Jonah Lomu passed away aged 40, gone too soon, but the former New Zealand rugby union international left an indelible mark on all those who knew him, on and off the pitch.One of the greatest All Blacks of all-time, and quite probably the most celebrated player in his chosen sport, Lomu transcended the game of rugby union to become a truly legendary sportsman.As Jonny Wilkinson put it, “The greatest superstar and just a fabulous human being.”In the video above, talkSPORT recalls the legend of Lomu.FOR MORE TRIBUTES TO JONAH LOMU, VISIT TALKSPORT.COM/JONAH-LOMU
1 Napoli have opened talks over a new contract with Arsenal target Jorginho.The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a January move to the Emirates in recent months after impressing in Serie A.Arsenal are on the hunt for a defensive midfielder to provide competition for Francis Coquelin and have identified the former Verona man as an ideal addition.However they may now struggle to snap up Jorginho as, according to Sky Italia, Napoli have begun contract talks with the player.The Italian club are desperate to hold onto the 23-year-old and hope that a new deal could persuade him to stay put. Napoli star Jorginho
Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes their Capital One Cup first-leg victory over Manchester City is an indicator of their progress.Romelu Lukaku’s late header, just minutes after Jesus Navas’ first goal since September 2014 had cancelled out Ramiro Funes Mori’s opener, gave the hosts a slender advantage heading to the Etihad Stadium in three weeks.A first home victory in five matches was more than deserved after a performance which saw them negate and dominate Manuel Pellegrini’s star-studded side for long periods.“It is more than happiness. You are very, very proud of the performance,” Martinez said.“We had to face a really good team and we carried on our defensive intensity.“You lose a player like Tom Cleverley at half-time and you have to adjust and then losing Romelu with a knock on his ankle and finishing the game playing with 10 men but we kept the ball really well.“We played eye-to-eye against a very good Manchester City side and after conceding that goal on a really good counter attack, the winning mentality we showed to get that [winning] goal was really impressive.“That character we showed tonight was a big difference.“We showed how far we have come since August. It shows what we have got in the dressing room.“We are not getting carried away. We know we have a huge challenge in front of us and are looking forward to the second leg but the performance means more than just a win in the semi-final of the League Cup.”The only downside were injuries to Lukaku, Cleverley and Seamus Coleman, the latter who is expected to be out for three to four weeks with a calf strain.“Romelu had a knock on his ankle. We are going to assess him. I don’t know if he will be available for the weekend (the FA Cup tie against Dagenham & Redbridge) but I don’t think it is too serious.“Tom and Seamus are very similar, Seamus with his calf is probably the most serious, those things are between three to four weeks.”
Memphis Depay replaced Juan Mata against Sheffield United 1 Man United fans were full of praise for Memphis Depay as the club squeezed past League One side Sheffield United. The Blades are four points off a play-off place in their division, but came close to forcing the Premier League giants into a replay.But Man United fans are just grateful the substitute was there to save the day, as he won the penalty Wayne Rooney converted.Here’s what a selection of them were saying after the game.
