Monthly Archives: December 2019

Gary Bowyer sacked as manager of Blackburn Rovers, club announces

first_img Gary Bowyer 1 Gary Bowyer has been sacked as manager of Blackburn Rovers, the club has announced.Blackburn have only won three times this season and are currently 16th in the Championship with 17 points from 16 games.In a statement, the club said: “The Owners felt that following a disappointing start to the season, they have to act in order to give the club the best chance of success in the remainder of the campaign.“The Owners wish to place on record their sincere gratitude for the hard work and determination Gary has given the club, both in his capacity as manager and previously as Under-21 coach and within the Academy, in particular during the difficult period following relegation from the Premier League.”Assistant manager Terry McPhillips, first team coaches Craig Short and Tony Grant and goalkeeping coach John Keeley have all also left the club with immediate effect.The search for a new manager will begin immediately.last_img read more

Tottenham’s ‘perfect blend’ has made them Premier League title contenders, Chris Hughton tells talkSPORT

first_imgClub legend Chris Hughton believes the current Tottenham side’s ‘perfect blend’ has given the club their best ever chance to win the Premier League title this season.Spurs beat Norwich 3-0 on Tuesday to move up to third in the table – above rivals Arsenal – and to within five points of leaders Leicester City.It’s been a great season for the north Londoners, who have suffered just three defeats all season, have the best defensive record in the top flight and also boast one of the league’s most lethal goalscorers – Harry Kane.The 22-year-old took his tally for the season up to 15 league goals with a double against the Canaries this week, and former defender Hughton believes the balance and harmony within the Spurs squad makes them one of the favourites for the crown.“Tottenham have the perfect blend,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“In Harry Kane they’ve got a striker as good as any in the Premier League, they’ve got creative players  and Dele Alli, who has been a massive plus for them, can chip in with goals as well.“Spurs are a club’s and supporter’s dream. They’ve managed to bring through a lot of good young players who have established themselves in the team, they’ve cleared out the deadwood from the squad and it’s starting to show – they’ve got faith in what they’re doing.“This is probably the best opportunity they’ve ever had to win the Premier League.“They’ve got a great squad which is good enough to sustain what they’ve achieve so far this season.“But of course it is a tough ask [to win the league] because of the quality around them.”last_img read more

Joe Hart still England number one by a ‘long way’, David Seaman tells talkSPORT

first_imgFormer England goalkeeper David Seaman has backed Manchester City’s Joe Hart to retain the nation’s number one jersey.Ahead of this summer’s European Championships, the competition to be Roy Hodgson’s first choice shot-stopper has been ramped up with Fraser Forster, Jack Butland and Ben Foster all performing well for their clubs.75-cap man Seaman was England’s number one for two European competitions and two World Cups and he believes Hart, 28, remains the best option.Speaking of the competition, the ex-Arsenal ‘keeper told Drive: “Even if you are Joe Hart, I am sure he is happy with what is happening with Fraser Forster and Jack Butland’s been brilliant [too].“But Joe is still a long, long way above everybody because he is playing in big games all the time – Champions League games, every Man City [fixture] – they are normally near the top and he is still doing his stuff for England.“He is getting along with it quietly, but still producing quality.”last_img read more

Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal: Late Sanchez strike rescues Gunners in thrilling derby

