The Press Pass – Sunday, September 20

first_imgHost Ray Stubbs was joined in the studio by Henry Winter and Tom Hopkinson.They discuss whether Diego Costa has crossed the line after his antics in the Arsenal – Chelsea match and Brendan Rodgers’ future and Liverpool.last_img

Tottenham emerge as shock favourites to land Barcelona-linked PSG star

first_img Ezequiel Lavezzi 1 Tottenham have moved ahead of Barcelona and Inter Milan in the race to sign Ezequiel Lavezzi, according to reports in Spain.The Paris Saint-Germain forward is set to leave the French capital in January, with a number of clubs across Europe chasing his signature.According to Fichajes, Mauricio Pochettino is a big admirer of the Argentine, who also has a close relationship with Spurs winger Erik Lamela.And Tottenham are now confident the pair can persuade their compatriot Lavezzi to come to the Premier League instead of moving to Spain or Italy.Lavezzi’s agent revealed last week that his client would prefer to play in Italy but Tottenham are hopeful of beating off competition from Inter Milan to land the 30-year-old.last_img

Tottenham 2-1 Swansea: Spurs come from behind to stay right in the title hunt

first_img Harry Kane, wearing a protective mask, celebrates with Nacer Chadli This was a huge day for Tottenham in terms of their assault on the Premier League title and a bad one for Swansea in their bid to avoid relegation.Spurs’ 2-1 win came as Arsenal lost to Man United, meaning Mauricio Pochettino’s side pulled three points clear of their north London rivals and remain two behind leaders Leicester.Swansea, however, sit three points clear of the drop zone.But Tottenham were made to work for their victory as they found Lukasz Fabianski – a former Gunner – in excellent form and had to wait 70 minutes to finally beat the Swansea goalkeeper.Before Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose’s strikes, the Pole kept everything out as Tottenham looked for a way back into the game after Alberto Paloschi’s first goal in English football.A lively start at White Hart Lane saw Gylfi Sigurdsson and Erik Lamela go close and it seemed the game’s opener was not far away.Tottenham failed to defend Swansea’s short corner and when Angel Rangel’s shot from the edge of the area was deflected into Spurs’ penalty area, Paloschi pounced with 19 minutes on the clock.Spurs instantly ramped up the pressure, with Fabianski getting down to keep Christian Eriksen’s free-kick out and he had to be alert again to deny Heung-min Son when the forward found himself bearing down on the Swansea goal.Dele Alli’s appeals for a penalty were waved away, while Toby Alderweireld was on hand to block another Paloschi effort inside the 18-yard box and right at the end of the half Fabianski saved superbly to keep out Eric Dier’s goal-bound shot.Tottenham began the second 45 minutes as they ended the first and Eriksen tried his luck again only for Fabianski to stop him once more and he then prevented Harry Kane’s 30-yard drive from finding its target.With nothing working, Pochettino took off Lamela and sent Nacer Chadli on his place on the hour mark and it paid off shortly afterwards when the Belgian turned in Kyle Walker’s skewed shot.Sensing a winner was close, Tottenham continued to attack the Swansea area and were rewarded when Rose’s low drive from 18 yards flew into the net following a corner.However, the home fans’ nerves were on edge as Swansea searched for that valuable point.Paloschi forced a fine save from Lloris and then almost immediately, Walker thought he added a third after a swift counter, but it was judged to have been offside.Still Swansea came forward and Sigurdsson’s free-kick caused problems, but Spurs were able to deal with the resulting corner and saw out the five minutes of added time without anymore scares. 1last_img read more

