Carlos Yulo torchbearer for SEA Games; Hidilyn Diaz, 5 others named flagbearers Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Looney didn’t travel with the Warriors to Houston, where they faced the Rockets on Wednesday in the first contest of a three-game road trip.The Warriors are also without superstar Stephen Curry, who faces three months on the sidelines after surgery last week to repair his broken left hand.Coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday that forward Draymond Green will miss at least three more games with ligament damage in his left index finger, an injury he suffered last week.Guard D’Angelo Russell, who has been sidelined with a sprained ankle, traveled with the team and while he wasn’t ready to return against the Rockets there’s a chance he will play at Minnesota on Friday.The Warriors, whose 2-5 start is their worst since the 2011-12 season, were already without shooting guard Klay Thompson, who could miss the entire season as he continues to recover from a torn knee ligament.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down “Following the tests, we are hopeful and encouraged that the treatment plan prescribed for him will allow Kevon to return to action in the near future.“An update on his expected return-to-play timeline will be provided in two weeks.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The Warriors said in October that Looney was battling a “neuropathic condition” that had a “direct correlation” to a right hamstring injury that caused him to miss the pre-season.He played in the Warriors’ season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on October 24, but exited at halftime because of tightness in the hamstring. MOST READ LATEST STORIES No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees View comments 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw ‘People evacuated on their own’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – Kevon Looney #5 of the Golden State Warriors is defended by Kyle Lowry #7, Kawhi Leonard #2 and Serge Ibaka #9 of the Toronto Raptors in the first half during Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFPGolden State Warriors center Kevon Looney will be sidelined at least two more weeks after tests for “nerve-related symptoms” that have seen him miss six NBA games.“Warriors center Kevon Looney, who has missed the last six games due to nerve-related symptoms, recently underwent a battery of tests,” the Warriors said in a statement on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas PLAY LIST 01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption
5. Arsenal have to look at replacements for Santi Cazorla – Few would argue Arsenal have a strong squad, but a spark in their game has been missing without the injured Santi Cazorla. Arsene Wenger recently voiced his regret over allowing Jack Wilshere to join Bournemouth on loan, admitting, I could use him now. Bringing the England international back, though, doesnt seem to be an option right now. Few players in the Gunners team possess the quality of Cazorla to dictate play from deep, which could encourage Wenger to assess options in the transfer window. Linked with Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic and West Ham’s Dimitri Payet. 3. Tottenham Hotspur should signal a major message of intent by signing a proven backup to Harry Kane and a new number 10 – Mauricio Pochettino has a solid squad available to him, with Tottenhams defence and midfield particularly strong. One area in need of obvious reinforcement, however, is up top. During Harry Kanes spell on the sidelines between September and November, Vincent Janssen simply didnt produce, and while it would be wrong to write the Dutchman off right now, it looks like its going to take some time for him to settle. Whats more, Pochettinos side are lacking a little creativity in the number 10 role, which wont have gone unnoticed. Tottenham are very much in the title race and its time they signalled a major message of intent in the market. Linked with Real Madrid’s Isco and Hoffenheim’s Mark Uth. 11. Stoke City should consider a new centre back – It has been a tough few months for the Potters and manager Mark Hughes is likely to be chasing a few new additions in January. Goals have been a problem, with midfielder Joe Allen their top scorer with five goals, but defensively theyve really been suspect. Stoke are no longer the difficult side to beat of previous seasons, and Hughes has to sure up his back line. A new centre-back or two would go down well with the clubs support. 1. Chelsea need an experienced striker to compete with Diego Costa – Diego Costa has been in exceptional form this season, with the Spain international performing consistently at a high standard for the Blues. Antonio Conte, though, will be concerned knowing he doesnt have a backup striker capable of filling his boots. Michy Batshuayi arrived for £33m in the summer, but he seems some way off being ready for regular Premier League football. Chelsea may be wise to target an experienced striker in January, rather than signing a young player with potential. Linked with Swansea City’s Fernando Llorente. 20 14. Watford need a goalscorer – Its pretty simple. Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo are not the answer in attack. With just five goals between them (four of those belonging to Deeney), Walter Mazzarri has to target a new striker or watch his side fall further down the Premier League table. Ighalo really needed replacing in the summer, but the Hornets major signing came in the form of Isaac Success, whose injury problems has seen him struggle to make an impact on his new club. But while a centre forward is needed, the growing casualty list at Vicarage Road could force Mazzarri into a few panic buys. 18. Sunderland have to keep Jermain Defoe – David Moyes will have only pennies to spend in window, making it unlikely that new faces will be brought in. The clubs priority, therefore, must be to keep Defoe. West Ham had a £6m bid rejected last week and no matter what offer they come back with, the Black Cats must stand firm. Hes the life and soul of the team at the moment 11 of their 19 goals have been scored by the 34-year-old so lose him and relegation is almost guaranteed. 20 8. West Bromwich Albion should look at reinforcements in midfield – West Broms top brass will be more than pleased with the first half of the season, and manager Tony Pulis isnt likely to be short of funds this month. They look solid at the back, while Matt Phillips is providing that spark in the final third that was missing last term. But they could do with strengthening in the centre of the park. Darren Fletcher has come in for a little criticism, and Pulis would be wise to consider long-term replacements to the former Manchester United man. 20 20 15. Leicester City need an authoritative figure in midfield – The Foxes have gone from spectacular to completely unspectacular in a matter of months. Its just not clicking for Claudio Ranieri this season, with his players having simply not turned up after their title win. Cracks are beginning to show at the King Power Stadium and despite spending well in the summer, something has to change. They look vulnerable at the back, while Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez arent delivering up top. An experienced, commanding figure in the centre of the park is really needed. 9. Bournemouth could do with a little improvement defensively – Eddie Howe seems content with his current squad, and rightly so. Bournemouth sit comfortably mid-table, having built on the good work of last season. The club dont need to make any panic buys this month, but if theres one area to pick out that could do with some work its their defence. They look a little shaky at times, often getting themselves into trouble at the back. Nathan Akes season-long loan deal being cut short by Chelsea will have been a big blow. 20 13. West Ham United have to address their problems in attack – Its difficult to pinpoint one specific area that needs addressing for the Hammers; quite simply, Slaven Bilics team is a shambles. His summer signings have been almost completely ineffective, while few would be able to say with confidence what his strongest starting line-up actually is. Nonetheless, their form has slowly started to improve and they have been more solid at the back. Andy Carroll has returned following yet another injury, but going forward is an issue. Carroll may be fit now, but in reality, it surely wont be long until he suffers another setback. Michail Antonio has proved a menace in the final third, though is at his best making his runs into the box from midfield. Dimitri Payet requires better to work with. 20 20 20 12. Burnley could do with some more creativity – Like Boro, Burnley have adapted well to the top flight, but havent offered much in the way of entertainment. Manager Sean Dyche may want to strengthen to avoid his side falling into the relegation battle, and knows more is needed in the final third. Andre Gray is back from suspension and after hitting a hat-trick in the 4-1 win against Sunderland on New Years Eve, should now kick on. But there is a reliance on Jeff Hendrick and George Boyd to create from midfield. Burnleys supply line could do with a slight revamp. 20 2. Liverpool need to sign a holding midfielder to ease the pressure off Jordan Henderson – Steven Gerrard recently advised Jurgen Klopp on what his beloved club need in the January transfer window, Definitely a back-up for Jordan Henderson as a holding midfielder and another choice at centre-half, he told BT Sports Premier League Tonight show. Henderson has covered a tremendous amount of ground this season, but he simply isnt able to protect their back four alone. Its been fairly obvious Liverpool are missing a holding midfielder an NGolo Kante or Fernandinho but Klopp is yet to target such a player. If they hope to finally lift the Premier League trophy, though, this is exactly whats needed. 20 17. Crystal Palace need a centre forward to compete with Christian Benteke – Benteke might have eight goals to his name this season, but hes been no fun to watch. His form in front of goal has taken a nosedive over the past month and the Eagles are suffering as a result. His place in the starting line-up has been guaranteed all season and its time new manager Sam Allardyce livened up the forward with a little competition of which Connor Wickham simply isnt. Relegation is looming. 