Everton had worked on the Alcaraz deal for some time and the Paraguay defender signed a two-year contract after passing a medical and sorting out his work permit paperwork. Last season was a difficult one for the defender as a groin injury sustained on international duty ruled him out for six months from late August. Martinez has said previously if Alcaraz had been fit for the majority of the season Wigan would not have been relegated. Of the 14 appearances he made last year, six resulted in clean sheets, including a particularly commanding performance at Goodison Park as Wigan knocked Everton out of the FA Cup at the quarter-final stage. The move for Robles advanced quicker and earlier Atletico revealed the player was leaving them for England again, only this time in a permanent deal.. “Atletico Madrid and Everton have reached an agreement for the transfer of Joel Robles to the English club,” said a statement on the Spanish club’s website. “The goalkeeper, who ended last season playing on loan at Wigan, will compete in the Premier League following the agreement reached between the three parties. In our club we wish him luck in this new stage of his career.” Alcaraz and Robles will fly out to meet their new team-mates at a training camp in Austria ahead of this weekend’s friendly against Austria Vienna. Everton manager Roberto Martinez is making swift progress in the transfer market after the club added the signing of Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Joel Robles to that of defender Antolin Alcaraz just a couple of hours earlier. Press Association The pair both worked with the Spaniard at Wigan and have joined striker Arouna Kone, who signed a three-year deal with the Toffees on Monday, at Goodison Park. Martinez brought the 23-year-old Robles in on loan at the DW Stadium and he soon displaced Ali Al-Habsi as first choice and featured in Wigan’s FA Cup final win over Manchester City. He has signed a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee.
A proposed amendment that seeks to gradually increase Florida’s minimum wage from $8.46 to $15 an hour has earned the required number of petition signatures to get on the November 2020 ballot.The political committee “Florida for a Fair Wage,” which is led by Orlando attorney John Moran, submitted 766,380 valid signatures to the state last Wednesday. That exceeds the required number by 180 signatures, according to the state Division of Elections website.The next step is for the Florida Supreme Court to sign off on the wording of the proposed amendment. If that happens, the measure would then be eligible to go on the ballot. Sixty percent of voters would need to support the amendment for it to pass.The amendment would increase the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour on September 30, 2021, with an additional $1 increase each year until it hits $15 an hour on September 30, 2026.Governor Ron DeSantis reiterated last Tuesday that he opposes the measure, as he has business interests in the state.
(REUTERS) – After the recent signings of Paul Pogba and John Stones, Manchester United and Manchester City’s summer transfer spending accounts for almost half of the total outlay by Premier League clubs, according to a recent study by Spreadex.com.The Manchester clubs’ combined £322M ($417.41M) expenditure made up over 40 per cent of the league’s total £794M summer spending since May.United paid a world record fee of £89M to bring Pogba back to Old Trafford from Juventus on Tuesday, while City signed England defender Stones from Everton for £47.5M later that day.The Manchester rivals have also spent big on the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito, Leroy Sane (all City), Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly (both United), and both clubs have a summer net transfer spending of over 40 per cent of their annual turnover.The spending power of the Manchester two underpins the dominance of the ‘Big Six’, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, City and United spending £529M since May, twice as much as the rest of the league combined, according to Spreadex’s figures.The outlay of the Big Six dwarves the league’s average spend per club of £23M, while only four sides have turned a profit to date this summer.Southampton, who sold Sadio Mane to Liverpool for £34M, Graziano Pelle to Shandong Luneng for £13M and Victor Wanyama to Spurs for £11M, have made the greatest profit of the division to date, with £40M.Everton, Swansea City and Hull City are the other teams to have made a net transfer profit so far this summer.
But that was a diplomatic answer. The fact is, Dessens’ only shot at the job is if the other seven candidates fail miserably. Otherwise, the right-hander will return to the middle relief role he filled last season. “They have a lot of pitchers here,” a resigned Dessens said. “I will do whatever they want me to do.” email@example.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Eight years after being drafted in the first round (21st overall) by Baltimore and having spent parts of six seasons in the majors, Bigbie finds himself starting over. For that, he can thank the hernia that ended his 2006 season four months early and forced him to watch his St. Louis Cardinals teammates win the World Series without him. “It’s just unfortunate,” Bigbie said. “After 2004, I felt like my career was in a pretty good position. Now, I’m pretty much back to square one, where I have to re-establish myself.” Two springs ago, during his routine physical with the Orioles, a doctor told Bigbie he had the beginnings of a hernia and that it needed to be monitored even though he was cleared to play. Bigbie never really thought about it again – until he returned last May from a broken foot and found his energy level had been sapped. The hernia was surgically repaired and Bigbie was given a recovery time of 8-12 weeks. But when he felt much better after only six weeks, he grabbed a bat and went to the cage. That led to an abdominal strain, a lost season and a winter of uncertainty before Bigbie hooked on with the Dodgers on Jan. 30. “I just want to get back to doing things the way I used to do them,” Bigbie said. “That starts with staying healthy.” Dodgers manager Grady Little was asked Friday why veteran Elmer Dessens, who has 135 career starts, isn’t part of the long list of candidates to become the team’s fifth starter. Little said he simply had forgotten to mention Dessens. VERO BEACH, Fla. – In the caste system of the Dodgers’ spring-training clubhouse, one end of the room is occupied by well-compensated veterans who have nothing to worry about over the next five weeks except to get themselves ready for opening day. The other end, closest to the exit, is populated by guys who cross their fingers and hold their breath every time cuts are announced. That’s where Larry Bigbie finds himself.