Manchester United have agreed a £75 million deal for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, a source close to the negotiations told Reuters on Thursday.The move, which is not connected to any talks of a Wayne Rooney deal in the opposite direction, is expected to be formally announced within the next 36 hours.Lukaku had been United’s number one target for next season, the source said.United will not now be pursuing any interest in Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.“Chelsea’s interest in Lukaku allowed United to fly under the radar on this,” the source said. “But he has been the club’s number one target.”There had been much speculation that the Belgian international would return to Chelsea, which he joined in 2011.Last season Lukaku became the first Everton player since Bob Latchford to score 25 goals in two consecutive seasons in all competitions.The Belgian was named in the PFA Team of the Year for the first time, and was also included in the six player shortlists for the PFA Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year awards.
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton can return Mercedes to the top of the podium this Sunday with an unprecedented fifth win around the floodlit streets of Singapore.Winners of 10 of the season’s 14 races so far, Mercedes suffered a double defeat in Belgium and Italy to Ferrari with the fast straights of Spa-Francorchamps and Monza giving the Italian team a rare edge.The Marina Bay layout, winding through the heart of the glittering city state, has more corners (23) than any circuit, however, and should restore Mercedes’ status as the team to beat after wins at similar venues like Monaco and Hungary.“For a long time, Singapore used to be one of our weakest tracks,” said Mercedes boss Toto Wolff. “We’ve made some inroads into that and performed well last year.“However, there are no home runs at a track like Singapore,” added the Austrian. “We take absolutely nothing for granted in our approach to the weekend.”Hamilton, who leads team mate Valtteri Bottas by 63 points with seven races left, is tied with Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel for most Singapore wins.The only drivers of the current crop to have triumphed in the city-state have each won four times.Two of Hamilton’s wins have come in the last two years. Another victory on Sunday will see the five-time champion secure his third in a row and hand Mercedes their fourth successive Singapore success.Ferrari, on a high after winning two races on the trot with the second of those in front of their passionate home fans in Monza, could face a reality check.Their hopes could rest on the weather or a safety car, which has made an appearance in every race Singapore has hosted since it joined the calendar in 2008.Vettel who was involved in a multi-car start line crash that cost him victory in 2017, will have to stay out of trouble.The German four-times champion was sanctioned after spinning out and rejoining the track in a dangerous manner in Italy and is now only three penalty points away from a one-race ban.“After two positive weekends in Belgium and Italy, the race in Singapore doesn’t look as good on paper for us,” said Monegasque Charles Leclerc, winner in Belgium and Italy.“It might be a more difficult weekend for us, but we will give our all to have a good result.”Red Bull may be Mercedes’ closest challengers.Singapore has tended to suit the team’s typically nimble chassis, with the former champions finishing second for the last five years.Max Verstappen, who battled Hamilton hard for victory in Hungary and was runner-up to the Briton last year, will be eyeing Sunday as an opportunity to go one better.His rookie team mate Alexander Albon, who has made a strong start to his Red Bull career, will also aim to impress in the closest race the British-born Thai has to a home appearance in Asia.
