Former Sunderland goalkeeper dies aged 32 after battle with cancer

first_img Marton Fulop Former Sunderland goalkeeper Marton Fulop has died at the age of 32, MTK Budapest have announced.Hungarian international Fulop played in England between 2004 and 2010. He is best remembered for his time with Sunderland but he was also on the books of Tottenham, Ipswich and West Brom and also had loan spells with Manchester City, Stoke, Leicester, Chesterfield and Coventry.A statement on MTK’s official website read: “We are deeply sorrowful and grieved to announce that after a long illness, Marton Fulop has died.”Budapest-born Fulop joined Spurs from his first club, MTK, at the age of 21 in the summer of 2004 but did not make a first team appearance for them.Loan spells at Chesterfield, Coventry and Sunderland followed before he made the move to Wearside permanently in January 2007.He stayed with the Black Cats until 2010, making more than 40 appearances – although he also had loan stints at Leicester and Stoke during that time.Manchester City signed Fulop on an emergency loan in 2010 because of injuries to regular number one Shay Given and back-up keepers Stuart Taylor and David Gonzalez, while current England number one Joe Hart was on loan at Birmingham.The Hungarian made just one appearance for City before signing a two-year deal with Ipswich in 2010. The Suffolk side were managed by Roy Keane, who signed him at Sunderland.After more than 30 appearances for Ipswich, just one followed in a one-year spell at West Brom, before he joined Greek side Asteras Tripoli in 2012. 1last_img read more

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‘We can’t defend the indefensible’ – Sam Allardyce slams Sunderland players after heavy Man City defeat

first_imgSunderland manager Sam Allardyce offered a damning assessment of his side’s 4-1 thrashing at Manchester City, claiming he ‘can’t defend the indefensible.’The Black Cats found themselves 3-0 down at half time at the Etihad after goals from Raheem Sterling, Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony, before man of the match Kevin De Bruyne and Fabio Borini struck for either side after the break.It was another convincing away defeat for the visitors whose plight is worsening by the week, and Allardyce admitted he had no evidence to offer a defence of his players.“You can’t defend the indefensible,” Allardyce said in his post-match comments.“I can’t defend them today. I’ve got nothing to defend – they’ve given me nothing. I have to say it is as it is and at the moment we aren’t good enough.“The players have got to work harder, be more dedicated and take more responsibility.”The defeat leaves Sunderland five points adrift of safety after a fourth straight league reverse.last_img read more

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Man United striker bid, Liverpool striker return, Arsenal in for £15 midfielder and more from today’s papers

first_img1 Here is a selection of stories from today’s newspapers…Louis van Gaal has hinted that he wants to buy a striker for Manchester United in the January transfer window. (Sun)Mario Balotelli’s agent wants to convince Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp that the striker deserves a chance to revive his career at Anfield. (Daily Mail)Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy is interesting Roma, although he would prefer a return to France. (Daily Star) Arsenal are preparing a £15m bid for Paris St-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot. (Daily Express) Real Madrid’s Isco is keen on a move to Manchester City and would cost around £25m. (Mirror) Arsenal and PSG are interested in signing the Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne, according to his agent. (ESPN) West Ham are set to make a cut-price bid in the January transfer window for Leeds United right-back Sam Byram, whose contract expires at the end of the season. (Daily Telegraph) Swansea are considering opening talks with Ajax coach Frank de Boer, who has declared an interest in the manager’s job at the Liberty Stadium, following the sacking of Garry Monk. (Daily Mirror) Today’s papers last_img read more

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Video: See Chelsea and Liverpool target in action

first_imgFormer AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato could be set for a move to the Premier League.The player is believed to be keen on a transfer to England, after years of speculation linking him to various clubs. The Corinthians striker is a Chelsea and Liverpool target, with Manchester United also mentioned with a move for the 26-year-old. See some of his best bits from 2015 above!last_img

