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  • The real reason Liverpool did not fight Arsenal for record signing Nicolas Pepe

    first_img James GrayFriday 23 Aug 2019 2:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link64Shares The real reason Liverpool did not fight Arsenal for record signing Nicolas Pepe Pepe ended up signing for Arsenal after a long summer of negotiation (Picture: Getty)Liverpool may have been repeatedly linked with Nicolas Pepe over the summer but the club were reportedly so uninterested that they phoned Lille to tell them as much.Pepe completed a £72million move to Arsenal on August 1 to become their club-record signing, part of a summer in which the Gunners shelled out more than £130m in transfer fees.Negotiations over the Ivorian winger were protracted apparently by the interest of several other clubs, including Liverpool, who were supposed to have held talks with Samir Khiat, Pepe’s agent.However, Goal now claim that the Reds never even listed Pepe as a transfer target and were so concerned by the suggestion that they informed his French employers in person.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityLiverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards reportedly rang Lille manager Christophe Galtier to explain the situation and allege that the reports were likely being stirred up in order to drive a bidding war for Pepe’s services.The 24-year-old was a highly-rated prospect, having scored 22 goals for Lille in Ligue 1 the previous season and recorded 11 assists.But Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp always publicly insisted that they would not be spending big this summer after several expensive windows.Klopp said back in July: ‘I said last year that to improve the team is not easy with reasonable money. With crazy money, you always can do it – okay, you pay whatever you want, then it’s possible. Advertisement Klopp always said Liverpool would not spend big in the last summer window (Picture: Getty)‘We are not a club like that. We cannot do that. We are really wealthy but we cannot do what some other teams are doing. That’s how it is.‘But we don’t have to. We have to find solutions during the season. Yes, you find sometimes the solution in the transfer market and we have done that. I don’t have to name the players, everybody knows.‘But otherwise you have to find the solutions on the training ground and that’s what we do now.Should Liverpool have tried to sign Nicolas Pepe?No0%Yes0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results‘We are still looking, but it will not be the [biggest] transfer window of LFC. It just will be a transfer window. We will see what we do, and if we haven’t done anything by the end it will be for different reasons.’Liverpool ended up spending a total of just £1.3m bringing in youngster Sepp van den Berg while signing free transfers for Harvey Elliott, Adrian and Andy Lonergan.Arsenal meanwhile have insisted that they could yet spend even more money in January despite the summer arrival of Pepe, if they feel the squad needs further improvement.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Broadbeach sky-home offers spectacular views from almost every room

    first_img56/ 47-51 Broadbeach Blvd, Broadbeach. Supplied. 56/ 47-51 Broadbeach Blvd, Broadbeach. Supplied.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe two-level beachside apartment has floor-to-ceiling windows throughout its open-plan design.There are two bedrooms, an ensuite, living, dining, kitchen, laundry and covered balcony on the first floor.A rooftop terrace complete with a spa, kitchenette and bathroom is on the second level.“The entertainment area is upstairs,” Mr MacLean said,“At night you can sit up there and look at the stars and during the day you can watch the whales moving up and down the Coast.”Mr MacLean, who runs supplement company Syn-Tec Nutriceuticals, said the property would suit people who like to entertain.“It’s a lifestyle property so it would suit a professional person or couple, or even an interstate person who wants a getaway pad on the Gold Coast.”Eclipse’s facilities include a heated outdoor pool, spa, sauna and a gym.Harcourts Coastal agent Katrina Walsh is taking the property to auction on March 1. 56/ 47-51 Broadbeach Blvd, Broadbeach. Supplied.IF a bird’s eye view of the Gold Coast is what you’re after look no further.High above Broadbeach sits this stunning sky-home with spectacular views up and down the coastline.Glenn MacLean bought the penthouse in the Eclipse building off-the-plan in 2012.The 53-year-old has lived on the Gold Coast for 28 years and said he was sold on the property when he saw the plans.“I wanted to go from having a house in a suburb to a home in the sky that was on the beach and handy to everything,” he said.“With this apartment it’s all about the lifestyle it offers. Every day it’s like waking up in a cruise ship as you have the beautiful sea right in front of you.” center_img 56/ 47-51 Broadbeach Blvd, Broadbeach. Supplied.last_img read more

