By Steve GinsburgFORMER tennis star James Blake was slammed to the ground, handcuffed and detained for about 15 minutes in New York City on Wednesday before police realized they had the wrong man in an identity theft ring, New York’s Daily News reported.The incident occurred as Blake, formerly the world’s fourth-ranked player, was waiting for a car outside a Midtown Manhattan hotel to take him to the US Open, he told the newspaper.Blake said that after being shoved to the sidewalk, he was detained by five white plainclothes city police officers. But the New York native, who is black, stopped short of calling it racial profiling.“I don’t know if it’s as simple as that,” the 35-year-old Blake told the News. “To me it’s as simple as unnecessary police force, no matter what my race is.“In my mind there’s probably a race factor involved, but no matter what there’s no reason for anybody to do that to anybody.”Police said Blake had been mistakenly identified by “a cooperating witness” as being involved in a ring dealing in fraudulently purchased cellphones. They added that allegations of excessive force would be investigated by internal affairs.“Once Blake was properly identified and found to have no connection to the investigation, he was released from police custody immediately,” police said in a statement.Police commissioner Bill Bratton, speaking on the NY1 cable television news station, said Blake “has a right to be upset”, and vowed to aggressively address the allegations.“It’s very disturbing,” Bratton said. “The nature of what he described is not what we do. It’s not what we’re supposed to do.”Officers arrested a suspect in the mobile phone scam at the Grand Hyatt New York hotel in Manhattan during a controlled buy earlier, police said. A delivery man with the mobile phone company later pointed out Blake and another man in the hotel lobby as having purchased phones the day before, officers said.The second man, who Mr Bratton said was standing next to Blake, was taken into custody. A hotel security guard, a former member of the NYPD, recognised Blake, prompting the arresting officers to confirm his identity.Blake, who had been scheduled to make a corporate appearance for Time-Warner Cable at the US Open tournament in the borough of Queens, suffered a cut to his left elbow and bruises to his left leg.Blake said he was telling the story to highlight the issue of excessive police force.“I have resources to get to the bottom of this,” he said. “I have a voice. But what about someone who doesn’t have those resources and doesn’t have a voice?”
0Shares0000Manchester United winger, Angel Di Maria. PHOTO/FileSAN JOSE, July 25- Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said Friday he expects Angel Di Maria to join the club’s US tour party this weekend, brushing off speculation linking the unsettled Argentine with a move to Paris Saint Germain.Van Gaal said Di Maria was due to report for United duty on Saturday along with Argentina team-mate Marcos Rojo and Mexican striker Javier Hernandez. All three players were excused the opening phase of United’s four-match tour owing to international commitments and injury.Di Maria’s future at Old Trafford has been the subject of intense speculation, with some reports saying United had given permission to French side PSG to begin negotiations with the player.Asked when Di Maria, Rojo and Hernandez were expected in California, van Gaal said: “I expect them tomorrow because we have communicated on that and they have responded to that.”Van Gaal waved off questions about Di Maria’s possible move.“I’m not answering questions about transfers or the transfer process,” van Gaal said, adding only that Di Maria would play no part in United’s friendly with Barcelona on Saturday.“For the game no he cannot play,” he said. “When you come out of your holidays you cannot play. That’s out of the question.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
With the forthcoming Premier League season on the horizon, Arsenal have made a statement of their intent with two solid transfers.If the Gunners are to offer a more prolonged title challenge, however, then Arsene Wenger may need to bring in one or two more players.talkSPORT assesses the club’s transfer business thus far and takes a look at where else they need to strengthen.Who they’ve signed:Alexis Sanchez – £35m from BarcelonaMathieu Debuchy – £10m from Newcastle UnitedWhere they need to strengthen:GOALKEEPERWojciech Szczesny has firmly established himself as Arsenal’s number one goalkeeper, but beyond him there is little competition. Lukasz Fabianski’s decision to leave and the expiration of Emiliano Viviano’s loan deal means that the Gunners’ de-facto back-up ‘keeper is reserve team