Bolton takeover completed

first_img1 Sports Shield consortium complete Bolton Wanderers takeover Bolton have announced that the Sports Shield consortium have completed their takeover of in-trouble Championship club.Wanderers announced on Thursday afternoon that Sports Shield, fronted by former Bolton striker Dean Holdsworth, and Inner Circle, owned by Ken Anderson, have taken control of Eddie Davies’ 94.5 per cent controlling share of Burnden Leisure.The remaining 5.5 percent of the shares will remain with individual shareholders.A statement on the club’s official website said: ”Bolton Wanderers Football Club is delighted to announce that a deal between Sports Shield, Inner Circle and Eddie Davies to transfer ownership of the club has officially been completed.”All documentation has been signed, submitted and ratified by the Football League.”Dean Holdsworth and Ken Anderson will both join the board of directors at Bolton Wanderers, with details on further roles to be announced in due course.”In acknowledgement of his contribution to the club, Eddie Davies, who initially joined the board of directors at Bolton Wanderers in 1999 before then becoming majority shareholder in 2003, will become honorary president of the club.”Holdsworth, who becomes Bolton’s new chief executive, hopes the deal will give the club a lift and he has not given up on Neil Lennon’s team in their battle against relegation, despite Wanderers being bottom of the table and ten points from safety with ten matches remaining.”On behalf of Sports Shield I would like to thank Mr Davies for his dedication and contribution to Bolton Wanderers over many years. We are of course pleased that Eddie will remain as honorary club president of Bolton Wanderers,” said Holdsworth in a statement.”We would also like to thank the staff, fans and club sponsors for their continued support during what has been an incredibly difficult period for all involved. Securing the club’s future was of paramount importance. This is a great day for Bolton Wanderers Football Club and Sports Shield.”We very much hope that we can build on the continued support of a club steeped in history for many years to come.”We will not give up the fight of maintaining our Sky Bet Championship status. We believe we have a group of excellent players to work with and we hope that today’s news will give everyone a lift, both on and off the pitch.”The performance and atmosphere against Ipswich Town was excellent and we hope that the fans will join us for an important game at the weekend against our local rivals Preston North End. Up the Trotters!”last_img read more

Put contractors under stricter control

first_imgLast week, the House passed a bill that would place all private contractors in Iraq under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, which allows the Justice Department to prosecute Defense Department contractors who commit crimes on foreign soil. A similar measure has been introduced in the Senate. We hope debate over it draws further attention to the activities of private contractors and the propriety of using them for essential functions. Incidents such as the one Blackwater was involved in could easily undermine the trust our military has forged with Iraqis. We must have policies that put delicate operations under strict control and hold those hired by the United States accountable for their actions. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Bush administration’s use of private contractors to carry out crucial security functions in Iraq raises questions not only about the propriety of this practice but points out the need for oversight. The 160,000 civilians working for the United States in Iraq operated largely under the radar until the scandal that erupted last month when employees of Blackwater, a security firm based in North Carolina, were involved in the shootings of at least 11 Iraqis. Blackwater, which protects State Department officials in Iraq and has federal contracts worth more than $500 million, has denied wrongdoing in the Sept. 16 incident. Blackwater says its personnel were under attack. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityWitnesses saw it differently, saying the Blackwater guards began a deadly barrage of gunfire after someone – we still don’t know who – shot and killed a nearby Iraqi man who was driving his mother on an errand. The incident has highlighted the difficult security situation in Iraq and has raised questions about whether private contractors, no matter how qualified, ought to be guarding State Department officials. That strikes us as a job for the military. Of course, this war has placed so many demands on the nation’s fighting forces that there likely aren’t enough soldiers for the job. Nevertheless, there are certain jobs in Iraq that shouldn’t be farmed out. Furthermore, the possibility that Blackwater employees killed Iraqis without provocation points out another glaring problem with having contractors in such positions of authority. There is uncertainty about which laws or rules govern Blackwater’s conduct. In 2006, Sen. John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, successfully sponsored a measure that would bring all military contractors in Iraq under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. It did not, however, apply to State Department contractors. last_img read more

