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Former Spurs starlet John Bostock joins Toronto on loan

Former Spurs starlet Bostock seeks to revive his career with MLS side Toronto

PUBLISHED:

19:06 GMT, 8 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:06 GMT, 8 March 2013

Tottenham midfielder John Bostock has joined Canadian side Toronto FC on loan until the end of June.

The former Crystal Palace starlet has been at White Hart Lane for five years but has failed to break into the first team.

Out to impress: John Bostock will have a stint in the MLS

Out to impress: John Bostock will have a stint in the MLS

The 21-year-old has spent time out on loan at Brentford, Hull City, Sheffield Wednesday and Swindon Town.

Bostock will now head out again to gain further experience and he will this time go to Major League Soccer, where he will link up with former Spurs team-mate Ryan Nelsen at Toronto.

Nelsen was recently appointed as the club’s head coach and will be delighted to have increased his midfield options until June with the addition of Bostock.

Carlo Cudicini close to LA Galaxy move from Tottenham

Cudicini set for new challenge as veteran Spurs keeper edges closer to LA Galaxy switch

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18:50 GMT, 31 December 2012

Goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini looks set for a fresh start in America after Tottenham announced they have reached an agreement to sell the goalkeeper to Major League Soccer outfit the LA Galaxy.

Cudicini moved to White Hart Lane in 2009 but has found his opportunities limited due to the presence of Heurelho Gomes and the arrivals of Brad Friedel and Hugo Lloris.

Indeed, the Italian is perhaps now fourth choice in manager Andre Villas-Boas' plans so it is perhaps no surprise the north London club were looking to offload.

On his way: Carlo Cudicini looks set to join LA Galaxy

On his way: Carlo Cudicini looks set to join LA Galaxy

'We have reached agreement for the transfer of Carlo Cudicini to Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy,' said a short statement on Tottenham's official website.

'Carlo joined us from Chelsea in January 2009 and went on to make a total of 37 appearances. We wish Carlo all the best for the future.'

Cudicini began his professional career with AC Milan in 1992 and had a brief spell at Lazio before being plucked from obscurity in 2000 by Chelsea, who signed him from Italian minnows Castel di Sangro.

It was at Stamford Bridge where he excelled after ousting Mark Bosnich and Ed de Goey as Chelsea's regular goalkeeper.

He was part of the squads that claimed several domestic honours under Jose Mourinho although he found himself increasingly marginalised when the Blues signed Petr Cech in 2004.

Competition: Hugo Lloris (pictured) and Brad Friedel are ahead of Cudicini in the pecking order

Competition: Hugo Lloris (pictured) and Brad Friedel are ahead of Cudicini in the pecking order

In the footsteps: David Beckham left Real Madrid for LA Galaxy

In the footsteps: David Beckham left Real Madrid for LA Galaxy

After making 142 appearances for Chelsea in nine years, he made the switch to Tottenham but he once more struggled to claim a regular starting berth.

The 39-year-old could now link up with former Tottenham team-mate Robbie Keane in Los Angeles, who triumphed in the MLS Cup earlier this month with a 3-1 win over Houston Dynamo in the final in David Beckham's last match for the Galaxy.

Exodus: Robbie Keane is currently leading the line for the MLS side

Exodus: Robbie Keane is currently leading the line for the MLS side

Manchester City quash New York MLS franchise rumours

Man City quash rumours of 100m New York MLS franchise involving Beckham

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11:09 GMT, 15 December 2012

Manchester City have rejected speculation they are in discussions to buy a new MLS franchise.

City, who yesterday reported annual losses of 97.9m and increased turnover of 231.1m, were said to be on the brink of being awarded a franchise that would be based in the Queens district of New York.

It had been suggested David Beckham had been approached to be part of the scheme, which was to be named New York City Football Club and cost Blues owner Sheikh Mansour 100m.

No truth: Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour is not about to start a Major League Soccer franchise in New York, according to the club

No truth: Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour is not about to start a Major League Soccer franchise in New York, according to the club

However, Manchester City officials have today distanced themselves from the talk.

'Manchester City are not buying an MLS club,' said City in a short statement.

Sheikh Mansour has used his involvement with City, on which he has now lavished well in excess of 1bn, to raise the profile of Abu Dhabi.

Farewell: David Beckham waved goodbye to the MLS and LA Galaxy earlier this month, but was rumoured to be involved in the New York venture

Farewell: David Beckham waved goodbye to the MLS and LA Galaxy earlier this month, but was rumoured to be involved in the New York venture

It was suggested an involvement within the MLS would add to the work that has taken place turning City from a mid-ranking Premier League club into last season's champions.

