Round-up: Barca make new Willian offer and QPR eye defender

first_imgBarcelona have offered Chelsea just over £55m for Willian.Manchester United have also shown an interest in the Brazilian, who has been at Stamford Bridge since 2013.Barca have had a previous approach for Willian, 29, rejected by Chelsea but have returned with an improved offer.Guardiola hails Jorginho© Scott Heavey/PA WireManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted he missed out on an “exceptional player” in Jorginho.City tried to sign the Italy midfielder from Napoli but he opted for a move to Chelsea.Jorginho played under Maurizio Sarri at Napoli and Chelsea’s new head coach was keen to be reunited with him at Stamford Bridge.“I’m not disappointed. We tried,” Guardiola said at a press conference in Chicago – City are spending part of their pre-season campaign in the United States.“My advice for all players is they have to go where they want to go, and in the end it would have been a mistake for him and for us if he’d decided to come here when he wanted to go with Maurizio and Chelsea.“English football receives an exceptional player. All the best for him.”Balcombe and Blues duo play in England U19 drawChelsea’s Trevoh Chalobah and Dujon Sterling (pictured) and goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe of Brentford featured again as England drew 1-1 with Ukraine at the Under-19 European Championship in Finland.All three players also started England’s opening Group B match – a 3-2 win against Turkey – and were involved as the defending champions had to settle for a point in their second match of the tournament.Marcus Tavernier of Middlesbrough put them ahead before Ukraine levelled shortly before half-time.A draw against France on Monday afternoon would be enough to take England through to the semi-finals.Defenders Chalobah and Sterling, who have been loaned to Ipswich and Coventry respectively, are among five Chelsea players in the squad, the others being defender Tariq Lamptey, midfielder Conor Gallagher and keeper Jamie Cumming, who were unused substitutes.Jozefzoon completes moveFlorian Jozefzoon has completed a £2.75m move from Brentford to Derby. The Dutch winger has signed a three-year contract with the option of a further year.Brentford accepted bids from both Derby and Leeds United – and the player has opted to sign for the Rams.West London Sport recently revealed that the Bees had rejected a bid for Jozefzoon from Derby and that Leeds were also interested.Derby subsequently had an improved offer accepted, prompting Leeds to also table a bid.QPR trying to sign SainsburyQPR are looking to tie up a deal to bring in Australia centre-back Trent Sainsbury.The R’s are hoping to sign Sainsbury, 26, from Chinese club Jiangsu Suning, possibly on an initial loan deal.Sainsbury, whose contract expires in January, is keen to stay in Europe, having ended last season on loan at Swiss club Grasshoppers. He was previously on loan at Inter Milan.QPR duo miss Germany tripGrant Hall and Sean Goss have been left out of QPR’s squad for a pre-season visit to Germany.Rangers, also without the injured Darnell Furlong, who has been sidelined by a knee injury, will play two friendlies against Hoffenheim this weekend.Hall, who missed most of last season with a persistent knee problem and had surgery in February, has trained since the R’s squad returned for pre-season.However, he is not yet ready to return to action and has not featured in Rangers’ four summer friendlies.Neither has Goss, who has been struggling with a back problem.QPR squad: Ingram, Lumley, Kakay, Baptiste, Phillips, Lynch, Leistner, Owens, Bidwell, Hamalainen, Scowen, Chair, Freeman, Luongo, Eze, Wheeler, Cousins, Manning, Smyth, Wszolek, Osayi-Samuel, Oteh, Sylla, Washington, Smith. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoFitness Engage10 Vitamins You Need to Take to Stay FitFitness EngageUndogamersrack.com15 Hilarious Cats Who Can Make You Laugh Guaranteed Don’t Blow Your Mind When See Last One!gamersrack.comUndoProperty Investment | Search AdsDubai Real Estate Investment Properties May Surprise YouProperty Investment | Search AdsUndoTop Journey Mag15 Things Men Should Never Wear While FlyingTop Journey MagUndoApartments for Sale | Search AdsApartments in Dubai Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkApartments for Sale | Search AdsUndoDubai Hotels | Search AdsDubai Hotels Costs Might Amaze YouDubai Hotels | Search AdsUndoNinjaJournalist35 Resignation Letters Giving Everyone InspirationNinjaJournalistUndolast_img read more

