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1 Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew says there has been no contact from any other Premier League clubs over the availability of goalkeeper Julian Speroni.The Argentinean has been linked with a move to Newcastle in January, who are without Tim Krul for the rest of the season.Speroni has lost his place in the Palace team to Wayne Hennessey but Pardew insists he wants to keep the club’s talismanic stopper.“I’ve seen that [rumour] in the paper with my old club Newcastle interested and others interested in Speroni but we’ve had no phonecalls or contact with any other clubs,” said Pardew.“We are always going to be in the frame with other clubs because we’ve got three great goalies, which is a real asset for us.“It’s an asset that I will be reluctant to weaken because it’s nice to have all three of them here.” Julian Speroni
1 Inaki Williams Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams has disappointed any potential Premier League suitors by signing a new contract with the Primera Division side.The highly-rated 21-year-old, who has been linked with a host of English clubs, has extended his deal at San Mames until 2021.The club confirmed the release clause in the new contract would be 50 million euros (£38.1million).Watch: Inaki Williams’ stupendous flick and volley for Athletic Bilbao
Former West Ham and Bolton striker Ricardo Vaz Te has signed an 18-month deal at Turkish club Akhisar Belediyespor.The 29-year-old was released by Charlton on transfer deadline day after a miserable spell at The Valley, during which he made just 12 league appearances since November without scoring.However, it has not taken long for Vaz Te to get fixed up with a new side after agreeing a return to his old club in Turkey for the next year-and-a-half.The Portuguese forward spent six months with Akhisar Belediyespor before joining Charlton and impressed with five goals in 14 Super Lig outings.And now Vaz Te, who once scored the play-off final goal which secured West Ham’s return to the Premier League in 2012, will get the chance to resurrect his career back in Turkey. Ricardo Vaz Te 1
1 Antonio Conte Chelsea have confirmed Antonio Conte has signed a three-year contract to become their next manager.The Italy head coach will take charge of the Premier League club after this summer’s European Championship.The 46-year-old said: “I am very excited about the prospect of working at Chelsea Football Club. I am proud to be the coach of the national team of my country and only a role as attractive as manager of Chelsea could follow that.“‘I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and the day-to-day challenge of competing in the Premier League.“Chelsea and English football are watched wherever you go, the fans are passionate and my ambition is to have more success to follow the victories I enjoyed in Italy.“‘I am happy we have made the announcement now so everything is clear and we can end the speculation. I will continue to focus on my job with the Italian national team and will reserve speaking about Chelsea again until after the Euros.”Conte will be the permanent successor to Jose Mourinho, who was axed by Chelsea in December after a disastrous start to the season. Guus Hiddink has been in temporary charge since Mourinho’s departure but has continually made it clear he will depart the post in the summer.Conte will be the fifth Italian to manage Chelsea, following in the footsteps of Gianluca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo.He has been in charge of Italy since August 2014 having previously enjoyed great success at Juventus, where he won three successive Serie A titles.Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: “We are very pleased to have recruited one of the most highly regarded managers in world football and we are equally pleased to do so before the end of the current season. This aids our future planning.“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Guus Hiddink, who has done a great job since he joined us in December.”
5 Alexandre Pato: Fenerbache to rekindle striker’s form? Click the right arrow above for all the latest Chelsea transfer news… – Another man who has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer is Alexandre Pato. The 26-year-old joined on loan from Corinthians in January but appeared just twice in the Premier League. Fenerbache look to be the team that could offer the Brazilian regular football once again, as Chelsea look increasingly unlikely to make his loan permanent. Leonardo Bonucci: Chelsea to beat United to Juventus defender? Click the right arrow above for all the latest Chelsea transfer news… – The Sun have reported that Chelsea are preparing to make an offer of £32m to try and secure Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci, having had a three-year deal accepted by the player and his representatives. There will be pressure from Jose Mourinho and Manchester United who are also interested in the 29-year-old, but with Conte desperate for his services to play alongside Kurt Zouma and Gary Cahill in a new-look back three for Chelsea, Abramovich might just have to dig deep to make sure Chelsea get their man. Kalidou Koulibaly: Chelsea to meet asking price for Napoli defender? Click the right arrow above for all the latest Chelsea transfer news… – According to the Daily Mirror, Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly is certainly keen for a move away from the club. Chelsea have already had a £19.2m bid rejected, and will have competition for the 24-year-olds signature. Its understood that Napoli are asking for £30m for the Senegalese international, who has been reported to have said: I have not talked to (Conte) but that may be soon. After what was a nightmare of a season for Chelsea last term, new manager Antonio Conte is set to make some major changes to both tactics and personnel when he takes over at Stamford Bridge later on this summer.Conte is of course still occupied with Italy’s Euro 2016 