Chelsea feel vaccine-related absences of Kanté and Loftus-Cheek on US tour

N'Golo Kanté and Ruben Loftus-Cheek missed the pre-season trip to America because they were not double vaccinated against Covid (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaThomas Tuchel has admitted the absence of N'Golo Kanté and Ruben Loftus-Cheek from Chelsea's pre-season tour of the United States due to their Covid vaccination status is 'far from ideal' as they prepare for the new Premier League campaign prepare. None of the midfielders traveled with the squad when they flew to Los Angeles last weekend because US entry requirements state that all foreign visitors over the age of 18 must be double vaccinated. While it's unclear if the two players are unvaccinated or just received a dose, both Kanté and Loftus-Cheek tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this past season. At the time, Tuchel said he did not know how many of his players were vaccinated, but that he would not force them to be vaccinated. However, the Chelsea manager has admitted the absence of Kanté and Loftus-Cheek has left a huge void in his preparation plans. "We can't force it. Getting vaccinated is a completely normal decision at the moment. Both players decided against it," said Tuchel. “We have to stick to the rules. You know the consequences. We don't like it. We'd love to have them here and it's not an ideal solution. Far from ideal. “But as soon as the situation is like this, you have to find a solution. When asked if the vaccination status of players came to mind when looking at transfers, Tuchel added: "I knew a few players that I would take even without vaccination. But yeah, it's part of everyday life at the moment.” Kanté also missed part of last season with a knee injury and started just 21 Premier League games. Tuchel hopes the French midfielder can quickly integrate into the squad upon his return. He said: "For N'Golo, it might not even be the worst thing to do. I don't think it takes him very long to get used to our game because N'Golo is N'Golo and everyone knows he's a key player and has to be a key player if you want to win big. ” Tuchel also said he was keen to tie the 31-year-old to a new contract given his current deal is less than 12 months. Chelsea lost both Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger at the end of their terms last month and asked if resolving Kanté's situation remained a top priority this summer. He said: "It is, but I want a lot of things. Not all things are coming true, but everyone is aware of the situation, not only with N'Golo but also with Jorginho. We knew about the situation with Andreas and Toni and we don't want that.