20. Hull City have to fend off interest for Robert Snodgrass – click the arrow above, right, to see the priority for each Premier League club in the January transfer window – The Tigers are in a dreadful situation at the bottom of the table. Even if new manager Marco Silva is given money to spend, attracting players to the club will be hugely difficult. There really isnt a priority area for Hull; theres not a single department of their team that doesnt need strengthening in the market. And, like Sunderland, they have the added problem of their star player being coveted by a Premier League rival. Robert Snodgrass is wanted by West Ham, but he absolutely has to stay. 10. Southampton must sign a replacement to Charlie Austin and sort out Jose Fonte’s future – In December Charlie Austin was ruled out of action for three to four months with a shoulder injury and its no surprise the goals have dried up for the Saints since. Shane Long seems distracted at St Marys, having scored only one league goal all season and Claude Puel will know his attack needs addressing this month. Another problem facing Puel is the future of Jose Fonte. The Portugal international has handed in a transfer request a poor example for the club captain to set with Southampton’s director of football Les Reed confirming the centre back wants to leave. Unless a replacement of similar quality can be signed, though, they simply cannot sell mid-season. 20 4. Manchester City need to sign new full backs – After a busy summer Pep Guardiola isnt expected to do much business in January, but he will want to address his defence. While in attack there can be few complaints, theyve been miserable at the back. In particular, the current full-back options (Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy and Aleskandar Kolarov) at Guardiolas disposal dont look capable of playing the type of game the manager wants to. Not to mention they are all over 30 and likely to be sold soon. City need young, fresh talent on either flank in defence such as a player of Hector Bellerins calibre. Linked with Bayern Munich’s David Alaba. 20 20 20 20 20 20 It can be a hectic four weeks for managers in the January transfer window.Some refuse to be drawn into activity, content with their current squad, while others hint at their desperation to strengthen or signal a major message of intent to their rivals.And in the Premier League there has been plenty of rumours swirling around over possible incomings and outgoings.So here at talkSPORT, we’ve decided to look at what we believe is a priority for every top flight club in the winter market.Scroll through the gallery above to see more. 7. Everton should complete deals for Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay – Ronald Koeman should be looking to quickly seal a deal for the Manchester United duo Schneiderlin and Depay. The players have been heavily linked with a move to Goodison Park for the past couple of months, but reports seem to have quietened down. A central midfielder and a winger is exactly what the Toffees need in what has been a difficult first half of the season. Schneiderlin and Depay would walk straight into their starting XI so get it done, Koeman! 19. Swansea City have to go for an experienced centre back – The Swans are a mess right now, and the clubs sudden collapse in the Premier League is sad to see. Bob Bradley has gone, lasting only 10 games as manager, and now Paul Clement is the man tasked with saving the club from the drop. Hell no doubt be assessing his options in the January transfer window, and his biggest concern will be their defence. Swansea have what has the potential to be an exciting attack with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente, but almost no inspiration at the other end of the field. They didnt replace defender Ashley Williams in the summer and are being made to pay for it. Even if its a six-month loan deal, a centre back with a little experience is needed. 20 20 20 6. Manchester United should begin to look at long-term replacements to Michael Carrick – Jose Mourinho has assembled a squad some managers would dream of having, making their position in sixth all the more frustrating for the Old Trafford faithful. United are strong across the pitch, but concern is growing over who might eventually replace Michael Carrick. The veteran midfielder was used sparingly by Mourinho at the start of the campaign, but has returned to the fold over the past couple of months. Its time the Red Devils took targeting his replacement seriously. 16. Middlesbrough have to target creativity – Boro have been excellent defensively. Ben Gibson and Calum Chambers have developed an exemplary understanding in the heart of Aitor Karankas back line, but, as good as they have been in protecting their goal, theyve offered very few moments of magic in the final third. In truth, theyve been a dull addition to the top flight. Alvaro Negredo has been pretty isolated up top in Karankas rather restrictive tactics and the striker needs more from those behind him. Goals are an issue and they might begin to fade away if reinforcements arent made.