David De Gea is happy at Old Trafford and will be unaffected by news of Real Madrid’s transfer embargo, according to Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal.Under a FIFA ruling this week, the Spanish giants will be unable to sign players this summer or in the next winter transfer window due to irregularities.Real had been expected to renew their interest in the United keeper, who was poised to move to the Bernabeu last summer before the move collapsed at the last minute.Ahead of United’s Barclays Premier League trip to Liverpool on Sunday, Van Gaal insisted: “I don’t think that is the kind of thing that plays on the mind of David De Gea.“I never thought about it in the period before the transfer window and now I am seeing David De Gea who is enjoying to stay here and play good games.”Van Gaal’s position will come under renewed pressure if his side lose at Anfield in a game which will see the Dutchman renew his rivalry with Jurgen Klopp.The pair met four times in the Bundesliga when in charge of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund respectively and Van Gaal believes Klopp is cut out to succeed in the Premier League.Van Gaal added: “You can see he plays a very aggressive and pressing kind of game and he already knows the difference between the Premier League and the German league.“He is a very capable manager in the Premier League because he has always showed this kind of football and I think the fans will love it.”Conversely the jury is still out on Van Gaal’s own tactics after Tuesday night’s dramatic 3-3 draw at Newcastle which appeared to please some fans more than the manager himself.United’s attacking intent came in stark contrast to previous displays but Van Gaal was furious with the way his side threw away a two-goal lead and allowed the Magpies to seize a point in injury time.Van Gaal added: “I think I was more disappointed than the fans but I say to them we lost two points and two points are very important in this period.“One point is not enough when you are the circumstances that we are in. In a game like that you have to win and we were disappointed, but of course the fans have seen a match where we have scored three goals.”Defeat to United’s traditional rivals would maybe push Van Gaal closer to the Old Trafford exit door and the Dutchman acknowledged a more determined display will be necessary to take the points from Anfield.“I have felt it [the rivalry] already four times, on the tour of the USA and in the league. You can see it on the faces of the players.“We need to be aggressive but also under control. It is that kind of match and it will always be difficult because the passion at play in these kinds of games is always very high.” David de Gea 1
1 Arsene Wenger Arsene Wenger is happy with Arsenal’s hectic fixture schedule and hopes too much time to think in between games could be the downfall of leaders Leicester.The table-topping Foxes travel to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday five points clear at the Barclays Premier League summit – with the Gunners third, below fierce local rivals Tottenham.With no continental tournaments to worry about and having already been knocked out of the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup, many believe a less congested run-in could see Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester complete a most remarkable title success.But Wenger, whose side remain in the FA Cup – looking to win it for a third straight year – and have a Champions League last-16 clash with Barcelona on the horizon, believes too much time thinking about upcoming fixtures could be detrimental to a team.“Yes, time to think can be a disadvantage if you not are thinking in a positive way and the pressure is on,” he said. “It is true that sometimes the less time you have to wait for the next game, the better it is.“I believe they are still in a position where they think where they have nothing to lose. But once you are top of the league, you can also think about losing what you have.“That is where the nerves come in a little bit. I do not know how they will respond to that.”Some Leicester fans are planning to miss the first five minutes of Sunday’s noon kick-off in north London in protest to the late decision to switch the date of the match for television purposes.Arsenal supporters group REDaction has called on home fans to applaud Leicester’s efforts, but Wenger is keen to keep any protests away from the match itself.“You want everybody there when the game starts,” the Arsenal boss said when asked if he would be disappointed if fans came in late.“For me, the game is a joy and everyone has to be part of it. You can protest before and after, but during the game, you want everybody to be there.“It (a game of football) is a moment of happiness in your life. Life is not every day fantastic – sometimes it’s boring, sometimes it’s difficult for many people. Football is a moment of happiness in your life, so don’t miss it.”
Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson has warned their Premier League rivals that Daniel Sturridge is ready to give the Reds their fear factor back.The midfielder also insisted England striker Sturridge has been hurt by the criticism he has received during his injury-hit season.Sturridge opened the scoring in his first Premier League start since October as Liverpool thumped Aston Villa 6-0 on Sunday. It was the first time the 26-year-old had started under Jurgen Klopp after a knee injury, foot issue and hamstring trouble and Henderson feels he gives the Reds an extra dimension. “He definitely gives us that fear factor back. Any central defender playing against him will be wary,” he said.“They know how quick he is, how sharp he is with the ball. He can cause anyone problems and I’m sure any centre-half in the world would be worried about coming up against him.