Chelsea are back for Kounde after signing Koulibaly

Chelsea are eyeing Sevilla's Jules Kounde while Manchester City's Nathan Ake pursuit appears to be collapsing. Transfer Talk has the latest. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaTransfer Talk brings you the latest in rumours, rumours, comings and goings and of course deals done! Chelsea are set to rekindle their interest in Sevilla defender Jules Kounde as the pursuit of Manchester City's Nathan Ake appears to be collapsing, according to the Evening Standard. Chelsea will once again turn to LaLiga side for Kounde, with the Blues unwilling to match City's £50m asking price for 27-year-old Ake. With Thomas Tuchel looking to rebuild his side's defense this summer following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, Kounde was a backup option for new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly as the side pursued Matthijs de Ligt, Kalidou Koulibaly and Ake -year-old Kounde who is reportedly worth £56million. The Catalan side are leading the race for the France international, who made 32 La Liga appearances for Sevilla last season after a reported deal on personal terms was reached. - ESPN+ guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more (USA) 0.35 BST: Rangers defender Calvin Bassey has agreed to join Ajax on a permanent basis, according to The Athletic. The deal is reportedly worth around £22million and Bassey is likely to replace Lisandro Martinez, who is set to join Manchester United. Clubs like Aston Villa, West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion were all interested in the 22-year-old Nigeria international, who is set to leave the Scotland side for a club-record fee. Loan negotiations are ongoing between Milan and Spurs, with a deal likely including an option to make the move permanent. The 23-year-old defender is under contract at Tottenham until 2025 and made just 11 Premier League appearances last season before suffering a knee injury during the season, with an option to keep the deal long-term. Newcastle United also tried to sign him but now it looks like he will opt for PSG instead. The 20-year-old French forward scored 11 goals in 27 games for Reims in all competitions last season. 19.06 BST: Sevilla take on Leeds United in a bid to sign Nicolas Pepe from Arsenal, according to Diario de Sevilla. The 27-year-old international from Ivory Coast joined the Emirates from Lille for £72m in 2019 but only started in five Premier League games last season. 18.05 BST: Arsenal are stepping up efforts to land a new deal for Bukayo Saka, who is said to be on Manchester City's radar following Raheem Sterling's departure to Chelsea, according to The Daily Mail. Saka, 20, has two years of his current contract with the Gunners and a new deal would make him one of the club's highest-paid players. 17.01 BST: Dani Ceballos will remain "90%" at Real Madrid this season, Cadena COPE reports, because his preferred target Real Betis cannot offer a transfer fee above €10m, which is the minimum Madrid consider acceptable. Ceballos, 25, spent the first half of last season injured but when he recovered, he made an impression off the bench as Real Madrid won a LaLiga and Champions League double. The midfielder wants more playing time as he hopes to make Spain's squad for the 2022 World Cup and believes he would get it at youth club Betis, but the finances involved could thwart a possible deal, according to COPE.16.20 BST: It was a busy day in Munich, and more news just arrived! Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn has confirmed the club are in talks to sign Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus, with the move being set to be funded by the transfer fee from Robert Lewandowski's move to Barcelona. We'll have more talks and then we'll see how it goes. "The transfer fee for the Dutch defender is expected to be between €60m and €80m from Takefusa Kubo, Marca report, with a permanent move now more likely than a loan deal. Madrid initially preferred a loan move as they still believe in the youngster's potential, the outlet says, but La Real were reluctant to agree that the most likely scenario is that Madrid retain the right to receive a percentage of any future transfer fee. 21-year-old Kubo has been on loan at Mallorca, Villarreal and Getafe for the last three years but has scored just one goal in the last two seasons as he struggled to find consistency.15.00 BST: Two big news from Germany!Bayern Munich President Herbert Hainer said the club had a verbal agreement with Barcelona to transfer striker Robert Lewandowski. Lewandowski, 33, has twice won the Golden Boot for Europe's top scorer and finished second at the 2021 Ballon d'Or. He is due for a fee of 45 Million euros to join Barca with an additional €5m in variables, sources told ESPN. "It's good for both sides that we have clarity. We're incredibly grateful to him," said club president Herbert Hainer in an interview with Bayerischer Rundfunk. CEO Oliver Kahn said: "We have agreed to release Robert Lewandowski. On the contrary, it often went on with even greater success.” Meanwhile, Bayern have confirmed that midfielder Serge Gnabry has signed a new contract until 2026. Gnabry, 27, had moved into his final year of contract and has been linked with a move from the club brought. 14.31 BST: Former Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is set to make a surprise move to Serie B with Como, Calciomercato reports. Fabregas, 35, left AS Monaco earlier in the month when his contract expired and had been linked with a return to Spain with Las Palmas and a move to the United Arab Emirates. Instead, the midfielder will be playing in Italy for the first time, on a two-year deal with Como - whose director is former Chelsea star Dennis Wise. 13.48 BST: Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri wants Alvaro Morata to be the team's alternative to Dusan Vlahovic in attack this season, according to Italian journalist Gianluca DiMarzio. Morata, 29, has spent the last two seasons on loan at Juventus, scoring 20 goals in Serie A, but returned to parent club Atletico Madrid this summer and attended pre-season training this week, with Juve unwilling to pay the agreed transfer fee of Pay 35 million euros to make the contract permanent. Allegri is still keen on having the Spain international at defender - up until first choice Vlahovic - and talks between the two clubs have now resumed. 13.09 BST: Another completed deal for Chelsea today, with the west London club completing the signing of Omari Hutchinson from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee. Hutchinson, 18, has been in talks with Arsenal over a new contract but has opted to move to the capital. Although not a first-team player for Arsenal, he has been called up to the matchday squad on several occasions, including for the trip to Stamford Bridge in April. He is an attacking midfielder or winger and an England youth international. Cornet, 25, joined Burnley from Lyon for €15m and has scored nine goals in 26 league games. Talks continue over a deal for the forward although no agreement has been reached yet. 11.41am BST: Manchester United and Chelsea are set to face a transfer battle for Lens full-back Jonathan Clauss, the Evening Standard reports. Chelsea are said to have been stalking the 29-year-old for the last year but United have now entered the front of the race for his signature by closing in on the French club. Atletico Madrid, Marseille and Wolves are also said to be interested in the player, who is said to be available for a transfer fee of just £8million. He joined Lens on a free transfer from Bosman in the summer of 2020 and his career has continued to prosper, resulting in a first senior game for France in March of £25million for Chelsea striker Armando Broja. Broja, 20, was on loan at Southampton last season and scored nine goals in all competitions. He wants to leave Stamford Bridge permanently to make a regular first-team appearance. The Albania international has also been linked with Everton, Newcastle United and Napoli. On Friday, Barca president Joan Laporta denied reports that the club will be forced to let De Jong go this summer to comply with financial fair play rules. According to the report, £24m in unpaid wages owed to De Jong remain the main issue preventing the deal , worth a total of £72.7m from completion De Jong was included in Barcelona's pre-season tour to the United States admitted as talks continue. 09.40 BST: Barcelona and Bayern Munich have reached an agreement on the transfer of Robert Lewandowski, sources have confirmed to ESPN's Sam Marsden Moises Llorens-ons.Lewandowski will be announced as the new Barca player over the weekend, according to sources. 09.00CET: Chelsea have completed the signing of Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli from Serie A, the club have announced. Manager Thomas Tuchel has sought to bolster his defensive options since the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen on free transfers to Real Madrid and Barcelona Koulibaly, 31, joined Napoli in 2014 and has made 317 appearances for the club. He previously had stints at Belgian club Genk and French side Metz. He becomes the latest big name to arrive at Stamford Bridge this summer after Chelsea signed Raheem Sterling from Manchester City Easily, according to Sky Sports Deutschland. The Italian club are still demanding around €80m for the 22-year-old centre-back after the Bundesliga club's original offer of €60m (excluding possible surcharges). However, the Serie A side are determined to sack the Netherlands international this summer and further negotiations are set to take place soon. - William Saliba will be pushing to leave Arsenal if he cannot be guaranteed a place in Mikel Arteta's side, reports The Independent. The 21-year-old, who has been on loan for the last three seasons since joining from Saint-Etienne for £27million in 2019, can reportedly secure a place in France's World Cup squad if he plays consistently ahead of the tournament's start in November. Marseille are keen to sign Saliba on a permanent basis after an impressive loan spell last season, with Atletico Madrid also reportedly interested in the young defender. - According to Calciomercato, PSG have offered to transfer Georginio Wijnaldum to AS Roma. The 31-year-old midfielder has failed to make an impact after arriving on a free transfer from Liverpool last summer. The Netherlands international is reportedly on advisor Luis Campos' list of players to move up this summer and has been dropped from the pre-season squad for the tour of Japan. PSG have reportedly reached out to Jose Mourinho's side who are looking for a midfielder and the Giallorossi who are considering the offer.


