Chelsea and Manchester City are battling to sign Napoli’s Argentine striker Ezequiel Lavezzi, according to The Sun.Lavezzi, apparently rated at £20m, has been strongly linked with Paris St-Germain, while Inter Milan are also believed to have shown an interest.But it is claimed that the player’s representatives are holding out for offers from the Premier League’s big spendersThe Sun also pick up on comments attributed to Yaya Toure’s agent by the Spanish media, which appeared to suggest the Ivorian is looking to quit City and that Chelsea are one of the clubs that could sign him.Following reports in the Italian press that former England boss Fabio Capello is in the frame for the Chelsea manager’s job, the Daily Mirror suggest he could be installed at Stamford Bridge as early as next week.Capello, 66, is said to be looking for a three-year deal worth around £6m per season and could lay the foundations for Pep Guardiola to succeed him in 2014 – although Guardiola is also reported to be a target for Liverpool.The Sun say Capello would be prepared to accept even a one-year deal with Guardiola then taking over.The Daily Telegraph suggest Italian media reports that Capello is odds-on to become Chelsea boss are wide of the mark, but that he is pushing himself forward for the job as well as weighing up a highly-lucrative offer to be the head coach of the United Arab Emirates.The Daily Express also report that Capello, who still has a house in London, wants the Blues to appoint him.Meanwhile, The Sun report that Salomon Kalou is keen to rejoin his former club Feyenoord.Kalou, whose Chelsea contract expires this summer, is quoted as saying: “Feyenoord can call me any time — they are the first name on my list.“Let me win the Champions League final and then I will think about Feyenoord. Yes, I’m serious.”Video: Will Chelsea be crowned European champions?See also:Chelsea are not like Arsenal and shouldn’t leave Stamford BridgeA move to the ‘Battersea Bridge’ make sense for ChelseaFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
QPR ‘will ask Spurs if they can take Bentley on loan’
QPR will ask Tottenham if they can take David Bentley on loan, according to The People.Bentley, 27, played under Rangers manager Mark Hughes at Blackburn and is looking to relaunch his career following a knee problem.The People also suggest Danish club FC Copenhagen have had an offer to take striker Romelu Lukaku on loan rejected by Chelsea, and that Fulham are in talks to sign Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Sivok, who is a free agent after leaving Turkish club Besiktas.The same newspaper report that Chelsea have refused to let defender Gary Cahill play for Britain at this summer’s Olympics, while Daniel Sturridge has been given permission.It is claimed that boss Roberto Di Matteo and the club’s top brass have insisted that Cahill, who missed Euro 2012 because of a broken jaw, must complete a full pre-season with them.The Mail on Sunday say LA Galaxy are ready to make a fresh move to prise Frank Lampard away from Chelsea.The People say Lampard has been offered a two-year deal worth £13m by the MLS outfit, is seriously considering the move and may even be allowed to leave on a free transfer to save the £9m he will apparently be paid in the final year of his Blues contract.Lampard, 34, has repeatedly dismissed speculation about his future and insisted he intends to stay at Stamford Bridge.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Swansea v Chelsea line-ups: Begovic starts, three youngsters on bench, Swans pair return
Chelsea have given Asmir Begovic his first Premier League start since November and given Matt Miazga, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Alexandre Pato another chance to impress.Gary Cahill has failed his late fitness test, meaning Miazga is partnered in central defence by Branislav Ivanovic, who captains the team in the absence of John Terry.Oscar for Kenedy is the other change for the Blues, who name youngsters Ola Aina, Charlie Colkett and Kasey Palmer on the bench.Swansea have made four alterations, with Neil Taylor and Jefferson Montero coming back in down the left.Andre Ayew is fit again while Alberto Paloschi also starts after his goal as a substitute against Stoke last time out, with Kyle Naughton, Wayne Routledge, Leon Britton and Bafetimbi Gomis dropping out.Swansea City: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Fer, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Montero, Paloschi.Subs: Nordfeldt, Naughton, Amat, Ki, Barrow, Routledge, Gomis.Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Miazga, Ivanovic, Baba Rahman; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar; Pato. Subs: Courtois, Aina, Kenedy, Colkett, Palmer, Traore, Falcao.See also:Swansea pair doubtful for Chelsea gameBlues youngsters to play as Terry and others are ruled outSwansea v Chelsea: five key battlesSwansea City v Chelsea: match preview, team news, facts and figuresHiddink on Hazard, Conte, Chelsea youngsters and what he plans to do nextFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Crabs celebrate the Fourth in style
The Humboldt Crabs celebrated the Fourth by extending their winning streak to eight straight with a 9-2 victory over the Solano Mudcats at the Arcata Ball Park on Wednesday.The win also secured a third consecutive series sweep for the Crabs, who are 7-0 since returning from a tough 2-3 road trip in mid June.“We have a full squad here now and the guys are getting to know each other better, and we’re (the coaches) getting to know them better,” manager Robin Guiver said. “So we’re coming …
SWISS first To fly Bombardier’s brand new C Series
From the end of this week, passengers will be able to fly Bombardier‘s brand new C Series aircraft, a single-aisle jet. The first airline to deploy the aircraft is SWISS International Airlines, based in Zurich, Switzerland. SWISS took delivery of its first C Series jet on June 29 in Mirabel, Quebec in Canada and will enter it in commercial service July 15.Airlineratings.com visited the aircraft at the Farnborough Airshow near London.The SWISS C Series aircraft that was on display is the smaller model of the C Series family, the CS100. The larger sister, the CS300, will enter commercial service in the fourth quarter of this year, with the Latvian national carrier airBaltic. The SC100 has typically between 100 and 135 seats depending on the airline’s choice of seat pitch and configuration; and the CS300 can seat up to 160 passengers.SWISS has opted to configure its CS100s with 125 seats at 30″ pitch. The aircraft has a 2-3 seat abreast layout. The middle seat of the rows with 3 seats is slightly wider, half an inch, to increase passenger comfort. The 30” pitch is very comfortable and even taller passengers have plenty of legroom, thanks to the design of the new seats. SWISS worked together with German aircraft seat manufacturer ZIM Flugsitz. The seat was specially developed for the C Series and SWISS is the first customer.The cabin has a roomy, spacious feel because of its wide aisle, larger windows and overhead bins.SWISS has ordered 30 C Series aircraft and also purchased options on a further 30. It will take its second CS100 in 10 days’ time, and nine all together this year. The C Series will gradually replace the operator’s aging fleet of Avro RJ100s and some of its other existing aircraft. SWISS will use the new Bombardier narrowbody on regional routes across Europe, including to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport (which will be its first destination), Budapest, Manchester, and Prague.The C Series program has been mired with several delays and cost overruns of abut U.S.$2 billion, but Bombardier executives on Monday here insisted the program is now on track and all problems have been solved.In total, the manufacturer has booked firm orders for 370 C Series aircraft plus almost as many commitments. Recent sales include a firm order from large airlines such as Delta Air Lines and Air Canada.Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, described the C Series as a “versatile” family of single-aisle aircraft jet in the 100 to 150 seat market segment (its CS300 can seat up to 160), with orders from operators across different regions, different business models – low cost carriers and full service airlines – and different alliances.The first CS300 aircraft is currently in production at the C Series production facility in Mirabel. The Canadian aviation authorities, Transport Canada (TC), have just awarded the CS300 its Type Certification and Bombardier is confident EASA, the European Aviation Safety Agency, will certify the aircraft in 40 to 50 days. The CS100 is certified by TC, EASA and the U.S.’s FAA.