  • Celeb couple Liam Talbot and Charli Robinson have swapped their humble Carindale house for a dream home in Chandler

    first_imgCharli Robinson, fiance Liam Talbot and daughter Kensington at their Chandler home. Picture: Richard Whitfield for New Idea.CELEBRITY power couple Liam Talbot and Charli Robinson have sold their former home in Brisbane’s south in just seven days, proving coronavirus isn’t affecting buyer appetite for good properties.It follows the couple’s purchase of their “dream home” — a house dubbed the ‘James Bond House’ in nearby Chandler for a cool $5.1 million late last year.Liam Talbot and Charli Robinson have moved in to this house in Chandler.Records show Mr Talbot, a supercar driver, has just sold the more modest five-bedroom, two-bathroom house at 16 Conifer St, Carindale, for $925,000CoreLogic records reveal it was listed by Tony O’Doherty of Belle Property Bulimba on April 1 and only sold on April 8.Supercar driver Liam Talbot has sold this house in Carindale. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 It comes as the pair recently announced their baby news, with TV personality Ms Robinson saying she was stunned when a routine blood test showed she was pregnant again.The original Hi-5 star turned Getaway presenter told The Courier-Mail the pregnancy was a “beautiful surprise”, and one she and Mr Talbot had hoped for after the birth of their daughter Kensington in December 2018.Inside the house at 16 Conifer St, Carindale.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoThe couple is expecting a second baby girl in July.The pair became engaged in October last year when Talbot got down on one knee during a live television interview before the Bathurst 1000.The outdoor entertaining area of the home at 16 Conifer St, Carindale.They recently moved in to the home at 558 London Rd, Chandler, which features two secret staircases and a massive garage that can accommodate up to 22 cars. Records show Mr Talbot also owns an investment property at 73 Quay St, Bulimba, which he bought in 1999 and was last advertised for rent for $900 a week in 2015.This house at 16 Conifer St, Carindale, has just sold for $925,000.last_img read more

  • Young rebel suspect surrenders to Army

    first_imgHe said he was a New People’s Army (NPA) member and was present in the rebel group’s recent encounter with government troops in Miag-ao, Iloilo. In that encounter, soldiers overran an NPA recruitment and training camp. One rebel was killed while seven others were captured, including a 14-year-old lad. Soldiers proceeded to Barangay Cabalaunan after having been informed by concerned residents that armed men were in the area, according to 3ID spokesperson Army Captain Cenon Pancito III. “He was assigned as a perimeter security.  But when he had the chance, he escaped from the group, leaving behind his firearm. He went home straight,” said Batara. “He joined the rebels in February this year. He was fetching water when armed men approached him and offered an education scholarship if he went with them,” said Batara. The young man accepted the offer thinking he would be able to continue his studies. ILOILO City – A 20-year-old lad surrendered to the Philippine Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion (61IB) over the weekend. According to Lieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara of the 61IB, the lad was a member of the NPA’s Suyak Platoon, Southern Front Committee-Panay. The young man told the Army he participated in the NPA’s attack on government forces in Sitio Anoy, Barangay Cabalaunan, Miag-ao on April 18. Four more rebels were arrested in a hot pursuit operation. “But he and other recruits were surprised to be handed out guns for tactical offensives against government troops,” said Batara. The young man was a resident of Miag-ao and was accompanied by his mother and barangay officials during the surrender. For 40 minutes they exchanged fire with some 49 rebels until the insurgents retreated./PNlast_img read more