Top 7 Chelsea transfer updates this week from Kalidou Koulibaly to Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea have finally entered the transfer window and don't seem to be slowing down anytime soon - so here are the seven most important updates of the week. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaChelsea have finally entered the transfer window and don't seem to be slowing down anytime soon - so here are the seven most important updates of the week. Chelsea have finally entered the transfer window with the signing of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City and they don't seem to be slowing down any time soon. Koulibaly has reportedly boarded a flight to Chelsea's pre-season camp in the United States and is a club announcement away from being a blue after the center half took to his own social media to say ciao to his staunch Napoli supporters. The 31-year-old has signed a long-term contract worth €10m a year and will become the first of potentially three defensive signings this summer. IMAGO/News Images In contrast, a name has fallen at the top of their list in Nathan Ake as Chelsea's move to City centre-back was blocked after talks between the clubs over costs collapsed. The Netherlands international was considered one of the more likely recruits when news of Todd Boehly's pursuit broke but has instead become just another collapsing business for fans to ponder. The Blues were quite determined to secure Ake to make up for their defensive deficiencies but with that out the window their attention is once again on Paris Saint Germain's Presnel Kimpembe. According to transfer insider Fabrizio Romano, a deal is in the works and Thomas Tuchel is hoping to make the PSG man his second new defender. It will come as no surprise that interest in Sevilla's Kounde has resurfaced as Chelsea prepare to finally make a move to center half after agreeing personal terms earlier in the year. Plenty of obstacles have helped stall the process for the France international but the potential transfer is expected to finally make headway in the coming days. IMAGO / Lackovic Serge Gnabry will become another name for fans to forget as Bayern Munich have finally convinced the former Arsenal winger to sign a new long-term deal with the club, according to a report by David Ornstein. Ronaldo is set to play in red again next season after Tuchel Boehly said he didn't like the signing because he doesn't want an "individual" or anyone who could steal the spotlight from Sterling, according to a report by the Daily Mail. Manchester United head coach Erik ten Haag has always insisted the striker isn't up for sale anyway, so perhaps it was better for the Blues to pull out now rather than brace for another difficult transfer process. IMAGO / NurPhoto Azpilicueta's future is difficult for the people at Stamford Bridge because they cannot let him go until they find a suitable replacement for him. Barcelona know this is the case but they are still preparing their official bid for the Blues' captaincy in the hope that Chelsea can bring their man - whoever that may be - before time runs out.


Rodriguez wins while Ortega retires injured

Yair Rodriguez and Amanda Lemos clinched big wins on Saturday. Here's everything that happened on Long Island. (Author: Gardener)

