Kean signs for Norwich

first_img The 24-year-old, who has penned a two-year deal at Carrow Road, made 44 appearances for Rovers having been handed his Premier League debut against Chelsea in 2012. Boss Alex Neil told canaries.co.uk: “Jake is a good, up-and-coming goalkeeper. Press Association “We obviously have Declan Rudd here as our number two goalkeeper and we’ve sent Remi Matthews out on loan to get match experience, which I think is important for him. “We needed to make sure we had cover for the goalkeeping position and we wanted to bring in someone who could push Declan. “Having spoken to [goalkeeper coach] Dean Kiely, we decided Jake was someone who fits the bill. A few years ago he was spoken of in the same terms as goalkeepers like Jack Butland who have gone on to become important first team ‘keepers. “Jake has maybe just lost his way a little but we are hoping to give him the platform here to go on and reach those heights again.” Kean, who is the club’s fifth summer signing, said : “This is a massive opportunity for me. “A couple of years ago I was flying high but unfortunately my knee injury has made it quite a difficult road to get back to where I was. I feel with the support Alex Neil and Dean Kiely have shown me here already, I’m not going to be far away from getting back to that level.” center_img Norwich have signed goalkeeper Jake Kean on a free transfer following his release from Blackburn.last_img read more

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Ireland back-row forward Peter O’Mahony is not intimidated by Jamie Cudmore

first_img Munster captain O’Mahony anticipates a gritty battle with Canada in the Pool D opener, but is adamant Ireland can keep their cool. “Look it’s something that we don’t have any interest in,” said O’Mahony of Cudmore’s ability to wind up opponents. “You’ve seen it over the last two years. “I think it’s pretty much gone out of the game of rugby at this stage, there’s too much going on, there’s too much at stake to be worried about little things like that. “We’ll worry about implementing our gameplan, and stopping a very good Canadian side. “What we have to worry about is doing our homework, putting that to bed and then worrying about our performance and implementing our gameplan. “I don’t think we can focus on niggle or that kind of thing and to be fair I don’t think that’s going to happen. “Both teams will have too much at stake and too much to worry about, and will be purely focused on the match. Peter O’Mahony has vowed Ireland will not let Canada enforcer Jamie Cudmore turn Saturday’s World Cup opener into a series of sideshow skirmishes. Ireland will afford Canada captain Cudmore “a huge amount of respect” at the Millennium Stadium, but are determined not to be drawn into any off-the-ball battles. Evergreen Clermont lock Cudmore was sent off and then banned for five weeks and Paul O’Connell sin-binned in a feisty fracas in Munster’s 23-18 Heineken Cup victory in 2008. “I’m not 100 per cent sure how many caps he has for Clermont but he has a high number of first-class games under his belt, he’s a very experienced player. “Hugely physical, I’ve played against him a couple of times and he really drives Clermont’s pack. “He’s a real go-to guy for them and I’d imagine he’s the same for Canada. “He’s someone that we’ve looked at hard and someone that we’ll have to pay a huge amount of respect to on Saturday. “Cudmore is a hugely tough opponent, hugely physical and a good athlete, a very good rugby player. “So if you’re going to name off all those attributes he’s got to be someone you’re impressed by.” Combative flanker O’Mahony believes the opening of his maiden World Cup campaign can represent a pivotal time in his career. The 25-year-old is determined Ireland can quickly hit form after consecutive defeats to Wales and England in their warm-up schedule. “I think we’ve a lot of areas to cover, we’ve had four important and tough Tests,” said O’Mahony. “We’ve plenty to work on but the good thing is there’s been a real edge to training. “You can see it’s a World Cup week just by the attitude to training, and we’ve got through a lot of very good work that we needed to do, so it’s been good. “It’s my first World Cup so I’m just massively excited to get over there and get stuck in. “It’s certainly one of the biggest weeks of my career.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Garry Monk warns out-of-sorts Swans places are under threat

