iraq among the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists. The badly decomposed remains were found in Baghdad’s mostly Sunni Dora neighborhood by Sunnis who have turned against al-Qaida in Iraq, police said. They were discovered in an area overlooking the main highway leading to Shiite shrine cities in the south. Sunni extremists would often waylay travelers along that road, kidnapping and killing Shiites.
Vodafone customers in The Rosses have branded the company ‘completely useless’ as the on-going issues regarding mobile coverage in the area continues to worsen.Angry customers have said they’re now absolutely fed up with the coverage issues and said they’re tired of receiving the same old rhetoric from customer service staff.The issues for the majority of customers experiencing problems began around December. However, since the turn of the year the situation has increasingly deteriorated so much so that some customers have gone days without having any mobile coverage at all.The broadband and landline connection is described as being very good in the area, but those using Vodafone as their mobile network say the situation isn’t tolerable anymore.We received several e-mails over the last number of days from Donegal Daily readers in the area who have contacted the company via their landline to lodge complaints.They’ve told us that the Vodafone customer service staff tell them the issue will be resolved soon and the engineers are working hard to resolve the problem. One customer was told to put on 2G and that will sort the problem for them and their service will return to normal.“We’re fed up getting the same rhetoric from the customer service team giving us a whole host of excuses as to what the problem is.“It’s pretty clear they haven’t a clue what’s the problem and this has been going on now for four months, they’re completely useless.“We’re getting fed the same lines over and over again, the engineers are working very hard to fix the coverage issues and make improvements to it in the area, but it’s all just waffle.“I was told to turn on my 2G and that would alleviate the problems I’ve encountered, well it didn’t. “Maybe by making the issue public they may be prompted into doing something about it for a change and sort it out once and for all.It’s believed customers from Burtonport, Dungloe, Gweedore, Kincasslagh and Maghery have been affected by the issue.COMPLETELY USELESS – ROSSES VERDICT ON VODAFONE MOBILE COVERAGE was last modified: April 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesMobile CoveragenewsVodafone
Who is the best defender at Tottenham?That’s what Kyle Walker asked his team-mate Dele Alli when the duo mucked about with a lie detector that gives the fibber an electric shock.The duo are just two Tottenham players who have been called up to the England squad.WHO COULD TOTTENHAM AND LEICESTER PLAY IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NEXT SEASONVideo courtesy of the Tottenham Hotspur YouTube channel.