OrtegaY. - A highly anticipated featherweight main event between Yair Rodriguez and Brian Ortega sadly ended on Saturday when Ortega was unable to continue after apparently dislocating his right shoulder. The injury occurred at 4 minutes, 11 seconds of the opening round. Ortega had just brought Rodriguez to the ground and pulled his right arm away from an armbar attempt, which Rodriguez threw off his back. The submission wasn't tight at all and Ortega didn't seem to be in any danger, but the movement with which he pulled his arm back seemed to cause the obvious dislocation. The fight, which headlined UFC Fight Night at UBS Arena, saw high stakes in the 145-pound division. An impressive win by Rodriguez (14-3) or Ortega (15-3) against Alexander Volkanovski could have set them in contention for the title. Lemos skipped a guillotine choke in the second round and Waterson-Gomez knocked out — on the opposite side of referee Kevin MacDonald, who didn't see the rooster. Lemos stopped gagging, although MacDonald didn't step in to stop the fight. But Waterson-Gomez admitted she tapped, and MacDonald called the fight via submission at 1:48 of the second. "She bows her head a lot and I'm taller," Lemos said in her post-fight interview. When ESPN came in, Lemos was ranked 9th in the world at 115 pounds and Waterson-Gomez ranked 10th. Considering Waterson-Gomez's name, this was arguably the biggest win of Lemos' career. Lemos landed some hard right hands in the first round while Waterson-Gomez pulled in a takedown late in the round. In the second, Lemos landed good right hands again until another takedown attempt from Waterson-Gomez. This time, Lemos darned the attempt and choked onto Waterson-Gomez's neck. Lemos, 35, has won six of her last seven fights. The Brazilian fighter suffered a loss to former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade in April. Waterson-Gomez, a 36-year-old New Mexico resident, has lost four out of five. Li's first win in 18 months came in force when he knocked out Salikhov 4:38 with two straight rights in the second round. The fight was close to the finish. Salikhov got a takedown in the first round but couldn't control Li on the floor. It turned into a difficult struggle to score until Li tucked it away. He slipped a left hand to Salikhov and returned with a nice counterattack right. After Salikhov returned to the fence, Li dropped another right hand on the chin, leading to the goal. The Chinese welterweight has alternated wins and losses in his last five bouts. Meanwhile, Salikhov suffered his first loss in the UFC since 2017. Sumudaerji shot him with a nice straight left hand, putting him on shaky legs several times. Quickly, Sumudaerji put a backfoot combo, landed a takedown, and went into the mount. Seconds later, he wrapped Sumudaerji in a triangle choke for a submission finish at 4:24 of round two. "I think he got tired from hitting me and I was able to capitalize on that," Schnell said in his post-fight interview. Sumudaerji had Schnell in big trouble up until that takedown. But Schnell mounted and destroyed Sumudaerji with elbows and punches from that dominant position. Sumudaerji, a bloody mess by this point, managed to sweep into the top position, but Schnell countered that with the triangle and Sumudaerji was choked unconscious. "A lot of people exclude me, but I'm a bad person," Schnell said. Sumudaerji injured Schnell with those left hands and some sharp right elbows. He dropped Schnell twice in the second round until Schnell's incredible comeback. On one occasion, Schnell almost got an Omoplata submission, but Sumudaerji slammed him to the canvas. Schnell, 32, has suffered just one defeat in his last four fights. Sumudaerji, a 26-year-old Chinese fighter, had a three-fight win streak. Burgos, of Bronx, New York, came out with a majority decision over Jourdain in a hilarious back-and-forth battle. Burgos is known for his entertaining shot, but he did his best on the ground against Jourdain. He took down the Canadian fighter and took his back in the first and second rounds. In the second he came close to securing a rear naked choke. He defended against Burgos' takedown attempts and got him back on his feet with box combinations, kicks and elbow clinches. He seemed to hurt Burgos with an excitement with about a minute left. According to UFC stats, Jourdain landed outside of Burgos with a total of 169 strikes to 78, but still took the loss. Burgos, who said Saturday's event was the last fight of his current UFC contract, improves to 8-3 in the Octagon. One of the most popular fighters in women's MMA, Tate was poised to secure a potential title shot with a win in her new division. Murphy damaged Tate, the former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, in every round and defended all of her takedowns with a unanimous win (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) in the UFC Long Island main card opener. By the end of the fight, Tate had a nosebleed and a nasty hematoma under her left eye. ESPN had ranked Murphy No. 4 in the world in the women's flyweight and defended her spot admirably. "Moments like this are what I've dreamed of my entire career," Murphy said. Murphy set the tone early by dodging Tate's takedown attempts and looking strong in the clinch. Murphy defeated Tate in the second round, landing hard elbows in the clinch, plus some ground-and-pound. The offense left Tate with severe swelling under her left eye, although Tate landed a huge elbow in the clinch late in the round. In the third, Murphy landed more elbows in the clinch and again defended Tate's takedowns. Murphy declared the winner of a fight scheduled for September at UFC Paris between Jessica Andrade and Manon Fiorot. Murphy, 38, was recovering from a fourth-round TKO loss to champion Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 266 last September. The Alaskan-born, Texas resident has won seven of her last nine fights. "It's going to take more than a little ass scream to keep me out of the championship," Murphy said of her loss to Shevchenko. Tate, 35, went flyweight for this fight after falling to Keteln Vieira at bantamweight last November. Tate was the 2016 UFC women's bantamweight champion, beating Holly Holm. Coming out for Round 2 against a compromised Lungiambula, Soriano wasted no time before ending the fight by dropping the South African fighter with a straight left hand and showering him with punches before referee Dan Miragliotta stopped him at 28 seconds. But after the round ended in a wrestling match, Lungiambula went back to his corner while holding the right side of his torso as his rib cage was visibly damaged. Lungiambula started the second round with a headbutt, but Soriano blocked it and returned with a left hand that quickly ended the fight and allowed the 29-year-old Hawaiian to fight out of Las Vegas to end a two-fight losing streak. Lungiambula, 34, has three fights in a row and has lost four of his last five. Simon clinched his fifth straight win and handed Shore his first loss of his career. After a tight lap 1, Simon delivered several game-changing highlights in the second lap. After failing his first seven takedown attempts, he scored two of them early in the round, the second a loud slam to the canvas. Shore worked his way back to his feet, but in an exchange of blows near the cage, Simon landed a straight right hand that wobbled his opponent. Simon brought the fight back to the canvas and ended it at 3:28 of the round with a head-arm triangle. 29-year-old Simon, from Vancouver, Washington, has had a finish in three of his last four fights. Shore, a 27-year-old from Wales, had won his first five UFC fights. Algeo survived several submission attempts from Burns en route to a goal at 1:50 of the second round. The fight almost ended between the first and second rounds as Burns slowly worked his way back into his corner and appeared to be telling his older brother, UFC welterweight Gilbert Burns, that he didn't want to continue. Burns eventually made it for the second round but he looked hurt and exhausted and quickly tried to guard Algeo. It was a nice win for Algeo as he was forced to work his way out of a tight triangle choke in Burns' opening minutes. As Algeo worked out of the threat, he dominated from the top position, injuring Burns with punches and elbows. The win improves Algeo's UFC record to 3-2. Denver's Jacoby scored a right-handed knockout over Jung at the 3:13 mark of the opening round. Up to this point the fight had been competitive in standup, but it only took Jacoby a right hand down center to score the 11th knockout of his career. Jacoby went into the fight as the No. 15 UFC light heavyweight. He is unbeaten in seven UFC games with a record of 6-0-1. This was his second win of 2022. Stoltzfus eventually clinched his first win in the UFC with a dominant three-round performance. All three judges scored the fight for Stoltzfus 29-28. It is Stoltzfus' first win in four appearances in the Octagon. He got off to a somewhat slow start as both he and Grant looked for range in the opening round. However, Stoltzfus got going in the second frame when he brought Grant down and threatened a rear naked choke. The third round was full of pride. He picked Grant up, led him to the center of the cage and forcefully slammed him onto the canvas where he controlled Grant for the rest of the fight. Grant, 37, has lost three in a row and four of his last five. Ducote, 28, looked impressive in her UFC debut, posting Penne on the judges' scorecards at 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28. Ducote worked early on with kicks on Penne's lead leg and maintained it throughout the fight. She fought her way through but lost the final loop clearly and was even shaken by a right hand at one point. She was unsuccessful on all eight takedown attempts, according to UFC Stats data. Penne, 39, sees a two-fight win streak broken. It was her first winning streak in the UFC. Ducote has now won three in a row, two of them at Invicta FC.


Austin Pets Live! is hosting an adoption event on Saturday

is hosting its Caturday Adoption and Foster Event on Saturday, July 16th at Domain NORTHSIDE. Nearly 20 adorable adoptable cats and kittens will be available to attendees. Cats are fully screened, spayed or neutered and have updated vaccines and microchipped. Best of all, there are no adoption fees. "We're trying to encourage a care-centric model so there are fewer kittens and cats in shelters and more in foster care... (Author: Gardener)

Austin Pets Liveis hosting its Caturday Adoption and Foster Event on Saturday, July 16th at Domain NORTHSIDE. Nearly 20 adorable adoptable cats and kittens will be available to attendees. Best of all, there are no adoption fees. “We're trying to encourage a care-centric model so there are fewer kittens and cats in shelters and more in foster homes. That being said, it's harder for them to be seen when they're in a comfortable home and not in a shelter, so these events allow us to make our foster cats visible and help our foster families bring more cats into their homes once these cats are adopted," said Halle Hamilton, cat adoption manager at Austin Pets Alive!. Austin Pets Live! Austin Pets Live! has two cat adoption locations: the Town Lake Animal Center on West Cesar Chavez Street and the Tarrytown Cat Adoption Center on Windsor Road.