“I’ve known Studge for years and I am quite close to him. I have been with him a lot while he has been out. You have to understand he has been more frustrated than anyone at being out.“There is a lot gets said about him outside of our group. I know it hurts him and I know it is hard for him to take. He is doing things to try and get back. He doesn’t want to be injured. He is more annoyed than anyone that he isn’t playing. But now he is back, he has got a smile on his face and he has been world class.”James Milner, Emre Can, Divock Origi, Nathaniel Clyne and Kolo Toure scored to condemn Villa to their biggest home defeat in 81 years. Some of the Liverpool squad threw their shirts to the travelling supporters and Henderson said it was reward for their patience during the club’s ticket problems – which fans protest over prices for next season, before the club backtracked. “Over the last couple of weeks it has been a hard time and a frustrating time for the fans. The players appreciate that. Thankfully everything (with the tickets) is sorted now,” he said. “The owners realised they made a mistake and changed it back and that is brilliant for the players because everyone can now just focus on winning games.” Daniel Sturridge 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe diocese will pay $6.685 million to the four plaintiffs, making an average payout of $1.7 million per person. That figure is significantly higher than earlier settlements in the Orange County diocese and in Los Angeles, where plaintiffs received about $1.1 million and $1.3 million, respectively. Attorneys for the bishop said they had not reached the settlement to avoid Brown’s contempt of court hearing, scheduled for Tuesday. Brown will insist on going forward with the hearing to clear his name, said Peter Callahan, the bishop’s attorney. SANTA ANA – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange said Friday it will pay nearly $7 million to settle four sexual abuse lawsuits, including one that has the bishop facing contempt of court proceedings for sending a monsignor out of the country before he could testify. The lawsuits, the first of which was to go to trial Oct. 15, involved allegations against three lay teachers at Mater Dei High School and Santa Margarita High School, as well as a lay musician at a neighborhood parish. The case against a coach at Mater Dei High School had put Bishop Tod D. Brown in the extremely unusual position of having to sit for the contempt of court hearing. If the hearing goes forward and Brown is found to be in contempt, he could face a range of sanctions, from a verbal reprimand to fines to jail time. “The settlement of these civil cases represents the moral obligation for the church for such behavior by adults in positions of responsibility,” Brown said in a statement. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
From news services Thanks to a conflict in sports schedules at the Trent Green household, his wife was spared the scary sight of him face down and motionless on the field Sunday in Houston. When the Miami Dolphins quarterback was knocked unconscious by a severe concussion that could end his career, wife Julie was back home in South Florida at a tennis match with their children. “She was listening to the game with an earpiece, but she didn’t have to sit and watch,” Dolphins coach Cam Cameron said Monday. “So that’s a blessing.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityGreen’s concussion was diagnosed as grade three, the most severe, and he’ll undergo further tests to determine his future. He has been ruled out of Sunday’s game at Cleveland, and Cameron declined to discuss the possibility the injury will force the 37-year-old Green to retire. “I don’t think we really know the full extent, because there are some ongoing tests,” Cameron said. “Right now I just think there are too many unknowns.” Cleo Lemon, who replaced Green at Houston, will make his second NFL start against the Browns. Second-round draft pick John Beck becomes the backup. Green took a knee to the head blocking 315-pound tackle Travis Johnson on an end-around, then crumpled to the ground. Teammates kneeled in prayer while medical personnel revived Green, and he was strapped to a stretcher before being carted away. But he took a flight home with the team, and A.J. Feely said it was difficult to tell he had been hurt. Pittman out two months Tampa Bay running back Michael Pittman could be sidelined up to two months with an ankle sprain that has the Buccaneers scrambling for experienced help at running back. Coach Jon Gruden said the team was waiting for the results of an MRI exam, but that it appeared Pittman, injured during Sunday’s 33-14 loss at Indianapolis, will be out six to eight weeks. A knee injury ended star running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams’ season, but Pittman was doing well before his setback. Delhomme out for year Jake Delhomme last week called surgery on his strained right elbow “a last resort.” After experiencing pain trying to throw on Monday, the Panthers quarterback decided the worst-case scenario couldn’t be avoided. Delhomme will have season-ending ligament-replacement surgery on his elbow next week, leaving the Panthers without their leader on offense and scrambling to find another quarterback. Originally injured two weeks ago, Delhomme didn’t show any improvement when trying to throw Monday. A day earlier he threw briefly on the side while sitting out Carolina’s win over the Saints. “I think (Sunday) he was just trying to see how it felt,” Coach John Fox said. “Today he really pushed it.” Goodell weighs decision Commissioner Roger Goodell will review next week whether to reduce Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Tank Johnson’s suspension from eight to six games. “I did talk to Tank about a week ago and I’m going to be reviewing his case shortly,” Goodell said. “He has been doing some very positive things about changing his life and making better decisions going forward.” Around the league Seahawks: Longtime Seattle fullback Mack Strong has a neck injury that will end his career. It won’t require surgery, but Strong told reporters that it will end his career. The two-time Pro Bowler turned 36 this month, and has spent 15 seasons with the Seahawks. Broncos: Center Tom Nalen tore his right biceps muscle and will be out for the season. The five-time Pro Bowler was injured in the first quarter of a 41-3 loss to San Diego on Sunday, but kept playing. Eagles: Star running back Brian Westbrook said the stomach muscle he injured on Sept. 23 is getting better. He might play Sunday. 