Month: December 2019

‘He has the style of Barcelona’ – Neymar wants Liverpool star at the Nou Camp

‘He has the style of Barcelona’ – Neymar wants Liverpool star at the Nou Camp

first_img Philippe Coutinho and Neymar 1 Barcelona star Neymar has admitted he would relish the chance to play alongside compatriot and close friend Philippe Coutinho at the Nou Camp.Reports in Spain on Monday claimed that Barca were considering an approach for the talented Liverpool playmaker at the end of the season.Now Neymar has further fuelled speculation a move for his fellow 23-year-old could be on the cards by claiming his style of play would suit the Catalans perfectly.“I see many Brazilian players with quality today,” said the superstar forward. “But one that I like and I think could play here is Coutinho. He has the style of Barcelona.”Neymar’s statement will worry Liverpool fans.The Merseyside club have lost Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling in recent seasons, and there are real fears Coutinho could be the next star man to depart.last_img read more

Chelsea join Arsenal and Barcelona in race for La Liga star

Chelsea join Arsenal and Barcelona in race for La Liga star

first_img1 Nolito Chelsea have joined Arsenal and Barcelona in the pursuit for Celta Vigo star Nolito, according to reports in Spain.The former Barca and Benfica man has been a big hit in La Liga so far this season, scoring six goals in eight appearances.According to El Periodico Mediterraneo, Chelsea are keeping a close watch on the 29-year-old and could make a bid for him in January.However, as well as facing competition from Barca, the Blues will have to beat off interest from home after nine Premier League clubs sent scouts to watch the player last weekend.Celta Vigo are currently second in La Liga and level on points with early leaders Real Madrid so will be keen to keep hold one of their prize possessions if they are to maintain their grip on a European spot.last_img

‘Now I know what everybody’s talking about!’ – Jurgen Klopp on the influence of Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge

‘Now I know what everybody’s talking about!’ – Jurgen Klopp on the influence of Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge

first_img ‘Now I know what everybody’s talking about!’ – Jurgen Klopp on the influence of Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge 1 Jurgen Klopp praised the impact made by Daniel Sturridge in Liverpool’s 6-1 defeat of Southampton, but refused to accept his team had been given the choice Capital One Cup semi-final draw against Stoke.With masterful finishes, Sturridge scored Liverpool’s first two goals after Sadio Mane’s header had given Southampton the lead in the opening minute of their quarter-final fixture.Klopp’s team were thereafter fully in control, inspiring Divock Origi’s first goals for the club when the Belgian scored a hat-trick, in addition to a further, impressive finish in the second half from substitute Jordon Ibe.Liverpool’s progress since Klopp’s appointment less than two months ago has been significant and dramatic, but with Sturridge perhaps the key component in their pursuit of a first major trophy since 2012 and a top-four finish in the Premier League, the striker’s goals will likely have encouraged his manager more than anything else he has so far seen.The German, however, who had recently suggested the striker should be prepared to play even if unconvinced he was 100 per cent fit, remained reluctant to say he could return to the level he showed until his injury problems began in 2014.“I said to him after the game, ‘Now I know what everybody’s talking about’,” Klopp said.“Of course, I know about his quality. It’s important for us we have these good strikers.“How should I know (if Sturridge can get back to his career-best form of 2013/14)?“Maybe he can be better. Write this: ‘Daniel Sturridge can be much better than he was’.“No (Sturridge did not need convincing to start). The problem with Daniel was we didn’t know how long he could play. He had not the perfect pre-season.“It was a good decision (to select him), I have to say.”In progressing to the semi-finals against Stoke, Liverpool avoided the potentially more difficult draws against Everton or Manchester City, but Klopp pointed to his team’s recent 4-1 win at City as proof they need not be concerned about facing them, and insisted that Stoke remain a significant challenge.“I have absolutely no problems with a match against Everton,” he said.“As you could see we have no problem with matches against Manchester City, but we got Stoke.“I’ve had a few finals in my life and I know there was never an easy one. Stoke will want this final, for sure.”The 6-1 defeat represented Southampton’s worst at home for 56 years, since a 6-0 loss to Brentford in March 1959, and while criticising his team for making it “too easy” for Liverpool, their manager, Ronald Koeman, accepted responsibility for the attacking changes which he said ultimately increased their deficit. “(It was) great play of Liverpool,” he said.“They played a fantastic game. Very complete, defensively strong, good movement, and they killed the game with high quality, but (it was) too easy in my opinion.“The second half is my responsibility. I took the decision to play three at the back, and the first 20 minutes after half-time it was a little bit better, but we didn’t score, and the last 20 minutes, there were too big spaces, too big gaps.”last_img read more