incumbent Damian Martinez, who spent last season in and out of Sheffield Wednesday’s starting XI.The targets:David Ospina – The likeliest arrival looks to be Nice goalkeeper David Ospina, who is being heavily linked with a £3m move to north London. The 25-year-old enjoyed a strong World Cup with Colombia that has no doubt improved his reputation, but Arsenal will have to act quickly with other European clubs rumoured to be monitoring his situation. DEFENCECentre backArsenal’s defence was among the Premier League’s best performing last season – aside from three very heavy defeats – but their over-reliance on Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny was noticeable, particularly by the end of the season.Current options:Mertesacker and Koscielny aside, there are very few options for the Gunners in central defence. Thomas Vermaelen is still technically club captain, but his lack of regular involvement last season has led to suggestions that he will be leaving in the summer.The targets:Rodrigo Caio – According to reports from Spain, Arsenal are just one of the clubs thought to be interested in Brazil U21 defender Rodrigo Caio. The Sao Paulo star excelled at this summer’s Toulon tournament, and his versatility is thought to have caught the attention of Gunners’ scouts, but links with Barcelona could scupper a move before it even begins.Toby Alderweireld – It could well be a case of one Belgian out, one Belgian in for Arsenal, with Toby Alderweireld thought to be a target. The defender has struggled to nail down a first team spot at Atletico Madrid and has aired his discontent on a handful of occasions. Whether Arsenal would be able to offer him more regular game time remains to be seen, but he would certainly offer Wenger a much needed option at the back. 4 4 STRIKERArsene Wenger may insist that he is not targeting a striker this summer, but that doesn’t mean Arsenal do not need to sign one. The club’s capture of Alexis Sanchez has certainly given their attacking options a shot in the arm, but their lack of a truly world class operator up top could prove to be a sticking point with fans again next season.Current options:If Wenger does stick to his guns and not sign another striker, then a large bulk of the goalscoring onus will be on Olivier Giroud’s broad shoulders. The Frenchman coped admirably last season as Arsenal’s target man, but towards the end of the campaign he looked weary.Wenger may also point at Yaya Sanogo as a viable alternative to Giroud and while the youngster may blossom into a fine hitman in the future, he is far from the finished article right now.Beyond those two is Costa Rican sensation Joel Campbell. Much like pretty much all of Arsenal’s attackers, Campbell is more of a wideman, but his stunning season at Olympiakos and impressive World Cup suggest that he could be ready to step up to the plate next season.The targets:Mario Balotelli – The only remaining ‘target’ linked with the Gunners, Balotelli’s arrival would certainly give Wenger options up top. While he may not be as accustomed to playing the target man role that Arsenal have adopted in recent seasons, there is no doubting his abilities. A more developed and complete striker than both Sanogo and Campbell, the AC Milan star oozes quality on his day. 4 4 Alexis Sanchez joined Arsenal this summer Transfer window verdict: 7/10Arsenal have seemingly learned the lessons of last summer and got a serious portion of their transfer business done early. The capture of Alexis Sanchez is undoubtedly the feather in Wenger’s cap, while the signing of Debuchy is a very smart decision. However, there is a feeling that the Gunners can still do more this summer to boost their chances of sustaining a title challenge.Arsenal fans, how do you think your club has performed in the transfer window so far? Who else would you like to see arrive? Comment below…
Our man with his ear to the ground, Jamie Sanderson, runs the rule over the latest transfer gossip…Samuel Eto’o – Free to LiverpoolLiverpool remain keen on Eto’o despite the imminent arrival of Mario Balotelli. They held more talks with him this week and, after getting over fears about his fitness, a deal is now close to being done. All parties are hopeful. (Chances of it happening: 9/10)Federico Fazio – Sevilla to TottenhamFazio is Tottenham’s latest centre-back target and talks were held this week over a deal. Sevilla want to keep him, but Spurs have met his £8million buy-out clause and are now pushing to close the deal quickly. Watch this space. (7/10)talkSPORT Latest: Exclusive: Federico Fazio ‘practically a Tottenham playerMattia Destro – Roma to ChelseaChelsea want Italy striker Destro to bolster their attack, but it’s complicated. They need