Lyon have moved ahead of Arsenal in the race for Marcelo Brozovic.The Gunners were chasing the 22-year-old back in January before he opted to join Inter Milan on a one-and-a-half-year loan from Dinamo Zagreb.Arsenal reportedly still hold an interest in the midfielder, who has been dubbed the Croatian Xavi.However, according to L’Equipe, Lyon have now moved ahead of Arsene Wenger’s side in the chase for Brozovic.The French side are big fans of the Inter star and are ready to buy him out of his loan, which still has 12 months to run.Inter, though, are reluctant to see the player leave after they sold fellow midfielder Mateo Kovacic to Real Madrid earlier this week. Marcelo Brozovic 1
Aleksandar Tonev has left Aston Villa for Serie A new boys Frosinone.The Bulgarian winger cost Villa around £2.5m from Lech Poznan in 2013 after being recommended the the club by former star Stiliyan Petrov.But he struggled to make a major impression under Paul Lambert and made just eight starts in his debut campaign.He was loaned to Celtic last season, where he courted controversy after being banned for seven games for alleged racial abuse.The Scottish champions decided against pursuing a permanent deal for the 25-year-old and he has now opted to join Frosinone.The Lazio-based club will be playing in Serie A for the first time in its history this season and Tonev could make his debut in the league opener against Atalanta this weekend. 1 Aleksandar Tonev
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The ex-Chelsea player believes his club captain deserves respect rather than the scrutiny and scorn of late 1 Juan Mata believes Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney deserves respect rather than the scrutiny and scorn of late.The 30-year-old has enjoyed a record-breaking start to the season, but becoming England’s all-time top scorer has not failed to take attention away from a clutch of underwhelming displays.Rooney has netted just two Barclays Premier League goals this term, leading to questions about his starting role for club and country – talk that surprises Mata, whose Spain side welcome the Three Lions for a glamour friendly on Friday.“When we speak about Wayne we’re speaking about the captain of England and my team Manchester United,” the midfielder said.“He’s a very important player. He’s scored more goals than anyone in the English national team and at United.“I know he can play in different positions. At the end it’s Roy Hodgson or Louis van Gaal who decides, but obviously if he’s close to the box he will score more.“I feel very proud to play alongside him in my team and it will be very difficult to face him tomorrow.”Spain will not face Rooney from the outset on Friday, though, after Roy Hodgson revealed his plan to experiment with the England line-up in Alicante.Despite the captain’s absence, Mata believes England boast more than enough players to threaten.“Talking to Wayne every day in Manchester, I can tell that he is delighted with England’s national team,” he said.“They have youth, desire to win and the capacity to achieve something important – you only need to look at their qualifying campaign in which they won every game.“Tomorrow’s match will be a tough test for us and for them to see what level they’re at. I believe that England are one of our direct rivals for Euro 2016”.
Arsene Wenger believes it is too soon to talk about his Arsenal side winning their first Premier League title since 2004, despite beating Manchester City 2-1.Mesut Ozil starred as he layed on his 14th and 15th assists of the season for Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud before Yaya Toure pulled one back for the visitors.Arsenal now sit four points clear of third-placed City and only two points behind table-toppers Leicester City and Wenger believes results like this will only add to the growing belief of his players.“It is important to fight at the top (of the league) for belief,” said Wenger.“This type of game strengthens the belief of the players, our environment and our fans.“What we can guarantee is to go for it and to want it. After that it is too far to speak about championships now.“What we have to realise is you earn your right to win these games and we put the effort in today.”
Dele Alli escaped with a booking for kicking Nenad Tomovic in Spurs’ Europa League draw with Fiorentina.Barely 30 minutes of the first half had passed when Tottenham’s 19-year-old midfielder riled his opponent in Florence, but he will face no further action because he was shown a yellow card for the challenge.“He is a young player and he has a lot to learn about elite football,” his manager Mauricio Pochettino said afterwards.ALLI IS ‘THE ENGLISH FELLAINI’ – ARSENAL FANS Dele Alli was booked for this incident with Nenad Tomovic 1
OAKLAND – The Coast Guard on Saturday nearly doubled the number of ships working to clean up San Francisco Bay’s worst oil spill in nearly two decades as rescue teams raced to save hundreds of seabirds tarred with black shipping fuel. At least 60 birds have died since 58,000 gallons of heavy bunker fuel leaked into the bay Wednesday after a massive container ship hit a tower of the Bay Bridge, according to the Coast Guard. Tides carried the oil under the Golden Gate Bridge and into the Pacific Ocean, closing about two dozen beaches around the bay and along the Pacific coast. The Coast Guard deployed 20 oil skimmers Saturday, up from 11 the day before, said Petty Ofc. Sherri Eng. Nearly 20,000 gallons of oily liquid had been sucked up by Saturday morning. “Oil and feathers don’t mix,” said Yvonne Addassi, a wildlife biologist with the state Department of Fish and Game. “We’re in a time crunch. The birds can only stayed oiled for so long before they can no longer be rehabilitated.” Fish and Game officials said the fuel generally stays on the water’s surface, and they had not seen any evidence that fish have been harmed – though they are concerned that the spill could affect bay herring that spawn at this time of year. Fishermen are worried that the spill could impact the much anticipated Dungeness crab season that begins Thursday. Bay Area fishermen planned to meet Saturday to discuss delaying the commercial season, said Larry Collins, who heads the San Francisco Crab Boat Owners Association. Once the crabs are harvested from the ocean floor, sea water is circulated in boat tanks to keep them alive, and the fishermen are concerned the spilled fuel could contaminate the crustaceans. The oil was blamed for the deaths of some crabs kept in tanks of circulating bay water at Fisherman’s Wharf, Collins said. “If the crabs get contaminated and someone gets sick, then you’ve lost your market,” said Collins, who believes the season should be postponed until the spill is cleaned up. “This is a big mess.”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 Still, authorities said most of the spilled oil will never be captured and eventually will dissolve into the water. Concentrated globules could remain for months and cause problems for seabirds. About 500 workers joined shoreline cleanup crews Saturday to mop up the damage – a job that is expected to last weeks or possibly months. State wildlife officials said they have received hundreds of reports of oiled birds found on Bay Area beaches. So far, 200 live birds have been recovered and sent to a rehabilitation center in Solano County. Most of the injured birds are surf scoters, a duck-like species that lives on the water’s surface and dives for fish. When oil gets on their feathers, it disrupts their waterproofing system and ability to stay warm, forcing them on shore where they are at risk of starvation.