Taggers to pay the price for graffti crime

Taggers to pay the price for graffti crime

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityMolina and Knabe drafted the motion in response to the shooting deaths of two individuals who were trying to stop graffiti vandalism. Maria Hicks, a 57-year-old grandmother from Pico Rivera, was shot and killed Aug. 10 while attempting to prevent four vandals from defacing a wall in her neighborhood with graffiti. Robert Whitehead of unincorporated Valinda was shot and killed last year while attempting to stop vandals from spray-painting graffiti on his neighbor’s home. “These incidents demonstrate vividly that local residents are eager to defend their neighborhood against graffiti vandals and other scofflaws,” Molina and Knabe said in their motion. “They also illustrate that graffiti is not a minor transgression but one that relies on fear, intimidation and violence to silence law-abiding residents.” ————————————– For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles County supervisors are expected to decide today whether to recommend automatic fines for people cited for graffiti vandalism. If the recommendation is approved, county supervisors will designate which county department would operate as the lead agency in civil graffiti citation cases and establish a set of civil fine standards in which graffiti vandals — and, in cases involving minors, their parents — would automatically be issued a fine and charged for the cost of removing graffiti. County supervisors will also create a hearing panel whose members would convene in graffiti vandalism cases and provide due process to accused graffiti vandals — a process similar to traffic court. “The community has spoken and we say, `Enough!”‘ said Supervisors Gloria Molina and Don Knabe in their motion. “Vandals and their families should pay a stiff price for their misdeeds.” last_img
Official works to hit par in Congress

Official works to hit par in Congress

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Now that she’s in Washington, D.C., she’s had to change her game. California’s newest congresswoman is still an ex-jock at heart, but now she’s playing golf. She started playing about two years ago, and finds that spending four hours on the links is a great way to make friendships. “I’m getting to know some folks I didn’t have relationships with before,” Richardson said last week. “I’m using all the skills I have.” The South Bay Democrat was sworn in last month to serve out the term of the late Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, who died of colon cancer in April. Richardson arrived in Congress under the wing of Rep. Maxine Waters, who was her only congressional supporter during the campaign. Since then, she has worked to broaden her network and has scheduled golf outings with prominent Democratic Party leaders John Murtha of Pennsylvania and Jim Clyburn of South Carolina. Richardson lobbied successfully for a seat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where Millender-McDonald had served, and as such will have a role in issues affecting the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, adjacent her district. She also was named to the Committee on Science and Technology, a post important to the local defense and aerospace industries. POLITICS: Laura Richardson, who is the 37th District’s new representative, explores the links in Washington, D.C. By Gene Maddaus Staff Writer When Laura Richardson arrived in Sacramento 10 months ago, she built alliances on the basketball court, impressing veteran legislators with her competitive drive and earning a spot in the Assembly leadership. When it comes to ideology, she has refused to pin herself down, joining both the Progressive Caucus and the centrist New Democrat Coalition. She is only the second member to belong to both groups. “I want to be balanced,” said Richardson, whose district stretches from Carson and Long Beach on the south to Compton on the north. “My voters in the 37th Congressional District – it’s not a San Francisco district and it’s not an Orange County district. It’s middle-class working people trying to take care of their families.” Richardson has joined the Out of Iraq Caucus, chaired by Waters, but has also reached out to centrist South Bay Rep. Jane Harman, a fellow Democrat. “I did not know her well before she ran for Juanita’s seat,” Harman said. “But she came to visit me and blew me away. ? I’m very high on her. I think she’s very bright and very independent.” Waters said Richardson was earning similar favorable reviews from others on Capitol Hill. “She loves public policy,” Waters said. “I think she is going to be responsible for significant legislation.” In the early going, Waters has clearly been a mentor to Richardson. In Richardson’s second week on the Hill, Waters was preparing to leave to attend the march in Jena, La. – a major event for black congressional leaders. Richardson wanted to go, but Waters advised her to stay behind. “They’ll say, `There she goes with that Maxine Waters,”‘ Waters recalled in a speech at Richardson’s local swearing-in ceremony at the shuttered Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital in late September. As Richardson remembered it, “Congresswoman Waters wisely advised me that it would be best for me to maintain my 100 percent (attendance) record, which I have maintained, and continue to not miss anything. What I needed to know here was absolutely critical, and I would have other opportunities to serve on that issue.” Among her first bills will be one to declare Drew Medical School a historically black college, and another to rename a portion of a local freeway for Millender-McDonald. Richardson said she’s still getting used to the place, and getting used to weighing in on major federal issues, from children’s health care to Guant namo Bay. “When I walk off the floor and walk out and see the Capitol, I just pinch myself,” she said. For now, she’s doing what she needs to do to get settled in: hiring staff, finding an apartment and working on her tee shots. “I’m happy to say that the last two tournaments I entered, I won `Ladies Longest Drive,”‘ she said, ever the competitor. “I’m consistently breaking 100, which is pretty good for just starting two years ago.” gene.maddaus@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
Rodney King wounded in shooting

