CONFIRMED! Tottenham defender leaves on loan

first_img Federico Fazio (c) Tottenham defender Federico Fazio has joined former club Sevilla on loan for the rest of the season, the Premier League club have confirmed.The 28-year-old Argentine, who has three caps for his national team, has fallen down the pecking order at White Hart Lane and has returned to Spain having made just one appearance for Spurs this term.Fazio arrived at Tottenham from Sevilla in an £8million deal in August 2014, after playing 148 games and scoring 12 goals in seven years at the La Liga outfit, but struggled to establish himself at the north London club.He didn’t get off to the best start, getting sent off in his debut game against Manchester City and went on to make only 14 league appearances in his first campaign.And the summer signing of Toby Alderweireld, who immediately built a strong centre-back partnership with Belgian compatriot Jan Vertonghen, meant his playing time this term has been minimal.His only appearance came against Arsenal in the League Cup third round, and he was at directly at fault for the Gunners’ goals as they beat Spurs 2-1 at White Hart Lane.Spurs announced on their website: “Federico Fazio has joined Spanish side Sevilla on loan for the rest of the season.“The defender returns to the team he joined us from in the summer of 2014 having made 32 appearances in our colours to date.” 1last_img read more

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Sunderland statement in full after Adam Johnson found guilty of child sex charge

first_img1 Former Sunderland player Adam Johnson found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child Sunderland have released a statement insisting they were unaware Adam Johnson was planning to plead guilty to any child sex offences.Johnson is facing a lengthy spell in prison after he was found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a 15-year-old schoolgirl by a jury at Bradford Crown Court.He had previously admitted grooming the girl and one charge of sexual activity on the first day of the trial.Sunderland have been criticised for their handling of the affair – having allowed the ex-England international to continue to play for the club after his arrest a year ago – and Johnson told the court during his trial they were fully aware he had kissed the girl.But in a strongly-worded statement the Premier League club have refuted suggestions they knew he was planning to plead guilty to any of the charges.And the club insist they would have sacked Johnson immediately had they knew that was the case.The Sunderland statement read: “To respect the legal process, Sunderland AFC was unable to comment on this case until after the jury had delivered its verdict.“It has now done so and we thank our supporters for their patience and understanding. We now wish to clarify certain matters which arose during the trial.“Mr Johnson was suspended by the club immediately following his arrest on March 2, 2015. At that time, the club was advised by police of the broad nature of the allegations against Mr Johnson, who was being advised at all times by his own legal team. The club felt that the decision to suspend was appropriate at that time, even though he had not then been charged with any offence.“Two weeks later, his suspension was lifted after a meeting between the club and the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), and after the club took independent legal advice. The club reached this decision only after carrying out a safeguarding assessment and liaising with relevant agencies.“On 23 April 2015, Mr Johnson was charged with four offences. The club was informed that it was Mr Johnson’s intention to defend all the charges, a stance he maintained right up until the first day of trial. The club continued to review the safeguarding procedures it had put in place throughout this time.“On 4 May 2015, an introductory meeting took place between Mr Johnson, his father and Orlando Pownall QC. Mr Pownall had not previously met Mr Johnson. The club’s CEO was present during part of that meeting.“During the time that she was present there was no suggestion whatsoever that Mr Johnson would be changing his plea. Some documents were received relating to the case, which were immediately sent to Mr Pownall for his attention. However, the club was not in a position to make any judgment on the outcome of the case nor on Mr Johnson’s decision to defend all the allegations.“Following that meeting, Mr Johnson again confirmed to the club, presumably on advice from his own legal team, that his intention was to defend the charges in their entirety and he was confident of success once all evidence had been considered. He subsequently entered not guilty pleas to all charges on 6 June 2015.“The club did not give evidence either for the prosecution or the defence in this case. It was therefore not present in court when it is understood that a suggestion was made that the club knew all along that Mr Johnson was intending to change his plea just before trial to enable him to continue to play football for the club and that the club may also have been involved in tactical discussions about the plea.“This is utterly without foundation and is refuted in the strongest possible terms. The club never placed any pressure or demands on Mr Johnson to play football during this process. Decisions in relation to the pleas and the conduct of the trial have been left entirely to Mr Johnson and his highly experienced and skilled legal team. Mr Johnson has admitted in evidence that he changed his plea ‘on legal advice’.“The club only became aware of the change of plea, in relation to two of the four counts on the indictment, on the first day of the trial, after hearing it reported through the media. The club was not advised in advance that Mr Johnson would plead guilty to any offence. Had the club known that Mr Johnson intended to plead guilty to any of these charges, then his employment would have been terminated immediately.“Indeed, upon learning of the guilty plea on 11 February 2016, the club acted quickly and decisively in terminating Adam Johnson’s contract without notice.“This has been an extremely difficult time for all involved. The victim and her family have endured an unimaginable ordeal in the last 12 months and we trust that they will now be allowed to move on with their lives without further intrusion or public scrutiny.“Following the announcement of today’s verdict and the release of this detailed statement, the club intends to make no further comment.”last_img read more