A second MLS franchise in New York is set to be based in Queens, close to the site of Flushing Meadow, which currently hosts the US tennis open.

Tim Cahill wanted on loan by Sunderland, QPR, Tottenham and Newcastle

Premier League clubs queue up to sign Red Bulls star Cahill on-loan in January

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UPDATED:

12:42 GMT, 10 December 2012

A number of Barclays Premier League clubs are in the hunt to sign former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill on loan from New York Red Bulls in January.

Last month the 33-year-old said he was keen to come back to England on a short-term deal when the Major League Soccer season had ended.

A return to Goodison Park seemed his most likely destination but Sunderland, Newcastle, Tottenham and QPR are also interested in signing the Australia international.

Star in New York: Tim Cahill moved to the Red Bulls in the summer

Star in New York: Tim Cahill moved to the Red Bulls in the summer

Cahill had huge success at Everton after signing from Millwall in 2004, scoring 56 goals in 226 games, before leaving this summer to join the Red Bulls.

He played 14 matches, scoring once, as the MLS club finished third in the Eastern Conference to reach the play-offs, where they were knocked out by DC United.

Wanted man: Cahill was a key player for Everton during his years at Goodison Park

Wanted man: Cahill was a key player for Everton during his years at Goodison Park

If he returns to the Premier League Cahill will be following the likes of Los Angeles Galaxy stars Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, who have spent time on loan at Everton (twice) and Aston Villa respectively, and Red Bulls team-mate Thierry Henry who went back to Arsenal last year.

Frank Lampard remains LA Galaxy target

LA Galaxy ready to make new attempt to bring Chelsea veteran Lampard to MLS

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UPDATED:

21:46 GMT, 20 October 2012

LA Galaxy will try again to lure Frank Lampard to the club in January, with the Chelsea midfielder seemingly out of favour and in the last year of his contract at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard started on the bench against Tottenham on Saturday in a match which Chelsea won 4-2.

Super subs: Frank Lampard and Daniel Sturridge came on from the bench

Super subs: Frank Lampard and Daniel Sturridge came on from the bench

Ramires played alongside John Obi Mikel
in the Blues midfield and both turned in impressive displays, before
Lampard came on as a late substitute.

MLS commissioner Don Garber previously insisted there would be no shortage of suitors were Lampard to make it known he wanted to end his career in America.

Garber said: 'Frank Lampard's a great player. He has a great history with the sport.

'If he decides he wants to play in Major League Soccer, I'm sure any club would be happy to have him on their roster.'

Garber was speaking at the Leaders in Football Conference at Stamford Bridge and asked if he would exploit that opportunity, he joked: 'I'll go into the locker room and see if I can chat him up.'

Sports Personality of the Year award faces BBC changes

BBC to shake-up Sports Personality process after public outcry last year

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UPDATED:

12:32 GMT, 12 September 2012

The BBC will announce changes to their Sports Personality of the Year awards process later this month following last year's outcry at no women being included on the ten-strong shortlist.

Changes are expected to be made to the shortlisting panel and it appears unlikely that 'lads mags' Nuts and Zoo will retain their votes.

Other changes are also likely, possibly expanding the number of sports stars on the shortlist and having a panel of experts to then reduce the size of the list ahead of a public vote.

Honour: Mark Cavendish with the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award last year

Honour: Mark Cavendish with the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award last year

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It follows a lengthy review of the process announced last November after Earlier, a group of women MPs wrote to the BBC director general, Mark Thompson, complaining that this year's shortlist undermined efforts to encourage female participation in sport.

A BBC spokeswoman insisted the changes would not be dramatic, saying: 'It will be evolution rather than revolution.'

That means there will be no move towards having a separate award for men and women – there have been three female winners in the last 10 years – nor of giving the Paralympics any special status, both of which changes have been suggested.

This year's awards will be held at the ExCeL centre in London on December 16 – the BBC want to reflect the importance of the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012 and it was one of the major venues for the Games.

Tough choice: This year's shortlist for the Sports Personality award will be one of the strongest ever. (From left) Sir Chris Hoy, Andy Murray, Bradley Wiggins, Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and Rory McIlroy are likely to feature

Tough choice: This year's shortlist for the Sports Personality award will be one of the strongest ever. (From left) Sir Chris Hoy, Andy Murray, Bradley Wiggins, Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and Rory McIlroy are likely to feature

Bookmakers rate cyclist Bradley Wiggins the favourite ahead of Andy Murray, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis.

