Klopp left wanting more but hails sensational Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp felt his side should have beaten Manchester United by a more emphatic scoreline that Sunday’s 2-0 victory but was still left eulogising his team’s “sensational football”.The European champions are now 16 points clear of second-placed Manchester City in the Premier League, with a game in hand on Pep Guardiola’s team.“I enjoyed the game a lot. I would have preferred we’re 2, 3, 4-0 up after 60 minutes – good for nerves,” said the German, with his trademark grin.Liverpool took the lead through a Virgil van Dijk header in the 14th minute but had to wait until added time to make sure of the win with a breakaway goal from Mohamed Salah.Klopp though was forgiving of his players failing to turn spells of domination into a more emphatic victory.“I understand sometimes concentration levels drop. In the past I would have gone crazy, but now I’m calm,” he said.“We played sensational football. We could have scored more and maybe should have scored more.“Then United came back at the end of the first half. In the second half we created chances and played super football. But we’re not in business since yesterday – we know they would come back and they did,” he said.Klopp said he was not surprised by the levels which his team continue to produce during a Premier League season in which they have yet to lose.“To be honest, not really. We had exceptional sessions (in training) against the kids – 11 v 11. The boys go like crazy. I don’t take it for granted but I see them during the week so I’m not surprised.”last_img read more

Road traps

first_imgDear Editor,This current APNU/AFC caretaker Administration continued road projects which the PPP started but they have blundered quite dangerously in the construction of several critical bridge infrastructures. Multi-lane roadways are being funnelled onto narrow/reduced lane bridges creating bottlenecks and all manner of dangers to road-users. On the lower East Coast alone, there are two stretches of roads, three lanes westbound near Starlight Drive-In and approaching Better Hope which channel into narrow two-lane bridges. In both cases, the inside land ends abruptly either in the trench or into the bridge shoulder. Just last week a car drove into the trench at Better Hope. This is the second accident in a month at that same spot. Needless to say, there are no warning signs.A similar situation is developing at Sheriff Street where four lanes will be constructed. However, these four lanes will converge into that narrow bridge currently being built on Dennis Street. It is not as if they are trying to incorporate the old infrastructure, these bridges are now being built or were recently constructed. And it is not as if the ending inside lane can be used as pavement or for cyclists, the width of the bridge will not permit it.In other areas I have observed the roads being made narrow, deliberately it would seem, to accommodate an extra-wide median when the situation should be the other way round. At the same time, access to entire villages has been blocked off when that challenge could have been resolved by adjusting the width of the median, as it is done in North America, to allow for turning traffic.Then there is that stretch heading west again approaching Mon Repos market. That road is nice and three lanes wide but two lanes end abruptly at the market. The drive into the city from the East Coast is quickly becoming an obstacle course. I fear for the accidents that will happen and, of course, the prohibitive cost and inconvenience of the remedial works. The respective contractors, the subject Minister and the entire Government for that matter need to have their heads examined. If this Government is unable to see what are obvious flaws, can they be inspired to fix them?Sincerely,Ravi Ramlast_img read more