  • Kruse nominated for RPM national promoter of the year award

    first_imgWinner of the 43rd ARPY will be announced on Feb. 11. Kruse will start the 14th year of a 20-year contract at Marshalltown this spring. The Friday night venue has been sanctioned by IMCA since 1984. Toby Kruse appreciates the recognition from his peers just as much. MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – Another nomination for short track racing’s most prestigious award is great.  “What it takes to succeed in any business is atmosphere. We held our awards banquet Saturday night and everybody was very positive,” he said. “We’re going to keep carrying that over to race season and start March 21-23 with the inaugural $5,000 to win King of the Highbanks special for Stock Cars.” “What we’ve been able to accomplish here is a testament to our track employees, to the fair board and to IMCA,” Kruse said. “Marshalltown is one of the longest running tracks because of that stability. We focus on weekly racing and that gives us a strong foundation for special events.”  “It’s a good feeling to be nominated for this award. It’s a lot of work being a promoter,” said Kruse, also a regional winner for his efforts at Marshalltown in 2008 and twice as part of the promotional team at 141 Speedway in Francis Creek, Wis. “Other promoters know just how much work it is and to be nominated by them for this award is very heart warming.” “Our weekly (car count) averages are staying pretty strong. That’s no small accomplishment these days,” said Kruse, acknowledging both the exposure generated by on-demand television and the friendly atmosphere at the race track. The long-time promoter at Marshalltown Speedway has been named promoter of the year in Racing Promotion Monthly’s Great Plains Region for the second time. As such, he’s one of six nominees for the Auto Racing Promoter of the Year award, to be announced next month during the RPM workshops in Daytona Beach.  The traditional home track of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division, Marshalltown also sanctions the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Late Models, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.  “I’ve known Toby since I got into this industry. He is well deserving of all recognition,” said IMCA President Brett Root. “Toby has a time-proven record of success and the credentials to be Auto Racing Promoter of the Year.”last_img read more

  • Track champions crowned at Davenport

    first_imgBy Mike McGuire DAVENPORT, Iowa (Aug. 22) – Friday was Season Championship night at Davenport Speedway and many drivers were competing like it was for the final time. The top 10 were lined up by points for the feature, with the point leader in each class offered the back row challenge for a chance to win double the money.One driver accepting the challenge was Justin Kay in the Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Model feature. Kay had little to lose, as he had already clinched the track title. However Kay’s race would end early with mechanical issues. Nate Beuseling blasted out to an early lead, which he held until lap 12. Brunson Behning owned the point until Mike Murphy Jr. got under Behning for the lead. Murphy led the final six laps to make his third trip to victory lane this season. Behning held on for second, just ahead of Beusleling, Todd Malmstrom and Matt Ryan. The closest points battle coming into the night was in the Milan Heating and Air IMCA Modified division, where four drivers were separated by only 25 points. Doug Crampton and Mitch Morris started in the front row, with Morris taking the early advantage.In fact, Morris would go on to lead all 20 laps and take his first win of the season.Joe Beal battled his way to a second place finish, just ahead of Bob Dominacki. Rich Smith and Tony Von Dresky completed the top five. Doug Crampton’s seventh place finish was just enough to give him his third career track title at Davenport. Bryce Garnhart had his sights on national points and elected to start the Hawkeye Auto IMCA SportMod main from the pole. He led all 15 laps en route to his sixth feature win of the season and his second straight championship at Davenport. Jayson Wiggins had a strong run in second. Jake Morris, Jacob Beal, and Jared Miller completed the top five. Five drivers accepted the ALS Ice water bucket challenge during intermission and the evening was completed with mechanic races.last_img read more

  • McGinley opts for three wild cards

    first_img Press Association Europe captain Paul McGinley has announced he will have three wild cards for next year’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. The European points list comprises points gained by players from all Race to Dubai tournaments during the qualification process – which starts at the Wales Open from September 5-8 – with one point equalling one euro. The world points list comprises official world golf ranking points gained in sanctioned tournaments around the world during qualifying. The decision brings McGinley in line with American counterpart Tom Watson, who announced in March that he was reducing his number of picks from four to three. “I have said on a number of occasions that if something ain’t broke then don’t fix it, and I think that applies to the qualification process for the European Ryder Cup team,” said McGinley, whose proposal received unanimous backing from the European Tour’s Tournament Committee during their meeting at Wentworth on Monday night. “You only need to look at the record books to see that we haven’t done too badly of late so I didn’t see the need to make sweeping changes. “I’ve kept the qualification list order the same as Olly (Jose Maria Olazabal) had it for Medinah, the only difference being that I’ve increased the number of picks from two to three. “I’ve done that to give myself a little bit of extra flexibility when it comes to making my selections. Hopefully this will ensure that I have the right players to face the examination paper that Gleneagles will set out next September.” center_img His predecessor Jose Maria Olazabal had just two selections to make for the 2012 match against the United States at Medinah, when he selected Nicolas Colsaerts and Ian Poulter. However, McGinley will be given more of an opportunity to tailor his side with the addition of the third wild card, which means nine automatic qualifying places will be available for the 12-man team, four via the European Tour points list and five from the world points list. last_img read more

