Shocked? The PL stars with the most successful passes this season

first_img 10 7. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – 402 successful passes – Click the right arrow to find out which Premier League player has made the most successful passes so far this season… 10. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) – 389 successful passes – Click the right arrow to find out which Premier League player has made the most successful passes so far this season… 10 10 9. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) – 391 successful passes – Click the right arrow to find out which Premier League player has made the most successful passes so far this season… 10 10 10 As one German manager arrives in the Premier League promising ‘full-throttle’ attacking football, it’s worth remembering the words of his compatriot Uwe Rosler.“English football now is very much ‘pass, pass, pass, pass, pass,’ but you’ll go nowhere,” chimed the ex-Manchester City striker back in 2013.“In German football, a lot of teams win the ball and they have eight to 10 seconds – it is the 10-second rule – you have 10 seconds to finish the attack. Every ball has to go forward, forward, forward. So that means to have runners going forward all the time, so it is a very attacking style in German football. That’s the difference.”So, with this in mind, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp might be pleased to know that none of his new charges feature in our list of Premier League players to have made the most successful passes.But which superstars do make it in? Click the right arrow above to find out… 10 3. Fernandinho (Manchester City) – 487 successful passes – Click the right arrow to find out which Premier League player has made the most successful passes so far this season… 10 1. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) – 591 successful passes 2. Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) – 525 successful passes – Click the right arrow to find out which Premier League player has made the most successful passes so far this season… 8. Yaya Toure (Manchester City) – 397 successful passes – Click the right arrow to find out which Premier League player has made the most successful passes so far this season… 10 6. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – 423 successful passes – Click the right arrow to find out which Premier League player has made the most successful passes so far this season… 10 4. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) – 485 successful passes – Click the right arrow to find out which Premier League player has made the most successful passes so far this season… 5. Daley Blind (Manchester United) – 442 successful passes – Click the right arrow to find out which Premier League player has made the most successful passes so far this season… last_img read more

Barcelona planning shock January move for former Arsenal and Man United star

first_imgFormer Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has emerged as a shock January target for Barcelona.The Dutchman joined Fenerbahce in the summer following three years at Old Trafford but has endured a miserable start to life in Turkey, starting just three league games so far.And now Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo has claimed that Barca are ready to offer the 32-year-old an escape route when the transfer window opens in January.Barcelona’s technical director Robert Fernandez travelled to Amsterdam on Tuesday to watch Van Persie in action for Holland in their 3-2 defeat against the Czech Republic.The striker, who came on after 39 minutes, was not at his best but still scored in the 83rd minute and is said to have impressed Fernandez.Barca want a viable back-up option for the first-choice front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar and reckon Van Persie would fit the bill.The Dutchman, who became a firm favourite over the course of eight years at Arsenal, has previously stated that he would love to play for Barcelona.And he may yet get his wish with the Catalan club lining up a deal reminiscent of the ones that saw them sign the likes of Thierry Henry and Henrik Larsson, despite being past their prime. 1 Robin van Persie last_img read more

Watch: Inaki Williams’ stupendous flick and volley for Athletic Bilbao

first_img 1 getty Thump!Inaki Williams is building quite a reputation in La Liga and you can see why on this evidence.The 21-year-old produced a sublime flick and finish to give Athletic Bilbao the lead over Espanyol.The Basque club would hold on for a 2-1 win. Inaki Williams is a late deadline day target for Manchester United It wasn’t the only moment of inspiration from Spain today either – check out Neymar’s ludicrious goal in Barcelona’s win here.last_img