Saturday morning news summary

A man has been arrested for questioning in San Francisco after a chaotic Friday night... (Author: Gardener)

SaturdayA man has been arrested for questioning after a chaotic Friday night at San Francisco International Airport during which a bomb threat led police officers to locate a suspicious package in the international terminal. Officials eventually found a suspicious package and immediately evacuated the international terminal. A Napa County freeway interchange construction project originally scheduled to begin Monday is being delayed by Caltrans due to bird nesting in the area. Caltrans officials have delayed the Soscol Junction Interchange Project in southern Napa County -- at the intersection of State Highways 12, 29 and 221 -- until the birds' juvenile cycle. The three-year project will replace the signaled intersection of State Route 12/29, State Route 221 and Soscol Ferry Road with an intersection consisting of an overpass and two roundabouts, a configuration that smooths traffic flow, reduces congestion and improves traffic safety Improved bicycle traffic and pedestrian access. Caltrans will build 1,200 feet of Class I bicycle and pedestrian lanes as part of the project. Police in San Mateo arrested a man on Wednesday for allegedly defrauding elderly residents of hundreds of thousands of dollars through fake home maintenance repairs. Ricardo Sandoval, 44, of Newman, was arrested on suspicion of three counts of financial elder abuse and three counts of unlicensed contracts, according to the San Mateo Police Department. Police said the unlicensed stove installer exploited older customers by misrepresenting repairs and installations. He has billed customers more than $250,000 since 2019, police said. Sandoval turned himself in on a warrant at the San Mateo County Jail on Wednesday. Police said Sandoval was targeting established clients of his employer by offering services on the side at a lower cost and then charging high fees and doing little or no work. Police began investigating Sandoval in August 2021 for financial elder abuse after concerned family members of one of the victims came forward. As the police announced, the project extended to several cities in the district. Detectives and the Contractors State License Board conducted a forensic financial audit and inspected the homes of some victims and confirmed they were either paid grossly inflated fees or that the work had not been done, police said. Fairfield police have arrested a suspect on suspicion of an armed robbery that occurred last week. Omari Garland, 30, of Fairfield, was arrested on suspicion of robbery, according to the Fairfield Police Department. Police said Garland assaulted a 70-year-old man on July 7 and stole the man's cell phone at gunpoint at the man's home on the 1500 block of Gulf Drive. The robbery was caught on home video, according to police. An Oakland man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for sending bombs intended to kill or injure Bay Area law enforcement officials he sought revenge on, federal prosecutors said Thursday. In the fall of 2017, Ross Laverty, 61, sent two improvised explosive devices that prosecutors said injured a man with the same name as one of his targets and the wife of a police officer who arrested Laverty in 2013. The explosion of the first device left the man with bleeding hands and blisters on his stomach, prosecutors said. According to prosecutors, the victim still suffers from ringing in his ears, hand cramps and difficulty concentrating. The explosion of the second device injured the police officer's wife. She suffered head injuries after opening the package containing the bomb, prosecutors said. According to prosecutors, the woman is still suffering from pain and ringing in the ears. "Not only did Ross Laverty injure the victims, he put mail carriers and workers and scores of others at risk of serious injury and death." According to prosecutors, a jury convicted Laverty on Oct. 14, 2020 of two counts of sending explosives with intent to hit the targets to kill or injure. Prosecutors said during the trial that an expert testified that the explosives were victim-activated devices designed to detonate when the victim opened the package. Laverty sent the first package to get revenge on a correctional officer for searching Laverty in the San Mateo County jail in 2014, prosecutors said, citing evidence from the trial. The second package Laverty sent went to the home of an Alameda police officer who conducted a parole search of Laverty's home in 2013 that led to Laverty's arrest, prosecutors said, citing evidence. But the first package ended up at the home of an East Palo Alto man who was a grocery store clerk at Whole Foods Market, according to prosecutors. Prosecutors said the victim opened the package in his backyard on October 19, 2017. According to prosecutors, the wife of the Alameda police officer opened the package addressed to her husband on November 24, 2017. The return addresses on both packages were jewelry stores, according to prosecutors. The National Weather Service forecast for Saturday for the San Francisco Bay Area calls for high pressure to continue the build-up over California, causing temperatures in the inland valleys to warm to the 80s and 90s, with 60s along the coast and 70's and low 80's around the bay. Saturday morning overnight lows are mostly in the 50s. Republication, retransmission, or redistribution without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited. Bay City News is a 24/7 news service covering the greater Bay Area. Copyright © 2022 by Bay City News, Inc. Republication, redistribution, or other reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.


Twitter backup after global crash on Thursday morning

About 62% of the reported issues occurred in Twitter's mobile app, while 30% occurred on the website and 8% were reported as server connections. (Author: Gardener)

ThursdayTwitter is back online, just over an hour after reported outages skyrocketed from zero to 55,000 in minutes on Thursday, the first service failure since February, and a few days after social media, according to tech site Downdetector site had filed a lawsuit against billionaire Elon Musk who is trying to break away from a deal to buy the site. Reported outages dropped to 1,481 just after 9:30 a.m. ET, according to Downdetector, having peaked at 8:16 a.m. About 62% of the reported issues occurred in Twitter's mobile app, while 30% occurred on the website and 8% were reported as server connections. According to Statista, around 79.6 million people use Twitter in the USA – the most of any country. About 58.95 million people use Twitter in Japan, followed by India (23.6 million), Brazil (19.05 million), Indonesia (18.45 million) and the United Kingdom (18.4 million). Twitter did not immediately respond to a request from Forbes. The service issues come after the social media giant filed a lawsuit against Elon Musk on Tuesday, asking a Delaware judge to order the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla to complete the purchase of the company. Musk tried to roll back his plan to buy Twitter last week, largely over concerns about the proliferation of fake accounts. A company spokesman, in an interview with The Verge in February, described the previous outage as a "technical glitch that briefly impacted tweet loading." It was the second outage in just over a week. Twitter is suing Elon Musk for trying to call off the acquisition (Forbes)


Gresham vs. Moriarty ROH World Title Fight

Private Party will take on the Lucha Brothers at Rampage on Friday. (Author: Gardener)