first_img Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez celebrates his late equaliser at Tottenham A goal and a man advantage, Tottenham looked the more likely team to score and put the result out of doubt.But Arsenal refused to give up and their reward came in the 75th minute. They turned defence into attack in one fluid move to set Sanchez free one-on-one, with the Chilean star slotting past Lloris to make it 2-2.A frantic final 15 minutes was littered with chances for both sides, with Christian Eriksen and substitute Ryan Mason having long-range efforts saved, while Sanchez went close with a sweetly-struck free-kick.But there were no further goals at the Lane, as Spurs missed the chance to go top. Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez scored his first league goal since October to rescue a 2-2 draw with Tottenham in a north London derby full of twists at White Hart Lane.Spurs were sharp from the start but the Gunners went ahead against the run of play on the stroke of half-time thanks to a crafty back-heel flick from Aaron Ramsey.Arsenal were down to ten man just after the break when Francis Coquelin saw red, and Spurs took full advantage with two goals in two minutes to take a 2-1 lead.Toby Alderweireld levelled with a neat finish from a narrow angle, and a stunning long-range strike from Harry Kane seemed to have completed a remarkable turnaround for Spurs.But Arsenal showed spirit and found an unlikely equaliser with 15 minutes left; carving a chance out of nothing and Sanchez firing a low shot past Hugo Lloris to seal a dramatic draw.While the point may not have reignited Arsenal’s title bid, it certainly puts a dent in their rivals’, with Tottenham denied the chance of rising to the top of the Premier League table.And it’s a result which will please Leicester fans. The Foxes will remain top of the standings this weekend, regardless of their result at Watford on Saturday evening. 3 The stakes were high in a match dubbed ‘the biggest north London derby EVER’, where a first win in three games would have seen Arsenal claw their way back into title contention.But Arsene Wenger’s understrength side, who were without Petr Cech due to injury while Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott started from the bench, were outplayed for most of the game at White Hart Lane.Arsenal were put under immediate pressure from the hosts, who started strongly, and they were lucky to escape in the 25th minute when stand-in keeper David Ospina pulled off a point-blank save to deny Erik Lamela.The Argentine was completely unmarked in the middle of the box to meet a drilled cross from Dele Alli. His shot wasn’t clean, with the ball popping off an outstretched shin, but Ospina still did well to palm the effort away to keep it scoreless.But Spurs’ dominance began to ebb away as Arsenal slowly settled into the game towards the end of the first-half.Tempers began to fray and Tottenham lost their composure at the back, and Wenger’s men took full advantage to open the scoring with their first shot on target – Ramsey finishing a neat counter-attack with a crafty finish.Danny Welbeck did well to hold up the ball on the edge of the box, waiting for an unmarked Hector Bellerin to run into space, and the Spaniard’s first-time cross was met at the back post by Ramsey, who improvised with a clever back-heeled flick into the net.It perhaps should have been 2-0 to Arsenal moments later when Welbeck ran on to a clipped pass over the top, but his header lacked power and was easy for Lloris to scoop up.But Spurs have been the Premier League’s comeback kings this season, having won the most points from a losing position, and they came to life after Coquelin’s second yellow for a clumsy challenge on Kane.The dominant hosts literally cannot have come closer to the equaliser when Ospina saved a scrappy Kane volley which looked to have crossed the line.Spurs players appealed and referee Michael Oliver took a brief glimpse at his watch before shaking his head, with replays showing a sliver of the ball was still on the line.But the stand-in stopper was finally beaten in the 60th minute when a Tottenham corner was headed back across goal to the unmarked Alderweireld, who kept his cool to score at a tight angle.And Spurs were in front just two minutes later when Kane was allowed to cut in from the left, before curling a sumptuous long-range strike beyond the stretch of the Colombian keeper. 3 3last_img read more

Christian Benteke: ‘I’ll fight until the end to save Liverpool career!’

first_img1 Liverpool striker Christian Benteke has vowed to “fight till the end” to save his Anfield career.The Belgium international came off the bench to score the last-minute penalty in the 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace on Sunday.His spot kick was Benteke’s first goal in 14 matches, ending a drought which stretched back to December 30.The 25-year-old has not started in the last six matches, with the return to fitness of Daniel Sturridge and manager Jurgen Klopp’s preference for compatriot Divock Origi as his second choice meaning Benteke has played a back-seat role so far this year.But his winner against Palace has given the £32.5million summer signing hope he can start to play a bigger part for the Reds.“It’s not the easiest of situations but you have to be ready,” he told Belgian newspaper HLN.“In a career you’ll never have only top moments, also your difficult times.“It’s in the most difficult situations that the real warriors, the tough men and determined guys stand up.“You have to be up for it. I have to take every chance, every minute the manager gives me: one minute, five minutes, 10 minutes, half an hour.“I’ve still enough ambition and enough character to fight in difficult moments. I don’t give up easily. I fight till the end.“In my mind I was never thinking about a move (in January). I didn’t want to leave.”Benteke’s penalty kept him alongside Roberto Firmino, who got the first at Selhurst Park, as the club’s leading scorer with eight – although all the Brazil international’s goals have come in the Premier League.And the striker insists he had no personal doubts about stepping up for the spot-kick despite him previously failing to score in 2016.“When the referee pointed to the penalty spot straight away I said I would take the responsibility,” he told“No matter what, I had to take it and in my mind I was sure I was going to score.“I’m very happy to help the team and I have to say everyone worked really hard, especially Divock in attack.“It was easier for me at the end because they [Palace defenders] were a bit tired.“Hopefully I’m going to score a lot of goals between now and the end of the season but as long we win that is the main thing.” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp congratulates striker Christian Benteke for his winning goal last_img read more