Rodney King wounded in shooting

first_imgLane said King made it back to his house in the 1100 block of East Jackson Street before calling police. Rialto police responded but then handed the case over to San Bernardino Police Department. King was treated at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. King became a national figure after his videotaped beating on March 3, 1991, at the hands of four Los Angeles police officers following a police chase that ended in the San Fernando Valley. The video became an international media sensation and a touchstone for activists in Los Angeles and nationwide. The acquittal of the officers in 1992 sparked the Los Angeles Riots that caused 55 deaths and more than $1 in damage. On May 1, 1992, the third day of the LA riots, King appeared in public before television news cameras to appeal for calm, asking, “People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?” After the riots, King was awarded $3.8 million in a civil case, and used some of the money to start a hiphop music label. He was arrested for spousal assault in 1999 and two years later was ordered to undergo drug treatment. In 2003, he was arrested again after police said he was speeding and ran a red light while under the influence of alcohol. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN BERNARDINO – Rodney King, whose 1991 beating by the LAPD made him a symbol of police brutality, suffered superficial injuries in a shooting, officials said today. King, who lives in Rialto, sustained wounds from gunshot pellets in his arm and back, San Bernardino Police Lt. Scott Paterson said. “Early indications are that it very possibly could have been a domestic dispute,” said Paterson, adding that authorities are still investigating the incident. Rialto Police Sgt. Tim Lane said police logs showed the incident took place at 5th Street and Meridian Avenue in San Bernardino, near the border of Rialto. last_img read more

FIFA to reclaim millions of dollars from corrupt ex-officials

FIFA to reclaim millions of dollars from corrupt ex-officials

first_img Newly-elected FIFA president Gianni Infantino 1 FIFA plans to reclaim millions of dollars pocketed illegally by corrupt FIFA members and other football officials, newly-elected FIFA president Gianni Infantino has revealed.A US investigation exposed widespread corruption at the top of world football and FIFA estimates that, at a minimum, tens of millions of dollars were diverted from the sport illegally through bribery, kickbacks and corrupt schemes.FIFA submitted documents on Wednesday to the US authorities in an effort to reclaim tens of millions of dollars taken illegally by corrupt FIFA members and other football officialsPresident Infantino said in a statement: “The defendants diverted this money not just from FIFA but from players, coaches and fans worldwide who benefit from the programmes that FIFA runs to develop and promote football.”FIFA is claiming damages from 41 former FIFA officials from other football organisations indicted in the ongoing investigation by the US Department of Justice.Former executives Jack Warner, a former FIFA vice-president, Chuck Blazer and Jeffrey Webb are among the defendants FIFA has said it will sue.FIFA says it is a “victimised institution” and has submitted a request for restitution to the US attorney’s office and the US probation office for the Eastern District of New York.“The convicted defendants abused the positions of trust they held at FIFA and other international football organisations and caused serious and lasting damage to FIFA, its member associations and the football community,” Infantino said.“The monies they pocketed belonged to global football and were meant for the development and promotion of the game.“FIFA as the world governing body of football wants that money back and we are determined to get it no matter how long it takes.“These dollars were meant to build football fields, not mansions and pools; to buy football kits, not jewellery and cars; and to fund youth player and coach development, not to underwrite lavish lifestyles for football and sports marketing executives.“When FIFA recovers this money, it will be directed back to its original purpose: for the benefit and development of international football.”last_img read more

Spurs target Watford star, Klopp keen on Anfield hero return and MORE – GOSSIP

Spurs target Watford star, Klopp keen on Anfield hero return and MORE – GOSSIP

first_img Transfer rumours and paper review Here are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Tottenham are lining up a shock move for Watford striker and captain Troy Deeney. (The Sun)Spurs have also reportedly opened talks about a £30million move for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea and Arsenal are set for a transfer tussle over Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan this summer. (Daily Star)Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is lining up a move to sign the club’s former keeper Pepe Reina, 33, from Napoli. (Corriere dello Sport)New Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is looking to beat Liverpool and Chelsea to the signing of 26-year-old Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic. (Mundo Deportivo)The Red Devils’ hopes of signing Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak have been dealt a blow, with Barcelona reportedly also entering the race for the Poland international. (Daily Express)Premier League new boys Middlesbrough have made enquiries for Sevilla striker Fernando Llorente, 31. (Daily Mail)Everton investor Farhad Moshiri is offering the club £100m in transfer funds in a bid to tempt Sevilla sporting director Monchi to Goodison Park. (Daily Telegraph)Former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo expects to be appointed Aston Villa boss within the next 48 hours. (The Sun)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:?SHOCK REPORT! ‘Jurgen Klopp wants former Liverpool star back at Anfield’Arsenal target Alvaro Morata: I’m tempted by the Premier League… but I want to return to Real MadridTransfer report: Tottenham and West Ham issued with warning over Lyon star Alexandre LacazetteArsenal transfer reports: Top Gunners target Henrikh Mkhitaryan turns down new Borussia Dortmund contractManchester United transfer news: Daley Blind AND Juan Mata could be sold by Mourinho – fans tweet their reactionLiverpool FC transfer rumours: Goal machine linked with the Reds assessed by stats expertsArsenal transfer news: Latest gossip on Kante, Morata and Aubameyang rumoursTransfer report: Arsenal and Chelsea joined by Juventus in battle to land Real Madrid starlet 1last_img read more