THE company which once ran Ireland’s most successful radio station says it can make it a profitable franchise once again.Coast FM, owned by Mid-West Radio and who once had the franchise to cover south Donegal as North West Radio, has taken part in its latest bid to unseat Ocean FM from the radio dial.Both stations made pitches at a public hearing in Sligo yesterday. Former Donegal footballer Martin McHugh is among those backing the Coast FM bid.In its submission Coast FM said it had turned had profits of €970,000 during its 14 years as the franchise provider.However since Ocean FM won the franchise in controversial circumstances a decade ago, it has recorded losses of €765,300.It also said market share levels have slumped from an average of 51% in 2003 when North West had the license to just 29% in 2013 under Ocean FM. Coast FM claimed a “serious disconnect” has occurred between listeners in Sligo, North Leitrim and South Donegal in its local radio station in the last ten years.The new group says its primary objective is to provide a broad-format radio service targeting all adults with a particular focus on those over 25.It will also have an emphasis on “what’s Irish and local” and will implement “urgent and remedial strategies to increase listenership.”It plans to share relevant programming with Mid West Radio which it also owns, saying this worked well when North West Radio was on air.For its part Ocean FM says that what it is doing today “is the optimum mix” and “right for the tastes and interest of our audience.” It says it is the smallest local station in the country but its commitment to high-quality content has made it one of the most decorated.Ocean said it wanted to diversify its business to include new digital media.The submission lists the 24 shareholders of North West Broadcasting Ltd which trades as Ocean FM.More than 85% of the shares are held by eight individuals. These are: Padraig O’Dwyer (23.5%) of Letterkenny, CEO of River Media; John Keon (6.19%), Ballyshannon businessman; Ocean FM CEO Tim Collins (14.64%); Car dealer Martin Reilly (14.78%); Pat Clifford of Clifford Electrical (11.75%); Sean Grant (5.84%), a lecturer and consultant from Letterkenny; Tony Porter (4.23%), chartered accountant from Rosses Point; Noel Shannon (4.27%) from Newbridge, Communications Manager with Irish Water.OCEAN FM RAN UP HUGE LOSSES AFTER TAKING OVER FROM US – COAST FM was last modified: April 29th, 2014 by John2Share 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:BAIcoast fmocean fmradio license
Daniel Sturridge has picked up an injury in England training – handing Marcus Rashford the chance to make his case for Euro 2016 selection.Liverpool striker Sturridge has been beset by injury problems in recent years and is now struggling with a calf issue.He sat out training on Wednesday and is now a major doubt for Friday’s friendly against Australia at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.If Sturridge misses out, Manchester United’s Rashford will almost certainly be handed a start with Jamie Vardy also absent having been granted time off for his wedding.Rashford, 18, was a surprise inclusion in England’s provisional Euro 2016 squad and, initally, was not expected to make the final 23-man party.But calls for the starlet to be taken to France have grown louder and he now looks to have a real chance of being on the plane.Friday’s game is the last before Hodgson names his squad for the finals and, with real worries over Sturridge’s fitness, an impressive performance from Rashford could earn him his place.The pacey forward has scored eight goals in 18 first-team appearances since making his United debut in February. Marcus Rashford in training for England 1
Aston Villa’s takeover headed by Dr Tony Xia is expected to go through next week. The buyout, believed to be around £75million, could be given the green light by Wednesday, Press Association Sport understands.Xia is expected to meet English Football League (EFL) officials after the weekend to sign off on the deal ahead of official confirmation after passing the owners’ and directors’ test. He will replace Randy Lerner as owner and become the new chairman with Steve Hollis, who joined in January, departing after overseeing an internal restructure. Roberto Di Matteo was appointed Villa’s new manager last week and is yet to face the press as the club wait for Xia’s deal to be rubber-stamped. Once the takeover has gone through the pair are expected to hold a joint conference.Di Matteo replaced Remi Garde, who left in March with the club on the verge of relegation from the Premier League, which was confirmed in April, the first time the club has dropped out of the top flight since 1987. The Italian has been joined by new assistant Steve Clarke, whom he played with at Chelsea, and first-team coach Kevin Bond.His first priority will be to overhaul an under-performing and demoralised squad, with Jordan Ayew and Jordan Amavi, along with a host of squad players, expected to leave ahead of the Sky Bet Championship season. Dr Tony Xia is set to take ownership of Aston Villa 1