to offload two foreign players to get him, and Roma have already snubbed a swap deal. This is complex, but the Blues remain keen and are trying to find a solution. (5/10)talkSPORT transfer spotlight on Mattia DestroAdrien Rabiot – PSG to ArsenalRabiot has rejected a new contract at PSG and Arsenal are desperate to land him. He has accepted the Gunners’ contract offer, but the two sides are far apart in their valuation. Arsenal want to pay £5million, PSG want £15million. A deal is some way off at present. (3/10)talkSPORT Latest – Arsenal transfer boost: Blanc admits PSG starlet could leaveXabi Alonso – Real Madrid to Manchester UnitedAlonso is unhappy with the way he’s been treated at Madrid and has asked his agent to look at transfer options. United have been linked, but there is no serious interest and it’s all but certain he’d reject the Old Trafford club anyway. No deal. (0/10) Samuel Eto’o could be on his way to Liverpool 1
From news services Zach Johnson kept his cool and stared down Tiger Woods to win the Masters. Five months later and 120 miles west of Augusta National, he felt an entirely different kind of pressure, and it didn’t go quite as well. “I could barely stand up,” Johnson said with a laugh. In the latest run at 59 on a soft East Lake course in Atlanta, Johnson needed a birdie on the par-3 18th hole to become only the fourth player in PGA Tour history to hit golf’s magic number. Suddenly, he was 9 under for his round and needed only two birdies on the last three holes for 59. “That’s about when it hit me,” Johnson said. The thought of a 59 felt like a sledge hammer when he hit 4-iron out of fairway bunker to 5 feet on the 17th for another birdie, leaving him one away from the magic number as he walked to the 223-yard closing hole. “My shoulders felt heavy and my legs felt like they weighed nothing,” Johnson said. “My hands were shaking and my heart was pounding. I was breathing all right, though. I guess the yoga that I’ve been doing helped out a little bit.” He fanned the 2-iron, and knew when his bunker shot hit the green that it was too high of the hole to go in. “We usually play to win golf tournaments,” Johnson said. “And today, I was kind of playing to shoot 59.” Johnson was only two shots out of the lead when he signed for his 60, although reality had already set in about his hopes of winning. Indeed, Woods made four more birdies for a 64 and left Johnson six shots behind. It was the third straight day someone had reason to think about a 59. Tim Clark was 8 under through 15 holes on Thursday and settled for three pars and a 62. Woods shot 28 on the front nine Friday and needed only four birdies on the back nine, but was tripped up by two bogeys. Solheim Cup The score after Day 2 at Halmstad, Sweden: “Chokin’ Dogs” 6
“It was just the scariest moment I’ve ever experienced in my life,” said the boy’s father, Kelvin Alarcon. Nicole Alarcon said she was in the driveway of her home with her son, Andrew, when a 12-year-old neighbor passed by with the dog. The dog ran at Andrew, wrapped his leash around the two of them, knocking them to the ground. The dog grabbed the boy’s head in its mouth and bit down, shaking the boy back and forth as if he were a toy. “I thought my son was gone,” she said. “I thought my son was dead.” Alarcon’s husband heard her screams, ran out of their 131st Street home and grabbed the dog in a chokehold, cutting off its air passage as he pulled on his jaw to release it from his son’s head. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City The dog ran. A Hawthorne Animal Control officer, police and paramedics arrived. Andrew was taken to County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where doctors stitched his ear back on in reconstructive surgery. The boy is expected to fully recover, perhaps with a scar or two. Dodger, meanwhile, was quarantined at the county animal shelter in Carson. On Thursday, when the 10 days to check for rabies were up, the debate began: Would the dog be released to a bull terrier rescue organization for rehabilitation or would he be euthanized? Andrew’s mother believed the decision was simple: Put the dog to sleep. “It’s going to do it again,” Mrs. Alarcon said. “I can only imagine what type of strength this dog is going to have as an adult. The dog has demons. Something is not right in its head.” The dog’s owner, who didn’t want to be identified, also wanted her pet put to sleep. She called Dodger a danger, saying he had earlier showed signs of strange behavior toward children. “The dog did not do that as an accident,” she said. “How could I ever say ? I want the dog back? I could never do that. I wouldn’t be a normal human being if I said I wanted that dog back.” Figuring she had