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Booty fit to start but he might not

first_img McLeod Bethel-Thompson is UCLA’s official backup for Saturday’s game against No. 10 California. Patrick Cowan is starting, which was no surprise although Coach Karl Dorrell didn’t make that official until Thursday. McLeod Bethel-Thompson, a freshman walk-on, threw four interceptions and fumbled twice in relief of Ben Olson in the Notre Dame game. UCLA is one injury away from using Bethel-Thompson again, and Cowan already suffered through a hamstring injury in fall camp and a knee injury against Washington. Osaar Rasshan, a scholarship quarterback, is listed as the third-string quarterback. The redshirt sophomore moved to receiver this year but never had a catch and didn’t see the field much. With injuries to Olson (knee) and Cowan, Rasshan was moved back to quarterback. Bethel-Thompson and Rasshan shared equal reps this week. “(Mac) has the most experience,” Dorrell said. “He’s played. He’s been entrenched in the offense longer. We’re going to keep bringing Osaar along. “I’m encouraged by what he’s done. I know that he can do something for us if need be. He’s prepared to play, that’s the biggest thing.” Asked if Rasshan would remain at quarterback for the remainder of the season, Dorrell was hesitant to commit. “Yes, well for now,” Dorrell said. “I hate when you say the rest of the season. You just never … Yes, he is there for now, which could be the rest of the season.” All this is moot if Cowan can remain healthy, and Dorrell was pleased with his mobility. Also, Olson is regaining his range of motion, although there’s no set date for his return. UCLA receiver Gavin Ketchum (ankle) shed his boot but was back in it this week because he has a small fracture in his right tibia. Another blow to the receiving corps is that senior Marcus Everett (ankle) will not play. “(Everett) is still hobbling pretty good and having some difficulty pushing off (his foot),” Dorrell said. UCLA tailback Chris Markey (turf toe) is available to play, but whether he’ll get to play is another story. Markey missed the Notre Dame game and didn’t return to practice until Wednesday. He didn’t compete in team drills Thursday, because coaches wanted him to work on footwork. Dorrell was happy with his progress, but Markey will remain behind Kahlil Bell, Chane Moline and Christian Ramirez. UCLA probably will try to keep the ball away from Cal playmaker DeSean Jackson. Aaron Perez has worked on directional punts. “To me, everything I do with punting, no matter where it’s going or how high, it’s about executing with confidence,” Perez said. “Executing confidence, like Coach Dorrell says. Whatever the coaches want me to do – it will be a game-time decision – we’ll be sticking to our guns. “You have to respect a kid like that who’s shown he can return punts in tough situations. But, at the same time, we’re very confident in our coverage teams. If I do my job and hang the ball up, we’ll go out there and cover it.” Bethel-Thompson No. 2 Receivers out Markey available Planned punts Around the nation Baylor: Offensive line coach Eric Schnupp was suspended indefinitely by the university this week after being cited for urinating on the bar at a tavern. His resignation was effective immediately. Nebraska: Interim Athletic Director Tom Osborne responded to reports that Coach Bill Callahan said the former coach was “trying to run things from Washington” while he was a U.S. congressman. “I understand that head football coaches, like everyone else, have emotions,” Osborne said. “I’m not surprised that my long-term influence on the program could sometimes be felt as a controlling force even while I was away, but that was never the intent.” In a statement Thursday, Callahan didn’t deny the reported comments, but said he’s had a great deal of respect for Osborne since he started coaching. “We embrace Coach Osborne and everything he stands for,” Callahan said. The Associated Press contributed to this notebook. 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We have to see how he responds (to practicing),” Carroll said. “There’s no reason to make a decision.” Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian said he wanted to see how Booty’s finger feels at Notre Dame. Sarkisian said neither quarterback would be better suited to a relief role off the bench. “I don’t think either has the experience if they came in second,” Sarkisian said. “John David would bring a calming effect. Mark would try to make plays.” All-American tackle Sam Baker will only play if freshman Butch Lewis gets hurt, according to offensive line coach Pat Ruel. … Tailback Stafon Johnson (sprained foot) said he would play. … Cornerbacks Terrell Thomas (hamstring) and Shareece Wright (hamstring) are OK and Thomas will start. … Offensive guard Chilo Rachal (sprained knee) sat out practice but will play. … Linebacker Rey Maualuga (hip pointer) also will also play. “He made it through practice and will play,” Carroll said. … Linebacker Brian Cushing (sprained ankle) might start, but Carroll said he doesn’t want to rush him into playing a lot after missing three games. Trojan tidbits By Scott Wolf and Jill Painter STAFF WRITERS USC coach Pete Carroll proclaimed quarterback John David Booty fit to start against Notre Dame although he leaned toward giving backup Mark Sanchez his second straight start. 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Former cop says letter claims wife seen at store