Chelsea and Man United target to open Napoli contract talks – player’s agent

Chelsea and Man United target to open Napoli contract talks – player’s agent

first_img Napoli’s Marek Hamsik netted eight times and laid on 11 assists last season Marek Hamsik’s agent has rubbished talk that his client is ready to quit Napoli for Chelsea or Manchester United.The midfielder has been impressive at Euro 2016 so far, scoring a stunning goal on Wednesday during Slovakia’s 2-1 win over Russia.Chelsea and Manchester United are now reportedly keeping tabs on the 28-year-old as they look to bolster their squads for the new Premier League season.However Hamsik’s agent, Juraj Venglos, has rubbished speculation his client is off to England and instead revealed he is to hold talks with Napoli about a new contract.“Hamsik is already at a big club,” Venglos told Radio Crc.“In the coming days I’ll meet [Napoli president Aurelio] De Laurentiis and [sporting director Cristiano] Giuntoli, but I can’t say any more at the moment.“Since the talks haven’t happened yet, I can’t be any more precise.” 1last_img read more

Trojans rally past Arizona State

Trojans rally past Arizona State

first_img Serge Angounou led Arizona State (6-6, 0-3) with a season-high 19 points. Jeff Pendergraph had 16 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, and Bryson Krueger scored 14 points while Kruger added 11. The Sun Devils went ahead 43-34 on Angounou’s 16-foot jumper with 16:41 left in the game. But Pruitt had 10 points six on dunks during a 15-5 run that carried USC to a 49-48 lead in the next 6:23. The lead changed hands three more times, the last on Pendergraph’s layup for a 52-51 Arizona State lead at the 8:56 mark. The Sun Devils had two six-point leads in the final 3:36, going up 63-57 on two free throws by Kruger with 2:00 remaining. Pruitt and Young, who had 16 points in the second half, made three-pointers to tie it at 63 before Krueger made two free throws to give Arizona State a 65-63 lead with 27 seconds to go. “It really hurt, because there was no way they could catch us,” Angounou said. “We’ve seen that before, and we should have known better than that.” Angounou made five baskets and two free throws in 4:50 of the first half, outscoring the Trojans 12-5 while sending Arizona State to a 19-13 lead — biggest of the half for either team. But Pruitt had two three-pointers and a three-point play in a 9-3 run of his own, giving USC 26-25 and 29-28 leads before the Sun Devils finished with three-pointers by Krueger and Kruger for a 34-31 halftime lead. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TEMPE, Ariz. — Lodrick Stewart knew his shooting eye would come around, sore ankle and all. It did — just in time to keep the USC men’s basketball team on a roll. Stewart made a three-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining, capping a rally that propelled the Trojans past Arizona State 66-65 on Thursday night. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson He got the ball from 5-foot-11 Ryan Francis, who somehow came away with the rebound after Gabe Pruitt missed. “We didn’t get the shot down; Gabe didn’t get it down,” USC coach Tim Floyd said. “Francis gets us an offensive rebound, and he kicks. You know, he has the presence of mind to kick, and Stewart stepped into it in rhythm. (Francis) has been a real addition to our club this year — he’s made a lot of plays late for us, especially on the road.” The Sun Devils’ Kevin Kruger was off-target with a 50-footer as the buzzer expired. Pruitt had 30 points and Nick Young 24 for the Trojans (11-3, 2-1 Pac-10), who won for the 11th time in 12 games after dropping their first two. Their four-point loss to Cal on Dec. 29 snapped a nine-game winning streak. Stewart had scored at least 16 points in six straight games before this one. center_img The junior was scoreless until his fifth shot of the night dropped with 2.1 seconds left. “Missing a lot of shots or whatever, you can’t put your head down,” Stewart said. “I rolled my (right) ankle with the second play of the game when I missed a layup, and I was going to tell coach not to put me back in, but I’m not going to let my team down.” last_img read more