first_imgSwansea manager Garry Monk has warned places are at risk as his side seek to end a winless run of three Barclays Premier League games against Tottenham on Sunday. Monk has had a settled side in the opening two months of the campaign, with nine players having started every league game. But Swansea’s performances have dipped since the international break at the start of September, with a goalless home draw against Everton sandwiched in between defeats at Watford and Southampton. Press Association There was also a shock Capital One Cup defeat at Championship club Hull in that period and Monk accepts Swansea must rediscover the consistency which took them to an eighth-placed finish last season and saw them start this campaign so well with eight points from four games. “Of course – everyone’s position will be under threat,” Monk said at his press conference ahead of the Spurs game. “That’s why you have competition in the squad. “I have got players who have not had the minutes they would have liked, and the players who have played know they need to perform. “They have to fight every single day for the shirt.” Swansea’s limp performance in losing 3-1 at Southampton last weekend dropped them into the bottom half of the table for the first time since the end of 2013-14 campaign. Yet only four weeks earlier Swansea were in the Champions League places after beating Manchester United 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium. “Players don’t go out wanting to play badly, and it wasn’t a lack of commitment that was the problem at Southampton,” Monk said. “It’s not that the players are not working or not running. “But we have to make sure our focus is right. For us, it’s about getting back to the consistent level we had last season. “Even when we lost games last season, our performances were usually at a consistent level. “That’s what we have to get back to.” Gylfi Sigurdsson’s late penalty at Southampton saw him become only Swansea’s third scorer in the current league campaign. Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew had contributed Swansea’s seven previous goals between them, but Monk says it is the performance of the team and not the lack of goalscorers which is focusing his thoughts right now. “We’d love to spread the goals out more – every team would – but the important thing is we improve as a team right now,” Monk said. “There’s been two games where we haven’t performed, last weekend at Southampton and Watford away, in a short space of time so we have to improve. “The chances we’ve created have fallen to a number of players and it’s a case of being clinical and having more composure in those moments. “If we’d done that more players would have scored, but it’s not about that for me. It’s about being better as a team and improving to a higher level. “You need to get to the 15-game mark before assessing where you are at, and what’s achievable going forward from there, because that’s when you see it settle down in this league.” last_img read more

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Jurgen Klopp must cope with fixture congestion, warns Arsene Wenger

first_img The Reds welcome Wenger’s league-leading Arsenal to Anfield on Wednesday night after making 11 changes to their team for the 2-2 FA Cup third-round draw at Exeter on Friday night. Klopp is struggling with a chronic injury list as he looks to improve on a run of two wins from their last six Barclays Premier League games. Arsene Wenger has told Jurgen Klopp he must adapt to the traditions of English football after the Liverpool boss spoke out about his team’s fixture pile-up. Press Association “I don’t think you can explain the injuries of the players by the intensity of the game,” he said. “First of all it’s difficult for me to assess this situation because I don’t know exactly what’s happening. Every injury is an individual case. “We have been confronted with that as well and sometimes you are hit at a moment without doing much different to before, and you don’t really know why. “Every time we go to Anfield, we face a team who is up for it. It’s always a ferocious battle, no matter who the manager is. They had a very strong manager before (Brendan Rodgers), they have a very strong one now and Klopp has the personality to do well there.” While Wenger also revealed the club are confident of finally getting a deal over the line for Basle midfielder Mohamed Elneny this week, Liverpool have made their first move in the transfer market. Marko Grujic has been signed from Red Star Belgrade, although he will remain at the Serbian club on loan for the remainder of the season. With the added incentive of extra revenue next season when the new £5billion Premier League television deal begins, Wenger reckons there will be a flurry of activity this month. “I would say for the media you could have some good news that January transfer window,” he added. “I believe many clubs will be active. You go from the clubs who are down in the table like Villa, who have to do something, to the clubs at the top. “I’m sure many of them could be very active. My prediction – that it could be one of the most active transfer windows in January that you have seen.” One big deal already completed is that of former Gunners youngster Benik Afobe, who joined Bournemouth from Wolves in a deal reportedly worth £10million, and Wenger feels the 22-year-old can be a hit on the south coast. “He has the qualities to integrate into a team like Bournemouth, whose game is based on movement, pace and quick football,” he said. “I must say I am very happy for Benik because he had an outstanding attitude here and I am very pleased he has done well. It is a good opportunity for him and I hope he will be successful there. “Sometimes you have to let people go who are not completely ready for us, knowing that they could be successful.” Liverpool face a run of six games in 18 days now they have to negotiate a replay with Exeter, with Klopp saying the biggest difference between managing in England rather than Germany is the number of games. But Wenger, now in his 20th season at Arsenal, reckons adjusting to the pressure of playing more games is something everyone who comes to manage in the Barclays Premier League is important. “I must say you get that from everybody who comes to England at the start because you have to adapt to the English style,” he said. “I was like that, and I’m still in favour of a winter break, but without losing the traditions of English football. That is play over Christmas, and maybe have a break in January. “But I believe as well that we go a little bit overboard because today the English clubs are in a financial situation to have a squad of 25 top, top level players. It’s not like it was 25 years ago, so we cannot always complain that we play too much because we have players who can rotate, players who want to play. “In every club now, when I look at the bench I am quite impressed with the players who are there and can play, so I don’t believe that it’s like we have 13 players who have to play every single game.” Klopp has introduced his successful “gegenpressing” style at Anfield after it helped him to five major honours during his time in charge of Borussia Dortmund. The physical exertion required to succeed with such a method of play has been highlighted by some as a reason for the number of injuries accumulating at Liverpool – a theory Wenger dismissed. last_img read more

