1 Fiorentina are considering a January move for Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma.The Italian club were interested in the Frenchman during the recent transfer window but were rebuffed in their approach.Fiorentina fans were frustrated with the lack of spending in the summer and are eager for signings to be made in January.And it seems they may get their wish as, according to Corriere dello Sport, the Serie A side is ready to move for Zouma.The Italians are hoping they can persuade the 20-year-old to leave Stamford Bridge by promising him regular first-team football.With Chelsea reluctant to sell, Fiorentina are set to propose an initial loan deal before making a permanent move at the end of the season. Kurt Zouma
Alexis Sanchez celebrates his goal against Brazil Alexis Sanchez did the damage last night as Chile beat Brazil in World Cup qualifying.The Arsenal winger ripped Brazil’s defence apart thanks to a neat one-two with Arturo Vidal, before he stuck the ball into the net from close range in the last minute.Eduardo Vargas had already given Chile the lead, and the Copa America champions held on to win 2-0.Watch the goal below. 1
1 Emre Mor, the 18-year-old, is interesting Man United and Liverpool Emre Mor, the Danish sensation whose skill and finishing, has already seen him compared to Lionel Messi, is reportedly interesting both Man United and Liverpool.Check him out in action in the video below.Name: Emre MorDate of birth: 24/07/1997Position: StrikerClub: FC NordsjaellandWhat’s the latest?Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has reportedly been an admirer of Mor since his days in charge of Borussia Dortmund, and the German side have retained thier interest, putting them in competition for the young striker’s signature with the Reds and Man United.Scouts from a number of leading clubs in Europe have been sent to watch him in recent weeks, with the race hotting up.Mor is tipped by many to become a future star, so you can expect to hear more about him as the winter transfer window edges closer.Video evidence:In the Danish Under-19 Cup final in May, the teenager scored a sublime Messi-esque goal from outside the box with his left foot.And this video shows exactlly why he has Europe’s major clubs fighting for his signature.For Liverpool or Man United fans, it could be a very exciting month!
1 Palermo attacker Franco Vazquez AC Milan are lining up a January offer for Tottenham and Southampton target Franco Vazquez, according to sources in Italy.The 26-year-old has become an integral part of the Palermo first team since returning from a loan spell at Rayo Vallecano during the 2012/13 season.The midfielder scored 10 goals in 37 Serie A matches last term, when he struck up an exciting partnership with Paulo Dybala, attracting the attention of a long list of clubs – including Spurs and the Saints.However, so insistent on keeping hold of him, Palermo issued an official statement declaring that Vazquez was not for sale.But now, according to reports in Italy, Milan are once again ready to test Palermo’s resolve to hang onto him with a bid of around £15m when the window opens.
1 Philippe Coutinho Liverpool’s injury crisis just got a whole lot deeper after Jurgen Klopp confirmed bad news regarding three more players.Star man Philippe Coutinho is likely to be out until February, meaning he will miss the FA Cup tie with Exeter City on Friday and huge games against Arsenal and Manchester United next week.Klopp also revealed that both Kolo Toure and Dejan Lovren would miss the trip to Exeter – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT – leaving the Reds without any recognised centre-backs.Liverpool now have 12 first-team squad members on the sidelines through various injuries, and the fans can barely believe their bad luck.Some of the best reactions to the news – particularly the Coutinho blow – can be found below: [View the story “Liverpool fans bemoan injury luck” on Storify]
Porto have no intention of selling Yacine Brahimi to Crystal Palace, claim reports in Portugal.The Eagles have made signing a striker their top priority during the January transfer window, with Alan Pardew’s side struggling for goals in recent weeks.According to A Bola, the south London club have been in contact with Porto regarding Brahimi’s availability but talks between the two parties have stalled.Brahimi has scored a modest six goals in 24 appearances this term but his performances have done enough to convince Palace he is capable of playing in the Premier League.But Porto see the Algerian international as a key member of their squad and are playing hard ball with Palace over a potential deal. 1 Yacine Brahimi
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe are officially single. The couple’s divorce was finalized Oct. 5, according to court documents. Witherspoon cited irreconcilable differences when she filed for divorce Nov. 8, 2006. The couple were married for seven years and have two children, 8-year-old daughter Ava and 3-year-old son Deacon. Witherspoon, 31, and Phillippe, 33, co-starred in the 1999 movie “Cruel Intentions” and were married that year. Their separation was announced last October. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityWitherspoon won the Best Actress Academy Award for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in 2005’s “Walk the Line.” She can next be seen in “Rendition,” co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal, which is due out later this month. Phillippe’s screen credits include “Crash,” “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Breach.” Court documents confirming the divorce were first posted by the celebrity Web site CelebTV.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
