Edinson Cavani and Adrien Rabiot Arsenal have held talks with Paris Saint-Germain over potential deals for Adrien Rabiot and Edinson Cavani, talkSPORT has learnt.Arsene Wenger is still looking to boost his squad this summer having so far only brought in Petr Cech from Premier League rivals Chelsea.The Gunners boss has long held an interest in Karim Benzema and has been heavily linked with a move for the Real Madrid hitman in recent weeks.Rodney Marsh suggested earlier this week that the north London club were closing in on a £48m deal for the Frenchman.But talkSPORT has been told that a deal for Benzema is not on the cards, with Real Madrid not planning to sell the 27-year-old.Wenger is instead understood to be looking at PSG’s frontman Cavani, who is is reportedly desperate to leave the French champions this summer.Arsenal have not made a bid for the Uruguyan but they have approached PSG to discuss his availability.The Gunners have elso enquired about Cavani’s teammate Rabiot.The 20-year-old midfielder is rated highly in his homeland but has struggled for regular game time under Laurent Blanc and is believed to be keen to move on. 1
Ilkay Gundogan Manchester United and Liverpool target Ilkay Gundogan has reaffirmed his commitment to Borussia Dortmund.The German international has been linked with a possible reunion under former manager Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, while United are also keeping track of his progress.But the playmaker insists he is still devoted to Dortmund and revealed he sees himself remaining at the Bundesliga club next season.“This is an issue that is always floating around,” said Gündo?an“I am very happy with BVB and feel very comfortable here.“Of course, I can imagine remaining here beyond the end of the season.” 1
Former Arsenal player Paul Merson has caused a stir on social media today.The Sky Sports pundit predicted that Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea (in that order) will be the Premier League top four at the end of the season, surprisingly dismissing Manchester United. But while that’s a controversial opinion, it was the 47-year-old’s explanation that generated more interest, specifically by taking the concept of a ‘top team’ to a whole new level.Football followers are increasingly accustomed to pundits making a distinction between ‘top’ and ‘top, top’, but Merse has gone two steps beyond.Watch below as Merson introduces the world to the definition of ‘top, top, top, top’. Paul Merson has criticised Unai Emery’s judgement 1
UEFA.com have announced their Team of the Year for 2015 as voted for by their users.It was a disappointing year for the Premier League as no players were represented in the team, with nine players coming from La Liga.There are a few surprises but Lionel Messi was present for the seventh time after being included in 70 per cent of the teams selected.However, it was Cristiano Ronaldo who created history with a record breaking 10th appearance in the UEFA Team of the Year and he is also the only player to be included in two positions (midfield and forward).Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez was the player who gained the most Twitter votes but ultimately missed out on the overall XI.Click the arrow above, right, to see the official UEFA.com Team of the Year. Defender – Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) – Ramos had a tough year off the field with prolonged contract discussions which led to the Spaniard threatening to join Manchester United. Defender – David Alaba (Bayern Munich) – Alaba made it three years in a row at left back having been one of only three players to be selected at the age of 21 (the other two are Messi and Ronaldo). Midfielder – Paul Pogba (Juventus) – Pogbas year saw him become the most sought-after midfielder in the world after his performances helped Juve reach the final of the Champions League. 11 11 Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) – click the yellow arrow to see the UEFA.com Team of the Year – The 2014 World Cup winner made the team for a third successive time after a splendid season involving a domestic double and a Champions League semi final. 11 11 Defender – Dani Alves (Barcelona) – Another appearance in the Team of the Year for the Brazilian who won five trophies with Barcelona in 2015. Midfielder – Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) – Iniesta took over from Xavi as captain of Barcelona but has continued the tradition of winning at the Camp Nou. No midfielder has made more appearances in the team. 11 Forward – Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – Ronaldo breaks his own record for a 10th inclusion in the side after a year that saw him score more goals than anyone else on the planet. 11 11 11 Forward – Neymar (Barcelona) – Neymar has become one of the greatest attackers in the world and is a certain future Ballon dOr winner himself having scored more than 40 goals in 2015. Defender – Gerard Pique (Barcelona) – Pique is another member of Barcelonas all-conquering side in 2015 despite his difficulties with fans of the Spain national side. 11 Midfielder – James Rodriguez (Real Madrid) – It is a first appearance for James despite a trophyless season as he becomes the first Colombian to be selected. 11 11 Forward – Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – Messi took 70 per cent of the vote and is also expected to take home a fifth Ballon dOr following a remarkable year where he scored 52 goals.