Manchester derby reflects passion of city rivals

first_imgBut the root of the enmity and jealousy — whether United’s string of domestic and European success, City’s deep-pocketed financial backers or claims about which supporters are the “true fans” of the city — has parallels around the world.Montevideo may have an astonishing 16 derbies but with no fewer than six clubs in England’s top division — the same number as Buenos Aires — London has the most high-profile games between near-neighbours.Proximity and similar ambitions make for the most fervent rivalries. As such, north London enemies Arsenal and Tottenham, who are based just four miles (6.4 kilometres) apart and vye for Champions League football every season, are typical.But the fiercest of foes can bridge the gap created by playing in different divisions, as is the case of top-flight West Ham and second-tier Millwall, whose rivalry can be traced to shipyard workers in docks either side of the River Thames.On Merseyside, in northwest England, the derby between Liverpool and Everton reached its peak in the 1980s when the league trophy went to one of the two sides for seven years running.Despite their respective downturns in fortune, the biannual meetings between the two clubs separated only by a municipal park remain hotly contested.In Glasgow and Edinburgh, Roman Catholicism and Protestantism provide the backdrop, particularly the “Old Firm” fixture between Celtic and Rangers and to a lesser extent Hibernian and Heart of Midlothian.The former, though, has lost some of its lustre from a sporting perspective after Rangers went into liquidation and were demoted to the Scottish fourth tier in the close-season.In Spain, Barcelona-Espanyol also reflects wider issues.The match has come to symbolise regionalism, with Barca flying the flag for Catalan independence over the more moderate “Reial” Espanyol which has stronger connections to Spain’s central government and the country’s monarchy.Similar social realities are reflected in Madrid, where Real, whose Bernabeu stadium is in the fashionable northeast, have traditionally been seen as bourgeois while Atletico, based in the southern industrial suburbs, as working class.In Italy, AC Milan versus Inter Milan — the “Derby della Madonnina” in honour of the statue of the Virgin Mary on top of the city’s cathedral — also has its roots in socio-economics.Inter were seen as having middle-class links, with Milan “the people’s club” but those distinctions have been blurred, with the Lombardy capital now evenly split between the “nerazzurri” (black and blues) and the “rossoneri” (red and blacks).Class is also at the heart of the importance of matches in countries such as Turkey, Egypt and Iran.The Cairo derby between Zamalek and Al Ahly is one of Africa’s fiercest, pitting the “elite” — Zamalek — against “the people” — Al Ahly.Olympiakos versus Panathinaikos was originally seen as a battle between the working and the upper class. That hatred has persisted, with violence a regular feature of what is referred to as “The Derby of the Eternal Enemies in Greece”.Last March, Panathinaikos fans rioted at the Olympic Stadium in Athens — even though there were no Olympiakos supporters present.In Turkey, Galatasaray-Fenerbahce was seen as a clash between east and west, with the former on the western, European side of the Bosphorus and the latter on the eastern, Asian half of Istanbul, but also has roots in the rulers and the ruled.The same is true for the Tehran derby between Persepolis and Esteghal, with Persepolis originally seen as a working class club and Esteghal — known as the “Taj” or crown before the Islamic revolution of 1979 — supported by the establishment.United manager Alex Ferguson has called the match against Manchester City “the biggest of all the derbies”.He may have a point in terms of global visibility: the English Premier League is the most-watched league in the world.But the fixture is unlikely to surpass the 100,000 fans who regularly watched the Canon-Tonerre derby in Yaounde, Cameroon, in the 1970s and 1980s or the record 120,522 who saw Corinthians play Palmeiras in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1974.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PARIS, France, December 7 – Manchester United meet Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday for the first time since the Sky Blues dethroned their neighbours to win the English Premier League title and their first top-flight crown in 44 years.The rivalry between the two clubs in northwest England dates back to 1881 and has developed into one of the most bitter in world football.last_img read more

Rockies’ wolves no longer seen as endangered

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BILLINGS, Mont. – Wolves in the northern Rockies will be removed from the endangered species list within the next year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday, a move that would open the population up to trophy hunting. Federal officials are expected to announce the plan Monday, said Sharon Rose, a spokeswoman for the service. The agency also will finalize removal from the list of a separate population of wolves in the Great Lakes region. Federal officials for months have been readying a proposal calling for Montana, Idaho and Wyoming to assume management of the 1,200-plus wolves in their states. The plan would go into effect following a yearlong comment-and-review period, Rose said.last_img read more

Governor seeking local help in getting OK on budget

first_imgMaybe it’s a case of state senators not taking his calls – or turning a deaf ear to his pleas – but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger turned to local officials last week in an effort to get a vote on the state budget. While the governor toured the state to emphasize the impact of the budget stalemate, his office called on local officials – particularly Republicans – to get on the bandwagon and try to convince GOP lawmakers to vote on the spending plan. Among them were Los Angeles City Councilmen Greig Smith and Dennis Zine. While the council is nonpartisan, the two are seen as among the most fiscally conservative. “They didn’t ask the councilman to make any calls to legislators but to issue a statement on the impact locally,” said Mitch Englander, chief deputy to Smith. “One example of the impact is we have three (improvement) projects for Balboa Boulevard that might not get done because of the holdup in the budget.” In the meantime, the GOP is quietly laughing at threats to hold up new legislation, since they are the minority in both houses and it is primarily Democrats who are proposing new laws. The City Council’s decision last week to require Home Depot to prepare an environmental review before moving into Sunland-Tujunga was a near-perfect example of the adage, “Enemy of my enemy is my friend.” The council, hardly known for getting in the way of business development, stood up against the big-box retailer mostly out of growing resentment over the firm’s refusal to mitigate problems it creates. “They were their own worst enemy,” said one council member, who asked not to be identified. “They could have tried to deal with the community here and they refused to do so. “We have tried to deal with them on other sites with the problems of day laborers or trash and they refuse to accept responsibility. Now, they have to deal with us.” While a commission reviewing the neighborhood council system tries to figure out who should be a stakeholder and allowed to take part in council decisions, a survey found that most participants are older, white and richer than most of the neighborhoods they represent. Homeowners make up 72 percent of the boards, with only 12 percent renters. The Los Angeles Police Department had the most contact with the neighborhood groups, followed by the departments of Water and Power, Public Works, Recreation and Parks, City Attorney and Planning. The newsletter CityWatch quoted activist Keith Bright as saying the survey is useful “in knowing who we are and how far we are from what some of us thought neighborhood councils might become.” One disappointment among political observers has been that neighborhood councils have not churned out candidates for public office who have been able to develop any kind of political base. Taking a cue from Iowa, the Sacramento County Republican Party is planning its own straw poll of GOP presidential candidates but with one big difference: It won’t cost anything to cast a ballot. Craig MacGlashan, chair of the Sacramento group, said it is the first time the group has tried to conduct a straw poll, with votes to be cast at the GOP’s booth at the State Fair that runs through Sept. 3. The much touted Iowa straw poll resulted in a win for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who spent an estimated $2 million as part of his campaign – about $35 a vote. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want 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