GreshamAhead of next Saturday's Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view, ROH World Champion Jonathan Gresham will defend the title against Lee Moriarty on Friday's Fyter Fest edition of AEW Rampage. Gresham and Moriarty teamed against Tully Blanchard's Gates of Agony last week, but Gresham never substituted and eventually emerged as one of Blanchard's new stablemates. Private Party takes on the Lucha Brothers in tag team action for the first time since October 2019. After issuing a challenge during Wednesday's Dynamite, Dark Order's Alex Reynolds & John Silver face off against Brody King & Malakai Black of the House of Black. Athena & Kris Statlander will team up against a team announced as a build for a match against TBS Champion Jade Cargill and The Baddies. The Gunn Club will also explain why they tuned in to The Acclaimed last week. This is the 50th episode of AEW Rampage along with Fyter Fest, night two of week one. Kings of the Black Throne is the name used by Malakai Black and Brody King in PWG while teaming up. When Brody King and Silver came in, Silver was able to knock down King after three flying shoulder tackles. It only took one tackle from King to bring down Silver. Silver and Reynolds used double team moves to floor both king and black. When Reynolds attempted to jump onto King on the ground, King caught him and propelled him into the ring apron. The House of Black was in control as the show went on a split-screen hiatus. Reynolds ducked a kick from Black and got the tag to Silver, who brought Black down with a flying uppercut. Silver got a near fall after an angle slam. Reynolds tagged back and ate a boot from Black and a lasso from King for a near fall. Silver saved Reynolds from the Gonzo Bomb, and Silver and Black doubled as King. Reynolds got a near fall with a jackknife after a German suplex from Silver to King. Black came up from the front with a dropkick to break the fall. Silver went to the Spin Doctor on Black, who escaped and missed the Black Mass Kick on Silver, sending him out of the ring. Black and King hit Dante's Inferno on Reynolds for the pinfall. As the House of Black went backwards after the match, Darby Allin flew off the top of the entrance tunnel at Brody King. Sting came out and stared at Black on the front stage (what Excalibur called a "chess match") while Allin and King brawled through the crowd. ROH World Champion Jonathan Gresham (w/ Tully Blanchard and Tully Blanchard Enterprises) defeated Lee Moriarty (w/ Matt Sydal) to retain the title (9:01 aired). This match had a ROH presentation with Bobby Cruise as the ring announcer and Caprice Coleman on commentary. Moriarty knocked Gresham down twice and followed him on the second time to ringside brawl. Back in the ring, Gresham tried to take control by working over the arm, but when the referee turned his back on him, Gresham hit Moriarty low to take control. Gresham defeated Moriarty multiple times with a side headlock and the show went on another split-screen break. Moriarty got a nice throw/suplex from an armbar. Moriarty hit a great dropkick and got a single underhook suplex with a bridge for a near fall. Moriarty nearly fell off a cradle again, but Gresham caught him in an octopus and stretched him for submission. After the match, Tony Schiavone interviewed Gresham, who promised to be at AEW Rampage every week. Claudio Castagnoli (who has never held a World Cup) came out and taunted Gresham from the stage. - Christopher Daniels called out Jay Lethal in defense of Samoa Joe. That's probably a Rampage match next week. Athena and Statlander both hit with drop kicks in front of the bell. Athena and Statlander codebreakered Robyn out of a power chair drop, and then Athena hit Charlette with the "O-Face" (her top rope cutter) for the pinfall. After the match, Leila Gray (who had been watching from ringside with other baddies) confronted Athena. It seemed that this was "the plan" Stokely Hathaway had in mind for Grey; She basically sacrificed herself so Cargill and Hogan could make the leap to the babyfaces. – Lexi Nair interviewed Lee Moriarty after his defeat. Sydal made a match for Moriarty against Dante Martin for next week. I hope you both hit up Sydal next week. (JR's disinterested "yo." "listen." to comments always makes me laugh.) Billy tried to get the celebratee to "shave" him again, but Bowens superkicked Billy instead. The Acclaimed knocked out the Gunn Club with a clothesline and Max Caster ranted about Billy Gunn being "hung like a tadpole". Bowens challenged the Gunns to a match "now," but the Gunns declined. - Lee Moriarty vs. Dante Martin has been announced for next Friday's Rampage. - ROH World Champion Jonathan Gresham defending against Claudio Castagnoli has been announced for Death Before Dishonor. In the pre-match promo, Private Party revealed that they had a hard time reaching Andrade, but they saw pictures from the wedding. Private Party tried to double up on Penta early on, but Fenix ​​and Penta came back with a series of superkicks. Private Party got back at the Lucha Bros with two drop kicks and stereo dives out of the ring. Quen wanted the 450 splash against Fenix, but he avoided it and hit a cutter for a near miss. Private Party caught Penta with the silly String Spinning DDT, then Kassidy hit Fenix ​​with a springboard cutter to knock him off the ring apron. After a split-screen pause, Penta hit with a slingblade and a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker to take control. He got the tag to Fenix, who threw Isiah Kassidy into an inverted powerbomb while simultaneously leg-legging Marq Quen. Kassidy hit Fenix ​​with a crossbody while he was on Quen's shoulders for a near fall. Private Party landed an Atom Drop in Enziguri. Penta attempted to crossbody off the top ropes but slipped badly. Penta hit Kassidy in the corner with a Gamengiri, then sent a Death Valley Driver to send Quen into Kassidy in the corner. Penta had a near fall on Quen after the Made in Japan for a near fall. Jose jumped onto the ring apron to distract Penta, but Abrahantes pulled him off the apron and they started fighting. Penta superkicked Andrade off the ring apron. Rush ran in and tried to attack Penta behind the referee's back. Fenix ​​then hit the Black Fire Driver on Quen and got the pinfall. After the match, Andrade, Rush, and Private Party had disagreements. It didn't feel like Private Party and the Lucha Bros were on the same page during the Main Event. The four-minute commercial break midway through this game didn't help, and the ending was a mess. The Gresham/Moriarty match also didn't do much to get me excited about the ROH pay-per-view. Excalibur strongly emphasized that Castagnoli has never been world champion, which makes him likely to be the favorite in next Saturday's game. Rampage felt a lot like a B show this week.