1 Yassin Fortune Arsenal have handed French teen sensation Yassin Fortune his first professional contract at the club.The 17-year-old striker only arrived from Lens in the summer but has made an impressive start to life in north London.Fortune has scored seven times in his first 15 appearances for the under-18s side which also earned him a call up to the Under-21 team.Arsenal have high hopes for the rapid forward so moved quickly to hand him a pro deal at the Emirates.
The Premier League have announced supporters will pay a maximum of £30 for a ticket to an away match for the next three seasons.Member clubs made the decision to introduce the new measures after sustained pressure from fans of top-flight teams to make football more affordable.The £30 cap will run from the start of the 2016/17 campaign through to 2018/19, a period which will see the Premier League teams receive record revenue (£5.14 billion) from broadcasting deals.It will replace the Away Supporters’ Initiative, which was introduced in 2013 and saw clubs individually implement a range of measures, including travel subsidies, reciprocal pricing and reduced admissions as well as improved facilities.A Premier League statement read: “At their last meeting on 4 February, 2016, the clubs unanimously agreed that more should be done to help away fans and, after consideration of a range of options, have now decided to introduce the new £30 maximum price for away tickets.“The £30 away ticket cap will replace the ASI [Away Supporters’ Initiative] as a single, League-wide recognition of the importance of away fans for the three seasons 2016/17 to 2018/19. “ 1
LONG BEACH – The site of the former Boeing 717 plant could play a bigger role in Hollywood or serve as an RV haven. The Planning Commission voted unanimously late Thursday to allow Boeing Realty Corp. to broaden the potential interim uses for the defunct plant while company officials finalize long-term plans for the 54-acre site. While originally limited to office or manufacturing uses, the Boeing plant could potentially be used as a production studio for the entertainment industry, storage for electronic servers, indoor recreation, or indoor storage for recreational vehicles and trailers. Boeing has talked with a movie company regarding the studio possibility, but officials declined to identify the studio. (562) 499-1303160Want 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 CityThe prospect of an RV storage facility could help residents in neighboring Lakewood, where tougher laws regulating street parking of rigs and motor homes took effect July 1. Many RV and trailer owners have complained about a lack of affordable storage facilities. “I thought about that (storage) when I looked at those buildings because they are large enough to handle the largest RVs you can possibly think of,” Lakewood City Councilman Larry Van Nostran said. “It would be a great use for the time being.” The commission’s recommendation now goes to the City Council for approval. Under the interim plan, none of the buildings would be demolished nor would any buildings be erected. Boeing closed the 717 plant in May 2006. [email protected]ram.com
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Auvinen, who had no previous criminal record and belonged to a shooting club in central Helsinki, shot the victims with a .22-caliber pistol that he bought from a local gun store days before the attack. Police revealed Friday that Auvinen had settled for the pistol after being denied a license for a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun. “The application was rejected because a 9 mm gun is considered too powerful … for target practice shooting,” Detective Superintendent Tero Haapala told The Associated Press. “He was recommended to get a .22-caliber gun.” After Wednesday’s shooting drew international attention to Finland’s gun culture, the Interior Ministry issued a statement saying firearm sales were “strictly controlled.” Before granting a weapons permit, police “assess the applicant’s suitability to possess a firearm, his or her way of life, behavior and possible mental health problems,” the statement said. Applicants must also prove they have a legitimate need for a gun, such as hunting or target practice. Self-defense is not a valid reason. “Almost every Finnish family has a hunting gun at home,” said William Wadstein, a gun shop owner in Helsinki. “We are used to seeing guns.” He added that Finnish children are brought up knowing that guns are not toys: “Guns are very, very dangerous things. They are used for hunting, not murdering.