“I think there’s a willingness on both sides to get something done. Nothing’s been agreed formally yet but I think the intention is there to try to do something if we can.” Hughes is keen to do business in the window, with a striker the top priority, but he dismissed rumours midfielder Wilson Palacios could join Real Betis on loan. The Welshman said: “That’s news to me. There’s been no contact as far as I’m aware. Jamie Ness has gone out on loan but at the moment we don’t anticipate anybody else (leaving).” Hughes, meanwhile, revealed Stoke are likely to make a complaint to the Football Association regarding Tottenham’s response to Charlie Adam’s tackle on Paulinho. The Spurs midfielder is expected to be out for around a month following Adam’s challenge in Stoke’s 3-0 defeat last weekend, which was missed by the referee. Tottenham complained to the FA but it did not deem the tackle worthy of retrospective punishment. Adam is a hate figure for some Spurs fans as a result of previous tackles against Gareth Bale and Scott Parker, and midfielder Sandro posted a picture of himself on Instagram with a message for Adam: “The Beast (his nickname) is watching you.” Stoke were not impressed, and Hughes said: “There’s no need for it. Stoke are in talks to sign midfielder Stephen Ireland permanently during the January transfer window. The Republic of Ireland international is on a season-long loan at the Britannia Stadium from Aston Villa, where his contract is up at the end of the campaign. Potters manager Mark Hughes said: “We’re trying to do something with Stephen if we can. I know we’ve had discussions with his people and I’ve spoken to Stephen myself. “We were unhappy that Charlie’s playing history in recent games against Spurs was brought up, I think by Spurs themselves. That was a little bit surprising. “In terms of what the lad (Sandro) said it’s unhelpful, and he has to be careful or the FA might look at that situation. “Our view is that sometimes you can’t allow things without responding. I’m not absolutely certain as yet but I think we as a club will respond to what’s happened in recent days.” Stoke take on Championship leaders Leicester in the FA Cup third round on Saturday and Hughes’ own proud record in the competition means he will be taking the game very seriously. When asked by BBC West Midlands whether this weekend’s fixtures were something Premier League clubs would rather avoid, Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert said: “If they were being honest, they probably would do.” Hughes insisted that was certainly not the case for him, saying: “I’ve always said there’s only certain competitions that we have a realistic chance of having a good run at and the FA Cup is one of them. “I’m not sure of Paul’s record in the FA Cup; from my point of view I was fortunate enough to play in five cup finals and win four of them and it was a fantastic experience, so why would you want to deny yourself and your club the opportunity to go to a cup final? “It’s a marvellous occasion and something, as a football person, you should want to do. I think if you manage your squad well enough then you can have a cup run and you can actually help your league form as well.” Hughes will be without a number of players, with Ireland (hamstring) and goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen (Achilles) joining the injured list. Sorensen’s injury coupled with number one Asmir Begovic’s broken finger means Jack Butland will make his first start for the club and 19-year-old Austrian Dan Bachmann will be on the bench. Hughes will wait for a verdict on Sorensen’s likely lay-off before considering bringing in another keeper. There was good news on key defender Robert Huth, who has returned to training after knee surgery, although he is unlikely to be back in the squad for another two weeks. Hughes said of his likely side on Saturday: “We’ll see how they rock up but if the ones I’m planning to play are okay then we’ll go strong.” Press Association
GREGORY DIXON/Herald photoThe film for this past weekend’s men’s soccer game didn’t survive for long in the hands of Badger head coach Jeff Rohrman.”While we did spend time Monday addressing the issues we saw (on video), I told the guys ‘You know what? I’m going to burn this DVD now. It’s time to put this behind us.'”The Badgers (5-4-2, 0-2-1 Big Ten), fresh off one of their toughest matchups of the year in No. 7 Northwestern, cannot afford to dwell on the disappointing conference loss for long, as they must face in-state rival UW-Milwaukee on the road tonight. The Panthers, one of UW’s bigger nonconference rivals, and the Badgers have met 29 times since their first meeting in 1977. However, while UW has the most recent win in the series, a 2-0 shutout at Milwaukee in 2005, the Panthers lead the all-time series with a record of 13-11-5.”Whenever we play one of our in-state rivals, whether it be UW-Milwaukee, Green Bay or Marquette, I always tell our players to be prepared to be in a battle. It doesn’t matter what the records are,” Rohrman said. “You’re under the lights on a cool, crisp night. It’s going to be a game that will be played at an extremely high pace, and having to adjust to that kind of intensity is what this rivalry is all about.”Last year, the game between the two went well into the night as the two teams played 110 minutes of soccer that eventually ended in a 2-2 draw at the McClimon Soccer Complex.This time around, the Badgers will be looking to use the annual meeting as a springboard for the second half of the season. Since its 4-0 shutout of the NIU Huskies two weeks ago, the Wisconsin offense has been nonexistent, going without a goal in its past two matchups against Michigan State and Northwestern.”I think the guys have a lot of confidence that we can rebound,” Rohrman said. “We played really well in both second halves of the games that we lost. As long as we can minimize the mistakes that we make, continue to stay focused and maintain an assertive attack, I think that everyone on the team would agree that we have the kind of players that can put the ball in the back of the net and win games for us.”Wednesday’s game will also mark the return of two of the team’s premier players, sophomore midfielder Pablo Delgado and junior forward Victor Diaz. Both players have been battling injuries the past couple of weeks, forcing Rohrman to experiment with many different personnel adjustments on the offensive end.”In some ways, (Delgado and Diaz) both have a very good sense of where each other is on the field and how to move the ball to them. There is certainly a high level of comfort in playing off of each other as well as with the rest of the team, something that makes them very dangerous as we move forward offensively,” Rohrman said.UW will look to give its offense a boost in this match by straying a little from its normal formation and adding another forward to the mix in hope that the extra man will “close out some of the gaps” with which the Milwaukee defense has to work.With a team that looks to be back to full strength, the Badgers hope that tonight’s game DVD will be around much longer than the last.