Wiggins won the Tour de France and Olympic gold, while Murray has come into contention after his equally historic US Open victory to go alongside his Olympic gold and silver.

Farah and Ennis are ranked as the most likely candidates from the rest of Britain's Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

London 2012 Olympics: Stars could be banned for working with coaches guilty of doping offences

Athletes could be banned if they work with coaches found guilty of doping offences

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22:35 GMT, 4 August 2012

Olympic stars could be banned in future if they work with coaches or agents found guilty of a doping offence.

Proposed new rules, designed to prevent notorious drug cheat coaches or advisers working with athletes, would mean that any competitor in a major sport who worked with a banned figure would be charged with a doping offence and liable to receive a ban.

The development comes in the wake of denials from US sprint stars Carmelita Jeter and Jason Richardson that they use Mark Block as their agent.

Denial: Carmelita Jeter has denied that she uses banned agent Mark Block as her representative

Denial: Carmelita Jeter has denied that she uses banned agent Mark Block as her representative

Block is serving a 10-year ban for his part in the BALCO scandal, the systematic programme of steroid abuse devised in San Francisco.

Professor Arne Ljungqvist, chairman of the IOC's medical commission, said last week: 'We have discussed this kind of situation in the International Olympic Committee.'

A proposed revision of the World Anti-Doping Authority code includes rules to govern the relationships between athletes and their entourages.

Ljungqvist said: 'Take the example of Marion Jones, who all of a sudden took advice from Charlie Francis (the banned coach who admitted supplying Ben Johnson with steroids).

'Those type of relations should constitute a doping offence. WADA at least is making an attempt to address this issue.'

Steven Pienaar signs for Everton from Tottenham

Pienaar heads back to Everton in 4.5m deal just 18 months after leaving for Spurs

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UPDATED:

17:34 GMT, 31 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Everton have confirmed the permanent return of Steven Pienaar from Tottenham for 4.5million on a four-year deal.

The South Africa international spent the second half of last season on loan at Goodison Park after failing to impress under then-Spurs boss Harry Redknapp.

He only signed for Tottenham last year for a reported 3million fee after spending four years, the first of which was on loan from Borussia Dortmund, with Everton.

On the move: Steven Pienaar in action for Spurs during pre-season this month

On the move: Steven Pienaar in action for Spurs during pre-season this month

Opportunities were limited for Pienaar at Tottenham, where he started just five Barclays Premier League matches.

But he excelled on his return to Everton, scoring four goals in 14 league games to help them finish seventh, with boss David Moyes stating at the beginning of the month one of his aims for the summer was to re-sign Pienaar.

'We are keen [on Pienaar] and I hope in time we would be able to conclude that deal,' he said.

'I don't know if the situation has changed (with Andre Villas-Boas coming in as new Spurs manager) but Steven has made it very clear he wants to come back here and my understanding is that hasn't changed.

Fans' favourite: Pienaar spent the second half of last season on loan with Everton

Fans' favourite: Pienaar spent the second half of last season on loan with Everton

'My next job in the coming weeks is to get Steven Pienaar here as well.'

Pienaar made no secret of his desire to return to Merseyside and Tim Cahill's move to Major League Soccer outfit the New York Red Bulls paved the way for the 30-year-old's comeback.

He told Everton's website: 'I am happy to be here. It took a few weeks to sort out but I am delighted to be back and excited to play for Everton.

'There was no doubt in my mind that I would be back here. At the end of the season I told the manager how I felt and I am happy now it is all done.'

Linda Pizzuti joins Liverpool north America tour with Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler

Henry's wife Pizzuti gets taste of Liverpool training camp with legends Fowler and Rush

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10:08 GMT, 18 July 2012

She was so eager to join in with the famous Anfield atmosphere, she took to a fans' forum to learn the songs before her first visit.

And now it seems Linda Pizzuti – the glamorous wife of Liverpool owner John W. Henry – wants to learn to play the Liverpool way too.

Pizzuti joined club legends Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler at a coaching session in Boston on the first leg of Liverpool’s pre-season tour of North America on Tuesday.

Boston red shirts: Robbie Fowler, Ian Rush, Linda Pizzuti and mascot Mighty Red at Camp Harbor View

Boston red shirts: Robbie Fowler, Ian Rush, Linda Pizzuti and mascot Mighty Red at Camp Harbor View

Pizzuti lauded the 'force and spirit' of the Kop when she visited Anfield for the first time in November 2010, admitting she joined in with a rendition of 'You’re not singing anymore' as Liverpool beat Napoli 3-1 in a Europa League tie.