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“We got a letter saying she was seen in Florida,” Bosco said. “She’s traveling an awful lot, isn’t she?” The writer of the letter, dated Nov. 19, said Stacy Peterson wasn’t alone when spotted in a Peoria supermarket and might have been trying to be noticed. She appeared to have “a little pudge,” the letter writer wrote, asking if she was pregnant. Brodsky declined to release the letter itself. It has been more than three weeks since Stacy Peterson vanished. Since then, authorities have said they believe the death of Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen Savio – whose body was found in a bathtub in 2004 – was a homicide staged to look like an accidental drowning. Peterson has not been called a suspect in Savio’s death, but authorities have said they suspect him in Stacy Peterson’s disappearance. Illinois State Police Captain Carl Dobrich told the Chicago Tribune that 64 officers are now assigned full-time to investigate Stacy Peterson’s disappearance and the death of Kathleen Savio. Dobrich also told the newspaper that detectives have found evidence Peterson may have violated Bolingbrook Police Department policies, violations that could be serious enough to jeopardize his $6,000 monthly pension.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHICAGO – A former police sergeant named as a suspect in his wife’s disappearance has received an unsigned letter describing a supermarket sighting of his wife elsewhere in Illinois, his attorney said Thursday. Drew Peterson received the letter Wednesday but didn’t open it until Thursday, attorney Joel Brodsky said. Peterson immediately called the Illinois State Police and his attorneys, he said. Brodsky said Peterson hopes the letter, which describes a sighting of a possibly pregnant Stacy Peterson in Peoria, will lead authorities to his wife. Pamela Bosco, a close friend of Stacy Peterson’s family, scoffed at the idea. She said the family has received “tons of letters,” signed and unsigned, from psychics and others claiming to know the missing woman’s whereabouts. last_img read more

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Fourth suspect enters plea

first_imgWHITTIER – The youngest suspect in the killing of a Pico Rivera grandmother pleaded not guilty Monday to shooting the woman when she tried to stop another man from defacing a wall. Angel Chris Rojas, 17, is charged with murder, shooting at an occupied vehicle, conspiracy and street terrorism. His three co-defendants, Jennifer Ann Tafolla, 19, Cesar Lopez, 20, and Richard Rolon, 21, entered not guilty pleas to the same charges on Friday. Because Rojas is the alleged triggerman, he is also charged with one felony count of unlawful firearm activity and the special allegation that he personally and intentionally discharged a firearm. All four are also facing the special allegation that they committed the murder to further a criminal street gang. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsDetectives said the suspects belonged to a gang called the Brown Authority. Although Rojas was 16 at the time of the Aug. 10 shooting, he will be tried as an adult. He is being held in a juvenile facility, and will join the three other defendants on Jan. 14 to set a date for a preliminary hearing. Rojas had been scheduled to appear in court with the other defendants, but was not brought in due to transportation problems. Family members of the alleged victim, Maria Hicks, were in court to watch proceedings. Melinda Wall, Hicks’ daughter, came to the arraignment with other family members. Wall said family members have been present for every court date related to the case, and she plans to continue attending the defendant’s court appearances. Members of Rojas’ family were also present for the arraignment, but were expelled from court for talking to the defendant, which is prohibited while court is in session. The prosecution said the four suspects chose to tag a wall at San Gabriel River Parkway and Woodford Street when they saw that a rival gang had tagged there. Tafolla drove the 1998 Lincoln Continental the suspects rode in the night of Aug. 10, according to the criminal complaint. Authorities said Rolon directed Lopez to mark the wall while an armed Rojas stood watch. Hicks was driving home when she saw a man, identified by the complaint as Lopez, spray painting on the wall. She flashed her headlights and honked. Prosecutors say Rojas got out of the car and fired several shots at Hicks’ vehicle, hitting her once in the head. She died three days later. On Aug. 14, deputies arrested Lopez, Rojas and Tafolla. Rolon was caught in Oakland on Sept. 1. airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Man United and Liverpool charged for fan disturbances at Europa League tie