49ers: Former San Francisco 49ers president Carmen Policy has been tapped by Mayor Gavin Newsom to lead efforts to keep the team from moving to a new stadium in Silicon Valley. Jaguars: Rookie coach Bobby Petrino insisted that Joey Harrington is still the No. 1 quarterback, but former Jacksonville starter Byron Leftwich is waiting in the wings for his chance. Browns: Cleveland anxiously awaited MRI results on running back Jamal Lewis’ sprained right foot, an injury that knocked him out after one play in Sunday’s loss to New England. Chiefs: Quarterback Damon Huard is awaiting test results on his bruised shoulder that will determine if he can play this week against Cincinnati. Vikings: Sidelined for the last two games with a groin strain, Tarvaris Jackson is expected to return Sunday as the starting quarterback against Chicago.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 “What this insurance carrier did was appalling,” Bates said Friday. Just before a scheduled surgery in 2004 to remove a tumor, the Gardena hairstylist said she was pulled out of the exam room and told that the procedure had been canceled because of a problem with her insurance. A representative with Health Net Inc. told her over the phone she would have to pay three months’ worth of premiums in advance to restore her policy, she said. The surgery went ahead, but she was canceled again in the midst of chemotherapy treatments, she said. She is now suing the company for $6 million. Documents made public in an arbitration hearing this week over her lawsuit gave an unprecedented look at the procedures of Health Net Inc., which saved more than $35 million in payments for medical expenses from 2000 to 2006 by canceling policies, court documents show. At Friday’s hearing, Barbara Fowler, an underwriter for the Woodland Hills-based insurance carrier, answered questions about her alleged role in canceling policies, including the one held by Bates. Court documents show Fowler earned $1,654 to $6,310 a year in bonuses from 2000 to 2006 for meeting goals set by the company to save money. Bates’ attorney, William Shernoff, described the health carrier’s actions as “cruel and reprehensible.” An associate at his Claremont law firm, Shernoff, Bidart & Darras, sent the court documents – including Bates’ health care application, Fowler’s bonus payments and other internal records – to the Daily Breeze after former Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Sam Cianchetti granted a motion Thursday that opened the proceedings to the public. In a letter to Bates just before her scheduled surgery in January 2004, Fowler wrote that Health Net was canceling her policy because information on her application was “factually incorrect” and “that certain important health information may have been omitted.” The company alleges she lied about her weight and a preexisting heart condition associated with her use of a diet drug. Bates disputes that, saying she answered the questions on the application as best she could. Most major health insurers review – and sometimes cancel – the policies of clients who submit large medical claims. However, it is against state law for an insurer to link the pay of claims reviewers to their decisions. Health Net spokesman Brad Kieffer could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon. A spokesman for state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, meanwhile, told reporters that his office is watching the case closely and will look into the actions of Health Net and other insurance carriers. Bates’ trial is expected to continue next week, her lawyers said Friday. They are also representing another Health Net customer with a similar claim, said Michael Bidart, a partner in the law firm. Bates said she received chemotherapy treatments about four months after her insurance was canceled, thanks to a charity organization that picked up the $200,000 bill. She still needs follow-up medical care, including the removal of a port in her body that was used to inject the chemotherapy. A self-employed hairdresser who lives in Lakewood, Bates said she was left without health coverage. “I can’t afford it,” she said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do.” [email protected] The Associated Press 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! When the solicitor called Patsy Bates at her Gardena hair salon about four years ago, the offer was enticing: She could save $50 a month in health insurance by switching from her current carrier to Health Net Inc. She answered a few questions and later filled out a form when a company representative came by her shop on Rosecrans Avenue to process the paperwork. A few months later, Bates was diagnosed with breast cancer, and the decision to change insurers sent her life into a tailspin and left her vulnerable for hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. Bates, 51, is now at the center of a lawsuit alleging Health Net Inc., one of California’s largest health insurers, gave its employees financial bonuses for canceling policies that saved the company millions of dollars in medical costs.