But the services are hard to find for the 2,000 people a month the unit helps. Homeless inmates often need supportive housing, job placement, drug treatment and social security income or general relief income, Center said. “There’s a bias,” Center said. “There’s a perception that people coming from jail are scary, when in fact a lot of these guys are not. They just need some help. They’re just homeless people who got caught up in the justice system.” Center and his team link inmates to services all over the county – places such as Tarzana, Lancaster, and locally, the Central San Gabriel Valley Worksource Center in El Monte. Program manager Gordon Porter said that of the 2,000 people who use the center to find jobs each month, about 80 are recently released inmates. “They’re our most difficult clients to place,” Porter said, echoing comments from Center and Smith. “The fact that you have a criminal background prevents you from getting most apartments and jobs,” Smith said. “So they end up on Skid Row.” But the El Monte center has relationships with employers willing to hire people with records, Porter said. A grocery store recently hired 13 of their “special needs” clients, he added, though he was reluctant to specify which store. “People are prejudiced,” Porter said. “But we have more successes than failures.” In fact, the center has found that its clients with records are more likely to keep their jobs for a year than the rest of the people who use the center, Porter said. El Monte Councilman Juventino “J” Gomez said he was unaware of the county’s efforts to find services for recently released inmates. “If they’re not from El Monte, then I don’t want them coming to El Monte,” Gomez said. “We’ll deal with our own homeless population.” The Sheriff’s Department should let El Monte police know if it sends people to the city, Gomez added. Agent Richard Luna of the El Monte Police Department said he hadn’t noticed any increase in homelessness or related problems. “We have a pretty good relationship with Worksource,” Luna said. “They (the clients) tend to come in and get their services, and then take the steps to keep themselves off the street.” In Hacienda Heights, Colleen Castellano, the emergency assistance center director at the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless, calls the county program “tremendous.” “We get a lot of inmates who have just gotten out of jail, and they have no resources and are just trying to survive day to day,” Castellano said. Often, they return to jail, she said. Center calls the people who cycle through the jail again and again “frequent fliers.” “The folks we’re dealing with, they’re just mentally ill or drug addicted and they just need help, or they’ll be back in jail 50 times,” he said. “All it would take is a little bit of money to help them stabilize their life. It’s a no-brainer to me.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For five years, the sheriff’s Community Transition Unit has tried to connect homeless inmates with services before releasing them from jail. Now, Los Angeles County hopes to expand the program. As part of a $100 million homelessness prevention plan, $1.5 million was set aside to hire a nonprofit to continue the work. “Study after study has shown that jail isn’t helping people. It’s making things worse,” said Brian Center, the unit’s commander. “The only way to keep them off the street or out of jail is to get them services.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Before the Sheriff’s Department got involved, homeless inmates were likely to be released from jail in downtown Los Angeles with nothing to do but walk a few blocks south to Skid Row, officials said. From there, many ended up back in jail, said Center, who emphasized most are in for drug or other nonviolent charges. Garrison Smith, the county’s homeless coordinator, said there’s no opportunity for the former inmates to stabilize. “If they don’t have anything to go to when they leave prison, then why wouldn’t they end up back on the street?” Smith said. It costs more money to house them in jail than to provide services, he added. “These aren’t special services,” Smith said. “These are benefits that anyone who’s destitute qualifies for.”
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Residents impacted by the wildfires in Los Angeles and Orange counties will get more time to pay some taxes or file tax documents, state officials said. Residents who live in any county declared a federal disaster area will be given extensions on tax returns, payments or other tax transactions due on or after Oct. 21. Those taxpayers will automatically receive postponements until Jan. 31. The postponement includes the estimated tax payment for the fourth quarter, which is normally due Jan. 15. People impacted by the fires can claim a disaster loss in the current tax year, or can file an amended 2006 tax return to claim the loss in the prior year – which can result in a quick refund payment. Fire victims can also receive free copies of state tax returns to replace lost or damaged ones by completing Form FTB 3516 and printing “Southern California Wildfires 2007” in red at the top of the request. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Anyone with questions can check the FTB’s Web site at www.ftb.ca.gov or call (800) 752-5711. Meanwhile, the state Board of Equalization has set up a Web site designed to provide answers to frequently asked questions wildfire victims might have about fees and taxes. The site is at www.boe.ca.gov/info/disaster-relief-faq.htm.
From staff reports When Darren Collison went to UCLA’s bench in the second half of an exhibition game, it seemed like a customary move to rest a starter during a blowout. However, Collison injured his left knee Friday against Azusa Pacific and will have an MRI today. Collison had his knee wrapped and was on crutches after the game. Ben Howland said the worst-case scenario is a meniscus tear. That could mean a 4-to-6 week rehabilitation period and possible arthroscopic surgery. Collison never limped off the court. He scored the game’s first points off a steal and a one-handed dunk, so perhaps he came down awkwardly on the court after that play. Collison was meeting with a doctor and his parents after the game. 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Asked if he heard something pop, Collison said: “A little. We’ll see.” Collison scored 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting and added seven assists in UCLA’s 111-61 victory.