`Hell’ hath no fury like a podcast audience ignored

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Oh, and the nice people at the Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce want me to announce that I will speak Dec. 5 at their Marymount College breakfast mixer. It costs $18, but you also get food. Call 310-377-8111 or e-mail [email protected] for reservations, and do it soon because they are worried that nobody will come. My World War II column brought this tale of a father’s return to Europe from Melanie Campa of Torrance: “On the 50th anniversary of D-Day my mother and father went to France. Later my mother told me about a family that my father knew during the war. It seems that he met this young woman in a dance hall when he was on leave. Upon discovering that my father spoke Spanish, she said that her father, a Spaniard, also spoke Spanish and that he would love to have someone to speak his native tongue with. “This young woman, Ren, ran with my father to her home, where she introduced him to her father. And from then on her family insisted that as long as he was in France, he could stay with them in their home. My father would always have a home away from home with this wonderful family who took him in as their own. “Fifty years later he returned and was able to locate that house like he was there yesterday. In his hand he carried a photo of himself in his uniform with the family that took him in. He walked up to the door and knocked and in his best (now worst) French showed the young woman who answered it the photograph of him standing in front of the home. He asked if she knew the people in the photo. The young woman told my father that the woman was her grandmother. I received a really nice note the other day from Jim Binder of Palos Verdes Estates: “You missed a podcast. What the hell’s going on?” OK, so maybe Binder shouldn’t have used the word “hell” because, like the words “damn” and “weevils,” it just plain offends people. Still, I consider this a nice message because I didn’t know that anyone knew I was doing a podcast. A podcast being complicated computer talk for radio, only you listen on your computer after you click on the little thing that says “John Bogert’s Podcast” at Seriously, I’m interesting as hell. Now I’d like to thank the truly brilliant person who called my voice mail twice so he could play “Happy Birthday” for me live on a saxophone. Whoever you are, thank you. “She told him to wait and she ran down the street and around the corner. Several minutes later the young woman returned with an older woman in tow. As they approached my father, the woman called to him, `Joe!’ My father immediately recognized her and called out her name. They embraced and held onto one another as my mother stood by in tears witnessing their reunion. She told my father that her mother had always told her that someday Joe would come back and indeed he had. “My father returned from this trip a changed man. His own brothers and sisters remarked at the changes in him. He was now willing to tell his story. The fog of war was lifted and he found peace with that part of his past. My father is now 83 years old and wears his World War II veterans cap with pride. I’m always amazed at the number of strangers who will stop him and talk with him wherever he goes. It is most often people of my generation who will quietly speak to him or just smile as he passes by. He is my hero, our quiet unassuming warrior.” And this on my recent China column from Bob in Redondo Beach: “By buying things made in China, we are giving our approval to their political and social views for the sake of cheaper products. Yes, in the short term, we do pay less. However, in the long run, everything will eventually even out with a loss of domestic jobs and an enormous deficit. With an estimated $900 billion worth of U.S. bonds in Chinese hands, they can basically ruin the U.S. economy with the snap of a finger, or use that reserve to beef up their army, which they are already doing. Greed on the part of U.S. corporations in their quest to maximize their profit and we consumers, who buy products regardless of their origin or whether a 10-year-old kid has made them, will eventually make us pay for it. Think, think, think.” And this from an obviously upset reader: “Had Britain and France stood firm in the 1930s, we wouldn’t have had the misery of the 1940s. But no `peace type’ wanted to fight a preemptive war, even after Germany invaded Poland! So we got what Bogert talks about. Does anyone ever think about Neville Chamberlain? Or similar appeasement types? Not in this column.” Nope, not in this column, which, as always, is dedicated to appeasement and the memory of Neville Chamberlain. Now write, will you? Or call. I am in desperate need of attention. I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at [email protected], 310-543-6681 or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd. Torrance, CA 90503-4077.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Boys focus of sex-abuse inquiry