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Argentine ace reveals he SNUBBED Chelsea and Man United to make China move

first_img1 Ezequiel Lavezzi during Paris Saint-Germain Ezequiel Lavezzi has revealed he snubbed interest from Chelsea and Manchester United in favour of a move to China.The winger left Paris Saint-Germain for Hebei China Fortune last month after three-and-a-half years in the French capital.The move will see Lavezzi’s wages rise to a reported £400,000-a-week.?And the Argentina international has now revealed that he rejected advances from Chelsea and Manchester United to head to the Far East.“I could have signed for Inter, Chelsea or Manchester United,” Lavezzi told Canal+.“But I made the decision to go to China. It’s an important choice for my career, I’m sure I’ll face many challenges here.“I like the project to develop this club. It was that which convinced me to come to Hebei, as well as the financial aspect.“I’m also fascinated by Chinese culture, so to come and play here is definitely an interesting challenge.”last_img read more

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A new beginning

first_imgThe high school was originally scheduled to move from its current Eighth Street home in August, but construction delays pushed the move back. Tacito and Dever estimate they will move into the new facilities sometime this month. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed, and right now things are going very well,” Dever said. Junior Phil Lantz, who toured the new classroom building with friends, said the students have been waiting a long time to move in. “We’re kind of bummed out that \ got postponed, but it seems well worth it, actually,” he said. Senior Glenna O’Connor agreed. “We like the space. It’s so much bigger than our campus now.” The new air-conditioned facility includes a large gym and 26 classrooms, including modern science labs. The next building phase will bring softball and baseball fields and possibly a football stadium, depending on funding. Booster Club president Mike Ringelman explained his vision for the future football field, which is planned for the north edge of the property on the dirt lot where he stood directing traffic Sunday. “We’re going to be in the press box in Stellamara Stadium, looking out over the fields, over the scoreboard and the Vincent Thomas Bridge all lit up,” he said. “It might be five to seven years from now when we get the phase two and three funding going.” Bob and Corina Congelliere, who have lived at the corner of Sandwood and Taper for 45 years, stood in their driveway watching a line of visitors pass through Mary Star’s gates Sunday. “There’s going to be a parade of cars going by at 8 a.m. and 3p.m.,” Bob Congelliere said. “But I don’t care.” Corina Congelliere agreed that the change would be a welcome one in the quiet neighborhood. “We love kids and we love the action,” she said. Not everyone was in a celebratory mood at the dedication. A handful of demonstrators from SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, stood at the school’s entrance with signs and leaflets. Mary Grant, the Western regional director for SNAP, said they were demonstrating because seven known and accused child molesters worked at the school over a period of 40 years. “The main reason we’re here today is to reach out to the wounded, protect the vulnerable, and educate Catholics,” Grant said. Grant said she hoped that those attending the dedication would learn more about the history of abuse at the school and speak up if they were victims. “We’re here to help the police; Cardinal Mahony is here to help himself,” she said, noting that the organization sees Mahony as an enabler. Tacito said he did not think the dedication was an appropriate venue for the demonstrators. “It was a celebration of our young people,” he said. rachel.jones@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER Following a dedication ceremony that drew more than 1,200 people, students and administrators at Mary Star of the Sea High School are hoping to move in to their new campus sometime this month. Although the 27-acre grounds of the Catholic school are not quite ready for use, the new campus was dedicated Sunday, with Cardinal Roger Mahony celebrating Mass. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“It was better than I could have ever dreamed,” principal Rita Dever said of the dedication ceremony. She was pleased to see so many members of the community at the event, including those who are not affiliated with the school or parish. “It really brought the community of San Pedro together,” she said. The Rev. Nicholas Tacito, the school’s rector, agreed. “Everything went really smooth,” he said. “The students were so excited. They said, `When can we move over?”‘ last_img
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Top Fuel-leading Fuller yet to qualify