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HELSINKI, Finland – A teenage killer’s deadly school rampage has put Finns on the defensive about their relationship to guns. With 1.6 million firearms in private hands, the Nordic nation is an anomaly in Europe, lagging behind only the U.S. and Yemen in civilian gun ownership, studies show. The government said Friday it would raise the minimum age for buying guns from 15 to 18 but insisted there was no need for sweeping changes to gun laws shaped by deep-rooted traditions of hunting in the sub-Arctic wilderness. “If you look at the rate of homicides with firearms (in Finland), the figure is very low,” Interior Ministry spokesman Ilkka Salmi said. “People using guns are hunters. They live in rural areas. It’s part of the life over there.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre According to a government study in 2002, 14 percent of homicides in Finland are gun-related. In the U.S., nearly 67 percent of murders reported to police in 2002 were committed with a firearm, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. International gun control activists have urged the Finns to rethink their laws in the wake of Wednesday’s tragedy. Finns are sensitive to their international image and often complain their country is portrayed as a gloomy northern outpost of Europe, where long dark winters drive people to binge drinking, suicide or random outbursts of violence. Wednesday’s bloodshed did little to help. Pekka-Eric Auvinen, described by police as a bullied 18-year-old outcast, opened fire at his high school in southern Finland. He killed six students, a school nurse and the principal before ending his own life with a gunshot to the head. “There are all kinds of people living in Finland, like everywhere else,” said Tero Aaltonen, a customer in a Helsinki gun shop. “But I rather think it’s the influence of the media and all the things people are exposed to that might make someone do a thing like that.”
Wallace was gunned down March 9, 1997, after attending a party at the Peterson Automotive Museum on the Miracle Mile. His murder remains unsolved. Wallace’s family claims that Knight — who employed off-duty LAPD officers as security guards — ordered Wallace’s death as part of a feud between Death Row and its East Coast rap music rival Bad Boy Records. Wallace — better known as “The Notorious B.I.G.” or “Biggie Smalls” — was a star for Bad Boy. Wallace’s family alleges that new evidence has emerged that shows Knight conspired with Perez and fellow LAPD Officer David Mack to commit Wallace’s murder. Mack is serving 14 years in federal prison for a bank robbery conviction. At this morning’s hearing, Robert J. Frank, attorney for the Wallace estate, argued that new evidence — taken from a statement by Mack’s former cellmate — proves that Mack provided security for Knight the night of Wallace’s murder and was present at the crime scene. A federal judge indicated today she will add more defendants to the wrongful-death lawsuit the estate of murdered rapper Christopher Wallace filed against the city of Los Angeles. At a hearing this morning, U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper said she will issue a final order sometime soon that may formally add Death Row Records executive Marion “Suge” Knight and disgraced ex-LAPD Officer Rafael Perez, among others, as defendants. Perez was a central figure in the Rampart corruption scandal that hit the LAPD in the late 1990s. “Plaintiffs have presented evidence that indicates Perez was on duty the night of the murder and may have been at the scene of the crime in an official capacity,” Cooper wrote in her tentative order, issued Friday. “Through his police contacts, Knight knew where Wallace was and sent Mack to take care of him,” Frank said. Wallace’s family wants the case to be finished, but not without all the evidence available to them, he said. Thomas Reichert, an attorney representing the city, dismissed the new evidence as “old wine, new bottles” and information gleaned from “jailhouse informants trying to catch a deal.” The new statement implicating Mack in Wallace’s death was unreliable hearsay, he added. Reichert also said the Wallace family’s lawsuit was based on information reported in the media, specifically a 2001 Rolling Stone magazine article alleging LAPD involvement in his death. In 2005, Cooper declared a mistrial in the case when it emerged that the city failed to turn over statements a jailhouse information made implicating Perez in Wallace’s killing. New evidence came out since the mistrial allowing Knight and Reggie Wright Jr., a former LAPD officer who formed a private security company, to be added as defendants, Cooper wrote. Today, Cooper said she would factor in arguments made by attorneys on both sides in a hearing this morning before issuing her final order. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!