Jon Gruden doesn’t know what Marshawn Lynch’s future holds

first_imgMOBILE, Ala. — Marshawn Lynch will officially become an unrestricted free agent in March, and Jon Gruden still doesn’t know if Lynch is healthy enough or even wants to continue playing football.Lynch turns 33 in late April, and missed the final 10 games of last season with a groin injury that landed him on injured reserve during the Raiders’ Week 7 bye.“I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know yet,” Gruden said when asked if he expects Lynch to play in the NFL this year. “I think when we get …last_img read more

H-DNL football: Ferndale thumps Arcata 27-6, secures share of Little 4 title

first_imgLandon Gomes delivered touchdown returns on special teams and defense and Colson Renner and Dominic Regli led a defensive line which spent most of the afternoon camped out in the Tigers’ backfield backfield as Ferndale High clinched its first share of a Little 4 championship since 2013 with a 27-6 win over last year’s conference champs, Arcata High, Saturday afternoon at Coach Carlson Wildcat Field.Ferndale (6-2, 4-0) can lock up its first outright conference title since 2012 with a win in …last_img read more

16 Days: govt to engage with communities

first_img20 November 2013The government is set to do things differently during this year’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign by engaging more with communities, starting with the Diepsloot informal settlement north of Johannesburg.Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana said earlier this month that her department would be partnering with provincial and local authorities in raise awareness of the importance of responsible parenting in Diepsloot.The visit to Diepsloot will include a door-to-door visits and meetings with the community.“We will also go to the schools and early childhood development centres to educate our children not to follow strangers,” Xingwana said. “If they [are touched inappropriately], they must report that immediately to a teacher, parent, pastor or any community member they trust.”The department will work with local municipalities to look at the needs of children in Diepsloot. The area has no recreational facilities and lacks access to health, educational and sports facilities.“We believe that our children should have access to services,” Xingwana said. “Our department will continue to facilitate maximum participation of children in matters that affect them and their future. They must be given an opportunity to have a say on where they want to play and what their needs are.”The 16 days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is a worldwide campaign that raises awareness of the negative impact of violence on women and children and encourages people to act against abuse.The campaign runs worldwide from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day).National Action Plan for ChildrenXingwana said the government would be working to implement the National Action Plan for Children. The plan, approved by the Cabinet in May, is a comprehensive guide for all government departments and agencies for realising children’s rights.It takes into account the Constitution‚ international and regional treaties‚ South African legislation‚ the UN Millennium Development Goals and the National Development Plan.“It is crucial that we invest more time and effort and exercise more vigilance to ensure that all our children are safe and protected,” Xingwana said. “Twenty years into our democracy, our democratic government has done a lot for our children, but we acknowledge that a lot more still needs to be done.“We must continue to build a South Africa where our children feel safe and secure, and that responsibility falls on us as government and also on families, parents and communities. Our children need support from all of us.”SAnews.gov.za, with additional reporting by SAinfolast_img read more

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Update – Footage, Forum and Workflow

first_imgThe pro video production community is abuzz about the highly anticipated Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Here’s a few developments around the ground-breaking cam.Ahead of the Cinema Camera’s public availability, Blackmagic Design in cooperation with Director of Photographer John Brawley, has released the first downloadable test shots from the cam.  Download each of the 5 Blackmagic camera test shots and experiment with the versatility and range of the 2.5K image.Users have already begun uploading their own graded versions of this test footage onto Vimeo.  See some samples of those shots here.  All early reports indicate a overwhelmingly positive response to the Cinema Camera’s image quality  – especially for its relatively low price point.Premiumbeat blog favorite EOSHD.com has a great tutorial for a Cinema Camera workflow in Adobe After Effects and Premiere.  Because Premiere is not yet setup to handle CinemaDNG files (the Cinema Camera native filetype) processing the files first through AE provides a portal for bringing them into your system and rendering out in a 2.5k lossless format for editing.Blackmagic has setup a forum called specifically for the Cinema Camera to encourage a vocal community and open exchange of news/information.  Visit Blackmagic’s Cinematography forum to join in on the conversation.Want more info on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera specs?  See our previous post from the Blackmagic  announcement at NAB.Are you pumped up about the Cinema Camera?  Is it a game-changer?Tell us your thoughts in the comments!last_img read more