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Gonzalo Higuain’s brother responds to Arsenal and Liverpool transfer speculation

first_img1 Arsenal and Liverpool target Gonzalo Higuain has no plans to leave Napoli as he aims to emulate his hero Diego Maradona.The striker scored the 200th goal of his professional career at the weekend to help his side beat Udinese 1-0.Higuain’s form has naturally attracted interest and Premier League giants Arsenal and Liverpool are both said to be keen to lure the Argentine ace to England.However, the former Real Madrid star’s agent and brother, Nicolas, says the 27-year-old is loving life in Naples and is determined to lead the club to Serie A glory.“Gonzalo scored his 200th goal as a professional on Sunday, reaching an important figure,” Higuain told Radio Crc.“Three years ago Gonzalo chose Napoli and you can see how much this club means to him by what he is doing on the pitch.“His dream, since the first day he set foot in Naples, is to win the Scudetto with Napoli.“[Fellow Argentinian] Diego [Maradona] won the Scudetto with Napoli in his third year at the club and we hope this will be a good sign.” Gonzalo Higuain last_img read more

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Sam Allardyce reveals Sunderland striker boost ahead of Premier League trip to Stoke

first_imgSam Allardyce is expecting Jermain Defoe to be fit for Sunderland’s visit of Stoke on Saturday.The striker picked up an ankle injury against Crystal Palace on Monday night, shortly after firing the winning goal for the Black Cats.It was initally feared that Defoe, who has netted seven times in 12 appearances this season, had suffered ligament damage.But Allardyce, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Wednesday, said: “I think he is alright.“It looked serious on the night but he was walking around yesterday without a strapping on it so there is every chance he will be fit for selection against Stoke.”The 1-0 win over Crystal Palace was Sunderland’s first on the road this season and moved them up to 18th in the Premier League, just a point adrift of safety.Allardyce was delighted with the clean sheet, given his side shipped six at Everton in their previous away fixture, but admits there is still plenty of improvements to be made.“If we are to go about our job correctly and get out of trouble we have to get better than we were at Palace, particularly in possession,” he said.“Hopefully we can get better and better and gain more confidence.”last_img read more

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Amazing Manchester United transfer gossip including £30m Serie A star and ‘next Eden Hazard’

first_imgThe January transfer window is officially open for business and Manchester United fans will be looking for activity to help revive their stuttering season.Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal secured a vital 2-1 win over Swansea on Saturday to potentially extend his stay of execution and the Dutchman could do worse than dipping into the market for some new players this month.The United squad is severely depleted after a series of debilitating injuries, particularly in defence, and some unsuccessful pursuits of their main transfer targets in the summer.So could Van Gaal rectify those deficiencies in January?talkSPORT takes a look at the latest rumours involving United – just click the yellow arrow above, right, to get your latest transfer fix… 5. Nick Powell and Marouane Fellaini – Two players seemingly surplus to requirements at Old Trafford are Nick Powell (left) and Marouane Fellaini (right). The former is being linked with another loan move away from Manchester with a host of Championship clubs, including Preston, looking at a temporary deal. Fellaini, meanwhile, is reportedly being lined up by AC Milan according to Italian news outlets, although the Serie A giants have been deterred by United’s €25m asking price. 5 4. Oumar Niasse – The Russian Premier League’s player of 2015 is attracting an extensive list of suitors and, given his seven goals in 11 appearances for Lokomotiv Moscow this term, it’s easy to see why. Chelsea are also monitoring his progress but The Metro believes United have the edge over their Premier League rivals because Niasse’s wife is based in Manchester. 3. Sofiane Boufal – Boufal is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after players in Ligue 1 despite only moving to France in the summer and his performances for Lille have drawn comparisons with Eden Hazard. PSG are unsurprisingly interested, as are United, Arsenal and Liverpool – who will have to cough up £18.5m to secure the winger, according to The Express. 2. Felipe Anderson and Sadio Mane – Two players who have also been on United’s radar for some time have both fuelled rumours of their futures this week. Lazio star Felipe Anderson (left), widely regarded as one of the fastest players in the European game, is reportedly the subject of a £30m bid from the Red Devils and he could be offered as much as £170,000-a-week in a bid to lure him to Old Trafford. Mane (right), meanwhile, was left out of Southampton’s squad for the trip to Norwich over the weekend for disciplinary reasons and is expected to leave the south coast in the summer. 5 5 1. Marquinhos angling for a move – United-bound? Read all about it, below, then click the arrow above to see more Man United transfer rumours – The PSG centre-back is a long time target for United, who reportedly had an offer rejected in the summer. The Brazilian has struggled for first-team action this season with compatriots David Luiz and Thiago Silva currently ahead of him in the pecking order. United were handed a boost in their pursuit when the player said over the weekend: “It is true that there will be a moment where I want more. We cannot always be used to the bench. Six months remain to win trophies and to try to become a starter. After that, we will see what happens.” 5 5last_img read more