campaign, and won’t be able to complete his move to London until their involvement in the tournament is concluded.Chelsea are yet to finalise any new signings just yet, but ahead of the Transfer Window opening on July 1st, the national newspapers have already got plenty of reason to suggest that incomings and outgoings could be free-flowing at the Bridge this summer.Click through our gallery above to see some of the names being linked with a move to, and away from, Chelsea… 5 5 5 Nemanja Matic: Mourinho to sign midfielder for a second time? Click the right arrow above for all the latest Chelsea transfer news… – Reports are also suggesting that Jose Mourinho is looking to sign Nemanja Matic for his new club, just as he did for Chelsea back in January 2014. Seeing physical presence as key for his midfield, United will be very keen to bring the Serbian into their ranks for the new season. Antonio Candreva: Chelsea to beat Inter to Lazio winger? Click the right arrow above for all the latest Chelsea transfer news… – According to The Sun, Lazio winger Antonio Candreva is looking for a move away, but perhaps to Roberto Mancinis Inter Milan, rather than Chelsea. The Blues, however, are reportedly looking to bring the 29-year-old to the Bridge for a fee in the region of £25m. Conte is a big fan of Candrevas style of play, making him a regular in his Italy side. 5
Gareth Bale has admitted topping Group B at Euro 2016 has been an ‘amazing experience’, seeing as they managed to get one over on England.Wales won two of their three games to end the group stage on six points, one ahead of their fierce rivals, who secured just a single victory.Admittedly, that was over the Dragons, which gave the Three Lions bragging rights, but it is Wales who finished the group in the best position – thus giving them the easier route in the knockout stage of the tournament.Considering Wales haven’t played at a major tournament since 1958, such success is unprecedented, and Bale has been enjoying every single moment of the competition so far.The Real Madrid star told talkSPORT: “Obviously it’s been an amazing experience for us. Our target was to get out of the group, and to win the group is even more special.“I suppose it’s one over on the English!“To score goals as well; it’s amazing to do it in such a big tournament.“But the main thing is the team is through, and we’re playing well.”Success in the group stage has left Wales on the easier side of the qualifying bracket, and the fall of the tournament has set up a Round of 16 tie against Northern Ireland – a nation Bale considers to be very similar to his own.He added: “The media will probably put us as favourites, but for us it doesn’t matter if we’re favourites or not – we’re going into the game trying to win it first and foremost.“They’re very similar to us. They have that very strong team spirit – they’re a very passionate country.“It’ll be a very good game I’m sure, and there will be an amazing atmosphere in the ground.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Lyall, an Ayala High School graduate scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds to lead Life Pacific (10-8). Freshman center Mike Rouzan netted 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and junior forward Josh Brodt scored 11 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Junior forward John Ward, a Miller graduate, also contributed 16 points. Life Pacific led 32-21 at the half and never trailed in the game. The Warriors outrebounded the Deacons 40-15 in the contest. Life Pacific faces Cal Maritime at 7 p.m. in a nonconference matchup. MT. SAC WOMEN Lauren Ervin scored 30 points on 11-for-12 shooting from the field as the Mounties coasted past Long Beach City College 91-65. Ervin was one of five Mt. SAC players in double figures. Krystal Williams and Eisnhower graduate LaSheree Christian added 16 each for Mt. SAC (21-1), while Yatshica Johnson chipped in with 14 and Krystal Fontenot had 10. Ervin also had a team-high nine rebounds. LIFE PACIFIC Junior forward Taylor Lyall was one of three players to record a double-double as Life Pacific beat Eugene Bible College 78-50 in a nonconference game Wednesday. MT. SAC MEN Rishawn Norwood scored 40 points and snagged nine rebounds to lead the visiting Mounties (10-5) past Long Beach 85-78. Will Maple also came up big, adding 16 points and five assists. VICTOR VALLEY WOMEN Veronica Rand scored 18 points as the Rams as they fell to the host Mauraders 57-46 in the second Foothill conference game. Victor Valley (6-1, 0-2) lost its lead with 9:30 in the fourth quarter and could not rally. VVC will play host to Barstow at 5 p.m. Saturday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! T.J. Smith scored a game-high 27 points, Vince Alvarado turned in 16, and Chris Brown added 15 to lead Chaffey to a 114-86 victory over Barstow on Wednesday in the opener of Foothill Conference play. The Panthers (16-4) led 55-30 at the half and forced Barstow to commit 35 turnovers. Alwyn Jordan scored 11, and Larry Dew and Bobby Kovach both scored 10 for Chaffey, which will play host to Mt. San Jacinto at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
5 Memphis 77, at E. Carolina 67 Rodney Carney made six 3-pointers and scored 27 points to lead the Tigers (14-2) in the Conference USA opener for both teams. Memphis has won all four meetings in the series. at 16 W.Va. 68, Georgetown 61 Kevin Pittsnogle scored 23 points and the Mountaineers (11-3, 3-0 Big East) rallied from an 11-point deficit in the first half to snap the Hoyas’ seven-game winning streak. at 17 Geo. Wash. 69, Saint Louis 64 (OT) Danilo Pinnock had 19 points, seven in overtime, and 12 rebounds for the Colonials (11-1, 2-0 Atlantic 10), who rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit. 19 Ohio St. 80, Purdue 64 J.J. Sullinger scored 17 points and Je’Kel Foster tied his career high with six steals for the Buckeyes (12-1, 2-1 Big Ten), who led by as many as 25 points midway through the second half. 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Miss. St. 60 Taurean Green scored 20 points, including two 3-pointers with the shot clock winding down in the closing minutes, as the Gators (15-0, 2-0 SEC) broke the school record for consecutive wins. 3 Villanova 84, Rutgers 78 (OT) Kyle Lowry scored a career-high 28 points and Randy Foye added 24 as the Wildcats (11-1, 2-1 Big East) rebounded from their first loss of the season. Shelden Williams got his first career triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks, helping the Blue Devils (15-0, 3-0 ACC) snap a three-game skid versus the Terrapins (11-4, 1-2). at 2 Florida 75, at 1 Duke 76, 23 Maryland 52