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Study shows Martial and Vardy are fastest men in the Premier League this term

first_imgManchester United forward Anthony Martial and Leicester striker Jamie Vardy have been clocked as the fastest players in the Barclays Premier League this season. Press Association EA Sports’ Player Performance Index shows both players have recorded a speed of 22 miles per hour over five seconds, with Vardy setting the pace back in August in Leicester’s 2-1 win at West Ham. Vardy’s rapid sprint was matched by France international Martial in Manchester United’s 3-3 draw against Newcastle at St James’ Park last week. center_img Manchester United published the findings on their official website, adding: ” The identity of United’s fastest player has been debated among the first-team squad for the last 12 months with Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Wayne Rooney all among the leading contenders. Yet that debate was eventually put to rest when the captain was clocked at 35 kilometres per hour during the 3-1 win over Aston Villa in April 2015. “Interestingly, Rooney’s figure from last campaign equates to 21.74mph and that is, of course, just slightly slower than Martial’s top speed registered against the Magpies.” Vardy’s Foxes team-mate Jeffrey Schlupp has proved he is no slouch with a top speed of 21.9mph, with Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker, Liverpool striker Divock Origi and Newcastle defender Paul Dummett peaking at 21.8mph. last_img read more

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Wasps swoop for Ireland prop Marty Moore

first_img Press Association “Marty has already proven his international pedigree with Ireland and, at only 24, he has plenty of years ahead of him to continue his development and become a top-class tighthead,” Wasps director of rugby Dai Young told the official club website. “We already have talented tightheads at the club, but his addition will strengthen the depth we have in this key position and will help to drive competition for places, which is what we are trying to achieve throughout the squad.” Wasps have not disclosed the length of Moore’s deal at the Ricoh Arena. Moore is part of Ireland’s 35-man squad for their first two Six Nations games against Wales and France but limped out of Leinster’s European Champions Cup defeat to Wasps last weekend with a hamstring injury. “I’m really pleased to have signed a contract with Wasps to join next season,” Moore said. “I am looking forward to working with Dai Young and his coaching team as well as the squad and am excited about the challenge ahead in the Aviva Premiership.” Moore has won 10 caps since making his international debut in 2014 and been part of Ireland’s last two RBS 6 Nations title-winning squads. The 24-year-old tighthead has made 58 Leinster appearances since his debut for the Irish province in 2012. center_img Ireland and Leinster prop Marty Moore will join Wasps ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.last_img read more

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Broward Man Accused of FB Posts Threatening DeSantis, Other Officials

first_imgIn this Friday, July 21, 2017 photo, a woman is handcuffed after being searched by police for suspected drug paraphernalia at a city park in Delray Beach, Fla. As drug addiction destroys families across America, “there’s a need for a positive, vibrant recovery network to help people get off of opioids,” said State Attorney Dave Aronberg, chief prosecutor in Palm Beach County. “You can’t just arrest your way out of this problem.” But lately, South Florida has become the focal point of rampant insurance fraud that relies on a lethal cycle of failure, authorities say. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, a Fort Lauderdale man is in trouble for allegedly making death threats on Facebook about prominent federal, state and local officials.Investigators say 30-year-old Patrick Joseph Taylor used the alias “Rick Johnson” on the social media website.The threats, which were posted on June 2, named FBI Director Christopher Wray, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony, and Hallandale Beach Police Chief Sonia Quinones.Deputies arrested Taylor last Monday. He is facing four counts of the felony charge of intimidation, writing or sending threats to kill.During a bond court hearing on Tuesday, he said, “It’s not me. I’m not a criminal. I’ve never been convicted of a crime.”According to the deputies’ report, the posts said: “Dog whistle, the head of the FBI is about to be murdered,” “Dog whistle and they’re going to kill the head of Hallandale Police Department very soon”, “Dog whistle and the new head of BSO will be murdered” and “The governor of Florida will be executed,” the report said.The FBI is directing questions about the case to the sheriff’s office, and representatives for DeSantis and Quinones are not commenting.Broward Sheriff Lieutenant Greg Molamphy says his team became aware of Taylor when one of the man’s Facebook friends reported the posts.During the hearing held on Tuesday, Assistant State Attorney Eric Linder told Broward County Judge Ellen Feld, “I have great concern for not only the listed victims in the case, [but also for] the safety of the community in general.”Linder explained that Taylor has another open court case which includes charges of trespassing and resisting arrest without violence.Feld set bonds of $401,000 in this case. He has also ordered Taylor to not have any contact with the officials named in the threats or to possess guns or ammunition; to not use the Internet; and, if he is freed on bond, to be supervised before his trial with a GPS monitor.last_img read more

