Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Liverpool will open discussions with the former Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp after ending Brendan Rodgers’s three?year reign at Anfield. (Daily Telegraph)Carlo Ancelotti, the former Chelsea manager, is also in the frame for the Liverpool job and was in London on Sunday night having flown in from Italy. But the early signs are pointing towards Klopp being the man FSG want. (Daily Mail)Barcelona are ready to launch a move for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho when their transfer ban is lifted in January. (Sport)Jose Mourinho survived a crisis meeting at Chelsea on Saturday night – after insisting he will only quit if he loses the dressing room. (Daily Mail)Sunderland’s search for a manager is in disarray — with Sean Dyche joining Sam Allardyce in distancing himself from the job. (The Sun)Arsene Wenger is weighing up a £14million January bid for Celta Vigo striker Nolito. Spain international Nolito – whose full name is Manuel Agudo Duran – has got a buy-out clause in his contract which expires in 2017. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – Not even Carlo Ancelotti could win the Premier League with this Liverpool side, claims Anfield legendArsene Wenger expects to see Brendan Rodgers back in a job soon after Liverpool sackingEx-Premier League star claims Jurgen Klopp will be the new Liverpool bossBrendan Rodgers sacked as manager of LiverpoolLouis van Gaal ‘amazed’ by Manchester United performance in defeat to Arsenal Transfer rumours and paper review 1
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1 Simone Zaza The agent of Watford target Simone Zaza has revealed his client could leave on loan in January.The striker has been struggling for action this season after joining Juventus from Sassuolo in the summer.Watford, along with other Premier League sides, have been tracking the 24-year-old and now Zaza’s agent, Christian Maifredi, has admitted that the Italian could leave the club on loan in January in search of more regular first-team football.“We haven’t had certain discussions with Juve,” Maifredi said to Fantagazzetta.“The hypothesis of a loan is possible, but Simone will decide. We’re not ruling anything out, but after the Coppa Italia we’ll meet the club. We are open to everything.”
West Ham star James Collins 1 James Collins has put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension with West Ham.The 32-year-old centre-back would have been out of contract at the end of the season but he has now committed himself to the Hammers until the summer of 2018.“To be signing for another two years, I can’t explain how happy I am to be part of a club that is moving forward and getting bigger and bigger, so to be part of that is unbelievable,” he said on the club’s official website.Collins has made 160 appearances for the club across two spells, having rejoined the club in 2012 after a three-year period with Premier League rivals Aston Villa.He has, though, only made seven league appearances this season with Winston Reid, James Tomkins and new recruit Angelo Ogbonna all seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order.The Wales international, who has been sent off against Watford and Astra Giurgiu in the Europa League this season, has started West Ham’s last two games, helping them keep clean sheets against Stoke and Swansea.And boss Slaven Bilic on Wednesday revealed he was eager to extend Collins’ stay at the club, describing him as a “brilliant professional”.Collins said: “I’m obviously delighted to sign, as it was worrying me a bit that I’d have to leave again.“I try to be professional, as I’ve been in teams where players make a negative effect when they’re not playing, so I am just proud to be part of such an amazing club.“I’m happy coming in every morning, whether I’m playing or not playing, and I train hard and try to keep myself fit.“To be part of such a big club for such a long time, I’m a very lucky boy.“To sign for another two years is something that, to be honest, looked doubtful at the start of the season, so I got my head down and trained hard and tried to show what I could do.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken of his respect for ‘football maniac’ Arsene Wenger as he prepares to come up against his Arsenal counterpart on Wednesday night.Wenger is approaching the 20th anniversary of his arrival in north London and Klopp says he is in awe of the Frenchman’s longevity in such a demanding league.Klopp said: “My respect goes up day by day because it’s really intensive to work in the Premier League, especially in a team with international matches (for their players) too.“He had always my biggest respect but now it’s a little bit bigger since I’m here. That’s really a brilliant job he’s done – 19-and-a-half years.