Liverpool and Tottenham target Riccardo Montolivo rejected ‘several’ offers this summer, claims agent

first_img1 Riccardo Montolivo Liverpool and Tottenham target Riccardo Montolivo rejected several offers this summer, according to the player’s agent.The midfielder, who is captain at AC Milan, made just 10 Serie A appearances last season as he returned from injury.Despite a stuttering season, clubs across Europe were linked with the Italian, including the Premier League pair of Liverpool and Tottenham.However the 30-year-old’s agent, Giovanni Branchini, says neither Milan or his client considered striking a deal.“There have been several teams asking about him, but neither us or Milan have taken any offers into consideration,” Branchini told Calciomercato.“We can’t forget he’s a player who has been out for a year with his tibia injury, and then he had another operation.“I don’t think the problem is a lack of fitness, but just a lack of game-time in general.”last_img read more

‘We controlled the game but didn’t have the luck,’ says Van Gaal after derby draw

first_imgLouis van Gaal believes his United side should have won the 170th Manchester derby.The Old Trafford contest ended in a stalemate and both sides had few chances to win the match.Joe Hart made a late save to deny Chris Smalling, while Morgan Schneiderlin and Jesse Lingard also had good opportunities for the home side.The Red Devils manager said: “I am very proud of my players [and I have told them that], but also disappointed that we could not win this game.“We have controlled the game and Manchester City didn’t have any chances, we had a few chances but not too much.“It is also difficult when you are playing so organised like Manchester City did.“They have adapted their line-up [from the win over Sevilla], they played with another midfielder and one striker.”One key moment in the game was when Ander Herrera was brought down in the City box by Raheem Sterling, with referee Mark Clattenberg waving away the home side’s appeals, and the Man United boss feels they deserved a penalty.He added: “We were not lucky, I believe Herrera deserved a penalty but we didn’t get the penalty, you need the luck that the referee sees that.“I am not interested in moral victories, I am only interested in scoring goals to win the game.”last_img read more

‘Unless you watch Spurs every week you won’t understand’ – fans said this after Dier included

first_imgAs a result of his excellent displays for Tottenham in midfield this season, Eric Dier has been called up to England’s senior squad for the first time.The 21-year-old is in his second season at Spurs having moved from Sporting Lisbon in a £4m deal and has been a regular feature of the national team’s U21 squad, playing nine times.England take on Spain on 14 November and France on 17 November and here, football fans have been expressing their views on Dier’s inclusion for those friendlies.Check out the tweets below. Eric Dier (right) is in the England squad 1last_img read more

Bayern Munich to hijack Chelsea move for midfielder Amadou Diawara

first_img1 Amadou Diawara Bayern Munich are preparing to hijack Chelsea’s plans to sign Bologna midfielder Amadou Diawara.The highly-rated midfielder has received widespread praise for his performances for the Italian side this season and is being tracked by some of Europe’s elite clubs.The 18-year-old has made 20 appearances for the Serie A club in his maiden senior season and now, according to Tuttosport, Bayern Munich are eyeing his signature.Bayern could make a late swoop today and then loan him back to Bologna but a summer deal appears more likely.Chelsea have scouted the player regularly this season, but their precarious league position makes Bayern a more attractive destination for Diawara.last_img read more