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Thousands of Floridians File Damage Claims from Hurricane Dorian

first_imgHundreds of South Floridians joined thousands of others across the state in filing insurance claims for damage from Hurricane Dorian, even though the storm did not make landfall here.According to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, about 4,000 claims had been submitted statewide through September 16. Of that number, 908, or 23 percent, were filed in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.Michael Peltier, spokesman of the state-owned Citizens Property Insurance Corp., says, “Most of the damage we are seeing is from downed limbs and that sort of thing. Generally speaking, if something [tree limb, fence, etc.] was already weak, it could sustain damage under Dorian conditions.”The information released by the state does not offer any details on the type or severity of the claims.Dorian remained about 100 miles offshore and brought wind gusts up to 41 mph through South Florida, and 44 mph around Jacksonville and Daytona Beach.Peltier explains that although sustained winds were lower along the coast when Dorian was near, a gust of wind is all it takes to break a tree limb over a house.More than half of the insurance claims filed – 2,288 of 3,961 – were for residential damage, while 156 were for commercial property damage.Another 1,500 were for miscellaneous coverage, which includes fire, marine, auto, aircraft, industrial, crop and surplus lines.last_img read more

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Convicted Rapist Harvey Weinstein Is Still NOT in Jail

first_imgConvicted sex offender, Harvey Weinstein, remains hospitalized at New York’s Bellevue Hospital after being convicted of rape in the third degree and committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree, the Guardian reported on Friday.Prior to being sent to the hospital by New York City Department of Corrections officials, Weinstein was set to be held at Rikers Island in New York until his March 11 sentencing.Weinstein was hospitalized after experiencing high blood pressure and heart palpitations, CNN reported earlier this week. His lawyer Donna Rotunno previously claimed Weinstein had “significant medical issues”—including a need to use a walker because of an unsuccessful back operation following a car accident last year, as his attorneys said in court.“He’s under the care of five doctors currently. He’s dealing with the remnants of his back operation, which was not successful. He’s in need of the walker,” the defense team said this week, adding, “He takes a list of different medicines. Judge, he’s currently receiving shots in his eyes so he does not go blind.”Weinstein will serve anywhere from 5 to 29 years in prison following the jury’s ruling this week. (Criminal sexual act in the first degree carries with it a minimum prison term of 5 years and a maximum of 25 years; rape in the third degree does not have a minimum sentence associated with a conviction, but includes a maximum prison term of four years.)On Thursday, Weinstein’s lawyer Arthur Aidala told the Hollywood Reporter that his client was focused on appealing the verdict and had provided Aidala with some guidance while at the hospital. “He was the Harvey that I know,” Aidala said of the convicted rapist. “He asked a lot of relevant questions about what’s happening, what the next steps are. He gave some directions about how to proceed. I needed some directions on how to proceed. He just was looking forward to my visit [on Friday] so we can go over things face-to-face in more detail.”After Weinstein was accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women (claims he has long denied), his conviction was hailed as a significant legal victory for the #MeToo movement.last_img read more

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Publix Limiting Purchases of Hand Sanitizers, Other Items

first_imgPublix is now limiting the amount of hand soaps, hand sanitizers and other items that customers may purchase because of increased demand from concerns over the coronavirus.Customers are being allowed to buy a maximum of two items such as gloves, wipes, and rubbing alcohol.Signs posted on store shelves say, “Because of increased demand, customers are limited to two (2) of each item in the hand soaps & sanitizers section. Thank you for your understanding.”The supermarket chain has not stated how long the policy may remain in place.last_img

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