“He’s a high-quality manager, one of the best in the world for sure. This long period, it’s really rare that you can do this but he did. He’s a football maniac, in the best (sense of the word).“It was always a challenge to play against him and again a challenge that I’m looking forward to.”Klopp and Wenger have become well acquainted with each other in recent years, having met in the Champions League group stages in 2011, 2013 and 2014 when the former managed Borussia Dortmund.The Arsenal boss claimed three wins to Klopp’s two after the first meeting finished all square.Another victory for Wenger at Anfield on Wednesday night would boost Arsenal’s hopes of a first title in 12 years and the Frenchman is keen to prolong his side’s winning run to four games.“The momentum creates confidence and confidence is vital at that level,” said Wenger.“In December and now in January we have been consistent and we go into a very important part of the season because we play many games and that consistency is a good basis to go into the next game with the right belief.“The consistency of our results is very important. Therefore it was important to win on Saturday (against Sunderland in the FA Cup) and not to break that belief.“It was good for me to see some players that have played less and to be down 1-0 and respond in the way we did and have an outstanding second half. It was all a very positive basis in preparation for Liverpool.” 1 Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger
Tom Rennie is joined by the former Arsenal winger and Premier League tactician Adrian Clarke to look ahead to the visit of the reigning Champions Chelsea to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.We’ll be asking Adrian why the Gunners aren’t running away with the title and whether he thinks they are still favourites.Former Leicester City striker Darren Eadie is also on the show to discuss the Foxes’ indifferent recent form and what they need to do in order to finish in the top four this season. Elsewhere, the ex-Liverpool, Tottenham and England midfielder Danny Murphy picks his ‘three to watch’ this weekend and Deji Faremi from Nigeria Info (talkSPORT’s Global Audio Partner) plays the Predictor Game ‘Tom against the World’.
Lazio will serve a two-match partial stadium ban after Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was subjected to racist chants by a section of home fans at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday night.The referee’s report confirms the Senegalese was the target of abuse during the second half of a 2-0 Napoli victory, with match official Massimiliano Irrati deciding to halt play until the chanting abated.Lega Serie A’s disciplinary tribunal has now sanctioned Lazio by closing the Olimpico’s north stand, where the club’s hardcore supporters gather, for their next home league game against Hellas Verona.The league has also activated a suspended partial ban issued last February after racist chanting in a match against Genoa, meaning the Curva Nord will remain closed for the visit of Sassuolo.A statement published on legaseriea.it said Lazio had to pay a 50,000 euro (£38,000) fine.Koulibaly, whose every touch was met by boos from a cluster of Lazio fans, thanked Tuscan referee Irrati for his support with an Instagram post.The 24-year-old wrote: “A great win! I must thank everybody for their messages of solidarity.“I also want to thank the Lazio fans but most of all, for his courage, referee Irrati. Thanks also to my team-mates, the club and our fans who have been a great support in the face of those ugly chants.”Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri bemoaned the supporters’ behaviour following full-time in Rome.He told sscnapoli.it: “I spoke with the fourth official because the situation was becoming embarrassing and I saw Koulibaly was getting really annoyed and wound up by the chants.“So I think the referee took the right decision and I must congratulate him because he’s sent a good message.”Sarri’s opposite number Stefano Pioli, while condemning the abuse, did not think the stoppage was necessary or productive.He told RAI Sport: “Abusive chants should not happen. People need to show respect and be polite.“But I am not sure I would have stopped play – I don’t think that’s helpful.“The chanting is unjustified but by stopping play you give a sense of importance to a tiny minority of troublemakers. It certainly wasn’t from the whole stadium.”Top-flight officials have been granted the power to halt or even abandon games in the face of discriminatory behaviour from fans following a series of racist incidents.Mario Balotelli, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Kevin Constant are other players who have been targeted with abusive chants, with Atalanta supporters throwing bananas at the latter in May 2014.A year earlier, Boateng and his AC Milan team-mates walked off the pitch during a friendly match against Pro Patria when the midfielder was racially abused. 1 Serie A news: Lazio handed two-match partial stadium ban after racist chants in Napoli match