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The move comes as new technology is giving consumers faster access to music, movies, TV shows and other content via multiple devices, including laptop computers, portable video screens, even cell phones. Theater owners have faced challenges from technology before, most notably television and the VCR. But this is the first time major studios have contemplated releasing films in competing formats at the same time. The low-budget “Bubble,” a murder mystery set in a doll factory, opens Jan. 27 and is the first of six films to be produced under a partnership between Soderbergh and 2929 Entertainment. Founded by Wagner and Cuban, the company owns Magnolia Pictures, which will distribute “Bubble” in partnership with Landmark Theaters and HDNet Movies, the cable TV channel that will air it. All six films produced by the partnership will be released simultaneously on DVD, television and in theaters. “Bubble” will appear on DVD a few days after its theater and cable release. Currently, studios carefully control the release of major motion pictures to maximize profits. Films are first released in theaters, then on pay per view, home video, pay cable networks such as HBO, and finally on broadcast TV. But the time between those windows has been shrinking. In 1994, the average time between a movie’s opening in theaters and its debut on home video was about six months. In 2004, that span fell to four months, with some studios releasing films on DVD even sooner. If you lived in New Jersey, Virginia or Nevada and wanted to see the new Steven Soderbergh film “Bubble” in a theater, you’d have to pack your bags. It won’t be showing in those or more than a dozen other states. The country’s largest theater chains are snubbing the film because they object to it being sold on DVD and shown on cable TV the same day it debuts in a handful of theaters owned by the same company that produced the movie. “Bubble” isn’t the first film to be released this way. But the combination of a high-profile director and the backing of maverick billionaires Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban have studios and theater owners paying close attention this time. “It’s the biggest threat to the viability of the cinema industry today,” John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theater Owners, said of the so-called “day and date” release strategy. A typical film now earns about half of its revenue from home video and only about 25 percent from theaters. The remainder comes from selling the film to cable and broadcast TV and other sources. Releasing DVDs sooner would also let studios get more mileage from the millions of dollars spent marketing new movies. Theater owners argue that people are already staying away from theaters because they don’t have to wait long for the DVD. Releasing disks the same day a movie debuts in megaplexes will shave theaters’ already thin profit margins, even if consumers have to pay a premium for the simultaneously released DVD. Profit margins for theater chains generally run in the mid- to low teens, according to Matthew Harrigan, an analyst with Janco Partners Inc. If studios began releasing films on DVD the same day as the theatrical release – an unlikely scenario, in his opinion – it would “completely collapse the domestic theatrical industry and you would have a spate of bankruptcies,” Harrigan said. Media companies say they have to adapt to the changing demands of consumers, who have shown a desire to download entertainment from iTunes and other online services. Some TV shows, for instance, are now being sold online the day after they air. Some shows on the FX channel are available even before broadcast. Two weeks ago, News Corp. President and Chief Operating Officer Peter Chernin said his company would soon start releasing films in high-definition formats 60 days after theatrical release. Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Chernin said News Corp.’s 20th Century Fox had not yet determined whether the high-def releases will be via cable, satellite or on a disk. Last week, Tom Staggs, chief financial officer of The Walt Disney Co., reiterated thecompany’s position that all options are on the table when it comes to the traditional window release strategy. But Staggs did say Disney still respects the role of theaters. “We’re not predicting ‘day and date’ is going to happen tomorrow for a majority of films or even pushing for that to happen,” Staggs said during an appearance at an investment conference. “But what we will do is experiment with what works for consumers.” While large, event movies such as “King Kong” may work best on the big screen, simultaneous release could be beneficial for small, independent films that often struggle for an audience while blockbusters hog theater screens. Rainbow Media, a division of Cablevision, plans to release 18 to 24 films a year via video on demand on cable TV systems at the same time they debut in theaters. The idea, executives say, is to create a “virtual art house” at a time when the theatrical market for smaller films is shrinking. “For us, it’s not meant to make trouble,” said Joshua Sapan, president and CEO of Rainbow Media. “We think (the films) will do better in the theaters if there is more buzz around it, even if it’s available on television.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!