DEA steroid probe may share names

first_imgThe top-ranked Swiss will play for his seventh title of the season against the 25th-ranked Argentine, who reached his first final of the year. Federer won his 18th straight match to reach his 10th final in 13 events. ETC.: Justine Henin rallied to defeat Nicole Vaidisova, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, and advanced to the final of the Zurich Open in Switzerland. The top-ranked Henin will play Tatiana Golovin, who defeated Francesca Schiavone, 6-0, 6-4, in the other semifinal. Rugby South Africa won its second Rugby World Cup by beating defending champion England, 15-6, in Saint-Denis, France in a final where all the points came on penalty kicks. Percy Montgomery was 4-for-4 on kicks for South Africa. Jonny Wilkinson had two for Britain. “I’m sitting here and trying not to cry,” Springboks captain John Smit said. “It’s a feeling you can’t put into words. It’s a reward for four years of dedication and hard work.” Wilkinson kicked England to victory in the 2003 final in Sydney, but didn’t receive enough chances at Stade de France. South Africa, which went unbeaten and averaged almost 44 points in six wins to reach the final, had demolished England, 36-0, in pool play 36 days beforehand. Boxing Germany’s Felix Sturm retained his WBA middleweight title in Halle, Germany, fighting to a draw with American Randy Griffin. Both fighters traded shots nonstop for 12 rounds, standing toe-to-toe for many of them. One judge ruled the fight 114-114, while the other two had it 117-11 for Griffin and 115-114 for Sturm. Griffin, ranked No. 1 by the WBA, never stopped moving forward and throwing punches at the favored German. By the final two rounds, the crowd was on its feet. “I hope there is a rematch,” Sturm said. “Randy deserved it and I need a rematch to prove something to myself.” Griffin, 31, fell to 24-1-3, with 12 knockouts. Sturm improved to 28-2-1, 12 KOs. Mixed martial arts Anderson Silva retained his Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight championship, stopping Rich Franklin at “UFC 77: Hostile Territory” at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. Before a sellout crowd in Franklin’s hometown, Silva (20-4) knocked down Franklin with a smashing right to the head late in the first round. Franklin still looked really wobbly as the second round started, but gamely tried to exchange with Silva. But the champion was not to be denied and he once again battered Franklin’s face with knees. The former champ fell to his back and, with Silva ready to pounce, McCarthy jumped in to save Franklin from any more punishment. “The fight only stops when `Big John’ says so,” Silva said, when asked if he thought he was close to ending it. Admittedly still woozy, Franklin was well enough to address his fans after the fight and heaped all praise upon his opponent. “Just about 30 seconds ago, I realized I was in Cincinnati again,” said Franklin. “Hats off to Anderson. He’s a great warrior and he’s a class act, so please don’t boo him. He’s a great guy. He had me tonight, what can I say? Sorry hometown crowd. I don’t even remember what happened, exactly, so I’m going to have to look at the tapes.” Silva (20-4), a Brazilian nicknamed “Spider,” took the championship title away from Franklin with a first-round win last October. Silva has defended the title twice and won an additional fight that didn’t qualify as a title defense. Franklin (24-3), a former light heavyweight nicknamed “Ace,” had won two fights since losing to Silva. In the match preceding the main event, heavyweight Tim Sylvia (26-3) unanimously outpointed Brandon Vera (8-1). Cycling Cadel Evans captured the Pro Tour title at the Giro di Lombardia, finishing sixth behind winner Damiano Cunego in Como, Italy. Cunego, an Italian with the Lampre team, covered the 150-mile route from Varese to Como in 5 hours, 52 minutes, 48 seconds. He beat Riccardo Ricco in a sprint finish. Horse racing McDynamo drew off over the final half-mile to win his fifth straight $250,000 Breeders’ Cup Grand National Steeplechase in Far Hills, N.J., beating Sweet Shani by six lengths. Ridden by Jody Petty and trained by Sanna Hendriks, McDynamo took the lead for good down the backstretch. Good Night Shirt and Best Attack both tried to rally, but McDynamo took off and wasn’t challenged in the stretch. The 10-year-old horse covered the 2 5/8 miles and 14 jumps in 5:30 3/5 and earned $180,000 for the win, which was his seventh straight overall at the course in Far Hills. No other horse has ever won the race more than twice. 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I want to be able to share this information with USADA so they can run their pool of names against people they’ve identified,” said Robertson, part of a U.S. Olympic Committee panel discussing the fight against doping in sports. “I want to do that in pro sports and collegiate sports. “If an athlete is dumb enough and is cheating, they’re going to pay the cost of supporting that.” Tennis Defending champion Roger Federer will play David Nalbandian in the final of the Madrid Masters in Spain. Federer defeated Nicolas Kiefer, 6-4, 6-4, and Nalbandian defeated third-ranked Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 7-6 (4). From news services Special Agent Jack Robertson, the lead investigator in the latest federal crackdown on illegal steroids, said Saturday that athletes “at every level” have been identified in the case, and he would like to share those names with anti-doping enforcers in their various sports. Robertson, who works for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, was the lead investigator in the recently executed Operation Raw Deal, a bust that recovered 11.4 million doses of steroids from 56 labs in the largest crackdown on illegal steroids in U.S. history. Robertson reiterated that the DEA targeted labs and suppliers, not athletes, but he acknowledged suppliers compiled customer lists. The names on those lists could be revealed to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and others as the case progresses. last_img