first_img Greater Manchester Police arrested five supporters around Thursday’s last-16 tie at Old Trafford 1 Manchester United and Liverpool have been hit with multiple fines, with UEFA opening disciplinary proceedings following disturbances during Thursday’s highly-charged Europa League tie.The north west rivals’ first-ever European meeting ended with Jurgen Klopp’s men progressing from the last-16 with a 3-1 aggregate win, completed with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.But Thursday’s match was not without incident, with clashes between fans, who saw both punches and chairs thrown, marring the result.Liverpool have been hit with five charges, with all but the late kick-off offence relating to their supporters.The setting off of fireworks in the away end has landed a UEFA charge, as well as the throwing of objects and more general crowd disturbances.Liverpool have also been charged with illicit chanting – something United have somehow avoided in both legs, despite vile chants about the Hillsborough disaster clearly being audible from among the Red Devils faithful.Man United have been charged, like the visitors, with crowd disturbances and throwing objects, in addition to blocked stairways under the European governing body’s safety and security regulations.The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on May 19.Greater Manchester Police arrested five supporters around Thursday’s last-16 tie.Two people were arrested for affray and another for criminal damage, having smashed a minibus window.The trio were detained overnight as was another individual arrested for being drunk and disorderly, while an individual charged with setting off a flare received a caution.last_img read more

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Italian club leading chase to sign Liverpool and Everton target

first_imgInter Milan are the leading the chase to sign Liverpool and Everton target Caner Erkin from Fenerbahce.The Italian club are unlikely to complete a permanent move for Galatasaray defender Alex Telles, who is currently on loan, so will be on the lookout for a replacement full-back this summer.Liverpool have scouted Erkin this season, and Everton are also said to be keen, but both clubs are still undecided on whether to make an approach for the Turkish international.According to Turkish outlet Milliyet, Erkin is stalling on a contract renewal with Fenerbahce after becoming aware of the interest from abroad, and could be on his way to Italy on a free transfer.Both Merseyside clubs want to wait until after Euro 2016 before making up their minds on Erkin, but that will open the door for Inter to swoop before the tournament starts. Caner Erkin in action for Turkey 1last_img read more

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HUGE Hammers boost! Dimitri Payet says he is ‘100 per cent staying at West Ham’

first_img1 Dimitri Payet Dimitri Payet has quashed speculation over his future by declaring he is “100 per cent staying at West Ham”.The 29-year-old was a revelation in his debut Premier League season after joining the Hammers from Marseille in a £10.7m deal in June 2015.He scored nine goals to help his side finish seventh in the top-flight and was nominated for the prestigious PFA Player of the Year prize.Having taken that fine form into Euro 2016, scoring three times during France’s run to the final, Payet has caught the attention of clubs across Europe.Barcelona and Real Madrid are two of the sides to have been linked with a swoop for the playmaker and there are fears among West Ham fans he could have his head turned.But Payet has now insisted he is going nowhere this summer and is excited by the prospect of playing for the east London club at the Olympic Stadium.Speaking to The Sun, he said: “I’ve heard about all the interest and I’m flattered. But I love West Ham. We had a fantastic season and I can’t wait to play in the Olympic Stadium.“I’m 100 per cent staying at West Ham, I love the club. I can tell the Hammers fans that.”last_img read more

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Patients in the dark about doctors’ addictions

