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A Tottenham supporters group has voiced their concerns about Spurs’ summer transfer activity which has left concerning ‘gaps’ in the squad, asking for the club’s hierarchy to provide an explanation.Spurs brought in the likes of Heung-Min Son, Toby Alderweireld and Clinton N’Jie to bolster their options but failed to secure the signing of West Brom striker Saido Berahino after a rollercoaster saga.The non-arrival of a proven striker to share the goalscoring burden with Harry Kane raised a few eyebrows, and the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust has subsequently questioned the club’s transfer strategy.In a statement, the organisation said:“We have, in line with most fans, congratulated THFC’s Board on running the Club as a sustainable business – avoiding the financial problems that have affected many clubs over the years. We recognise the need to balance a sustainable business strategy with the need to deliver an entertaining and successful team. “At the end of this season’s transfer window, however, we find ourselves questioning where we have ended up. Some areas of the squad have looked light as we played four games in August, and that remains the case as we move into the main part of the season. We welcome the good signings that have been made, but are concerned at the gaps that still exist and the pressure this places on the manager and the team. “Spurs made the highest ever pre-tax profit in the Premier League last year – £80m. Revenues went up 22% to £180.5m. Ticket prices for top class games remain among the highest in the Premier League. Next year, the Club has informed us it wants to increase those prices. “Many supporters are now questioning the relationship between what we pay and what we receive. We understand the Club is trying to finance a new stadium, but we have also heard that this will not be allowed to unduly affect the playing side. And no doubt we will be asked to dig deep to watch the team in the new stadium, once it is built. “This is not the first time the team has gone into a season looking light. We believe fans have shown enormous patience over the years. But we understand why that patience is starting to run out. It is important the Club is run on successful business lines, but the success of the business depends on sporting success – the kind that attracts crowds and fills new stadiums. “We think a credible explanation from THFC’s Board to address the genuine concerns of supporters, many of whom have backed the current Board consistently, is now required.”Does this represent the general consensus amongst Spurs fans? Leave your comments below… 1 Tottenham crest
2 However, he is keen to ensure Rooney is not too beaten up for the summer’s Euro 2016 tournament…“We all know what Phil Bardsley did to Wayne,” added Barrett. “So I just wanted to get his phone number to get a bit of advice on how I take Wayne down.“Phil figured it out in the past, so I wanted to get a few tips from him before I track Wayne down a get a bit of payback!“When I catch up with him he’s going to get a lot more damage than that. But I want him healthy for Euro 2016, so I’m going to get my damage in very early to give him enough time to recover because I want to see us win that tournament.”Liston to talkSPORT’s exclusive interview with Wade Barrett above, and check out how he began his hunt for revenge on Wayne Rooney in the video below! Rooney and Barrett finally met face-to-face on Monday night, with their encounter ending with the pint-size forward laying the smackdown on towering athlete from his ring-side seat in the audience.Barrett didn’t take too kindly to the England record goalscorer’s antics and he quickly called on the expertise of Stoke City defender Phil Bardsley, who notoriously appeared to knock Rooney out in a video of a play fight that emerged online, to aid in his revenge plot. 2 WWE star Wade Barrett has sworn revenge on England captain Wayne Rooney, and revealed to talkSPORT the ‘REAL’ reason why the striker is missing for England in Friday’s friendly against Spain.Roy Hodgson revealed on Thursday that the skipper is set to sit out of the game in Alicante, but insisted it was simply to give his other strikers the chance to impress before Euro 2016.But after their famous clash at WWE Raw in Manchester this week, King Barrett insists there is another explanation for Rooney’s vanishing act.“I think he broke his fingers when he slapped me actually,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “That’s what I heard!”The Preston-born wrestler – and avid Preston North End fan – has a feud with the Manchester United forward dating back to earlier this year, when he called Rooney out for a bout after watching him take a dive against his beloved Lilywhites in last season’s FA Cup.