SmackDown Scores Live Blog

Follow this week's episode of SmackDown with Liv Morgan vs. Madcap Moss and more! (Author: Gardener)

SmackDown Scores Live BlogWWE SmackDown returns to our lives tonight (July 15, 2022) with a live show from the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., showcasing the latest builds of the upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for later is month in Nashville, Tennessee. Announced for tonight: SmackDown Women's Champion Liv Morgan goes head-to-head with Natalya in a Championship Contender's match, Madcap Moss has a one-on-one match with Theory and has threatened to stuff the Money in the Bank briefcase down his throat, which is Lacey Evans it now a heel and more! Come right back here at 8:00 p.m. ET when the SmackDown Live Blog kicks off once the show starts on FOX. It will be here under this line. He welcomes Pat McAfee back and gets a grand entrance. Pat sits down at the mic and greets us before apologizing for not being there last week and letting us hear Corey Graves for two hours and that asshole Corbin for seventeen minutes. He repeats Happy Corbin's attack that knocked him out and says that it turned out his neck wasn't broken, it was just bruised, so he's out here to let us know that he knew Corbin long before we did . So at SummerSlam, he's going to beat up Happy and humiliate him back into a good member of society. Corbin appears on the tron ​​and says he's a fighter and Pat just runs his mouth and used to shoot soccer balls. He'd like to kick his ass right now, but he's caught something nasty and has a rash all over his forearm. So he's staying far away for now, but he'll see McAfee at SummerSlam. Pat says it's not monkeypox, it's just that Corbin is allergic to being awesome. Natalya corners her, flurry of palms, Morgan comes back with wild punches, takes her to the ground with a side headlock, gets back up, Nattie with a nasty punch, off the ropes, scrambles for position, huge dropkick from Liv sends Neidhart to the apron, cover for two! A victory roll pin for two, another hard dropkick, whip into the corner, slingshot atomic drop into the running stomp, but Morgan dodges the dropkick in the basement. She trades near falls, to the apron, front kick with Nattie on the ropes, she looks for the sharpshooter but finally decides to catapult into the ring post as we go to break. Back from the commercial, Morgan is on her comeback, Fireman's carry into a pin, blocks discuslariat, inverted surfboard stomps into a backsplash, Natalya catches her and lands a release German suplex, cover... MORGAN KICKS OUT! Ankle lock by Nattie, Morgan throws her face first against the post, the reverse codebreaker sets it up... She says you can call her whatever you want, but she's still your SmackDown Women's Champion. He tries to convince him that Roman Reigns is a bad idea and how much better a scheduled title match on pay-per-view would be. Austin makes an overture about maybe hiring Heyman as his own special counsel and walks away. New Day comes out with the Viking Raiders intro and dressed like Vikings and we break the promise of the New Raid. Back from the commercial, the comment fuels the unveiling of the Special Guest Referee for the SmackDown Tag Title Match at SummerSlam. New Day breathes heavily in the ring before introducing themselves as Erik the Gross and Ivar the Ugly. No, just kidding, it's your boys' new day, and it feels like a millennium since they sailed the seven seas. Kofi Kingston stops Xavier Woods for sounding like a pirate and not a Viking. Woods apologizes for slipping his accent and corrects. Kingston has a more Swedish accent, and Xavier says they've played a lot of Assassin's Creed: Valhalla and seen all the Thor movies, but resorted to sneaky tactics like shoddy makeup. They say New Day will be shredded and broken after they're done, and Woods asks if those are the only words they know. Kofi suggests disgusting, vile, deplorable and Xavier calls them ugly. Jinder Mahal and Shanky run in and attack the Vikings, and New Day jumps off the top and finishes them off! Kaiser apologizes and GUNTHER makes him open his jacket so he can hack him and yells at him in German. Aliyah enters and we take a break. Back from the commercial we get a video package from Lacey Evans. Lacey sits down at the mic and says that maybe she's no better than anyone else in this arena, but we sure as hell are no better than her. She talks about serving her country and risking her life. She tries to apologize to everyone she has offended and only gets more boos for her troubles. Drew McIntyre makes his entrance for a do-over and we go on break. Back from the commercial, Sheamus bait and switch again, and it's Ridge Holland in the match. Pete Dunne gets the timer's ring bell and hammer and sets us in motion. McIntyre goes through the gates hard, Holland hits his Emerald Flowsion but Drew kicks out! He grinds him with a reverse chinlock, McIntyre stands up, trades chops with Ridge and drops him with big lariats! Drew bring it up, White Noise! Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall with the claymore. Austin Theory performs and we go on break.


WWE Smackdown Results (07/15) - Championship Contender's Match, Theory Vs. Madcap Moss

These are the official results from Wrestling INC. for "Smackdown" on July 15, 2022 with a Championship Contender's Match! (Author: Gardener)