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12 great images from the north London derby between Spurs and Arsenal

first_img 12 12 12 great images from the north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal – 12. Arsenal players celebrate Aaron Ramsey’s opener 12 great images from the north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal – 10. Toby Alderweireld draws the home side level 12 great images from the north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal – 7. Aaron Ramsey celebrates his goal by teasing the local crowd 12 12 great images from the north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal – 4. Dele Alli and Mohamed Elneny battle it out 12 great images from the north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal – 5. The home side celebrate Harry Kane’s strike to give them a 2-1 lead 12 Tottenham missed their chance to go top of the Premier League on Saturday as they drew in the north London derby with Arsenal. The Gunners are now without a win in their last five outings and they had to come from behind with ten men. Aaron Ramsey gave the visitors the lead in the first half before Francis Coquelin was sent off on 55 minutes. Spurs clawed their way back into the game and took a 2-1 lead as Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane beat David Ospina. Alexis Sanchez netted his first goal since October and the sides settled for a point. We have selected some great images from another eventful derby – click the arrow above, right! 12 great images from the north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal – 9. Harry Kane and Kyle Walker celebrate as Spurs take the lead 12 12 12 great images from the north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal – 11. A heavy police presence outside White Hart Lane before kick-off 12 great images from the north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal – 2. Friendly pre-match handshakes between Mauricio Pochettino and Arsene Wenger 12 12 great images from the north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal – 8. Hugo Lloris could not stop Aaron Ramsey’s goal-bound shot 12 great images from the north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal – 6. Aaron Ramsey’s stunning flick opened the scoring 12 12 12 12 great images from the north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal – 3. Harry Kane’s stunning effort curls past David Ospina 12 12 12 great images from the north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal – 1. The teams line-up at White Hart Lane ahead of kick-off last_img read more

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Technology of care

first_imgThat’s where cutting-edge technology steps in. A rubber and nylon “muscle suit” developed by the Tokyo University of Science helps keep the elderly active by providing support for the upper body, arms and shoulders. Powered by air pressure actuators, the prototype suit – which looks like an oversized life jacket – provides subtle backing to help older people lift heavy objects. The intelligent wheelchair TAO Aicle from Fujitsu Ltd. and Aisin Seiki Co. uses a positioning system to automatically travel to a preset destination and uses sensors to detect and stop at red lights and to avoid obstacles. Another wheelchair designed by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology responds to oral commands like “forward” and “back,” “right” and “left.” Then there are cars designed for easy entry for the wheelchair-bound or those with difficulty walking, like Toyota Motor Corp.’s Welcab series. Tired? Retire to a Lowland futon bed by Kaneshiro Tsuhso Inc. that can be adjusted into a reclining seat. And there’s help for caregivers, too. A full-body robotic suit developed by the Kanagawa Institute of Technology outside Tokyo is a massive contraption powered by 22 air pumps to help nurses hoist patients on and off their beds. Sensors attached to the user’s skin detect when muscles are trying to lift something heavy – and signals to the air pumps to kick in to provide support. Though the suit makes its wearer look a little like Robocop, a student who was easily lifted off a table in a demonstration said he felt comfortable during the test. “It doesn’t feel at all like I’m being lifted by a robot,” he said. “This feels so comfortable and very human.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Liroko Tabuchi THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TOKYO – If you grow old in Japan, expect to be served food by a robot, ride a voice-recognition wheelchair or even possibly hire a nurse in a robotic suit – all examples of cutting-edge technology to care for the country’s rapidly graying population. With nearly 22 percent of Japan’s population already aged 65 or older, businesses here have been rolling products that fuel a care-technology market worth some $1.08 billion in 2006, according to industry figures. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAt a home-care and rehabilitation convention in Tokyo this week, buyers crowded around a demonstration of Secom Co.’s My Spoon feeding device, which can help people eat with a spoon- and fork-fitted swiveling arm. Operating a joystick with his chin, developer Shigehisa Kobayashi maneuvered the arm toward a block of silken tofu, deftly getting the fork to break off a bite-sized piece. The arm then returned to a preprogrammed position in front of the mouth, allowing Kobayashi to bite and swallow. “It’s all about empowering people to help themselves,” Kobayashi said. The Tokyo-based company has already sold 300 of the devices, which come with a price tag of $3,500. “We want to give the elderly control over their own lives,” he said. The rapid aging of Japan’s population has spurred concerns about a labor shortage, tax shortfall and financial difficulties in paying health bills and pensions. The weakening of family ties in recent years also means a growing number of older Japanese people are spending their golden years away from the care traditionally provided by children and grandchildren. last_img read more