to put the dog to sleep when the quarantine ended, the owner called Hawthorne Animal Control. A woman named Debbie told her a bull terrier rescue organization was taking the dog, and she needed to sign over her ownership rights. “They said the dog will live a happy life with this rescue group,” she said. “I wanted the dog put down. I want that clearly known to everyone. My intentions were to make it completely right.” The city’s decision to give the dog to the rescue group did not sit well with Mrs. Alarcon or Shelly Gomez, director of the Manhattan Beach-based Noah’s Bark organization, which rescues animals and puts them up for adoption. Gomez said releasing Dodger to the terrier group was wrong because the animal could eventually be placed in another home and pose a danger. “It was a completely unprovoked attack,” Gomez said. “It came up behind this little boy, grabbed this boy by the head and viciously shook him.” The campaign to stop the dog’s release began in earnest Thursday. Mrs. Alarcon, the dog’s owner and Gomez all sought to change the city’s decision, calling and visiting the shelter and contacting the Daily Breeze. None of them understood why someone at the city had decided to spare the animal. “Are they ridiculous? What are they thinking?” Mrs. Alarcon said. “If they give this dog away, they are going to have more problems than they have now. The dog needs to go to sleep. It’s going to do it again.” County animal-control spokeswoman Brenda Sanchez said the decision on whether to release the dog or put him down rested entirely with Hawthorne Animal Control officials. By midafternoon, the Hawthorne officials arrived at a decision. Lisa Miller, who oversees Hawthorne Animal Control, said a bull terrier rescue organization had contacted the office. The dog is a puppy, the organization argued, and could be rehabilitated. Nevertheless, the decision was made at 3 p.m. to destroy Dodger. The Alarcons and the dog’s owner believe it was the right call “for everybody’s sake.” “We don’t want it to happen again, especially to a child,” Miller said. The dog’s owner, meanwhile, said she feels no guilt. “The conclusion of it,” she said, “is do we take a dog or do we take a child?” firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER Dodger the white bull terrier spent Thursday in his dog run at the Carson shelter, not knowing that a lot of people were trying to decide his fate. Two weeks earlier, the 6-month-old puppy was out for a walk when he locked his mouth and teeth around the head of a 2-year-old boy in Hawthorne, biting down so strongly he tore most of the child’s left ear from his head and came close to slicing into his carotid artery.
Ander Herrera says the reason he left Manchester United was because they were to slow in offering him a contract extension.The midfielder, once his deal expired, then decided to move to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer, bringing to an end his five-year spell at Old Trafford. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST Ander Herrera spent five seasons at United Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update latest Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder “I was very happy, I have a lot to thank the club and the fans for it and also to [manager Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer. He did a lot for me to stay, but things did not happen, [United] arrived late, and by then I had already made the decision to play in Paris. “Today I am very happy to have made that decision because I am enjoying this magnificent city, of this beautiful stadium and this club.”During his time in the Premier League, Herrera, 29, won an FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Europa League trophy.He made 189 appearances for the club, scoring 20 times. Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions boost TROPHY Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa punished The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star REVEALED getty 🆕✍️🔥 #WelcomeAnder Paris Saint-Germain is thrilled to announce the arrival of @AnderHerrera 🔝The Spanish midfielder has signed a 5⃣-year deal with the club that runs through June 30 2⃣0⃣2⃣4⃣!More information 👉https://t.co/yVlcV84G9N🔴🔵 #ICICESTPARIS pic.twitter.com/tCfN9CXa4y— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) July 4, 2019United had been keen to extend the Spaniard’s time at the club, but were unable to agree fresh terms with him.Speaking to Marca about his decision to leave Manchester, Herrera said: “I do not like looking at the past very much, but there were differences regarding the project and my importance within it. deals 1 JIBE