1 Arsenal hero Danny Welbeck Arsenal’s Premier League title bid is back on track after Danny Welbeck gave them a 2-1 win over Leicester City at the Emirates.The ex-Manchester United man, making his first appearance of the campaign, glanced home a header in the fifth minute of added time to hand the Gunners an important three points.And it’s fair to say Gooners everywhere went wild as they expressed their love for the England forward.You can see the best of the reaction on Twitter below…
By Sandy Mazza STAFF WRITER A Hawthorne school cafeteria worker who stole the identities of hundreds of dead people in a scheme to defraud the government of about $1.1 million was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison Monday. Uzeegoa Makeba Sayles, 39, also was ordered to pay more than $600,000 in restitution. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In a May plea deal, Sayles admitted guilt to filing 204 false tax returns from 2001 to 2006. She was charged with filing only one false tax refund claim. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment. Sayles was given a lighter sentence because she admitted guilt and has no criminal history, court documents state. To create the fake tax documents, Sayles told investigators she lifted Social Security numbers and other identifying information from online databases. Then she instructed the Internal Revenue Service to deposit refunds at one of 19 bank accounts in her name and the names of family members, according to court documents. IRS agents were alerted to Sayles’ ruse last year when they discovered that several unrelated tax refunds were set to be deposited into the same bank account. They searched trash bins outside her Hawthorne home, and found copies of fake W-2 forms and other falsified tax documents, according to court records. Investigators then searched her home and conducted an interview with Sayles, during which she admitted to the crimes. Court documents state that Sayles, a mother of four, worked in the cafeteria at Ramona Elementary School in Hawthorne during the day and at a factory at night. Her attorney, Deputy Federal Public Defender John Littrell, asked the court to sentence her only to probation because she has no criminal history, had a difficult childhood and wanted to live at home to care for her children. “She knew what she was doing was wrong, but it seemed easy and consequences seemed only a remote possibility,” Littrell said. “The money Ms. Sayles received helped lift her out of poverty.” Prosecutor Mark Krause argued that Sayles’ lifestyle could not have been that humble because her stolen profits – about $100,000 per year – would have put her in the top 12 percent of the national population for income. Also, he said, Sayles told investigators she gambled most of the money. “Defendant would have the court believe that she engaged in criminal conduct as a way to supplement her two jobs and provide for her children,” Krause said. “This was a crime of greed – not love or necessity.” Los Angeles IRS Criminal Investigation Bureau spokesman Mike Moriarty said the agency has seen an increase this year of fraudulent tax refund schemes. From Oct. 1, 2006, to Sept. 30, 2007, the IRS investigated 259 similar crimes and prosecuted 198. That was up from 219 investigations, and 168 prosecutions in the previous 12 months. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
6 This feature appears in the current edition of Sport magazine, which you can download for FREE here. They are also on Facebook and Twitter @SportMagUKFew could quibble with this month’s PFA Player of the Year shortlist of Harry Kane, N’Golo Kante, Riyad Mahrez, Mesut Ozil, Dimitri Payet and Jamie Vardy. Admittedly, Anthony Martial and Eric Dier might have scratched their heads at their absence from the nominations for young player of the year (though Dele Alli will likely win the award anyway). Yet the list for the full award is strong.In this craziest of Premier League seasons, however, there are – at least – six more players worthy of recognition.REVEALED: PFA ANNOUNCE SHORTLIST FOR TEAM OF YEAR 6 6 Danny Drinkwater: Leicester – Pretty much any of Leicester Citys starting XI could make a case for being in the Premier League team of the season, but 26-year-old Drinkwater has been the man keeping their midfield ticking. Less eye-catching than the hyper-industrious NGolo Kante, but no less important, Drinkwater has established himself as an own-brand Sergio Busquets (Sergio Digestive Biscuits, perhaps). His passing is accurate, hes