The Los Angeles Police Department began an investigation into the death of an unidentified 22-year-old male near USC Tuesday afternoon.After an initial response by the Department of Public Safety, LAPD began its investigation at 2:25 p.m.The incident occurred at the 600 block of West 30th Street, according to LAPD media relations Officer Tony Im.DPS Deputy Chief David Carlisle said that LAPD and the L.A. County coroner have taken control of the investigation.“Initially, we were told it appeared to be an accidental overdose,” Carlisle said. “But that will be determined ultimately by the LAPD and the coroner.”LAPD will notify the deceased’s family and determine when to make his name public.UPDATE:The man was identified as Jonathan Bisignano, a senior majoring in international relations (global economy) in a statement from Dani Byrd, interim dean of the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, to students, faculty and staff in the School of International Relations on Friday.The L.A. County Coroner said Bisignano was 22, not 23 as previously reported.In an email to the Daily Trojan, Gerard Bisignano said that his son had a hereditary heart condition and died in his sleep from heart failure. Gerard Bisignano said that he spoke with the coroner’s investigator and that no drug paraphernalia was found at the scene.“Jonathan was known as a caring, smart and ambitious man,” Gerard Bisignano said.
On the pitch, Neymar will miss the first three games of next season’s Champions League for insulting match officials following PSG’s defeat to Manchester United.And PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi insisted last month he will not tolerate any more “superstar behaviour”, comments some took to be directed at the 27-year-old.“The more great players you have, the better it is for the competition,” Tebas added.“In the case of Neymar, my opinion is that the behaviour off the pitch does not seem very appropriate, nor is it very good for the competition.“The news is always about whether the player has done this or that. We have worked a lot in this league to represent the right values and we don’t want to change that image.”Neymar spent four years at Barcelona between 2013 and 2017, winning the Champions League and two La Liga titles. He scored 68 goals in four seasons at the club.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: NeymarMadrid, Spain | AFP | La Liga president Javier Tebas has said he would rather Neymar does not return to La Liga if he cannot improve his behaviour.Neymar left Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain for a world record fee of 222 million euros in August 2017, but could make a surprise move back to Camp Nou this summer.“In my opinion if Neymar behaves better, he can be a great player,” Tebas told Spanish radio station Onda Cero late Sunday.“But I think behaviour and the values that we set as a competition are also very important. I prefer another type of player.“Neymar is a great player, but if the example off the pitch is not correct, then to be honest I’d prefer him not to come to the Spanish league.”Neymar has denied allegations he raped a woman in Paris and last month attempted to prove his innocence by making public what he claims is an exchange of messages between them.Spain’s tax authorities are also investigating Neymar over a bonus he earned at Barcelona and the transfer fee paid to him by PSG, while he remains in dispute with Barca regarding a loyalty payment of 26 million euros.
10 Mar 2014 Search starts for 2014 National Skills Challenge champions The search has started for the 2014 champions of England Golf’s National Skills Challenge. This year’s competition, sponsored by FJ, the #1 Shoe and Glove in Golf, has just begun and the first official Challenge event of 2014 is underway. Over 800 clubs and ranges and 6000 juniors are registered to take part in this year’s National Skills Challenge – and there’s still time to enter. The top players who take part in the two official Challenges will be eligible to qualify for the 96 regional final places and the top 32 will go forward to the national final. FJ have supported this initiative since 2010 with products and prizes for all players who qualify for the regional and national finals. Russell Lawes, FJ Marketing Manager, said: “We are delighted to once again support the National Skills Challenge. Teaching junior golfers the key fundamentals of golf at an early age is extremely important to their development and understanding of the game. “The relaxed and enjoyable environment in which the National Skills Challenge is run is perfect for engaging juniors with the game of golf. We as always look forward to hearing how the juniors progress throughout the year and would like to wish everyone participating the very best of luck.” The National Skills Challenge is England Golf’s junior skills programme and consists of 10 challenges covering putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play and the long game. Registered clubs have the choice of taking part in the two official Challenge events – which take place between specific dates – or running own club challenges or simply incorporating the activities into their own junior coaching programmes. The 2014 club Challenge dates are as follows: Challenge 1: Saturday 1st March 2014 – Sunday 4th May 2014 Challenge 2: Monday 5th May 2014 – Sunday 6th July 2014 The regional finals will be held in August and the national final in September. Richard Flint, England Golf Club Services and Development Director, commented: “The National Skills Challenge provides golf facilities with a range of fun coaching activities, which help to encourage juniors to practice and develop their skills. All golf clubs and driving ranges are welcome to register and receive a variety of free resources including manuals, scorecards and certificates.” Dates and venues for the regional and national finals, together with the live online leaderboards, and information on how to register are available now at www.getintogolf.org/skills. The National Skills Challenge, supported by FJ, is an initiative provided by England Golf as part of the England Golf Strategic Plan 2014-2017. Caption: Some of the competitors at the 2013 National Skills Challenge final (image copyright John Thomson).