Getty Images – Getty Getty Images – Getty statement Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son England again looked laboured during the opening exchanges and should have been behind inside two minutes when Andrea Staskova headed a deep cross over from six yards.Chelsea striker England collected Jill Scott’s pass before slotting home, but had ran offside.The Czech Republic took the lead in the 15th minute after a quick exchange of passes fed Szewieczkova into the left side of the England penalty area and she drove past Telford at the near post.The Lionesses, though, were soon level as Nikita Parris knocked the ball into the right of the box, managing to get to it before it ran out of play and chipped a pass back for England to volley home. targets PEP TALK Getty Images – Getty rookie error Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Neville’s side claimed a much-needed victory over Czech Republic stalemate 3 Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future on target LATEST 3 update Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti appointed As the hour mark passed, Scott headed down a deep cross which Mead slotted home – but the Manchester City midfielder had climbed over the Czech defender, so the goal was ruled out for a foul.England felt they should have been given a penalty when Mead was barged down from behind by Andrea Jarchovska, but the referee waved play on.Bright tried her luck from distance, but Czech goalkeeper Barbora Votikova – whose YouTube vlogger channel has amassed 77.1million views – was alert to palm it aside.Just when it looked like England would be left frustrated, a corner from the left was only partially cleared to the edge of the penalty area, where Williamson’s low shot deflected off a defender and skidded past Votikova into the bottom corner. Parris set up England’s second goal Leah Williamson’s 86th minute deflected strike saw England claim a much-needed 3-2 victory over the Czech Republic in a snowy Ceske Budejovice.Lionesses head coach Phil Neville had called for a response from the 2-1 defeat to Germany in front of a record-breaking crowd at Wembley, which was a fifth loss from seven matches.The Czech Republic, though, made the most of another slow start from England as Tereza Szewieczkova fired the home side into the lead after 15 minutes. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 3 England then struck twice in the space of three minutes through Beth England and Arsenal’s Beth Mead to turn the match around – but Slavia Prague forward Szewieczkova equalised just before the half-hour with a 25-yard effort.The conditions continued to deteriorate, and England capitalised with just four minutes left when a low shot from defender Leah Williamson was deflected past the Czech keeper for her first international goal.England were without captain Steph Houghton, Alex Greenwood, Jodie Taylor and Ellen White as Neville looked to both manage player fitness and utilise his squad.Chelsea goalkeeper Carly Telford replaced Mary Earps as one of five changes from the Germany game, with Demi Stokes, Millie Bright, Lucy Staniforth and Blues forward England all coming in. Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship latest Before the home side could regroup, they were 2-1 down when Staniforth picked out Mead, who curled a fine finish it the far corner.England almost then extended their lead, when Chelsea defender Bright got on the end of a low cross, but her shot looped up onto the crossbar.Szewieczkova, though, grabbed her second goal to level things up in the 25th minute.England were punished for some more wayward defending as the Slavia Prague forward capitalised on loose possession to drill the ball over Telford into the top corner from 25 yards.Manchester City midfielder Scott had a low effort pushed behind and saw another late first-half chance blocked following a breakaway.Following the restart, the visitors enjoyed more possession, with England heading over from a corner before Staniforth’s 20-yard effort flew just over. Staniforth had a good game for England against the Czech Republic Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’
