Shane Duffy will resist calls from his fellow Evertonians to “wave Manchester City through” on Sunday and has instead urged Brighton to replicate their obstinate showing against City in the FA Cup semi-final. The Brighton defender graduated through the youth academy at Everton and counts himself a fan but knows he could effectively play a part in Liverpool winning a first league title since 1990 by helping to blunt City. Brighton conceded early in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley last month but resisted admirably thereafter. Now free of concerns over their top-flight status, they can even seek to be slightly more ambitious in their approach to unsettle Pep Guardiola’s side at the Amex Stadium. “When you play them it’s about having to deal with constant pressure upon pressure, they come at you from everywhere, and it’s such a difficult game,” said Duffy, who has been voted Brighton’s player of the year. “All the players are excited … [Read more...] about Brighton ‘excited to spoil the party’ for Manchester City, says Shane Duffy
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August 31 We have all the fun and games of transfer deadline day across much of Europe (England closed weeks ago). - FC Bayern Munich left-back Juan Bernat has completed a deadline day deal to join Thomas Tuchel at Paris Saint-Germain. The Spaniard, who played second fiddel to David Alaba during his Bayern career, made 113 appearances in all competitions winning four Bundesliga titles and a German Cup in the process. - Elsewhere, defender Jerome Boateng's move to Paris Saint-Germain has fallen through. "He is a world-class defender and a top professional. He is staying here," coach Niko Kovac told a news conference. - Kevin Trapp has moved from the French side to the Bundesliga though with the Germany goalkeeper returning on loan to Eintracht Frankfurt. Reports say Frankfurt announced the deal too early on social media before pulling the video. But confirmation has now come that the German Cup winners have signed yet another keeper. - Hoffenheim have secured … [Read more...] about Transfer Deadline Day: Boateng staying at Bayern
Olivier Giroud isn’t happy with his bit-part role at Chelsea, where the emergence of Tammy Abraham as first-choice striker means the Frenchman has featured in just four Premier League matches this season. Crystal Palace, Internazionale, Borussia Dortmund and several top-flight French clubs are all believed to be interested in acquiring his services, but the 33-year-old’s demands for a two-year deal worth £14m in wages are reported to be a bit too saucy. With his contract with Chelsea due to expire in June, Stamford Bridge beancounters are also planning to ask for a £5m transfer fee from any club that tries to sign their man in January. While their priority is to lure Giroud to Selhurst Park, Palace are also interested in bringing Celtic striker Odsonne Édouard or his Rangers counterpart Alfredo Morelos down the road from Glasgow to London. Fed up with life at Arsenal where he remains a bit-part player, Lucas Torreira may cut his losses and agitate for a … [Read more...] about Football transfer rumours: Mourinho to sign Ibrahimovic for Tottenham?
The annual Marmalade Festival held at the weekend is one of the UK's many festivals dedicated solely to a particular food. But what are the others?Marmalade and jamJanice Miners will soon see her grapefruit and gin-flavoured marmalade on sale at Fortnum and Mason.It is her prize for winning the top award at the annual Marmalade Festival held at the Cumbria country house Dalemain.About 10,000 visitors turned up to see the 2,700 marmalades from 30 countries - and Japan has now been inspired to hold its own festival.Ms Miners is not the only winner to see her creation on the shelves.The store also sells Janet Cormack's four berries preserve after it won the Preserve Cup at the Port Eliot Flower and Fodder Festival in Cornwall.Return of the oysterThe Oyster Festival in Stranraer was designed to reunite the townsfolk with the water.The town in south-west Scotland suffered a major blow in 2011, when Irish Sea ferry services moved elsewhere, according to Romano Petrucci, organiser of the … [Read more...] about Food festivals: Celebrating the great and good of food
Grant was sentenced to four life sentences with a minimum of 27 years in prison after eluding officers for years 'Night Stalker' Delroy Grant who carried out a 17-year campaign of sex attacks on 500 elderly people kissed one of his victims goodbye, a new documentary reveals. Grant was sentenced to four life sentences with a minimum of 27 years in prison in 2011 after eluding officers for years, terrorising residents in south London, Kent and Surrey while carrying out as many as 600 attacks. After carrying out one of his sickening assaults, Grant kissed one of his victims goodbye, an episode of British Police: Our Toughest Cases will reveal. In the full episode, which will air at 10pm on Saturday on Quest Red, detectives who worked on the case reveal how Grant also laughed at police as they interviewed him, and how he joked that the officers should not bother taking his fingerprints as he 'always wore gloves' while committing his crimes. In … [Read more...] about Prolific ‘Night Stalker’ rapist Delroy Grant who sexually assaulted up to 600 elderly women in 17-year reign of terror ‘kissed one victim goodbye’ after attack, detective reveals