first_img“This is what champions are made of.” Ironically, under the rules that NHRA operated under for the previous 54 seasons, Fuller would have clinched the title with his victory last Sunday in Las Vegas. This time around, Fuller is 52 points ahead of the pack that includes Larry Dixon, Brandon Bernstein and three-time defending champion Tony Schumacher. “I’m upbeat,” said Fuller, who also failed to get into the field after two runs at Infineon Raceway last July, but rebounded to qualify third. “If we can’t make one good run in four attempts, we don’t deserve to be in and don’t deserve the championship. This is a tough class. We’re not the only car not running good. “I’ve not won anything yet and this is a prime example.” Running once a day on Thursday and Friday poses a problem unlike any other event on the NHRA circuit. “We have a ton of confidence,” Fuller said. “We’ve just had a few gremlins. We had a mechanical malfunction on the first run and the motor broke at 1,000-foot. It was going to run a mid-4.50. We dropped a cylinder at the hit today and just missed the tune-up. “Am I in panic mode? No. We’re not going to be down. We’ll come out tomorrow and get in. We can’t get a grip. That’s not an excuse, it is what it is.” Todd, who announced he would be teaming with Morgan Lucas in 2008, said Fuller’s task will be “tough.” “He has his work cut out for him,” said Todd, who didn’t think his run would stand up. “It could get hotter but (Fuller crew chief Rob) Flynn is plenty capable of getting that car set. It’s exciting for the Countdown.” There’s no such drama in Funny Car. Torrance native Tony Pedregon, who has a commanding 91-point lead on Gary Scelzi, is 12th among the 26 cars that took a pass. Ron Capps is fourth, Scelzi seventh and Robert Hight ninth. In Pro Stock, the four title contenders are in the top five. In additional to Connolly, points leader Greg Anderson is third and Allen Johnson fifth. Earlier this year, Martin Truex Jr. got his first NASCAR Nextel Cup win. Now he has his first pole, too. The 27-year-old Dale Earnhardt Inc. driver turned a lap of 193.105 mph at Texas Motor Speedway to grab the top spot for the Dickies 500. The pole came in the 79th race of Truex’s Cup career and it came in a Chevrolet that had to undergo major repairs after a crash Sunday at Atlanta. His pole wasn’t assured until series leader Jeff Gordon, the second to last of 48 drivers to make a qualifying attempt on the 1.5-mile oval, came up just short at 192.424. Gordon was followed by rookie Juan Pablo Montoya at 192.417, Kevin Harvick and rookie A.J. Allmendinger, both at 192.239, Kurt Busch at 192.164 and Denny Hamlin at 192.130. Carl Edwards has a good starting spot for the race that can clinch his NASCAR Busch Series title. Edwards had a fast lap of 190.745 mph to qualify third for the O’Reilly Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. Edwards only has to finish today’s race 36th or better to clinch the season title with two races still left after that. A week after his first Busch victory at Memphis, David Reutimann earned his first career pole with a qualifying lap of 191.646 mph at the 1 -mile Texas track. Reutimann is second to Edwards in season points, but is 531 behind the leader. Tony Stewart, making his 12th Busch start of the season, had a lap of 190.954 mph and will start on the front row beside Reutimann. Ted Musgrave broke a 66-race winless streak, taking the checkered flag under caution after the two trucks in front of him crashed going into the first turn of what was supposed to be a green-white finish. Chad McCumbee spun the tires on his Chevrolet on the final restart and when he tried to keep Jack Sprague from passing him on the restart, the two made contact and slammed into the wall at Texas Motor Speedway. Dickies 500 O’Reilly Challenge Silverado 350k Alonso leaves Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso left McLaren after a stormy first season with the British team. Alonso joined McLaren after winning the championship the past two years with Renault. He clashed with management and teammate Lewis Hamilton throughout the season, and finished behind champion Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari and Hamilton. Staff writer Louis Brewster contributed to this report.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 JR Todd remained atop the class with his pass of 4.521 seconds at 328.22 mph he posted Thursday. Todd and Jeff Arend in Funny Car managed to keep the top spot, while Richie Stevens Jr. and Chip Ellis moved to number one in Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle. Arend, with mother Sylvie watching him race for the first time in his 30-year career, did not improve on Thursday’s pass of 4.781 at 324.90. Stevens bumped Jeg Coughlin out the top spot with a run of 6.665 at 206.76 to edge Countdown contender Dave Connolly. In PSM, title contenders Chip Ellis and Matt Smith are one-town, with Ellis’ 6.965 at 191.46 the day’s best. But the Top Fuel drama was the talk of the day. “This isn’t a story yet,” Fuller said after he dropped a cylinder when he hit the throttle. “I have plenty of confidence. It’s not even in my head that I don’t qualify. From news services Nothing like adding a little drama to the final day of qualifying for the NHRA Auto Club Finals. Rod Fuller, the driver atop the Top Fuel dragster points standings in the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series Countdown to One, is not yet in the 16-car field for Sunday’s finals. Fuller is 18th among 22 entries following the first two of four qualifying runs at Pomona Raceway. The final two passes are set for today at Fairplex. The first round is at 11 a.m. last_img read more