Texas Rep. Ron Paul will have the largest audience in his longshot bid for the Republican presidential nomination tonight when he joins Tom Cruise and the legendary punk rock band the Sex Pistols as guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Paul, the only Republican presidential candidate to oppose U.S. involvement in Iraq, will attend a $2,000 per person fundraising reception in the Hollywood Hills after the taping, a campaign aide said. Paul’s “Tonight Show” appearance comes a day after his campaign began airing television commercials in New Hampshire, site of the nation’s first primary. The Paul campaign raised $5 million from July through September, with 78 percent collected online, The New York Times reported. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It’s time to spend it,” Jesse Benton, a campaign spokesman, told The Times. In addition to his fundraising success, Paul is also rising in the polls. He was in a statistical tie for fifth with 5 percent in the then-nine- candidate Republican field in a Gallup Poll conducted Oct. 12-14. In New Hampshire, Paul was in a statistical tie for fourth with 7 percent in a survey conducted for The New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. “Americans are ready for a change and his unifying message of freedom, peace and prosperity is bringing more people together every day,” said Kent Snyder, Paul’s campaign chairman. Paul, whose campaign bills him as “the leading advocate for freedom in our nation’s capital,” also supports cutting taxes and government spending; withdrawing from any organizations and trade deals “that infringe upon the freedom and independence of the United States,” and supporting the rights of parents to home-school their children. Paul has introduced bills that would define life as beginning at conception and a bill that would remove the ability of federal courts to overturn state legislation banning abortion, which would negate the effect of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which overturned state legislation barring abortion in the first three months. Paul has never voted for a congressional pay increase, taken a government-paid junket, does not participate in the congressional pension program and returns a portion of his congressional office budget to the U.S. Treasury each year, according to his campaign Web site, www.ronpaul2008.com. Born Aug. 20, 1935, in Green Tree, Pa., Paul graduated from Gettysburg College and the Duke University School of Medicine. He was a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist when he decided to enter politics in 1971, when President Richard M. Nixon ended the last remnants of the gold standard for the U.S. dollar. Paul is in his 10th term in the House. He was first elected in a 1976 special election, defeated for a full term later that year, then was elected again in 1978 for the first of three consecutive terms. He left Congress after losing a Republican Senate primary to then-fellow Rep. Phil Gramm in 1984. Paul was elected again in 1996. Paul was the Libertarian Party presidential nominee in 1988, receiving .47 percent of the vote. Paul has said that “the war in Iraq was sold to us with false information.” “This war has cost more than 3,000 American lives, thousands of seriously wounded and hundreds of billions of dollars,” Paul said. “We must have new leadership in the White House to ensure this never happens again.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Salazar, 76, got the money when he sold his house. He had $20,000 deposited in a Washington Mutual account, and he wanted to withdraw it to be used for the surgery. Because of Washington Mutual’s $5,000 withdrawal limit, he had to go to four different branches to get the money. When he arrived at the fourth branch, he realized that he no longer had the pouch. Without the money, he will have to postpone the surgery, maybe by as much as two years, he said. Police doubt they’ll ever find the rest of the money. Leon of Reseda said he could have used the money he found but never considered keeping it. In September, while working as a security guard at City National Bank in Commerce, he was attacked at the bank and suffered back, leg and arm injuries. He’s been on disability ever since. “It’s a mixed bag,” Lt. Steven Harer said. “Who knows who else had access to (the money) before Mr. Leon?” Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Instead, he took it into the Washington Mutual branch to give to the bank’s manager, and then turned it over to police as the manager instructed. “This is probably a very good indication of the type of people we have in Los Angeles,” Los Angeles Police Department Detective Mike Coblentz said. “And thank goodness we do.” That’s only half true. Someone had found the pouch earlier, when it contained $15,000 Hugo Salazar had withdrawn from the bank to cover the cost of an unspecified surgery he planned in his native Chile. Salazar wasn’t hard to track – his name and phone number were in the pouch. When police called him, he confirmed that he’d lost a pouch of money. “I’m happy at least some of the money was found,” Salazar said in Spanish through a translator. “But I have to postpone the operation.” VAN NUYS – If only the other person who came across the black pouch filled with cash had the conscience of Rogelio Leon. Leon found the bag Monday in the parking lot of a Washington Mutual Bank and was stunned to find it filled with bills – big bills. “When I opened it, I see all these bills, all hundreds,” Leon, 54, recalled Wednesday at a news conference where he was thanked by the man who lost the money. “I think, ‘Oh, so much!”‘ But Leon said he never considered keeping the money. He didn’t even count it – if he had, he would have discovered $7,000.