seemingly always in space to receive the ball, he breaks up play and hes a tireless runner. Fully deserves a place in Englands Euro 2016 squad for this summer. David De Gea: Man United – click the arrow above, right, to see five other players Sport magazine consider very unlucky to have missed out on the PFA awards – Retaining the Spaniard for this season has been Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodwards best piece of business, although admittedly the competition isnt exactly fierce. The 25-year-old has saved Uniteds skin many times this season. Four Premier League keepers have made more saves, but its the manner of some of De Geas stops that draws the eye: impossibly quick reactions, aided by that unique feet-first style that often sees him kicking away close-range efforts. The one member of the squad fans can trust. Until he goes to Madrid. Kevin De Bruyne: Man City – The Belgian might look better suited to the lead role in a live-action Tintin film than the hustle and bustle of Premier League football, but hes brought a fresh touch of class to a settled, weary Manchester City side. De Bruynes season has been interrupted by injury, but hes still scored 17 goals for club and country since his arrival from Wolfsburg, with six goals and nine assists in the Premier League. At his best, the Belgian can dismantle teams with Velcro-control and perfectly weighted passes. If De Bruyne is the shape of things to come at City, the future is bright. 6 6 Virgil van Dijk: Southampton – The imposing Dutch centre-back is only a couple of months too old for the PFA Young Player of the Year Award. That this comes as a surprise is testament to the maturity and leadership the 24-yearold has displayed since joining Ronald Koemans side from Celtic in a £13m deal. Van Dijk has won 143 aerial duels this season, according to Squawka more than any other defender in the league. Hes bolstered a mean Southampton defence the sixth best in the division and has scored three goals, including a last-minute equaliser against Sunderland. Toby Alderweireld: Tottenham – Defending is a lost art. A cry heard not just in this league, but around the world. A decade or so ago, names such as Maldini, Cannavaro or Bramble sprang instantly to mind when thinking of the worlds best players (let alone defenders). Now? Not so much. Yet with Alderweireld, Tottenham have been able to rely on a rock-solid, ever-present this season. The Belgian defender is a central reason why Spurs have by far the meanest defence in the league. Fine with the ball at his feet too, this is the kind of footballer you want to build your whole defence around. 6 Odion Igahlo: Watford – There are a few strikers we could pick here. It says everything about the superhuman standards Sergio Aguero sets that he has 20-plus league goals this season and its considered par. Jermain Defoes 13 league strikes have kept Sunderland afloat. However, we give Watfords Nigeria forward Igahlo the edge. Not for his 14 league goals, nor his crack partnership with Troy Deeney. No, hes here for the scoop the trick that sees his fleet footwork fool defenders and thrill fans. As Sport says to Mr Whippy in our dealings with him: one more scoop please, maestro.
1 Scroll down for today’s top newspaper stories Here is a selection of the top stories from Sunday’s papers…Manchester United have the opportunity to sign James Rodriguez for £60m from Real Madrid. (Daily Star Sunday)Pep Guardiola wants to bring Jack Wilshere AND Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City, plus Tottenham left-back Danny Rose. (Sunday Mirror)Arsenal could bid up to £20m for Swansea’s veteran defender Ashley Williams. (Sunday Express)Frank Lampard and Guus Hiddink could join John Terry back at Chelsea next season. (Sunday Express)Jose Mourinho has been approached by Everton, who want him to replace Roberto Martinez as manager. (Sunday Times)Rafael Benitez is interested in becoming Everton’s new manager. (Observer)David Moyes is also in the running for the Everton job, although the Toffees favour Frank de Boer. (Sunday Express)Mike Ashley will try to convince Rafa Benitez to stay as Newcastle manager in the Championship. (Sunday Mirror)Neil Warnock is a contender to replace Benitez. (Sunday People)Andros Townsend is tipped to pip Theo Walcott to a place in England’s Euro 2016 squad. (Mail on Sunday)Roberto Di Matteo could be the next Aston Villa manager. (Daily Star Sunday)Incredibly, Villa are also linked with a move for West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis. (Sun on Sunday)Christian Benteke wants to stay at Liverpool. (Liverpool Echo)Claudio Ranieri wants to sign Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea. (Sun on Sunday) Tottenham are pondering a £20m deal for 19-year-old Swiss striker Breel Embolo. (Sun on Sunday)