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Pay twice for the same old roads? No thanks, Metro

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsWhat L.A. officials are offering is very different: You’ve already paid to build the road through your taxes, and now they want to charge you extra for the privilege of using it. How this reduces traffic congestion is an utter mystery. But it does bring in more cash to local government coffers, which seems to be the real point. If the problem is that Los Angeles car-pool lanes are being underused, then there are ways to improve the situation without effectively hitting all commuters with a tax hike. Metro could make the HOV lanes open to all drivers, at least at certain key hours or even all the time. Or, for that matter, it could create a special kind of “toll” for solo motorists who want to use the car-pool lane – a sticker like the one hybrid drivers can put on their cars, but one that would carry a hefty price tag. Both those solutions would get more cars in the HOV lanes – and out of the general traffic flow – without imposing a cost on anyone, save a voluntary one for the top beneficiaries. MEMBERS of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board have an ingenious plan for relieving traffic in Los Angeles: You pay for the same roads twice. Really. That’s the upshot of the board’s decision last week to look into turning some of the area’s existing car-pool lanes into toll roads. Now toll roads, which can be found in other Southland counties, are not all bad. Often, they offer a way for cash-strapped governments to create new roadways by passing expenses on to the very users who benefit the most. The key word there is “new” – as in, you pay a toll, you get a new road, thereby reducing traffic congestion for everyone. This plan, however, does just the opposite. Although solo motorists would have to pay more, even car poolers would be required to pay a toll to use the lanes they’ve been using all along – roads that we all have paid for through various taxes over the years. It would be the same service, with more or less the same crummy traffic, only it would cost more. And what would Metro do with all that revenue? Officials are making noises about using it for more mass transit, but as usual, there’s no plan. Whether it’s the proposed city gang tax, or L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge’s suggested parcel tax for congestion relief, local leaders are very good at coming up with new ways to raise money. They’re just not so good at coming up with worthwhile ways to spend it. Give us more, they say, and we promise to do something good with it … unless it all goes into salaries and benefits and perks. With that kind of leadership, commuting in L.A. isn’t going to get any better any time soon – just more expensive.160Want 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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Report: Battling Bournemouth beat Swansea in five-goal thriller