Man charged with murder in fatal street-racing crash

first_img 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The two were driving south side-by-side just north of Gallatin Road when they came upon a slower-moving vehicle in the right lane, according to authorities. To avoid the slower car, Ramirez pulled onto the right shoulder and accelerated past it, while Paragas passed to the left. Ramirez lost control of his 2005 Mitsubishi Evo while on the shoulder and spun left across the concrete divider and into oncoming traffic. He collided head-on with a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta carrying four people. Ramirez was pronounced dead at the scene. – From staff and wire reports EL MONTE – An 18-year-old was charged Tuesday with murder and other charges in connection with an Oct. 7 fatal street-racing accident in Pico Rivera, the District Attorney’s Office announced. Fitzgerald Paragas is charged with one count of murder with the special allegation of causing great bodily injury; one count of vehicular manslaughter and four counts of reckless driving causing injury – all felonies. He also is charged with misdemeanor street racing. Prosecutors are asking bail be set at $1.1million. Paragas and the victim, Brian Ramirez, who were friends, allegedly were racing their cars on Rosemead Boulevard at speeds reaching 90 mph. last_img read more

Gearing up for election

first_imgEditor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. The school board elections were just held and haven’t even been certified, but filing soon will open for the Whittier City Council election. The City Council this week took all of the necessary steps to hold the April 8 election, including calling it, selecting its supplier and determining costs of ballot statements. Mayor Owen Newcomer and council members Joe Vinatieri and Cathy Warner all are expected to seek re-election. So far no other candidates have filed an intent to run. Each precinct will be supplied with ballots equal to about 30 percent of its registration. That will leave additional ballots that could be taken to a precinct, just in case there was a problem, she said. Typically, voter turnout on election day ranges from 4 to 22 percent, depending on the area, Marshall said. “I think the risk of running out is insignificant,” she said. MORE ELECTION INFORMATION: The cost of getting your candidate statement in English and Spanish will be $550 – an increase of $50 from the 2006 election. That’s going to make for a $730 subsidy for each candidate since the estimated cost is $1,280. IMPORTANT DATES: After filing closes, the ballot order will be determined Jan. 17. A candidates’ orientation will be held by city manager and city clerk-treasurer on the same day to provide information on vote-by-mail reports, campaign sign regulations, budget, charter and city organization. Other key dates include: March 10 – Vote-by-mail begins. March 24 – Voter registration closes. April 1 – Vote by mail application deadline. April 8 – Election Day April 15 – Council members sworn in. REPUBLICAN MEETING: The Whittier Republican Women Federated will install officers and have a holiday sing-along program at its 11 a.m. meeting on Dec. 7. The club meets at the Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S. Villaverde Drive, Whittier. For reservations, call Carole Gardner, (626) 968-2125. Cost is $17. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955; or e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsFiling will begin Dec. 17 and close at 5 p.m. Jan. 11. Should an incumbent not file, the deadline would be extended to 5 p.m. on Jan. 16. City Hall will be closed for the holidays during part of that time. City Clerk Kathryn Marshall said prospective candidates can call (562) 464-3324 and leave a message to set up an appointment from Dec. 26-28 to take out nominating papers. BALLOT REDUCTION: The council also voted to reduce the number of ballots the city will purchase from about 28,000 – equal to 75 percent of its voter registration – to about 19,000. The latter number equals about 50 percent of registration. This number doesn’t include ballots sent out to the more than 5,000 permanent absentee voters as well as others – possibly as many as 2,000 – who vote that way. Those ballots will be purchased separately, Marshall said. The reduction will save the city about $2,000, maybe enough to offset increasing costs for absentee ballots, she said. last_img read more

Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, June 22

first_imgThis Wednesday morning on Sportsday we looked back on yesterday’s Euro 2016 action as Northern Ireland qualified for the last 16 despite a 1-0 defeat to world champions Germany. We also looked ahead to today’s action as Republic of Ireland take on Italy in Group E, victory will ensure Martin O’Neill’s side finish at least third – and four points would guarantee they reach the knockout stages.We also reviewed yesterday’s first ODI between England and Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge.All brought to you by Tom Macleod and the team.last_img

Hope has new life on Rose Parade float

first_imgThe 1,500 special red roses in Laurie Wolowic’s floating rose garden will be displayed near the rear of this year’s Donate Life Rose Parade float. The Studio City woman will be there with them, walking beside the “Life Takes Flight” float in memory of her brother, Mike. He died a few days before Thanksgiving five years ago after falling from a ladder while doing house repairs. His donated organs gave life to four people. “I wanted to do something to honor him,” Laurie was saying Monday, receiving a few more cartons of roses sent to her by donor families from all over the world. But all these families, like Laurie’s own, had to grieve and suffer to bring joy and elation to the families of people who would now live. People like Joanne Foley in Woodland Hills, whose new kidney from a donor allowed her to see her grandson play his senior year of football this year at Moorpark High. She was at home Monday sending a Christmas card and another thank you note to the family of the North Carolina man whose kidney she now has. A donated kidney from a friend brought joy to Dale Wade Davis of North Hollywood who will now be around to see his two young daughters, Hayley and Rebecca, grow up. There are 1,500 poignant, moving stories in Laurie Wolowic’s floating rose garden. “The rose is a meaningful symbol of love, loss and renewal that represents something different to every donor family,” she says. “To some it is hope, to others it is grief, and to others gratitude.” Thanksgiving is still hard for her family, she says. Her parents were married on Thanksgiving Day more than 50 years ago, and it was tradition for all her nine brothers and sisters to come home and be one family again every Thanksgiving. When Mike fell from that ladder five years ago, a large part of the heart of the Wolowic family died with him. “But we remember the four families who are truly thankful for a second chance at life,” Laurie says. “I hear this incredible gratitude repeated from transplant recipients around the country. “When I speak with donation groups from Europe and Asia, I realize that no matter what language you speak or culture you live in, the need for organ and tissue donation is universal. “The desire to celebrate our loved ones and their gift of life connects us all.” For more information on Family Circle Roses or becoming an organ donor, go online to www.donatelifefloat.org, or give Laurie a call at 818-720-6300.160Want 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champFrom mothers and fathers in Germany, sisters and brothers in Italy, husbands and wives in South Korea, and kids and grandkids in Turkey and Vietnam. All of them wanting Laurie to plant a rose for a loved one in her floating rose garden. “Two years ago, when we started the Family Circle Rose Garden, we received 300 roses from donor families in 36 states,” Laurie said. “Last year, we had 1,000 roses from all 50 states and Canada. This year, we’ll have 1,500 roses from every state and 15 countries.” Her floating rose garden is beautiful, but bittersweet. On one hand, it shows that more families from all over the world consider organ donation a viable choice, and that’s a good thing. last_img read more