Man held in slaying of woman

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Thedward Candler, 24, of Gardena was charged Monday with one count of murder with the special circumstance of murder during rape and sodomy. The District Attorney’s Elder Abuse Section is handling the case. Prosecutors will decide later whether they will seek the death penalty. Severa Madrona, who had 22 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, was killed Sept. 18 during her routine morning walk. Her body was found around 8:15 a.m. in the backyard of a home at 152nd Street and Eriel Avenue. She remained unidentified until later that night, when she was reported missing by the daughter and son-in-law who lived with her nearby. EL CAMINO VILLAGE: A Gardena resident is due in court today in the sex assault and death of a 76-year-old. By Denise Nix Staff Writer A man police believe was responsible for sexually assaulting and beating a 76-year-old El Camino Village woman to death last month is expected to be arraigned today in Torrance Superior Court. Tom and Virginia Bernard said they’re relieved Candler is off the street. “I can sleep,” Virginia Bernard said. Her husband said it seems like it’s been a long time since Madrona died and the pain had diminished a bit. But when they found out someone had been arrested in her death, all the emotions came back. “It’s almost as bad as the very first day because you relive – you relive the whole thing,” Bernard said. Sheriff’s homicide Detective Pat Nelson said Candler’s DNA matched forensic evidence recovered at the crime scene. Nelson would not comment further about where the DNA evidence was found. Investigators originally said Madrona was not sexually assaulted. Candler’s DNA was included in the state law enforcement’s database because he was convicted of a drive-by shooting, Nelson said. Details about that crime and the rest of his criminal history were not immediately available. Candler was paroled in August, Nelson said. Nelson said the sheriff’s crime lab gave Madrona’s murder high priority. Once officials identified Candler as a suspect, he was placed under surveillance. He was arrested Thursday. “The fact that this was brought to the resolution that it was, as quickly as it was, was due in part to the team effort of the crime lab, who recognized the danger that this particular predator posed and pulled out all the stops to get the evidence analyzed as quickly as they did,” Nelson said. He also said Lennox sheriff’s deputies who canvassed the neighborhood and distributed fliers with a composite sketch of the suspect were helpful. Nelson added that the composite appeared to look “very close to” Candler. denise.nix@dailybreeze.com160Want 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