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Thousands of doctors hooked on drugs and alcohol continue to practice medicine while receiving treatment for substance abuse, yet most patients will never know about their physicians’ addictions. This is because of confidential “physician health programs” in nearly every state that allow doctors to keep diagnosing, prescribing and performing surgery as long as they stick with an approved rehab regimen. Despite some unsettling cases, these arrangements have largely escaped public scrutiny until this summer, when California’s medical board outraged physicians across the country by abolishing its 27-year-old program allowing doctors to get help without telling their patients. A review concluded that the state-run program failed to protect patients – or help addicted doctors get better. But the medical community fiercely defends confidential treatment, saying it keeps patients safer. Supporters of such programs say that cases in which patients are harmed by doctors in treatment are extremely rare, and would pale next to the havoc that could result if physicians had no such option. “If you don’t have confidential participation, you don’t get people into the program,” said Sandra Bressler, the California Medical Association’s senior director for medical board affairs. “And if they’re out there, you’re not going to know about them anyway.” California’s program ends June 30. If no alternative program is adopted, the rules could revert back to the zero-tolerance policy in place before 1980, when doctors who were found by the medical board to have drug or alcohol problems were immediately stripped of their licenses. No other state has followed California’s lead. But the president of California’s medical board, Dr. Richard Fantozzi, said that behind the scenes, regulators nationwide share his ambivalence toward such programs. “To hide something from consumers, something so blatant … it’s unconscionable today,” Fantozzi said. Between 10percent and 15percent of physicians nationwide will have a substance-abuse problem at some point in their lives, a rate similar to that of the general population, according to widespread estimates. Opponents of such programs are unable to cite any documented cases in which doctors who were confidentially undergoing treatment botched operations while drunk or high. But they say the very secrecy of the programs makes it hard to assess the risks. Nevertheless, some doctors have been accused of harming patients while they were in treatment. Opponents of California’s program have focused on the case of Dr. Brian West, a Long Beach plastic surgeon who has been accused of negligence by the state medical board and is fighting to keep his license. In 1999, West performed a double mastectomy and breast-reconstruction surgery on Becky Anderson. The procedure left her with gaping, infected wounds that wouldn’t close and, ultimately, a grotesque lump the size of a melon caused by organs spilling through an unhealed hole in her abdomen. Weeks before performing his final, futile procedure on her, West was arrested for a drunken-driving accident. After his conviction, West entered the diversion program for alcoholism. A year later, he performed a tummy tuck on a 37-year-old woman that also healed poorly. West ultimately flunked out of the treatment program after investigators uncovered a pattern of relapses, binge drinking and doctored urine tests that “demonstrate that he is a physician who has been long and chronically impaired by alcohol,” according to a 2005 medical board complaint. West’s supporters say he has been made a scapegoat, asserting that he is not to blame for his patients’ complications and that the severity of his drinking problem has been exaggerated by investigators. “I have no information from any of my investigations that Dr. West has ever cared for patients while under the influence of alcohol,” said his attorney, Dominique Pollara. West admitted no fault in settling Anderson’s malpractice lawsuit for $250,000, Pollara said. The tummy-tuck patient lost her malpractice case. Without the assurance of confidentiality, some say, addicted doctors will go underground and continue to practice without getting any treatment at all. Jim Conway, a Venice drug and alcohol counselor, said that before confidential treatment programs, doctors would do whatever they could to hide their addiction for fear they would lose their licenses. At a Pomona hospital where Conway worked, an alcoholic obstetrician came to work and delivered a baby while “dead drunk,” he said. In the process, the doctor severed the newborn’s spine. “And that’s how it will be if they just do a punitive approach,” Conway said.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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe emotional debate has revealed bitter differences over how much patients have a right to know, and touches on the unease many Americans feel about defining addiction as a medical instead of a moral problem. “Patients have no way to protect themselves from these doctors,” said Julie Fellmeth, who heads the University of San Diego’s Center for Public Interest Law and led the opposition to California’s so-called diversion program. Nationwide, more than 5,000 physicians are enrolled in physician health programs, according to the results of an upcoming study obtained by The Associated Press. But that number is likely much higher, since not all states with programs participated in the survey, said Dr. Greg Skipper, head of Alabama’s physician health program and a principal investigator on the not-yet-published Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study. Skipper says between 7,500 and 8,000 doctors are likely in treatment – about 1percent of all physicians practicing in the U.S. Most addiction specialists favor allowing doctors to continue practicing while in confidential treatment, as does the American Medical Association. last_img read more

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