Hawksbee and Jacobs daily – Tuesday, December 8

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Manchester City and Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure slams African award snub

first_imgYaya Toure has expressed his anger and frustration after missing out of the African Footballer of the Year award.The Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder was beaten by Borussia Dortmund’s Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the annual vote of national coaches from Confederation of African Football countries.Toure, who was vying to win the award for a fifth successive year, was complimentary towards Aubameyang but appeared to think his achievement as the African Nations Cup-winning captain was not sufficiently recognised.The 32-year-old told radio station RFI: “I am very, very disappointed. It’s sad to see Africa react like this, not giving any importance to African (competitions).“I think it brings shame on Africa. It is indecent. What can we do?“We, Africans, we do not show that Africa is important in our eyes. We prioritise external achievements over our own continent. It is lamentable.”Toure made his comments after the awards ceremony in Nigeria. He finished runner-up with 136 voting points to Aubameyang’s 143.Aubameyang scored 41 goals and made 11 assists for club and country during 2015, including 18 strikes in 17 Bundesliga games this season.Toure earlier said: “I’m quite disappointed, but I don’t want to complain too much.“I just want to give credit to Aubameyang – you’ve been doing brilliantly well this year.”Aubameyang, 26, wrote on Instagram: ”Thanks to my Father and Mother thanks to my son and his Mom thanks to my family to my friends to my teammates @bvb09 and from Gabon national team thanks to my fans and thanks God and everybody.”Swansea and Ghana forward Andre Ayew finished third in the poll with 112 points. 1 ‘It brings shame on Africa’ – Manchester City and Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure slams African Footballer of the Year snub last_img read more

Leeds United accept bid from Premier League club for Sam Byram

first_imgEverton are set to sign Leeds defender Sam Byram.The Premier League club have had a bid accepted – which is likely to be worth up to £5million – and the Toffees will now be able to open discussions with one of the club’s most prized assets. Byram, 22, is one of the Championship’s most highly-rated players and he has been linked with moves to the top tier on a number of occasions. He is out of contract at Elland Road in the summer and chairman Massimo Cellino is set to cash in on one of the brightest talents to emerge from the West Yorkshire club’s academy in the last decade. It has been reported that Cellino has previously offered Byram a contract extension, first on reduced terms and then another on the same terms as his current deal. That move did not help the relations between the club and Byram’s representatives and it edged him closer to the exit door. It comes as a blow for Leeds fans after the right-sider, who can play as a full-back or on the wing, broke back into the starting XI after initially falling out of favour under Steve Evans. In the time Byram returned to the Whites’ side, Leeds were two games unbeaten and they continued that run for a further five matches with Byram playing a key role.He scored three goals in that run, twice against Wolves. Among the current playing squad at Leeds, Byram has made the most appearances and he was one of four academy stars playing regularly for the club. With Seamus Coleman currently sidelined for Everton until February, Byram could be an instant hit at Goodison Park. He first broke through at United under Neil Warnock in 2012 and has gone on to make 143 appearances, scoring ten goals. 1 Sam Byram last_img read more

Rio Hondo board candidates debate issues

first_imgThe forum also allowed audience members to submit questions for both candidates. One question posed solely to Mendez alluded to his troubles in 2006, when he was censured by the board and removed as president for swearing at the college’s former superintendent, Rose Marie Joyce. “There was a time when the environment here wasn’t well,” Mendez said. “But currently, the board is doing very well. We may disagree but we are moving forward. We enjoy each other.” Martinez, on the other hand, seemed to fumble for answers to questions about binding arbitration and the board’s role in college governance. “The board member’s role is to make sure they do policy, and they maintain civility on the board,” she said, pausing several times. “They address the president solely and he’s the only one they address. They make sure the college is run and they maintain.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As chairwoman of a local college-bound program, Martinez said she understands the importance of education – especially at Rio Hondo, which she attended herself and where her youngest son is participating in a dual-enrollment program. “I know this position requires a lot of dedicated hours – I know it well because my husband (Richard) is on the Little Lake City School District board, and my brother Art (Escobedo) is on the Los Nietos School District board,” Martinez said. “With Rio Hondo in the midst of a building program, I will make sure bond funds are used widely,” she added. “And our new president (Ted Martinez Jr.) is also in need of cooperation at this time from the board.” Mendez shared that same sentiment, pointing to the dual-enrollment program, which allows high schoolers to earn their diploma and a two-year college degree at the same time; the priority registration for military veterans; and the college’s new satellite center in South Whittier as examples of his achievements on the board. “I’m proud of our accomplishments here,” said Mendez, a former Rio Hondo student. “And I’m also partly responsible for the stable fiscal management of the college, where we’ve maintained a reserve all eight years I’ve been on the board.” WHITTIER – Both candidates for the Rio Hondo College board of trustees say responsibility, integrity and experience should be key in voters’ minds when they decide who gets elected to the five-member governing panel in next month’s elections. Eight-year trustee Gary Mendez, 38, and challenger Alma Martinez, 51, debated the issues affecting the college Thursday at a candidates’ forum at Rio Hondo, organized by the Whittier League of Women Voters. The seat up for grabs in Trustee Area 4 covers Los Nietos, South Whittier, Santa Fe Springs and North Norwalk. Martinez, who runs a home-based child-care center, said she hopes to build a bridge between the college and the community if elected Nov. 6. last_img read more