Clock strikes 60 years for family business

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Maybe we’ll lower our prices to 1947 levels for about five minutes,” Jerry Vilicich said. Joking aside, the brothers are proud their business has achieved such longevity, but don’t plan on marking the anniversary with a party or special promotions for customers. “We’ll probably have a really good lunch,” Pat Vilicich said. “We’re so busy keeping things moving we don’t really stop.” The mechanisms and principles behind today’s timepieces are similar to the ones from centuries ago, so the brothers don’t necessarily need two different sets of skills to fix old or new watches and clocks. However, the Internet has created an interesting challenge for the brothers, who often have to tell customers they’ve been duped by online sellers of fake antiques. By Justina Ly Staff Writer The steady rhythm of working clocks and watches has been a familiar sound at Vilicich Watch & Clock for more than half a century. The business, which is owned by brothers Jerry and Pat Vilicich, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Their father, Jerry Vilicich Sr., who died from cancer five years ago, started the business in 1947. “People think they’ll get a steal on the Internet,” Jerry Vilicich said. “They’ll come back and say, `Look what we bought on the Internet.’ But this is wrong and that’s wrong and that doesn’t go with this watch.” They repeatedly tell customers to trust their skills because they stand by their decades of experience in the trade. The brothers and another employee, Conrad Castrellon, each specialize in specific forms of watch and clock repair. Most of their work is for customers in the South Bay, but they have occasionally done repairs for out-of-state customers. Jerry Vilicich repairs antique clocks and makes housecalls for grandfather clocks. Pat Vilicich and Castrellon repair and restore antique and modern watches. Pat Vilicich also specializes in sales and service of Rolex watches. The 60-year history of the family business started after their father returned home from World War II. He had planned to attend dental school but found them filled with other homecoming soldiers. He changed career plans and enrolled in the now-defunct Los Angeles School of Watchmaking in downtown Los Angeles. Two years later he opened his first store The younger Jerry soon joined the family business when his father taught him how to repair clocks. “I’ve always been interested in what makes things tick,” he said. “When I was a kid I used to take my toys apart.” His natural curiosity to know how things work was a perfect fit for his new job. He is also an avid bass player and performs in several different bands. Castrellon is the youngest craftsman in the shop. He began working alongside the Vilicich’s when he was 9 years old. “I used to go to a video game store around the corner and play video games, but my dad sent me over here,” he said. One day Jerry Vilicich Jr. asked him to help pull apart a clock, and he’s never looked back since. He became an apprentice and learned the watch and clock trade from the Vilicich’s and other repairmen. Jerry Vilicich handcrafts new brass and steel parts for many of his old clocks. He said in many cases that is the only way he can make repairs because the parts for a decades- or century-old timepiece can’t be ordered from a factory. in 1947 on Pacific Avenue in downtown San Pedro. He also had stores on Sixth Street and Western Avenue. During that time, his three sons and one daughter passed through the store and learned a bit of their father’s trade. Pat Vilicich started working for his father at the tender age of 7 and continued through his college years. After he graduated from California State University, Dominiguez Hills with a degree in psychology, he decided to forgo graduate school and went into business with his father. In 1986, Jerry Vilicich Sr. and Pat Vilicich become partners and opened the store that now stands on Weymouth Avenue. “You never really stop learning because there’s always going to be something different,” .” The challenges range from fixing a clock damaged by another repairman to replacing old parts. Castrellon said. “It’s a challenge every time “A lot of what we work on is really old, so quite literally we’re using the same tools and techniques that my dad used,” Jerry Vilicich said. Many of his clocks range in price from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars, but mostly the pieces are priceless because they are often family heirlooms or collectibles, he said. His dedication, patience and passion for fragile and unique timepieces are qualities he shares with his brother and Castrellon. The three men also care about their customers who own the watches and clocks. It’s an important lesson they learned from the elder Vilicich. “He would always take the time to talk with people,” Pat Vilicich said. “I think that’s what he always tried to instill in us, that you’ve got to take care of your customers.” With continued dedication to service and quality he hopes that time won’t run out on the family business. “We hope to be around another 60 years,” he said, “because that would make me 108.” justina.ly@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – The Planning Commission’s consideration of a proposed 34,000-square-foot sanctuary for the Whittier Area Community Church, 8175 Villa Verde Drive, was postponed Monday until Jan. 7. The 2,000-member church needs to submit a grading plan before the commission can take up the expansion plans that also will include additional parking that would be expanded east to Colima Road, connecting with the Murphy Ranch Little League property. A traffic signal would also be installed on Colima Road at the existing Murphy Ranch entrance. Some residents have criticized the plan for the larger sanctuary, saying it will increase traffic on their already overburdened street. Whittier group to present free movie WHITTIER – A free screening of “The Yes Men,” a movie about a couple of anti-corporate pranksters impersonating World Trade Organization spokesmen, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 Washington Ave. The Whittier Area Peace and Justice Coalition is sponsoring the event. For information, call (563) 587-6270 or (562) 698-9154. Veterans to host fish fry on Friday SANTA FE SPRINGS – VFW Post 3752, 11912 Rivera Road in Santa Fe Springs, is hosting a fish fry from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. Prices start at $6. Dinner includes fish, chips and slaw. All proceeds benefit veterans. For information, call (562) 698-9059. Registration set for winter classes LA MIRADA – Registration for recreation classes in the city of La Mirada begins Dec. 10. Residents may choose from more than 100 classes for children, youths, adults and seniors. Registration is available online or at the La Mirada Resource Center, 13710 La Mirada Blvd. For information, call the Community Services Department at (562) 943-7277. Group to stage `Babes in Toyland’ LA MIRADA – La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts will be hosting “Babes in Toyland” for two performances this holiday season at 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 16. Written by Alice Hammerstein Mathias and William Mount-Burke, this production includes the famous “Toyland, Toyland,” “March of the Toys,” and additional songs from other Victor Herbert operettas. The national touring group, Troupe American, will perform the musical. Tickets are available for $10, $20 and $30, depending on seating. Subscribers to La Mirada Theatre Programs for Young Audiences Series will save 50 percent on tickets to Babes in Toyland. Tickets and more information are available at lamiradatheatre.com or by calling the La Mirada Theatre Box Office at (562) 944-9801 or (714) 944-6310. Middle schoolers invited to ball LA MIRADA – The La Mirada Community Gymnasium will be hosting a Holiday Ball Brickhouse from 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 14. Middle school-aged students are eligible to attend. Tickets cost $5, but must be purchased before the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at the La Mirada Community Gymnasium, Resource Center or Activity Center. Participants must bring their school ID and their Brickhouse cards. Tickets will not be sold on the day of the event. For information, call the gymnasium at (562) 902-2938. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