  • Cricket News Regret mistakes on previous Australia tours: Virat Kohli’s shocking admission

    first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Even before departing for the tour of Australia, the Indian cricket team skipper said that he would not get into a confrontational mode with the opposition. “I think from last time round, I’ve become more assured of myself, I don’t really find the need to prove anything to anyone. In the early stage of my career I used to think of these things as important milestones which are really important in one’s career, but now the focus is purely and solely on making the team win at any cost.I don’t find the need to get involved in anything with the opposition and I think those are changes that keep happening gradually as you go forward,” Kohli had said at that time.Kohli indirectly admitted that the mistakes that he committed have only made him a better individual today. “I learn from my own mistakes, I realise my own mistakes myself and just kept correcting them through the journey,” Kohli said. Read More | Ishant Sharma enters prestigious list in Adelaide Test vs AustraliaThe Indian cricket skipper has had a fabulous time in Tests against Australia Down Under. In 2011/12, he scored his first century which was at the Adelaide Oval and in the next tour, he smashed four centuries and finished with 692 runs at an average of 86. Along with the runs, Kohli has never hesitated to give it back to the opposition irrespective of the situation.Read More | Kohli can’t score a run against this Australian pacer – Find out who“The one thing is that I’ve always been myself, I’ve never tried to be someone else because of the opinion. I was never a perfect mould of typical, old school cricketer, I always just wanted to find my own way and I guess those things were a part of that journey,” Kohli said.center_img New Delhi: Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team skipper, has always had a fiery persona on the field. This would come to the fore in his contests against Australia in Down Under. In 2011/12, Kohli showed the middle finger to a section of the crowd in Sydney after he was subject to plenty of abuse. On the previous tour in 2014/15, he was involved in an intense confrontation with Mitchell Johnson which led to him to say that he does not respect people who do not respect him. However, in an interaction with former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist on Fox Sports, Kohli has admitted he realised his mistakes.“I didn’t have a good understanding of where to draw the line and stuff like that. Those are things that I, I wouldn’t say I regret, but those definitely I look at them as mistakes. But mistakes that were important for me to commit so I can learn from them,” Kohli said.last_img read more

  • Football: Four takeaways from Badgers’ dominant win over Minnesota in border battle