07/15The show begins with Michael Cole in the ring. He introduces Pat McAfee and comes out to the ring as Cole takes his position for comment. He apologizes to the WWE Universe for making them hear Corey Graves and Happy Corbin as comments last week. He then points to a package of videos showing Corbin attacking him on "Money in the Bank," which of course caused him to miss last week's show. He says he remembers being humble, but as soon as he came to WWE he became an "arrogant jerk." He says at the "Summerslam" that he will humiliate him to become a good man again. He says he's coming to the ring, then shows the bruises on his arm and says he doesn't want to hurt himself anymore. He says he's staying far away now and he'll see McAfee at Summerslam. McAfee says the real reason he's not coming to the ring is because he's actually scared, then introduces Liv Morgan. Back from the break, Natalya comes to the ring. The bell rings and Natalya walks straight towards Morgan. She kicks them and starts ruling with her right hand. Morgan pulls her to the ring with a side headlock but Natalya counters it. Natalya punches her and Morgan fires back with a dropkick. She wants a pin, but Natalya kicks out. Morgan hits another dropkick but Natalya kicks her in the neck. Morgan hits Natalya in the face with a kick and then looks for the Oblivion, but Natalya counters and slams her face into the ring post first. Back off the break, Morgan delivers a rocket drop kick from the top rope. Morgan knocks her out with his right hand and then hits a Step Up Insiguri. She sends Natalya on the ropes and then rolls them up, but Natalya kicks out. Morgan hits a backstabber, followed by a splash. Natalya sends Morgan into the corner and then climbs onto the top rope. Morgan pulls her to the ground, but Natalya fires back with a sit out powerbomb. She wants a pin, but Morgan kicks out. She wants a pin, but Morgan kicks out. Natalya lures an ankle lock, but Morgan escapes and sends her into the center buckle. After the match, Kayla Braxton joins Morgan in the ring. She says she noticed that her win tonight wasn't as dominant as her win over Rousey last week. We're going backstage to McKenzie Mitchell and Theory. He says it's hard to be him, and with great power comes great responsibility. He shakes Theory's hand and says it doesn't make economic sense for him to cash in on his contract with Roman Reigns. He invites him to work with him instead, saying he'll give him a title shot if he doesn't cash his briefcase. The theory goes that he still plans to cash in on his contract at Summerslam no matter what. Back at the ring the music of The Viking Raiders sounds. Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston come to the ring dressed as Raiders. Back from the commercial break, there's a video showing the events of the past week between New Day and the Viking Raiders. The Viking Raiders music plays and this time the Raiders are at the top of the ramp. Erik says they are still vicious while Ivar tells them they will maul them. Woods asks if those are the only two words they know and calls the Raiders "ugly". The Raiders go to the ring and Woods blows his horn. Shanky and Jinder Mahal come to the ring. She points to a video of the past week's events following Kaiser's fight with Shinsuke Nakamura, then asks why Gunther attacked Kaiser. Gunther says that's because there's no room for error. Back at ringside, Aliyah comes out and we go on a commercial. Back from break, here's a video showing the highlights of Lacey Evans' promo on last week's "Smackdown." Evans then comes to the ring as the fans boo her. Evans grabs a mic and says she may not be better than anyone else in this arena, but she's "damn sure better than any of the fans." She calls herself an American heroine and says she's an example of everything fans can't be. She says if fans don't accept her apology, they can go to hell. Evans then gets out of the ring and goes to the back. Drew McIntyre comes to the ring as we head into a commercial break. Back from the break, Sheamus enters the ring alongside Butch and Ridge Holland. Ridge Holland for a WWE Undisputed Championship Match at "Clash of the Castle" Butch grabs the timer bell and rings it. McIntyre defeats Holland and delivers the Ten Beats while Sheamus (his originally planned opponent) looks on. Holland hits a power slam, then a pin, but McIntyre kicks out. McIntyre hits a neckbreaker but Holland fires back with a headbutt. McIntyre hits the White Noise while staring at Sheamus. He provides the claymore kick for the win. The theory comes into the ring, then it goes into advertising. Back from hiatus is a video pack that recaps the events between Brock Lesnar, Theory and Alpha Academy in last week's Raw. McKenzie Mitchell stands by with Madcap Moss and she asks him about his strategy in his match with Theory. Moss says he plans to flatten his big head. Paul Heyman walks in and says he'll give him an undisputed title match against Roman Reigns if he takes out Theory before Summerslam. Moss tells him he really has to worry about Theory busting the Summerslam and then goes to the ring. Moss sends him down with a waist lock takedown, but Theory fires back with a shoulder block. Moss takes Theory on his shoulders, but Theory escapes. Moss hits Theory with a shoulder tackle followed by a fallaway slam. Moss hits a forearm, but Theory fires back with a chinlock. Moss escapes and Theory sends him face first into the upper turning buckle. He does it again, but Moss stops him and sends him in instead. He knocks Theory out of the ring and sends him face first into the apron. Moss charges at Theory, but Theory moves out of the way and Moss goes face first into the ring steps. Back from the break, Theory still has the upper hand. He hits a double stomp, then goes for a pin, but Moss kicks out. Moss fires back with a clothesline, followed by a shoulder to midsection. Moss hits a spine buster and then a pin but Theory gets out. Theory knocks Moss down and sends Moss' head off the top rope. Moss hits a shoulder tackle that sends Theory up the apron and then knocks Theory down. Theory goes to the timer area and hits Moss with the "Money in the Bank" briefcase. After the match, Theory says he doesn't care as he's still Mr. Money in the Bank and the soon-to-be undisputed WWE Champion. Sami Zayn comes to the ring and tells Theory that he disrespects the Bloodline and that there are serious consequences for those who do so. Zayn stands at the top of the ramp and says that as a representative of the Bloodline, he should apologize. Theory asks Zayn what he's going to do with an arm, and Uso's music plays. Theory backs down as they come to the ring. He collides with Madcap Moss and throws him against the ring post. Back from break, the commentary comments on the map for next week's "Smackdown," including Brock Lesnar's return to the Blue Brand. The doorbell rings and the two lock up. The doorbell rings and the two lock up. Uso hits a Samoan Drop, but Dawkins fires back with a forearm. Uso kicks Dawkins out of the ring, but Dawkins sends Uso over the barricade into the timekeeper's area. Back from the break, Uso has the upper hand. He delivers a hip attack and Dawkins fires back with a right hand. He wants a pin, but Uso kicks out. Dawkins hits a corkscrew. Dawkins rolls up Uso, but no one can count the needle. Uso hits a superkick and then attempts a pin, but it has yet to be counted. Dawkins hits an energy bomb as the referee comes to. He pins Uso for the win, but it should be noted that one of Uso's shoulders is up, making the ending controversial. Adam Pearce comes to the ring and says he understands why both teams are upset that their Undisputed Tag Team Championship match at Summerslam needs a guest referee. He points to The Titan Tron and a video pack plays to reveal Jeff Jarrett as the guest referee. Referees come to the ring to separate them, but the two teams carry on as the show goes off the air.