Julian Weigl Borussia Dortmund starlet Julian Weigl has rubbished speculation linking him with a move to Manchester City.The 20-year-old is tipped for a big future by many in Germany and Europe’s top clubs are already making enquires.Barcelona and Manchester City are at the front of the queue for the midfielder, but Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are also keen.However, Weigl has cooled any exit talk and instead reiterated his desire to stay at the Westfalenstadion.“I really don’t plan on leaving Borussia. It’s just not an issue for me,” Weigl told Bild.“I can only stress that I am under contract at BVB until 2019, and I still want to achieve a lot with this club.” 1
Guus Hiddink has dismissed suggestions Loic Remy could move to China this month.The French international has been linked with a switch to the Chinese Super League after finding first-team chances limited at Stamford Bridge.But Hiddink is adamant that will not happen and says he intends to keep his squad as it is until the end of the season.“I think this squad what we have now will stay until the end of the season,” said the interim manager.“We must be very careful. We love to have double-covered positions and you never know what will happen. I don’t see many changes at the moment.” Loic Remy 1
“Because of these people, we’re going to get this done,” Wolfgram said. “We’re all determined to have this happen.” However, the committee still has to worry about funding for the plan. Wolfgram said at last month’s public forum that neighborhood councils have donated money, and the cultural center received funds from the California Cultural and Historic Endowment. “It is not enough,” Wolfgram said. She said fundraising is a must, and that residents should keep their eyes open for different opportunities. [email protected] 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityMembers of the steering committee will evaluate the suggestions provided by local residents and organizations, which range from athletic fields to an Asian or Native American cultural center to a dog park. The steering committee will then make a recommendation for the park’s use and submit it to the city by the end of the year. Sophia Pi a-Cortez, Recreation and Parks superintendent for the Pacific region, said that the final plan may not please everyone, but that they are “trying to build a consensus” with the ideas that were received. The public will have an opportunity to comment on a draft of the park’s plan, during a public meeting tentatively scheduled for Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. Wolfgram acknowledged that there have been past attempts to create a master plan and improve the park, but she said this time will be different because of a team that is “bound and determined” to see the plan through. She noted the hard work of the project manager, the Angel’s Gate Cultural Center’s board of directors, local politicians and the city Recreation and Parks Department. By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER Now that the first phase of the Angel’s Gate master planning process has ended, interested parties are looking to the next step in revitalizing the park. At the final public forum on Sept. 29, master plan steering committee chair Juli Wolfgram explained what will happen with the plethora of public suggestions.
Prosecutors said the incident was retaliation for problems guards had with inmates that day. In one of the earlier incidents, inmates threw a jacket over the head of an officer and beat him. In response, officers shackled several inmates and loaded them into a van to take them from one section of the prison to another. Once there, McGowan pulled two prisoners from the van and allowed them to fall to the ground. The inmates could not break their falls because they were handcuffed and shackled. They suffered minor injuries. Flores tossed another inmate to the ground, prosecutors said. Ramos, a sergeant, later submitted a memo to prison officials claiming one of the inmates assaulted by McGowan had slipped, even though he knew of the assault, prosecutors said. They also claim Flores initially lied about the incident to a federal grand jury. The officers’ trial lasted about a week in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Jurors deliberated for parts of three days before announcing their verdicts Monday. Clark said he believes the officers have a good chance of winning an appeal. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 14. hurling shackled inmates to the ground [email protected] (909) 483-9325160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Three correctional officers from the California Institution for Men were convicted Monday for and conspiring to cover it up. Robert McGowan of Apple Valley was found guilty of two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Thomas Ramos of Montclair and Hector Flores of Whittier were both convicted of conspiracy to obstruct justice for lying to investigators after the May 9, 2002, incident. McGowan, 38, faces up to 25 years in federal prison. Ramos, 51, and Flores, 39, face up to five years each. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Lawyers for the three men did not return calls for comment late Monday afternoon. However, the local president of the union that represents them spoke out in their defense, saying all are honorable men and accusing prosecutors of blowing the case out of proportion. “Most of the officers at CIM feel this is an injustice, a travesty,” said Gary Clark, who heads the Chino chapter of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. “I’m not saying there wasn’t an incident, but I definitely don’t believe it was what the prosecution made it out to be.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Tammy Spertus, who helped prosecute the trio, rebuffed that claim. “It’s never a minor incident when correctional officers take the law into their own hands, abuse inmates and cover it up, which is what happened in this case,” she said.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.During a spacewalk already planned for Tuesday, astronaut Scott Parazynski will inspect a good rotary joint that turns the space station’s left set of solar wings toward the sun. NASA wants to see what a perfectly running unit looks like to compare it with the one that is acting up on the opposite side. On Sunday, spacewalker Daniel Tani found black dust that resembled metal shavings inside the motorized joint that controls the right set of solar wings. He said Monday that it was instantly apparent to him something was wrong. The dust was everywhere, and the spinning mechanism was not shiny and clean as it should have been for something launched just four months ago, Tani said. At least some of the shavings are steel and could be from the bearings inside the joint, said Mike Suffredini, NASA’s space station program manager. At Suffredini’s request, shuttle mission managers approved a more detailed inspection of the troublesome right joint. The time-consuming work will be conducted Thursday. By Marcia Dunn The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA asked its orbiting astronauts Monday to take a closer look at the gears that control the international space station’s solar wings to try to find out what’s grinding inside and causing steel chips to clog the system. The “exploratory surgery” as the station’s program manager calls it will keep shuttle Discovery in orbit an extra day. The ship will now land on Nov. 7. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“We have said from the very beginning, and the president made clear, that it is the parties themselves that have to make the peace,” the national security adviser, Stephen J. Hadley, said on the eve of this week’s meetings. What happens afterward Even before the two sides – or three sides, or 49 sides – meet Tuesday, critics have declared Bush’s Annapolis gathering the photo opportunity that Rice emphatically said it would not be only a month ago. “The mother of all photo ops,” an Israeli official called it on Monday, underscoring the fact that when it comes to Middle East peace, skepticism is always in order. That, however, does not necessarily mean it will be a failed photo op. Bush’s approach has resulted in the first international conference on the Arab-Israeli conflict since the Madrid conference organized by his father’s secretary of state, James A. Baker III, in 1991. The real measure of Annapolis, officials on all sides agreed, will be what happens afterward. That almost certainly will depend on how much political capital Bush’s administration is willing to spend when the two sides reach another impasse on the difficult “final status” issues, like the future of the border, the capital and Palestinian refugees. Bush is expected to give at least a preliminary answer to that question when he opens today’s meeting with a speech that has taken on greater significance in recent days, as the Israelis and Palestinians have struggled to agree even on a general statement that might emerge from the conference. During a toast at a formal dinner at the State Department on Monday evening, Bush promised “my personal commitment to what has become the White House mantra since 2002: two states, Israeli and Palestinian, living side by side in peace and security.” Bush’s aides often point out that in 2002 he was the first American president to declare support for a Palestinian state. That is true, but they fail to mention that he did so while refusing to negotiate with Yasser Arafat, then the Palestinian leader, effectively endorsing a deadly stalemate. A recurring criticism of Bush is that he has so clearly tilted American policy toward Israel that the United States is no longer seen as an honest broker, emphasizing Israel’s security over Palestinian grievances. Failed to follow through That was the case in 2004, when he publicly expressed support for some of the nonnegotiable positions of the former Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, including Sharon’s objections to what Palestinians regard as the all-important right of return for Palestinians uprooted by the conflict. Bush’s assurances to Israel remain on the table. An even more consistent criticism, though, has been that Bush failed to follow through, declaring a vision only to let it wither on the vine as the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians worsened. “This is not a slogan,” said Dennis Ross, the Middle East envoy for Clinton and the current president’s father. “If you’re going to do Middle East peace process, you can’t just lay out a broad vision.” Bush’s aides bristle at the suggestion that he has not been effectively engaged, noting that it was the president who proposed the Annapolis conference back in July, even if Rice carried out the diplomacy to make it happen. Perino, the press secretary, suggested Monday that it was not Bush’s involvement that had changed as much as the circumstances in Israel and the Palestinian territories. She said that both sides now had leaders willing to negotiate. Privately, officials also express confidence that the Arab world might finally get behind the effort out of fear of Iran’s rising influence. For some in the administration it is Iran, not to mention Iraq, Afghanistan and the struggle against terrorism, that demands greater attention from Bush as his final year in office approaches. Bush seems to have accepted the argument of those who believe that the Palestinian cause is at the root of Islamic mistrust of the United States – or at least that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could halt the march of Hamas, a radical Islamic movement that has already declared Annapolis a treasonous failure for Abbas. To conservatives, that might be Bush’s biggest gamble: risking a failed peace effort that would lead to a greater radicalization. “I don’t think it’s a risk-free proposition,” said John R. Bolton, a conservative who served as the U.N. representative under Bush until last year and is a vocal critic of the administration. “If the conference fails, it doesn’t leave you in equipoise. It could put you in a worse position.”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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“The United States cannot impose our vision,” Bush told the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, in the Oval Office on Monday, before saying, and sounding, again, Clintonesque, “but we can help facilitate.” For all the pomp of the Annapolis gathering, the White House is not calling it a summit meeting or anything else suggestive of substantive progress. Bush’s vision is ambitious, but his strategy is cautious – he may be repeating Clinton’s role, yet he rejects what he sees as the meddlesome quality of it. That view reflects more than just his personality. (“The president is not a gambler,” his press secretary, Dana M. Perino, said last week.) It also echoes a view held by conservatives in the administration, and probably by Bush, that the United States should not impose terms on Israel, America’s closest ally in a troubled region. “They’re extremely cautious because they’re exposed in that sense,” Martin S. Indyk, a former ambassador to Israel who worked in the Clinton administration, said of Bush and his aides, and of the inevitable comparisons to Clinton’s final push for peace as his term neared an end. “They don’t think it’s a good idea to drive it to a conclusion.” As a result, Bush has given every indication that once the diplomats leave Wednesday, he will again leave any talks to come to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and, more important, to the Israelis and Palestinians. MIDEAST: Bush’s aides deplore any comparison to former president’s hands-on strategy. WASHINGTON – It might seem, after nearly seven years of deliberate detachment from Arab-Israeli peace negotiations, that President Bush has plunged into Middle Eastern diplomacy with Clintonesque energy. He met with the Israel and Palestinian leaders at the White House on Monday and will do so again on Wednesday. Today, he will meet them at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., along with delegations from 46 countries and international organizations (including, after an arm-twisting by phone last week, Saudi Arabia). In fact, Bush and his aides still deplore what they view as President Clinton’s disastrously hands-on involvement in the peace process in 2000. And they insist that Bush does not intend to negotiate personally the two-state peace he has pronounced as his vision, just as they insist that this is not an 11th-hour effort to forge a legacy other than the one left by the Iraq war.