Ryan McGeever’s late goal boosted Queen’s Park play-off hopes as they snatched a 2-1 win over lowly Abroath.Queen’s Park should have gone ahead in the ninth minute when Gavin Mitchell excellently played Chris Duggan in but the forward could not make contact.They soon combined twice again but each time keeper Allan Fleming saved.The Spiders went ahead on 32 minutes when Duggan turned provider down the right, cutting back for Paul Woods to emphatically find the top corner with his 10th league goal of the campaign.David Galt almost doubled the lead before the break but his header hit the post and Duggan shot narrowly wide just after the interval.Those misses proved costly when unmarked Arbroath substitute Kane Hester nodded in at the back post from Josh Skelly’s cross.Soon after Sean Burns went near from close range for the Spiders, who got a deserved winner when McGeever headed home from Craig McLeish’s assist.Craig Gunn’s 20th League Two goal of the season was not enough to give high-flying Elgin victory as visiting Montrose earned a 1-1 draw.Both sides had wayward early chances before Montrose’s Adrian Mallagaray forced Mark Hurst into a parried save.Elgin immediately went up the other end and Gunn finished from Connor McLaren’s pass.The Borough Briggs side dominated the rest of the half but could not double their lead despite having several chances.Those misses proved costly as Montrose came back into the game after the break and Ross Campbell’s left-footed effort levelled.Darryl McHardy had a chance to win it for Elgin late on but Jordan Millar was equal to his shot.Clyde maintained their promotion push in Scottish League Two with an eventful 4-2 win over bottom side East Stirling.The basement dwellers made a lively start and were ahead after just three minutes as Ross Fisher set up Thomas Orr in the penalty box but the scores were level four minutes later when Jordan Cairnie headed into his own net.The visitors took the lead via another header five minutes before the break, this time as Scott McLaughlin headed home after being set up by Scott Linton.Sean Higgins fired low past Darren Dolan to make it 3-1 with 19 minutes remaining but East Stirling had a lifeline just three minutes later when David Marsh was dismissed for a challenge on Reece Donaldson.Kris Faulds had the home fans sensing a comeback when he netted with nine minutes to play to make it 3-2 but Higgins put the result beyond doubt after being set up by David Gormley in the last minute.Matt Flynn scored the only goal as Annan kept themselves well in the hunt for promotion from Scottish League Two and ended Berwick’s five-match unbeaten run.The visitors had the better of the early possession but it was Annan who came closest to scoring midway through the first half when Peter Weatherson’s free-kick was tipped onto the post by the faintest of touches from Kevin Walker.Berwick thought they had the lead late in the first half but Blair Henderson was adjudged to have been offside when he netted with an impressive lob.When a valid goal did come, it went to Annan as Flynn saw his sweet strike go in off the post with seven minutes remaining to seal victory. East Fife stayed top of League Two thanks to a 6-0 demolition of hosts Stirling.Substitute Nathan Austin, a doubt before the game, grabbed two goals after the break to go clear as the league’s leading scorer with 21.Ross Brown gave the Fifers an early lead, following up after Chris Smith brilliantly saved his initial shot.Kevin Smith doubled the advantage in the 16th minute, although his volley took a big deflection before looping in. The league leaders were looking comfortable and the third goal arrived when Kyle Wilkie played Austin through to slot past the keeper.Five minutes later Austin was at it again with a back-post header after great work from Kevin Smith.It was 5-0 when Stevie Campbell waltzed through the home defence to score late on.Ali Coote soon made it six from close range, finishing off from Kevin Smith’s cross.
“These things take time but the window has closed and I am every happy with the quality of the squad, the players we have brought in and the players we already had.” Neil Lennon has been named as the Premiership manager of the month for August.The Celtic manager, who landed the job on a permanent basis after securing last season’s triple treble, saw his side score 15 goals in their first three league games. After putting seven past St Johnstone on the opening day, the Hoops also beat Motherwell 5-2 and Hearts 3-1 to keep up their 100% winning start to the domestic season.They also progressed in the League Cup and reached the Europa League group stage after exiting the Champions League in the third qualifying round. September began with another win for Lennon’s men as they beat Old Firm rivals Rangers 2-0 at Ibrox to go three points clear at the top of the Premiership.Lennon declared himself “very happy” with their summer transfer business after signing three players on deadline day. Kilmarnock left-back Greg Taylor was followed by teenage defenders Jeremie Frimpong and Lee O’Connor to make it 11 signings across the window. After collecting his manager of the month award, Lennon said: “The club is united, let’s get that right. There’s been a lot of sniping but we stayed very strong on it and composed and knew what we wanted to do.