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BUSINESS: HEALTHWISE PHARMACIES SUPPORT SHOP LOCAL INITIATIVES THIS CHRISTMAS

first_imgBUSINESS: Caith go hÁitiu’il  (or Shop local) is the cornerstone of the Healthwise Pharmacies ethos. With their commitment to providing a range of products,services, and gift ideas, to better anything on offer on the high street, Healthwise are ideally placed to lead the shop local campaign throughout Donegal.It is often said that shopping locally saves jobs and services within communities,however James Cassidy from Healthwise Pharmacies maintains they must do more than just ask for support.James told Donegal Daily, “If we ask for support, we must offer customers a range of quality products, at prices better than those of competitors in towns or cities.“We have always sought to deliver exceptional value, and have price checked our Christmas gift ranges to ensure we offer the best prices available. “We offer fragrances and sets, electrical, and gift lines right in the heart of our local communities.“We have received great support and feedback on our prices , products, and the friendly shopping experience in Healthwise Pharmacies.“We believe if we provide choice and value, people will choose to support us locally and would like to thank all of our customers and patients for their continued support.”Click on the link below to see a selection of Healthwise special offers:Click here to see range of gifts …. http://healthwisepharmacies.ie/productsoffers/latest-offers/Click here to see our range of photo gifts http://healthwisepharmacies.photokio.sk/BUSINESS: HEALTHWISE PHARMACIES SUPPORT SHOP LOCAL INITIATIVES THIS CHRISTMAS was last modified: December 9th, 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:BusinessEthosHealthwise PharmaciesInitiativesJames Cassidynewsshop locallast_img read more

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Ranieri should get statue for guiding Leicester to Premier League title – Fuchs

first_imgLeicester City defender Christian Fuchs says the club should honour title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri with a statue for his role in the Foxes’ remarkable journey to Premier League glory.The team completed arguably the biggest shock in sporting history on Monday, as nearest rivals Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea meant Leicester are uncatchable at the top with two games still to play.The Foxes have lost just one game since December – a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal – and have been unmoved at the top flight summit since the middle of January.And after one of the most unlikely and thrilling twists in football, having narrowly avoided relegation last season, the team will lift the coveted trophy after their final home game of the campaign against Everton on Saturday.It will be moment to savour for the players, and for their faithful fans, but Foxes full-back Fuchs insists Ranieri should also be rewarded for the impact he’s made at the club, as well as the city of Leicester as a whole.Asked if Italian boss should be honoured like Ferguson, Shankly and Clough and be immortalised in bronze, Fuchs told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I think a statue would be well deserved.“He’s done a lot for the club, he’s done a lot for the city… and we all enjoyed his press conferences, they were amazing!“Yeah would definitely support that – he should have a statue at Leicester City, why not?”ALSO READ: Dilly Ding, Dilly Dong! Claudio Ranieri ‘proud and happy’ as Leicester are crowned Premier League championslast_img read more

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Euro 2016: England’s route to the final – The cost of not winning Group B

first_img Quarter-final (Saint-Denis, July 3): France – Should Hodgson’s men get through their Group F opponents they will most likely face host nation France, assuming they progress through their Round of 16 tie against either Northern Ireland or third place in Group E (Republic of Ireland, Belgium or Sweden). This is probably the point where the Three Lions will crash out on penalties. 4 4 4 England’s failure to beat Slovakia and win Group B is looking all the more costly after Spain finished second in their group.That means that England will be in the same half of the draw as the tournament’s four favourites, while Wales, who won Group B, face a much easier route.Roy Hodgson decided to make six changes to the side to face Slovakia, despite beating Wales in the previous game and that gamble seems to have backfired.While reaching the final now looks even more farfetched than it did before the tournament began, talkSPORT have mapped out England’s hardest possible route – although the easiest possible route is just as tricky.Click the arrow above, right, to see who the Three Lions could meet at each of Euro 2016’s knockout stages. 4 Round of 16 (Nice, June 27): Portugal – click the arrow, right, to see England’s tricky route to the final – England will not find out their last 16 opponents until Wednesday night with it possible that they could face any side in Group F. Currently occupying the runner-up spot is Iceland, but it could also end up being Hungary, Austria or, in the worst case scenario, Portugal. Semi-final (Marseille, July 7): Germany/Italy/Spain – It doesn’t get any easier should England somehow knock out the host nation and favourites France as they then face the team that gets through the quarter of the draw featuring Germany, Spain and Italy. Italy and Spain face off in the last 16 with Germany likely to be awaiting the winner. Final (Saint Denis, July 10): Belgium – England would surely feel football was finally coming home if they dumped out two of the four favourites and would probably find their easiest game of the knockout stage in the final. Belgium – assuming they finish second – will be the top-ranked side in the other half of the draw but it could easily be Croatia, Poland or even Wales at the Stade de France on July 10.last_img read more