And with Rush and Fowler taking part in an LFC Foundation training session with local school kids at Camp Harbor View, near Boston, she dropped by to get the latest news from the club.

Pizzuti was pictured with the two coaches and 'cheeky' new mascot Mighty Red and also tweeted a picture of a 40ft climbing wall, which she claimed Fowler and most of the Foundation coaches scaled with ease.

Still got it: Reds legend Fowler shows the local kids why he was dubbed 'God' by the Kop

Still got it: Reds legend Fowler shows the local kids why he was dubbed 'God' by the Kop

What a Rush: Liverpool great Ian (right) at the LFC Foundation training session in Boston

What a Rush: Liverpool great Ian (right) at the LFC Foundation training session in Boston

Liverpool play the first of three matches on their North American Tour against Major League Soccer side FC Toronto in the Canadian city on Saturday.

They then face Roma at Fenway Park in Boston – home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team also owned by Henry – on July 25 and Tottenham in Baltimore on July 28.

Liverpool touched down in Boston on Monday to start pre-season preparations, although many of the players who featured in the European Championships are not due back until next week.

It means manager Brendan Rodgers is likely to give a number of young players a run out against Toronto, with Raheem Sterling and Nathan Eccleston among those set to play.

No way past: Raheem Sterling, Jamie Carragher and Nathan Eccleston in training at Harvard University

No way past: Raheem Sterling, Jamie Carragher and Nathan Eccleston in training at Harvard University

It’s possible that new 10m signing Fabio Borini could make his debut against former club Roma in Boston after the striker said he would cut short his summer break to link up with his new teammates.

Rodgers said: ‘Fabio will come out next week with the England players, and that’s a great demonstration of his commitment to Liverpool.

‘He was involved with Italy right the way through to the final and I’d given him the time off, like the others – four weeks.

‘He was due to come back on August 1 but he made it very clear when he came that he wanted to get back and train with the group.

Making his point: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers directs proceedings in training

Making his point: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers directs proceedings in training

Hard yards: Midfielder Joe Cole runs in front of the Harvard University stadium in Boston

Hard yards: Midfielder Joe Cole runs in front of the Harvard University stadium in Boston

‘We’ve agreed that he’ll come out next week and we’re looking forward to seeing him. He is very determined and committed to doing well and I’m sure he’ll play some part in some of the games once he’s over here.’

Liverpool’s strikeforce could be further bolstered by the 10m signing of Fulham’s Clint Dempsey, with the deal set to be concluded by the end of the week.

It remains unclear, however, whether Andy Carroll will join the tour, with West Ham and Newcastle interested in the England forward.

LA Galaxy back for Chelsea"s Frank Lampard

LA Galaxy back for Lampard as Chelsea star told to join up with Beckham

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23:00 GMT, 30 June 2012

LA Galaxy are ready to make a fresh move to prise Frank Lampard away from Chelsea and make him a team-mate of David Beckham in the USA’s Major League Soccer.

The club believe they can put together an offer that can make it worth Lampard’s while to move to the USA, even though the midfield player has one year left on a 130,000-a-week Chelsea contract and is due a substantial loyalty bonus if he completes the final year of his deal.

Serial winner: Frank Lampard has won the Champions League trophy and three Premier League titles at Chelsea

Serial winner: Frank Lampard has won the Champions League trophy and three Premier League titles at Chelsea

Leaving Chelsea would clearly be a wrench for Lampard, 34, who has become an iconic player at the club since moving there in 2001. He has won the Champions League, three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups in the club’s most successful era.

But last season Lampard had to accept that he would not always be first choice in the starting XI and Roberto Di Matteo, made permanent manager last month, is expected to continue the team’s rejuvenation.

Club-mates Beckham and Lampard

Club-mates Beckham and Lampard

Chelsea would ordinarily not want to lose such an illustrious player but, if Lampard did want to go, it would lower the wage bill and help Chelsea meet UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations, which requires them to cut their losses or face being banned from Champions League football.

LA Galaxy remain hopeful that those factors will mean they can pick up Lampard without paying a transfer fee. One possible replacement for Lampard would be Luka Modric, but Tottenham have put a 45million price tag on their Croatia playmaker, despite no manager being officially announced at White Hart Lane.

Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas,
however, will receive one further payment from Roman Abramovich before
taking over at Spurs this week. The 34-year-old has held off confirming
his appointment at Tottenham until a lump sum from his settlement with
Chelsea is paid into his account, due to happen tomorrow.

Once that is processed, Spurs will
announce that he has been chosen to replace Harry Redknapp, who was
sacked last month despite leading the club to fourth place last season.