Ex-Tottenham and Newcastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas announces retirement

first_img Jermaine Jenas 1 Former Tottenham and Newcastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas has confirmed his retirement from professional football.The 32-year-old hangs up hit boots after failing to fully recover from a knee injury suffered in April.Jenas made more than 400 club appearances, last playing  for Queens Park Rangers, and has been working as a media pundit.The dynamic midfielder started out as a trainee at Nottingham Forest before moving to Newcastle for £5million as an 18-year-old in February 2002.He moved to Tottenham three years later for an initial £7m, and remained at Spurs during an injury hampered eight seasons before joining QPR.Capped 21 times by England, Jenas also had a loan spell at Aston Villa, and briefly back with Forest in late 2012.Current Hoops striker Charlie Austin paid tribute to his former team-mate. He said on Twitter: “Was a pleasure playing with @jjenas8 even though it was just for one year he was a top player/top bloke and now smashing it as a pundit.”last_img read more

Video of Man United v Tottenham in the first Friday night TV game

first_imgSeeing as regular Friday night football is a novelty to many people, talkSPORT looks at when it was a pretty regular thing.Man United and Tottenham at Old Trafford was the first live game to be shown in its entirety by the BBC back in December 1983.The hosts – FA Cup holders at the time – won 4-2 thanks to some dodgy goalkeeping from Ray Clemence and two goals each from Kevin Moran and Arthur Graham.Meanwhile, Spurs’ goals came courtesy of Mark Falco and a lovely volley from talkSPORT’s very own Alan Brazil and although they lost here, Tottenham finished the season as UEFA Cup winners.The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast is live every weekday from 6am to 10am (GMT) here.Man United team:Gary Bailey, Kevin Moran, Mike Duxbury, Arthur Albiston, Remi Moses, Arnold Muhren, Bryan Robson, Ray Wilkins, Norman Whiteside, Frank Stapleton, Arthur GrahamTottenham team:Ray Clemence, Graham Roberts, Danny Thomas, Gary O’Reilly, Steve Perryman, Gary Stevens, Ally Dick, Tony Galvin, Glenn Hoddle, Alan Brazil, Mark Falcolast_img read more

Diafra Sakho hamstring injury ‘a big blow’ as West Ham await scan results

first_imgWest Ham boss Slaven Bilic has said Diafra Sakho’s latest injury is a ‘big blow’ for the club, as the Hammers await the results of a scan on his hamstring problem.Sakho became the first West Ham frontman to score this season when he found the net in Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Manchester United.It was only the Senegal international’s second appearance of the season following a long spell on the sidelines, but he could now face another four weeks on the out with a hamstring injury.With Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew having missed the majority of the campaign and summer signings Simone Zaza, Jonathan Calleri and Ashley Fletcher all misfiring in front of goal, manager Slaven Bilic has another headache ahead of Wednesday’s return to Old Trafford in the EFL Cup.“The scan will show us how bad the injury is,” said Bilic. “We don’t know yet but he definitely won’t play tomorrow. If it’s one week, two weeks, four weeks, I don’t know.“It’s a big blow for us. He showed against Spurs and against Manchester United what he brings to the team. I can only hope it’s not going to be long.”Carroll is on the verge of returning following his latest spell out, having suffered a knee injury in August.But Bilic is weighing up saving the big striker’s comeback for Saturday’s league meeting with Arsenal at the London Stadium.“We’re going to see,” added Bilic. “If he progresses like he is with no more things he feels, then definitely for Saturday.“Maybe tomorrow, but definitely for Saturday. With him it’s day by day.”Bilic plans to make changes for the cup clash, with summer signings Sofiane Feghouli and Edimilson Fernandes among those set for a chance.But the Croatian made it clear he is desperate for the Hammers to get through to the semi-finals.“We are going to do everything we can to beat them,” he said. “Man United are probably also going to change their team.“What we expect is the same shape from them, same kind of football, just different names.“When we say we are going to give a few players a chance it doesn’t mean we are going just to play a game, and that we regret beating Chelsea in the last round.“It’s a quarter-final, which means if you win you are in semis and that’s a big thing, and only a couple of games to final.” Diafra Sakho suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford 1last_img read more