KELLY’S CENTRA MOUNTAIN TOP NAMED SECOND BEST CONVENIENCE STORE IN IRELAND

first_imgKelly’s Centra have been awarded with a SILVER MEDAL at the National Convenience Store awards ceremony which was held earlier this week.It’s yet more recognition for a business that has established itself as one of the best convenience stores not only locally but also nationally.With over 500 entrants, a rigorous elimination process was used to narrow down those nominated for the best convenience store in Ireland. Martin Kelly admitted that the fact they placed 2nd in the entire country is unbelievable acknowledgment and recognition for all the staff and management for their effortsMartin Kelly told Donegal Daily, “We are regular industry award winners and it’s our goal to be the very best we can every single day.“We strive for that because we pride ourselves on our customer service excellence.KELLY’S CENTRA MOUNTAIN TOP NAMED SECOND BEST CONVENIENCE STORE IN IRELAND was last modified: November 28th, 2014 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:awardbusinessesFeaturesKelly’s CentraMountain Topnewslast_img read more

Sturridge out, £10m man in? Predicted Liverpool XI v Borussia Dortmund

first_img 11 11 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) 11 11 11 11 11 20. Adam Lallana (left attack) 27. Divock Origi (striker) 11 17. Mamadou Sakho (centre back) 11 11 11. Roberto Firmino (attacking midfield) 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 23. Emre Can (centre midfield) 10. Philippe Coutinho (right attacker) 6. Dejan Lovren (centre back) Liverpool take on Jurgen Klopp’s former side Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals of the Europa League and it’s live on talkSPORT.Having eased past fierce Premier League rivals Manchester United, the Reds face the toughest of tests against a BVB side who cruised to victory over title-challengers Tottenham Hotspur in the previous round. Nonetheless, if there’s one manager that could have the upper hand over the Bundesliga outfit it’s Klopp.The German spent seven years at the Westfalenstadion before leaving last summer and later agreeing to replace Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.So, who could be his chosen XI for his first Dortmund reunion?Check out talkSPORT’s predicted Liverpool line up by viewing the slideshow above. 14. Jordan Henderson (centre midfield) 11 18. Alberto Moreno (left back) last_img read more

Exclusive: ‘Confident’ Harry Kane says the title is Leicester’s to lose

first_imgHarry Kane has heaped further pressure on Leicester City by saying the Premier League title is now theirs to lose after Tottenham cut the gap to five points.The Englishman was again in fine form as Spurs thrashed Stoke 4-0 at the Britannia on Monday night to take advantage of the Foxes’ draw at home to West Ham on Sunday.And Kane admits that all his side can do is keep winning with Leicester in control of their own destiny with four games of the season remaining.“I think so,” said Kane when asked if the title was Leicester’s to lose.“All we can do it keep doing what we’re doing and keep winning games like we did tonight.“They’re in the driving seat, they’re five points clear, but like I said there are four games left and all we can do is go out there and put in performances like we did and win the games.”Kane scored two more goals on Monday night to take his Premier League goal tally to 24 for the season, meaning he has now scored more than the whole of the Aston Villa squad combined.The 22-year-old’s form is great news for England ahead of the European Championships this summer and Kane confesses that he believes he will score in every game he plays now.“Yeah, I have that confidence,” he added on Andy Goldstein’s Sports Bar.“If I can get my shots off and find some space then hopefully I’ll score a couple of goals.“I feel confident and as a striker I think you need that and you need that belief that when you go out on the pitch you’re ready to score goals for your team.”last_img read more