Coral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Rafa Benitez revealed his transfer frustrations and admitted Newcastle United are not ready for the Premier League after they suffered a second straight defeat, at Huddersfield Town on Sunday.Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez should stop moaning and start coaching, says Joey BartonThe Magpies are 11/5 to be relegated this season, while it is 4/7 Benitez will NOT be in charge at St James’ Park come the end of the season.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
They built a new language center, health careers center, student health and resource center and athletic fields. Enrollment has increased since the construction began, Yagamata-Hoji said. Besides the new facilities, the campus has another reason to celebrate. Throughout the year, they have honored the school’s 60th anniversary. “We’re in a major construction campaign,” Nixon said, “and it is certainly exciting to open one of the biggest and best facilities during our 60th anniversary year.” email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Video: 10/26: Science Building at Mt. SAC WALNUT – The science and math buildings built in the 1950s at Mt. San Antonio College were once state of the art. As technology advanced, enrollment increased, and the facilities crumbled. The math and science buildings went from top quality to needing renovations. But voters’ approval of a $221 million bond measure five years ago gave officials the chance to refurbish the campus buildings. “We’ve been offering science classes in 1950s and 1940s vintage buildings,” said John Nixon, vice president of instruction. “Now in this new building, there is increased capacity, ventilation and storage.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Campus leaders, alumni and students on Nov. 3 will celebrate the completion of the Science Lab Building, a $28 million renovation project started in May 2004. “There is a great deal of pride, and students are very excited,” said Audrey Yagamata-Noji, vice president of student services. “But the ones who are extremely excited are faculty. They have worked in old, cramped conditions for many years.” Though the building has been open to students since the fall semester started in August, landscaping was not completed until recently, said Kai Stearns, marketing coordinator. The 70,000-square-foot Science Lab Center has 99 rooms, 23 of which are labs. The project started in 2004. This was part of a $70 million math and science department revamp that will take place over five years. Construction will start in March for the Natural Sciences building, Stearns said. Since voters approved Measure R, a $221 million construction bond, Mt. SAC has renovated facilities throughout the campus, Stearns said. “When we went to the voters on Measure R, one of the main focus points was to upgrade the science building to prepare our students for transfers and careers field,” Yagamata-Noji said. “We’ve delivered on that goal for the community and campus.”
Preston 3-1 NorwichNorwich’s Championship title challenge suffered a hammer blow as they slipped to a 3-1 defeat away at Preston.Goals from Ben Davies, Paul Gallagher and Sean Maguire secured a hard-earned three points for Alex Neil’s side and ended the Canaries’ six-game unbeaten run in the league.Norwich now slip down to second place in the table, with Preston up to 13th as they extended their own unbeaten run to six games with victory at Deepdale.Brentford 1-0 Aston VillaNeal Maupay was the hero once again for Brentford as his curling stoppage-time winner ensured Dean Smith’s return to Griffin Park was an unhappy one.It was a deserved 1-0 victory for the Bees, who had enjoyed roughly 60 per cent possession and created a hatful of chances against a Villa side which struggled to demonstrate a cutting edge.However, the hosts’ dominance looked to be for nothing until Maupay popped up with his 18th league strike of the campaign to maintain their unbeaten record against the Birmingham outfit since their relegation from the Premier League.Ipswich 1-1 DerbyDerby remain in touch with the Sky Bet Championship play-off places after a hard-fought 1-1 draw at bottom club Ipswich.Goals came from former Ipswich player Tom Lawrence in the second minute for the visitors, with Jon Nolan replying for the Suffolk side in the 55th minute.Wigan 0-0 StokeStoke’s Joe Allen was closest to breaking the deadlock as his side played out a drab goalless Sky Bet Championship contest with Wigan at the DW Stadium.Neither side possessed the quality to break the deadlock, although both defended well enough to warrant their point.Stoke came closest to sneaking a winner at the end of the first half, with Allen’s shot taking a deflection off Wigan defender Cedric Kipre, before kissing the outside of the post. 2 Here is a round-up of all the action from Wednesday night’s Championship matches…Leeds 2-1 SwanseaLeeds returned to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table as they took advantage of Norwich’s defeat at Preston with a 2-1 victory over Swansea.The Swans were left with an improbable task at half-time after goals from birthday boy Pontus Jansson and Jack Harrison had put United in control.Leeds had gone on to win all 13 league games in which they had scored the opening goal this season and that record was never truly under threat despite a period of panic after Oli McBurnie’s late penalty. Leeds are top of the league once again Sheffield United 1-0 MiddlesbroughRichard Stearman was Sheffield United’s unlikely hero as his first goal of the season secured a 1-0 win at home to Middlesbrough as the Blades closed in on the Sky Bet Championship top two.The substitute headed home Oliver Norwood’s cross just past the hour mark to see off a spirited Boro side, who had Daniel Ayala sent off two minutes later, as United showed no ill-effects from their Villa capitulation last Friday night.Reading 2-1 BlackburnReading moved out of the bottom three with a 2-1 win over Blackburn.The Royals took the lead in first-half stoppage time when John Swift fired in – their first shot on target after plenty of Blackburn pressure.Rovers were level with nine minutes later when Amari Bell, at fault for the Reading opener, fired home.But it was Reading’s night as Nelson Oliveira won it in style with a powerful shot five minutes from time. 2 Michael Jacobs of Wigan challenges Moritz Bauer of Stoke