The Cape Wheel, Mantis, Forever Wild partner to save rhinos
Property group Mantis Collection is hooking up with one of Cape Town’s most visited tourist destinations, The Cape Wheel, and conservation organisation Wilderness Foundation to help save the rhino.A brainchild of Mantis Collection owner Adrian Gardiner, the campaign will see R5 of every adult and family entry ticket to The Cape Wheel sold go to the Wilderness Foundation’s Forever Wild Conservation Programme. Developed and implemented in 2011, the programme seeks to garner support from individuals and corporate entities to help fight against rhino poaching in South Africa and save endangered animals from extinction.A passion for wildlife conservationGardiner says he has a long-standing relationship with The Cape Wheel and Brisbane Wheel managing director John Elliott and the two share the same passion – wildlife conservation.“I worked with John Elliott, Managing Director of the Cape Wheel and Brisbane Wheel, when the Cape Wheel was first erected in the Waterfront and because of his passion for wildlife and his respect for Mantis, we have been able to synergize our efforts in supporting this worthy cause,’ Gardiner says.Reiterating Gardiner’s statement on the importance of the partnership, Elliot says the main goal is to make a real impact and difference through the programme. “This is a very important initiative for the Cape Wheel and our customers. We are proud of this very significant partnership and what we will achieve together,’ he says.CEO of the Wilderness Foundation, Andrew Muir, says the partnership with Mantis Collection and The Cape Wheel is of vital importance for the success of the fight against rhino poaching.“We cannot be successful with our various projects on our own. We rely on support and collaboration from our strategic partners to ensure that we can protect and sustain all life on earth for current and future generations. The Wilderness Foundation has an established partnership with the Mantis Collection and we are delighted that they are also partnering with the Cape Wheel towards this cause. We are committed to ensuring that all funds raised are utilized in the most effective manner.’Saving the rhinoRhino poaching is mainly driven by the illegal trade in rhino horn and the current poaching crisis is attributed to the growing demand for the rhino horn in some Asian countries. The high price fetched for the horn – which is believed to have medicinal properties – has attracted the involvement of ruthless criminal syndicates who use high-tech equipment to track down and kill the rhinos.According to Savetherhino.org, there were 500 000 rhinos across Africa and Asia at the beginning of the 20th century. By 1970, this number had dwindled to 70 000 and to just 29 000 today.The most affected rhino subspecies by poaching is the black rhino. Large-scale poaching of the now critically endangered black rhino resulted in a dramatic 96% decline from 65 000 animals in 1970 to just 2 300 in 1993. However, through effective conservation programmes across Africa, the black rhino population has risen since the early 1990s to a current population of well over 5 000.An excellent rhino conservation success story is that of the southern white rhino. With only 50 left in the wild in the early 1900s, the population of this subspecies has grown to over 20 000 resultantly becoming the most populous of all the rhino species.Rhino populations in South AfricaSouth Africa is home to 75% of the world’s rhino population and, according to World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) statistics, poaching has soared from only 13 animals in 2007 to 1 004 in 2013.Because of the large rhino population in the country, South Africa is viewed as the primary custodian of Africa’s rhinos and an important country for rhino conservation. As of 2012, South Africa’s rhino population was estimated at 21 000.According to conservationists, rhino poaching is reaching a crisis point and if the wanton killing continues, rhino deaths will overtake births in 2016-2018, meaning rhinos could go extinct in the very near future.The South African Department of Environmental Affairs has been monitoring poaching of rhino over the years. Since 2008, the department reports that 2 778 rhinos have been poached in South Africa. During 2012, 668 Rhinos were killed by poachers in South Africa alone and this number soared to 1 004 in 2013. A total of 37 rhinos have been poached by mid-January 2014.However, the fight against poachers is bearing fruit albeit slowly. The number of rhino poachers arrested during 2013 in South Africa increased considerably with 343 being arrested, 133 of them in the Kruger National Park. In 2012, 267 alleged poachers were arrested.South Africans are urged to report incidents of poaching and tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 0860 010 111 or Crime-Line on 32211.
Anaheim Ducks start their quest for the Stanley Cup
KUSI Newsroom, Anaheim Ducks start their quest for the Stanley Cup April 12, 2018 Posted: April 12, 2018 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe Anaheim Ducks have qualified for the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year, equaling the second largest streak in the NHL.The Ducks enter the 2018 playoffs with the most postseason wins in the Western Conference since 2014 (31-22), which is also tied for 2nd in the NHL.The first round series starts at the Honda Center Thursday, Apr. 12 versus the San Jose Sharks with game two Saturday, April 14th. The local community is painting it orange this playoff season to support the Ducks postseason run. Ally Kay was in studio to talk more about their strategy as the team moves forward and what fans are doing to get ready for the big game!Ticket information can be found here. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Anaheim Ducks FacebookTwitter