first_imgSwansea were made to pay for a series of costly errors as Bournemouth hit a late goal to claim three points in a thrilling 3-2 win at the Vitality Stadium.The Welsh outfit twice came back from a goal down to level the scores, but the Cherries refused to give up hope of the victory, as Steve Cook’s 77th minute header sealed another three points towards their bid to stay in the Premier League.Bournemouth climb to 13th in the table, rising above Watford and a whole 13 points clear of the drop zone, while 16th-placed Swansea remain in danger.An action-packed game produced its first chance inside the opening three minutes, as Bournemouth forward Joshua King looped a header just over bar, with Andrew Surman then striking the post with a free-kick.They were warning shots which Swansea didn’t heed, as Bournemouth soon went ahead though fit-again star Max Gradel on 36 minutes.Lukasz Fabianski came off his line to punch away a dangerous Adam Smith cross, but the former Arsenal glovesman only managed to palm it into Gradel’s path, with the forward controlling and sweeping a scuffed shot into the bottom corner.But the Swans mustered an instant response through Modou Barrow, who netted his first Premier League goal in fine style. Cutting in from the right, the 23-year-old dribbled to the edge of the box before slotting into the bottom left corner with an arching strike.Swansea had more of the ball after their equaliser, but Bournemouth were soon back in front after the break thank to another Jacks mistake.King pounced on a loose ball after a heavy touch from a Swansea defender, and went on to fire a  sweet strike which beat Fabianski at his near post and went in off the woodwork.But again the Welsh side were only behind for a matter of minutes, as Barrow turned from scorer to provider to set up Gylfi Sigurdsson in the centre of the box, with the Icelandic playmaker slamming a fine finish into the top corner.Swansea again began to dominate posession but the Cherries refused to go away, and the hosts eventually had the final word.A classic smash and grab goal saw goalkeeper Artur Boruc first pull off a superb save to deny Swansea’s Alberto Paloschi, with Bournemouth attacking back straight away to force a corner kick.Matt Ritchie’s set piece was perfect for Cook, whose power header into the corner of the net was just enough to seal a dramatic win for the home fans. Steve Cook celebrates his winner for Bournemouth 1last_img read more

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Baseball Hall of Shame

first_imgSport reflects the best – and worst – in American society. Baseball is the quintessential American sport, an athletic representation of the nation at its best. It’s a sport that celebrates teamwork as well as individual accomplishment. It honors tradition and lore. And, making it especially American, it’s uniquely meritocratic among the sports. Unlike football or basketball, where players need to win the genetic lottery just to compete on the field of play at the professional level, baseball is the game where the little guy has a chance. Or at least did. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champBut now the Mitchell Report confirms what everyone knew all along. In baseball, size matters, a lot. As many as half of the players in recent years have been using steroids or human growth hormone to speed up their throws and put more power into their bats. No, you don’t need to win the genetic lottery to play in the majors. But for the little guy, and even the not so little guy, to really make it, using highly dangerous drugs was all but required. Naturally, the revelations of the Mitchell Report have sparked outrage among the American public, which is rightfully fed up about the nation’s pastime being tainted by cheating. And there is no shortage of people to blame – the athletes themselves, unscrupulous owners who effectively encouraged the abuse, the union that protected it, the commissioner of baseball, even the federal government, which seemed impotent to stop it. But let’s not forget that we, too – all of us – share in the culpability for this scandal. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” hasn’t only been Major League Baseball’s policy toward steroid use. It’s been the American public’s, too. Nothing in the Mitchell Report is new – not even most of the names. The rumors and the evidence have been around a long, long time. Players who were so-so in their 20s suddenly defied the laws of biology to become Hall of Famers in their 30s. Their physiques ballooned before our very eyes. We guffawed. We joked. But we tolerated. We enabled. Like Major League Baseball and all those it employs, we were having too much fun watching records crumble one after another to answer the hard questions. We came to expect cheating, and so we made our peace with it. If baseball is a reflection of America at its best, it’s also a reflection of America at its worst – a society that can too often value fame, wealth and success over literally everything else. Make an honest, humble living and you’re a schlub. Make a dishonest living as an athlete using steroids, and you’re a celebrity, a hero to millions, fabulously wealthy. For a struggling athlete, who can be a millionaire with steroids or a stockboy without them, the choice is obvious. Ditto for the merely good-enough pro who can get a shot at records-book immortality with the help of modern medicine. We’ve got it all backward. Even now, the names in the news belong to those who cheated, who chose glory over honor. Perhaps when the hoopla has died down, we need another Mitchell Report, one celebrating all the players who sacrificed to do the right thing. These are the real heroes, the real role models – ambassadors of the quintessentially American sport when it really does represent America at its best.160Want 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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