“If you get too emotional, you can lose focus. We’re looking for that emotion and passion to play better than we’ve ever played before.”“They feel pleased that they are the group that’s going to take on England. They’re pleased that they are the group that’s going to try and make up our points total again.”After dropping points in back to back games against Lithuania and Slovakia, Strachan was asked what improvement would be needed to spring a surprise at Wembley.“Our work in the last third [needs to improve],” he said. “We felt that even in the Slovakia game we got into good areas in the last third but weren’t clinical enough in that area. “So that’s where we have to improve.“It’s a matter of a couple of passes. Three or four passes can make a big difference to performances, that’s for sure.”Though pitted against the top seeds in the group, the national team boss felt the character of his squad meant he had no fears about getting anything other than the best efforts from his player.“We’ve got a lot of good characters about the place,” Strachan said.“As a manager you go to your bed thinking will somebody let me down? With this squad, no.“They might not play terrifically well, but they give everything.“This is a great group of lads to work with. I don’t go to bed thinking I’ll be let down by somebody who doesn’t take responsibility, doesn’t put 100 per cent in. I’m okay that way.“We’ve not been too pleased with the last two performances, but any game that we played after the last two games we’d be desperate to try to make up ground again.“This game is a chance to catch up and make ourselves feel better about ourselves.“In the last few years we have felt decent about ourselves, felt we’ve given it our best effort. So it’s getting back to that level of feeling good about yourself.” “We’re going into a game that, since we met up on Sunday evening, the focus has been tremendous for. They’re oblivious to everything else but the game of football on Friday night.“Our players are intelligent enough to understand the fixture.“I don’t have to show them anything. They know the fixture, it’s known throughout the world.“The importance of the game is to not be caught up in the emotion of the game, but use the emotion and passion to run further than you’ve ever run before, to jump higher than you’ve jumped before, to concentrate more. Scotland manager Gordon Strachan believes the intense atmosphere of a derby and World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley could focus some of his players.The national team are looking to turn around a disappointing start to qualification for Russia 2018 by beating their oldest rivals on their own turf.A sell-out crowd at Wembley will add to the intensity of the fixture and Strachan said that could be beneficial, though there was always the possibility some players could be unnerved.“The atmosphere could focus you,” he said. “I couldn’t give you a definitive answer. It could spook a few people, it could focus a few people.
Kilmarnock have signed goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann on a season-long loan deal from Watford.The 24-year-old Austrian will vie with current number one Jamie McDonald across this campaign for a starting spot in Steve Clarke’s side.Bachmann, who was on Stoke’s books before switching to the Hornets in 2017, joined Ross County on a six-month loan deal in 2015 but left after two months having only made one appearance for the Staggies.The former Austrian youth international has also enjoyed loan stints at Wrexham and Bury in England’s lower leagues. Killie got off to a winning start in the Premiership by defeating St Johnstone 2-0 on the opening day of action.
Former IU coach Bob Knight will speak at Bloomington High School North at 7 p.m. March 30.Former Bloomington Herald-Times sportswriter and longtime Knight confidant Bob Hammel will moderate the evening, which will include “stories from (Knight’s) legendary coaching career.”The Facebook post said tickets to the event would cost $25, and that 3,000 would be available, with a six-ticket limit per party. Tickets can be purchased here. The speaking engagement will be the first of two Knight has scheduled in-state at the end of this month. He also is slated to appear alongside former Purdue coach Gene Keady on March 31 at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, in Carmel. Hammel also will reportedly moderate that event.Public appearances by Knight in Bloomington have been rare since his firing as IU coach in 2000. He has given speeches across the state and the Midwest since that time, including campaign appearances this past fall with President Donald Trump.According to a news release from Bloomington North, 3,000 general admission tickets are available for the March event. Tickets are $25 each, and there will be a purchase limit of six tickets per person.Each attendee will receive a limited-edition sports program.Knight finished his coaching career at Texas Tech University, retiring in 2008 with a 902-371 career record; at the time, it was the most wins of any Division I college men’s basketball coach.Besides the three NCAA championships, Knight also coached the 1984 U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal.In addition, he is the coach of the last undefeated Division I men’s basketball championship team, the 1976 Hoosiers.