Experts: Lotto lease no instant win

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Investment bankers told a state Senate committee that how much the state could get by leasing out the lottery to a private operator depends on market conditions and variables that will take time to develop. The proposal also faces the uncertainty of getting approval from state lawmakers and voters, said former state Treasurer Kathleen Brown, who now heads a municipal finance division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. The governor said his lottery leasing proposal could bring in $2 billion a year for the next 15 to 25 years to pay for his plan to cover Californians who lack health insurance. Legislative negotiations over his plan have stalled largely over a question of who would pay for it. In January, Schwarzenegger proposed leasing the lottery to reduce the state budget debt and to help fund education. He now says the money should support his plan to make health insurance mandatory and require employers and hospitals to contribute money to help subsidize coverage for the uninsured poor. Brown, sister of Democratic Attorney General Jerry Brown, is a key proponent of the Republican governor’s view that the state’s role should be regulating a privately run lottery. But she and other investment bankers said it is too soon to back a preliminary analysis by New York-based Lehman Brothers that the lottery might draw $37 billion for a 40-year lease. The experts said the state can’t get a reliable estimate until it answers fundamental questions like how long the lease would last and whether it will permit new technology like video lottery terminals and soliciting players through cell phones and the Internet. Deputy State Treasurer Paul Rosenstiel said the state could raise money for health care or other purposes by issuing lottery revenue bonds without leasing the lottery. The bonds would bring in bring in billions of dollars now, repaid with future lottery revenues. While some states, including Florida, Illinois, Indiana and Texas have considered leasing their lotteries, 27 state-operated lotteries bring in more revenue per state resident than does California’s, Rosenstiel said. “We’re an underperformer not because of who operates the lottery but because of how it’s operated,” he added. Lottery Director Joan Borucki agreed. She noted that the lottery hasn’t introduced a completely new game in 10 years. “That’s like still offering `Pong’ when everybody else has the Xbox,” said Borucki, who took office last year as the 19th lottery director in 20 years. She estimated she can boost revenue by 25 percent to 35 percent by improving the lottery’s image, positioning lottery vendors and machines to reach more players, and guaranteeing more small payouts instead of focusing on giant jackpots. Fred Klaas, chief operating officer of Schwarzenegger’s Finance Department, said the administration wants legislative approval to hire an independent analyst to weigh the advantages of leasing the lottery over continued state operation. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the governor’s proposal, Finance Department spokesman H.D. Palmer said the administration is convinced a private company could make the biggest improvement in lottery revenue. “What you saw this morning was independent validation from the financial community and from a former state treasurer that California has an asset that is not performing to its potential,” Palmer said after the hearing.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FUNDING: Governor proposed taking state’s lottery private to finance his health-care idea. By Don Thompson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SACRAMENTO – Leasing the state lottery to help pay for a broad health-care plan, as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed last week, is no quick fix and might not bring the roughly $37 billion that has been projected, financial experts said Wednesday. last_img

