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Tim Howard hailed Premier League's best goalkeeper

Tim Howard Credit: PA

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has been hailed as the Premier League's best goalkeeper by manager Roberto Martinez after signing a contract extension tying him to the club until 2018.

The 35-year-old American has been with the Toffees since 2006, initially moving on a loan basis from Manchester United before the clubs made the arrangement permanent.

He was due to reach the end of his stay at Goodison Park at the end of the 2015/16 season but has agreed to a further two years.

Martinez, whose team are vying with Arsenal for a Champions League place, told Everton's website: "It is fantastic news. To have Tim Howard performing as he has been this season, I cannot see past him to choose the best goalkeeper in the league.

"For him, in such an important year with the World Cup around the corner, to commit his future for the long term is an incredible moment for the dressing room.

"I am extremely proud of Tim's achievements for the football club. On top of his goalkeeping it's his overall demeanour and personality in the dressing room. He is a strong leader."

Martinez: Arsenal win a huge psychological boost for Everton

Everton have a top four finish and Champions League qualification is in their sights, and are now just a point behind Arsenal.

Roberto Martinez told a post-match press conference that their victory against the Gunners was 'a really good memory for everyone at Everton'.

He added:

"Yes it was a great performance and yes they were huge points from a psychological point of view, but now we're facing Sunderland at the weekend, and, as you can imagine, if we are not perfect in that game we're not going to get three points.'

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Family backs heart screening sessions for young people

The family of a promising young footballer from Liverpool, who died after a heart attack, have been organising free cardiac screenings for young people in the region.

John Marshall died almost two decades ago from an undetected heart condition.

His family and a local football team raised money for the leading heart charity for young people, Cardiac Risk in the Young, to provide free ECG examinations at Edge Hill University in Ormsirk.

Doctor: 80% of young people with heart conditions have no symptoms

Dr Lynne Millar from the leading heart charity for young people, Cardiac Risk in the Young, has said that 80% of apparently healthy 14 to 35-year-olds who die from young sudden cardiac death will have shown no previous sign of heart defects.

Liverpool family promote public heart screening to save lives

John Marshall died in 1995 from a previously undiagnosed heart condition

A family from Liverpool have organised free heart screening sessions for youngsters,

Maureen Marshall lost her son John at the age of 16 from a previously undiagnosed heart condition.

He was apparently a healthy youngster and had been signed by Everton and had 12 caps for England schoolboys.

After his death the Marshall family helped launch CRY, Cardiac Risk in the Young.

They're offering free ECG tests today at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk for young people who want a health check.

Screening is taking place betweeen 9am and 4pm.

CRY has also recently launched a hard-hitting, short animation to raise awareness of the impact of young

sudden cardiac death. To see it for yourself go to the CRY website, www.c-r-y.org.uk

Man shot in the face in Everton

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 27-year-old man was shot in the face in the Everton area of Merseyside. Police believe he and a 51-year-old man were hit in a targeted attack which took place on Lance Close yesterday morning.

The men, turned up at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital with gunshot wounds.

The 27-year-old man suffered serious facial injuries and remains in hospital. The 51-year-old received treatment to slight injuries to his leg and he has since been discharged. Patrols in the area have been stepped up in the area to reassure the local community.

We take reports of this nature extremely seriously and I would like to reassure the local community that officers will do everything possible to identify those responsible.

I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and might have seen anything suspicious to call police as you might have vital information which could help our enquiries.

I would also like to speak with anyone who saw a silver car driving in the direction of Hamilton Road at the time of the incident, which might have been driving at speed. I would urge you to call police as you could also have important information for our enquiries."

– Detective Chief Inspector Robbie Slater

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Martinez excited by Everton run-in

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is relishing a potentially thrilling end to the Barclays Premier League season as he sets his sights on the Champions League.

There are going to be a lot of twists and turns. I just think you can't look elsewhere.

I am just looking at the points tally. I just feel if we can get anywhere near 71, 72 points and that gets us into the Champions League, it will be an outstanding achievement.

If that doesn't get us into the Champions League, it will be a phenomenal season from our point of view, so I am not looking elsewhere at all.

We have got Arsenal to play at home, we have got Manchester United and Manchester City, so in that respect it's a really good fixture list for us, glamorous

– EVERTON MANAGER ROBERTO MARTINEZ

Everton captain Phil Jagielka fully fit

Phil Jaqielka, Everton Credit: Daniel Hambury/EMPICS Sport

Everton captain Phil Jagielka is now fully fit and manager Roberto Martinez will make a late decision on whether to include him against Newcastle on Tuesday.

The centre-back has missed four matches with a hamstring injury but Martinez may well choose to play him at struggling Fulham on Saturday instead.Midfielder Steven Pienaar continues to be absent with a knee cartilage problem.

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