first_imgCALABASAS – Two elementary school boys are under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting their classmates in campus bathrooms, authorities said Wednesday. After a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigation at Lupin Hill Elementary School, deputies concluded that fewer than 10 children, all between the ages of 5 and 8, were involved, sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Scott said. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case and declined to comment. It’s unclear whether the boys – who are both 8 – will be charged. At least one of the accused boys was cited for investigation of sodomy, but Scott said prosecutors will decide what, if any, charges will be pursued. “We’re not looking to prosecute these children, we’re looking to get them help,” Scott said. “It would have been a crime if the children were old enough to commit a crime. … There was substantial sexual contact between the children.” The two children were cited in the last few weeks. Scott would not say how long the alleged conduct took place, but said it was over an extended period. All the children interviewed were given the choice of having a school official present, which many did, Scott said. The interviews occurred over several days without the children’s parents present, which is routine procedure, he added. The father of one of the accused boys said he was upset at school and law enforcement officials for not notifying him about his son’s alleged involvement until after the investigation was finished. “The thing I found most irritating is the police going in and extracting a so-called confession without notifying us at all,” he said. He maintains that although his son admitted to him that he did participate in inappropriate behavior in the boys’ restroom, he said he didn’t commit sodomy. The boy has since been suspended from school and faces permanent expulsion. His father said he thinks the school overreacted. “They decided to play extreme hardball, and we’re going to have a major showdown once we get to court,” he said. Principal Sheila J. Grady did not return a call seeking comment, but in a Nov. 5 letter to Lupin Hill parents, she said the school has “plans to revisit age-appropriate touching lessons with professional advisors.” “Students at Lupin Hill are safe and protected,” she wrote. “Our staff members are vigilant in assuring the safety of all students. The vigilance of the adults on campus is the reason that this situation came to light.” But at least one parent has voiced frustration over what she sees as a lack of supervision on campus. “You want to know how 10 kids end up in the bathroom?” said Alyssa Clemsen, whose daughter attends Lupin Hill and plans to voice her complaints with the Las Virgenes Unified School District. “They’re unsupervised, that’s how.” [email protected] 818-713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