Jail policy cuts prisoner attacks

first_img“In other words: `Why did you send him in with the sharks when you know he’s going to be eaten up?”‘ said sheriff’s Chief Sam Jones. The Sheriff’s Department now is in the process of implementing a computer system that will automatically assign a specific bunk to each inmate based on how he’s classified. The new system has allowed Pitchess Detention Center to stop housing all levels of inmates at its various facilities, and instead put high-security inmates only at the North County Correctional Facility, which was designed for serious offenders, Rodriguez said. About 400 of the facility’s inmates are high-security. Recently, many of the county’s high-security inmates have been sent to Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles, officials said. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’For the first nine months of last year, there were 891 inmate-on-inmate assaults at all county jails, officials said. Over the same time this year, there were 703 assaults, said Sgt. Bob Blanks. Inmate assaults on jail personnel are down 35 percent, dropping from 116 last year to 75 so far this year, he said. Data for a similar period for Pitchess Detention Center were not available, but Rodriguez said assaults also are down at the jail complex – even though the center was rocked by race-related disturbances in February and July. The new classification and assignment system began this spring with a centralized housing unit that separates inmates based on propensity for violence. Previously, officials at each jail decided where to house individual inmates. The centralized housing unit now can more easily group similar inmates in facilities and hold jail authorities accountable for inmate assignments. Even as several major disturbances have rocked the county jail system, the number of inmate attacks is down 21 percent so far this year, sheriff’s officials said. Authorities credit the drop to new policies that segregate inmates and a new inmate classification and assignment system. Cmdr. Don Rodriguez of Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic said the new assignment and classification system has helped at his facility. “It’s reduced the number of maximum-security inmates we’ve had up here,” he said. last_img

Residents embrace holiday season

first_imgLANCASTER – Antelope Valley residents begin celebrating the holidays this weekend in a big way: a downtown Lancaster street festival; parades in Lancaster and Rosamond; plus a Christmas creche display during which visitors can join in a sing-along version of “The Messiah.” Lancaster Boulevard businesses will welcome shoppers and holiday revelers from 5:30to 8tonight for the annual Hospitality Walk on the blocks between 10th Street West and Sierra Highway, offering hot chocolate and cookies, hay rides, and Santa Claus at the Western Hotel Museum. At 10a.m. Saturday, Lancaster’s annual Christmas/Holiday Parade will roll along the boulevard with 22 marching bands, plus more than 120 other entries including floats, car clubs and youth groups. The parade begins at 10th Street West and runs east to Sierra Highway. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’In Rosamond, the 11th annual Christmas parade will feature floats and vehicles decorated with lights at 6p.m. Saturday. The event begins with a performance by the Tropico Middle School choir and band at 5:30 p.m. on Diamond Street south of Rosamond Boulevard, with the parade running along Diamond Street. At the annual Christmas Creche Art and Music Festival hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregations, just about every conceivable material and style gets used to depict Jesus’ birth in a Bethlehem stable. The four-day creche festival, which opens tonight, contains more than 1,100 nativity scenes. They include one made from coal in West Virginia, one made from volcanic ash from Mount St. Helens, an Apache nativity scene with Yaqui, Hopi and Navajo wise men, a fiber-optic musical creche, and a cross-stitched scene that took 14 years to make with beads and gold thread on five fabric panels. The festival’s high point is a sing-along at 5 p.m. Sunday when the audience joins in singing the chorus parts to Handel’s “The Messiah,” accompanied by an interdenominational orchestra and organists. The festival runs from 4 to 9 p.m. today, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, noonto 7 p.m. Sunday, and noonto 6p.m. Monday at the the LDS East Lancaster Stake Center, on Avenue J at 27th Street East. Admission is free. A chorale festival at 7 tonight will feature choirs from Antelope Valley, Highland, Lancaster, Littlerock, Palmdale, Paraclete, Knight and Vasquez high schools.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