Services set for TV producer O’Neill

first_img160Want 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.“He was the greatest man I have ever known. He was a typical man who came home from World War II – worked hard and raised a family. He was a workaholic and he loved his family,” said his son, Dennis O’Neill. Robert Francis O’Neill was born on May 21, 1921, in Hollywood. He was graduated from Loyola High School and Loyola University, now Loyola Marymount University. He served in the Army as a staff sergeant during World War II and participated in D-Day, the Battle of Normandy, and the Battle of the Bulge, officially known as the Battle of the Ardennes. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Marlene; six children, Kathleen Le Brenton, Kevin O’Neill, Steven O’Neill, Maureen Kroman, Dennis O’Neill, Erin Hallisy and seven grandchildren. A rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. today and a funeral Mass is set for 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mel Catholic Church in Woodland Hills. He will be buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills. Donations in his memory can be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123-1718. holly.andres@dailynews.com 818-713-3708 A funeral Mass is scheduled for Friday for television producer Robert F. O’Neill, an Emmy and Golden Globes award winner who died from colon cancer Oct. 23 at his West Hills home. He was 86. O’Neill won an Emmy in 1974 for his work on “The NBC Mystery Movie: Columbo.” He won back-to-back Golden Globes in 1985-1986 for “Murder, She Wrote.” He displayed his awards on top of his TV in his family room. “There was almost an aura about Bob. You knew this was a good and decent man. He was a very pious man. Religious, but he didn’t flaunt it,” said actor Ron Masak, the sheriff on “Murder, She Wrote,” who knew O’Neill for more than 20 years. “His faith came through in his work ethnic. He had a hearty laugh and he always brought warmth to the set.” O’Neill’s career in television began in the accounting department at Universal Studios immediately after his discharge from the Army. He worked for a time at Desilu Productions, but the bulk of his career was spent as a producer at Universal Television Studios. He retired in 1996. He was a producer for “Dr. Kildare,” “Mission Impossible,” “The Invisible Man,” “Memories Never Die,” “Darkroom,” “Wheels,” “The Murder of Sherlock Holmes,” “The Thirteenth Day,” “Evening in Byzantium” and “Beg, Borrow or Steal.” last_img read more

Porsche AG’s profits triple

first_img 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 Stuttgart-based automaker said the earnings contribution of its core business improved compared with last year, excluding special factors such as a “high three-digit million euro development expenditure” for Porsche’s fourth model series, the Panamera, and for the hybrid drivetrain of the Cayenne sport utility vehicle. Another factor was the weaker level of hedging rates versus the U.S. dollar. Porsche said in September that sales for fiscal 2007 rose 3.4 percent on the year to 7.4 billion euros ($10.79 billion), helped by a better model mix. Car sales for fiscal 2007 totaled 97,515 compared with 96,794 a year earlier, the company said at the time. Porsche proposes to increase its dividend to 21.94 euros ($31.99) per common share from 8.94 euros last year and 22.00 euros ($32.07) per preferred share from 9.00 euros in fiscal 2006. This will raise the total dividend payment to 384 million euros ($559.8 million) for fiscal year 2007 after 157 million euros last year. Shares in the Stuttgart-based company initially jumped on the news of the dividend, then plunged 8.52 percent to 1,570 euros ($2,288.90) after the company announced it would suggest splitting the stock into 10 shares for each one now held at its next general annual meeting. The Associated Press BERLIN – Luxury sports-car maker Porsche AG said Monday that its net profit for fiscal 2007 more than tripled with help from a revaluation of its 22 percent stake in Volkswagen AG and strong results from its core business. Porsche said it earned 4.24 billion euros ($6.18 billion) for the full year, up from 1.39 billion euros a year earlier. The revaluation resulted in a one-time gain of 520.80 million euros ($759.27 million). Pretax profit for the year ended July 31 more than doubled to 5.86 billion euros ($8.54 billion) from 2.11 billion euros in the prior fiscal year. last_img read more