From students, for soldiers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe packages will include items such as stocking caps, socks, scarves and gloves for cold weather, as well as deodorant, foot powders, baby wipes and lip balm for harsh conditions, and many other items to comfort soldiers far from home. These include everything from magazines and DVDs to batteries, phone cards and travel-size board games. Non perishable food items are also requested. The items are usually small and inexpensive, and can be donated individually. While lip balm won’t save a soldier’s life, it can provide an American comfort hard to find in a Baghdad market. Sylvya Rodriguez, who teaches language arts at Rivera Middle School, said the drive was inspired in part by her former student, Santos Gonzales. Gonzales, now 19, will be leaving soon for his third tour of duty in Iraq, this time in Baghdad. Rodriguez said she hears often from him how any item from America is a prized possession. “He talked about how they really look forward to getting correspondence from home, packages and everything because they’re so lonely,” Rodriguez said. According to Rodriguez, donations are already pouring in, partially because of a friendly competition between sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade classes. The groups compete for points to be named Class of the Year. Teachers are also giving extra credit for exemplary participation, Rodriguez said, in an effort to bring students together over the cause. “For us here, everyone at school, it’s a sense of community,” Rodriguez said. Associated Student Body President Christopher Aguila, 13, said he expects DVDs will be the hardest item to collect for soldiers because of the cost. Christopher encouraged the community to help, however they can. “They can donate food or anything they can get their hands on,” Christopher said. Alexandra said any participation can show caring for soldiers. “Help out, because you never know,” Alexandra said. “They’re part of our community and they’re (looking) out for us, so we should help them.” Rodriguez said her classes are eager to help with the project, sending notes if they cannot bring in supplies. “They’re all writing letters to soldiers,” Rodriguez said. “Some of them have asked for more time and if they can write more than one letter.” For information on how to donate or to drop off supplies, call Esther Celiz at (562) 801-5088 or go to the school office, at 7200 Citronell Ave., between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If soldiers from Pico Rivera can’t be home for the holidays, youngsters at Pico Rivera Middle School will send a little piece of home to them. A few students and teachers are heading an effort to ship 100 gift packages to Iraq, care of a few local soldiers who will hand out the items to their friends. “It’s just to give them a gift for Christmas,” seventh-grader Alexandra Martinez said. “I thought it was a great idea because in a way, it’s like saying thanks to them.” Alexandra, 12, is vice president of the Associated Student Body. She said the goal of the project is to help soldiers while uniting the whole school behind a cause. last_img read more


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Brown latest to be felled

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The Kings, who had 10 injured players out of the lineup Saturday, are inching toward health. Jeff Cowan (hamstring) and George Parros (ankle) are targeting a return for Monday’s game. Both players will skate before practice today as the team tries to assess their progress. Murray said both players underwent strength tests Tuesday and “looked pretty good.” High honor: The start of the season wasn’t great for Mathieu Garon, who found himself in a goaltending platoon, but December proved to be the best month of Garon’s career. On Tuesday, Garon was named the NHL’s defensive player of the month. In 12 games, Garon went 9-3 with a 2.40 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage. Garon split time with Jason LaBarbera over the first month of this season but has started 21 of the Kings’ 26 games since Nov. 9. Overall, Garon has an 18-8 record and a 2.67 goals-against average. Just when Dustin Brown seemed to be getting his proverbial motor going, he popped a tire. Brown, coming off what coach Andy Murray called his best game of the season Saturday against Dallas, had a solid first period Monday against the Stars but his night ended in the final two minutes of the first period, when Brown was leveled by Brendan Morrow and didn’t return. Murray said Tuesday afternoon that Brown underwent an MRI earlier that day, the results of which Murray had not yet received. Brown said after Monday’s game that the initial diagnosis was muscle spasms in the shoulder and upper back area, and it’s unclear whether Brown will play Thursday against Phoenix. The news is better for Sean Avery and his “upper-body injury.” Murray said an MRI revealed no structural damage and that Avery might be able to return against Phoenix, or if not, then for Saturday’s game. center_img Down and out: The Kings were already at the minimum 18 skaters Monday at 5:30 p.m. when a penalty-kill meeting was scheduled and Murray couldn’t find defenseman Nathan Dempsey. “Then somebody told me he was throwing up in the back room,” Murray said. Dempsey missed the game against Dallas with flu-like symptoms, leaving the Kings with just five healthy defenseman. To compensate, Lubomir Visnovsky played more than 28 minutes, Joe Corvo and Mattias Norstrom played 26 and Tim Gleason played 24. Fatigue didn’t see to be a factor, however, as Visnovsky scored twice, including the game-tying goal in the final minute, and Norstrom scored midway through overtime. Flu-like symptoms were the Kings’ toughest opponent in December. First they felled Jeremy Roenick, then Mathieu Garon, Craig Conroy and Dempsey, and Alexander Frolov also played through symptoms. Clean hit?: It seems that there will be no punishment for Morrow’s hit on Brown. After the game, Murray said the Kings’ coaching staff had determined that Brown was elbowed, but as he left the dressing room Monday night, Brown said he wasn’t sure what had happened. “I was kind of going down and he got me (in the shoulder area),” Brown said. “I didn’t really see it.” Rich Hammond, (818) 713-3611 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more