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Euro 2016: Germany 0-2 France: Griezmann double books hosts’ final place

first_img Antoine Griezmann: The Atletico Madrid frontman netted twice to book France’s place in the final Antoine Griezmann netted a double to book France’s place in the Euro 2016 final, sending world champions Germany home with a 2-0 win at Stade Velodrome.Didier Deschamps’ men will face Portugal in Sunday’s match at Stade de France – LIVE on talkSPORT – thanks to a hard-fought performance against Joachim Low’s side.The Germans dominated possession in the first half, but the Euro 2016 hosts were ahead seconds before the interval as Bastian Schweinsteiger was penalised for a handball in the box. Forward Griezmann, 25, stepped up to send Manuel Neuer the wrong way from the spot. The normally reliable Neuer was at fault in the second half as he dropped the ball when collecting a cross, which the Atletico Madrid striker tidied up, reacting quickest to put his side two up, edging them closer to the final.Germany looked to pull one back, with Hugo Lloris making a stunning save late on as the French also took home a clean sheet.The atmosphere was electric in Marseille before kick-off and the game started openly, with Germany dominating possession and France struggling to get the ball without N’Golo Kante, who was on the bench.The host nation nearly scored one of the goals of the tournament after six minutes when Griezmann combined brilliantly with Blaise Matuidi. The latter made two neat one-twos on the left with the Atletico forward, who eventually got a flicked return on the edge of the box but he was on his weaker right foot and Neuer made a comfortable save.Olivier Giroud should have put the men in blue ahead when he was sent clean through on goal. He raced through but he lacked pace as the German defence soon tracked back to prevent him from getting a shot off.While the Germans had more of the ball, they had less chances as Lloris was rarely tested. On the occasion the Tottenham goalkeeper was called into action, he performed brilliantly, diving low to his right to get a hand to Emre Can’s 10-yard strike.France were penned in, as a Germany goal looked imminent, but it was Deschamps’ men again who had more testing efforts, Neuer saving Payet’s free-kick with relative ease.Griezmann looked sharp throughout and, as the game looked to be heading into the break still goalless, the Frenchman stepped up to coolly convert a penalty on 45 minutes. That came after Schweinsteiger was pulled up for a handball in the box when he jumped for a header, and the Atletico man made no mistake.Germany suffered a cruel blow early in the second half when Jerome Boateng pulled up with a suspected hamstring problem and the former Manchester City defender had to be replaced.As Boateng sat on the bench worried about potentially missing the final, his side conceded a second just over ten minutes later.As Pogba – linked with a move to Manchester United in a reported £100million deal – found space on the left, he was soon closed down but he showed fancy footwork to put the ball onto his weaker foot, sending a cross in from the left wing. The normally cool Neuer came out but he fumbled the ball and it fell to Griezmann, who needed no second invitation to drill through a crowded box into an empty goal.Germany looked like they would react well by pulling one back as right-back Joshua Kimmich, of Bayern Munich, sent a curling shot past Lloris and crashing into the upright.Low’s men struggled to find a way through in the closing stages, with Griezmann nearly grabbing a hat-trick on the counter, as Deschamps’ men booked their place in the final. 1last_img read more

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Norwich City sign Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 hero Michael McGovern

first_img1 Michael McGovern in action for Northern Ireland at Euro 2016 Norwich City have signed Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern on a free transfer.The 32-year-old has penned a three-year deal at Carrow Road, having left Hamilton Academical earlier this summer.McGovern played under Canaries boss Alex Neil when he was player-manager of the Scottish Premiership side.The experienced shot-stopper moves to Carrow Road on the back of a fine Euro 2016, in which he played a key role in Northern Ireland’s historic run to the last 16.Neil told Norwich’s official website: “Michael is a player that I’ve worked with before, so I know all about his qualities and his character.“He’s a fantastic professional, and he showed he’s capable of playing at the top level with his performances for Northern Ireland at the Euros.“He will come in and offer great competition to our current goalkeepers.”McGovern is the second summer arrival at Norwich, who were relegated from the Premier League last season.Young winger Sergio Canos was the first addition of this transfer window, with the 19-year-old joining from Liverpool last for an initial fee of £2.5m.last_img read more