first_imgManchester City’s football development executive Patrick Vieira rates Raheem Sterling highly and believes the club’s interest in the Liverpool forward is understandable. And while some have criticised that valuation Vieira is a fan of the youngster. “I think if you go down and ask 10 people what they think about him, I think nine would give you a positive answer,” Vieira told ESPN FC at an event in New York for Western Union’s PASS initiative. “I would be part of the nine people because he’s shown how good he is, how well he’s been doing at Liverpool. “If he is in the market, not just City would be interested in him. “But that’s the first team and I’m not part of the first team, I work with the academy so I’m just giving you my opinion.” Vieira also believes the loss of their Premier League title honour to Chelsea last season should be viewed in context. “The target of the football club is to always try to win the Premier League title. You only have one team who can win it,” he added. “Chelsea won it last year, so that means United, City, Arsenal and Liverpool were not going to be happy, but I think what is important is to analyse the situation and analyse what the club has achieved in the past four years. City have already had two offers – the latest worth £40million – rejected but reports suggest they are preparing a third for the England international. Liverpool value the 20-year-old, who still has two years remaining on his current deal but has refused to sign a new £100,000-a-week contract, at £50million-plus. “If you analyse the last four years, it’s been more successful than anything else. “Don’t forget that four or five years ago, the club wasn’t at that level. “I think the journey of the club so far has been fantastic and you just have to look at the players we have in our squad.” Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgMULTI-MILLION dollar Big Bash naming rights sponsor KFC has turned up the heat on Cricket Australia (CA) to immediately resolve the pay crisis railroading the game.KFC pours an estimated $3.5-$4 million into the game each year as one of CA’s top three corporate partners and its concerned call for administrators on both sides of the fence to realise the ugly war is killing the sport reflects growing anxiety and frustration among cricket’s leading sponsors.Leading corporate partners have been left badly exposed by cricket’s lapsed pay agreement, as CA no longer control the players’ image rights and are therefore unable to provide the protection against ambush marketing that giants like Qantas, Commonwealth Bank and Optus have forked out millions for.The Daily Telegraph spoke to several of the sport’s corporate partners yesterday, and while some continued to play down the drama, others were outright damning of CA’s complete loss of control, with more than 230 players out of contract and no longer available to them.CA can ill-afford the crisis scenario of having major sponsors ask for their money back or walk away from unfulfilled deals.KFC has partnered with CA since 2003 and as well has backed the world-beating BBL and has also been naming rights sponsor for the Australian Twenty20 side.The fast food icons stopped short of tipping its famous bucket on those in charge, but its pointed assessment that the ever-escalating situation has gone too far sends a clear enough message in itself.“The dispute between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association is unfortunate and one we hope will be resolved amicably as soon as possible for the benefit of the game,” a KFC spokesperson told The Daily Telegraph.Mitchell Starc’s deal with Audi has left some sponsors feeling edgy, and it’s understood other leading stars are also set to announce similar car dealership arrangements in the near future.Cricket Australia have indicated they aren’t concerned by Starc’s venture, given other leading players already have similar existing CA-approved arrangements with Toyota rivals.Toyota issued a statement to say “we are confident Cricket Australia and the players (ACA) are working together to reach a mutual agreement, as soon as they possibly can”, sentiments also reflected by Optus.The Commonwealth Bank declined to comment when approached.Australian Cricketers Association general manager Tim Cruickshank has been in regular contact with sponsors concerned about where they stand with no MOU in place.last_img read more

first_imgBy The Associated Press A man suspected of shooting and killing his pregnant girlfriend while she was driving him and her two children turned himself in Monday. Stephen Mark Picart, 33, surrendered at a South Los Angeles police station a day after Sharon Carter was shot in the back of the head as she was driving her sport utility vehicle in Watts, police said. Picart of Los Angeles was booked on suspicion of murder and held without bail, said officer Mike Lopez, a police spokesman. Police said they didn’t know if Picart had retained an attorney yet. His number was unlisted. After Carter was shot, her SUV hit two cars and came to a stop, police said. The gunman then fled. Her sons, ages 4 and 14, were not injured. They were placed in protective custody. Investigators suspect Picart, whom they described as Carter’s “significant other,” was in the vehicle and arguing with the 31-year-old woman. Police and family members said Carter was pregnant with Picart’s child. Authorities believe he surrendered because of “pressure from the family, pressure from a very religious upbringing and then pressure from (police) and the rest of the community,” Deputy Chief Charlie Beck said. Carter’s sister, Christi Antwine, told KABC Channel 7 the boys were distraught after witnessing the shooting. “The hardest thing is to tell a 4-year-old child that they’ll never see their mother again,” Antwine said.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