    first_imgThe No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten) reclaimed the Axe and booked their ticket to the Big Ten Championship Game with a dominant 38–17 victory against the No. 15 Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-2, 7-2) on Saturday.The performance was their most complete of the season and now gives them a shot at redemption against No. 2 The Ohio State University after falling 38–7 in Columbus earlier this season.Football: Badgers forfeit CFP hopes, Big Ten landscape remains openFor the Badgers, taking down the undefeated The Ohio State University not once but twice was their last shot at Read…The victory now moves Minnesota and Wisconsin’s all-time series to 61-60-8 in favor of the Badgers. It also gives Head Coach Paul Chryst’s team the redemption they needed after falling to the Gophers 37–15 last year in Madison.Here are four takeaways from Saturday’s Big Ten West-clinching victory as well as a few overlooked players who became stars of the game.Football: Badgers dismantle Minnesota, win Big Ten WestThe No. 12 University of Wisconsin football team (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten) defeated the No. 8 Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-2, Read…First, Chryst made an impressive offensive adjustment early on, which continued his offensive innovation from recent weeks and helped the Badgers take control of the football game.The Badgers started the contest with the football but went three-and-out, giving the ball to the Gophers who promptly took a 7–0 lead.The three plays on that drive were all Jonathan Taylor runs, the type of straight-forward running plays Badger fans have grown accustomed to seeing since Taylor came to Madison. They went for just nine yards.The Badgers then got the ball back and went 19 yards before punting the ball away again. Eight plays to start the game yielded only 28 yards and one first down. Football: Four takeaways from Wisconsin’s loss to The Ohio State UniversityThe No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) were no match for arguably the nation’s No. 1 overall team Read…It was at this point that Chryst and Offensive Coordinator Joe Rudolph made an adjustment and changed the offensive looks they gave the Gophers.When the Badgers got the ball for a third time, this time still down 7–0, they started mixing wide receiver motions into the arsenal, including a jet sweep on 4th-and-3 to Kendric Pryor and wildcat snaps to Aron Cruickshank. Just as they did during the weeks leading up to Saturday, the new looks started working and allowed the Badgers to drive on the Gopher defense.Despite a Cruickshank fumble in Minnesota territory to end the drive, Chryst stuck with his new plan and, as a result, the Badgers went on to score on six of their seven remaining possessions, including a momentum-changing wrinkle in the return game followed by a Pryor rushing touchdown to put the Badgers up 24–10 in the third quarter.Football: Wisconsin battles Minnesota for Big Ten West crown, bragging rights in marquee matchupThe No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) travel to Minneapolis Saturday to face the No. 9 Minnesota Golden Read…The second takeaway from Saturday is Defensive Coordinator Jim Leonhard’s defensive game plan and how he was able to hold Minnesota’s explosive offense to only three points from the 12:30 mark in the first quarter to late in the fourth quarter when the game was already firmly in hand.The Gophers started the game off with a bang, scoring a 51-yard touchdown on their second offensive play. The play saw true freshman cornerback Semar Melvin lined up 10 yards deep against Minnesota’s star receiver Rashod Bateman with no safety help over the top. Minnesota Quarterback Tanner Morgan sold a run fake, looked deep and found his man who was running free with nothing but green grass in front of him.After Morgan connected with Bateman on the deep-strike touchdown, the tides turned and Leonhard’s defense gave up an average of only 29 yards per drive on their next eight drives. They also managed to force three turnovers during that span.A driving factor behind the unit’s success — aside from Zack Baun’s dominance on the edge and Caesar Williams’ interception and two impressive pass break-ups — was Leonhard shying away from playing off of coverage on Johnson and Bateman after the first touchdown and dialing up second-level blitzes in key situations.The third takeaway from Saturday is, unlike during last year’s loss to the Gophers, the defensive line absolutely dominated the game up front.Last year’s matchup saw Minnesota rush for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns. On Saturday, Leonhard’s defensive line held the Gophers to just 76 yards and zero touchdowns on 30 carries and sacked Morgan five times.Notable performances on the defensive side of the ball include Baun’s nine tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss and two sacks as well as Garrett Rand’s seven tackles, tackle-for-loss and sack.The final takeaway from the victory is the Jack Coan to Quintez Cephus connection looks like the best Wisconsin quarterback to receiver combination since Russell Wilson and Nick Toon connected for 926 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2011.The Morgan to Bateman connection was unsurprisingly the best on the field on Saturday but, surprisingly, Coan and Cephus weren’t far behind.Cephus ended the day with five catches for 114 yards and a gorgeous 47-yard touchdown on a play early in the third quarter when he beat his man and Coan found him over the top.Football: Chase Young, Buckeye defense likely rob Jonathan Taylor of Heisman hopesIn order to win a trophy which has slowly become an award for college football’s best quarterback, Jonathan Taylor was Read…As a final note, Saturday’s game would have turned out differently were it not for the timely contributions from cornerback Caesar Williams, linebacker Jack Sanborn and safety Reggie Pearson.With Williams’ interception after Sanborn tipped a pass, his two key goal line pass break-ups, Sanborn’s overall versatility and tackles in space and Pearson’s seven tackles from his safety position, these guys showed out and, even though they may not get the press clippings like Baun and Chris Orr, they were some of the driving forces behind the victory. Overall, this was the Badgers’ most complete performance of the season and bodes well for their chances against the Buckeyes next weekend, though coming away with a victory is still no doubt a tall task. Keep in mind, though, that the Badgers trailed the Buckeyes 10–7 late in the third quarter before the wheels fell off, and the 38–7 score may not tell the whole story of how these two teams match up.The Badgers will be back in action on Saturday in Indianapolis, Indiana in the Big Ten Championship Game against The Ohio State University at 7 p.m. CST.last_img read more

  • Jose Mourinho investigated for tax fraud

    first_imgPhoto © Pixabay Meanwhile, Liverpool are close to signing ex Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah.It’s understood a compromise is close to being reached with Roma to sign the 25 year old.The Merseysiders had a 31-million-euro bid rejected earlier this month – the Italian side initially wanted 40-million. A Spanish prosecutor has filed a claim against Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho for two counts of alleged tax fraud.It relates to his time in charge of Real Madrid.Mourinho is alleged to owe 2-point-9-million-pounds to tax authorities in the country.last_img read more