Reus set for Klopp reunion at Liverpool? Not if Barcelona have anything to say about it!

first_imgLiverpool and Manchester United will have to fend off interest from Barcelona if they are to sign Marco Reus next summer, claim reports in Spain.The Borussia Dortmund hotshot has attracted interest from a host of elite sides in Europe but has remained loyal to the Bundesliga club – despite seeing a plethora of team-mates move elsewhere.However, with former boss Jurgen Klopp now at Liverpool, the playmaker has been linked with a move to Anfield, while United are also keen.But, according to El Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are prepared to top any offer that comes in for Reus as they look to find a long-term replacement for Andres Iniesta.Barca’s transfer ban ends in January and the Catalan club could make a bid for Reus then, although a move next summer appears more likely. 1 Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus last_img read more

Leicester fans raise a beer to the Premier League’s high-flying Foxes

first_img Leicester City 1 Leicester supporters were able to toast a memorable 2015 with a free beer at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night.The Foxes’ owners and club partner Singha Beer offered a free drink to each fan attending their game against Manchester City as a thank-you for their support during the calendar year.Leicester started 2015 propping up the Barclays Premier League but escaped relegation thanks to a fine run of form, which they continued into the current campaign, meaning they head into the new year challenging at the top of the table and eyeing a place in Europe.In his programme notes ahead of the match, vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: “There has been so many highlights from 2015 – the amazing escape last season, the fantastic start to this one, club records broken, Premier League records broken and moments that will live with us all for a long time.“You have been a huge part of it and Leicester City heads into 2016 in better shape than it has ever been.“As a thank you for the role you have played in such a great year, our friends at Singha Beer will be buying the first round tonight. Enjoy it, you’ve all earned it!”last_img read more

‘We are a mess from top to bottom!’ – Manchester United fans rage after letting two goal lead slip to Newcastle

first_img1 Wayne Rooney was back to his best in the thrilling draw Manchester United fans had been screaming out for a thrilling game involving their side for months, with some even claiming they would prefer a 3-3 draw than a 1-0 win.On Tuesday night, they got their wish as United attacked better than they had all season, yet fell to a late stunner from Paul Dummett.Wayne Rooney was a revelation as he scored twice and began to show signs he was getting back to the form which has taken him to within touching distance of Sir Bobby Charlton’s Manchester United goalscoring record.However, despite the pleasing attacking display, United fans vented their anger and frustration at failing to put the game to bed.See the best reaction to the exhilarating match at St James’ Park below! center_img [View the story “‘We are a mess from top to bottom!’ Manchester United fans rage after letting two goal lead slip to Newcastle ” on Storify]last_img read more

Chelsea line up to start tonight against Paris Saint-Germain – strong side

first_imgFollowing a 2-1 first-leg defeat in Paris, Chelsea face a tough challenge at Stamford Bridge tonight as they look to overcome PSG and reach the Champions League quarter-finals.The Blues could look to keep things tight at the back and rely on John Obi Mikel’s unlikely away goal to help steer them through tonight, however it is worth noting Chelsea have only kept one clean sheet at home since Guus Hiddink’s arrival – that was against Scunthorpe!Both Diego Costa and Kenedy HAVE trained in the early stages of this week after missing the weekend’s draw against Stoke with minor injuries.But are they likely to start?Here’s what we think. Take a look at our predicted Chelsea line up v PSG by clicking the arrow above, right. 11 11 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (right-back) 4. Cesc Fabregas (defensive midfielder) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 16. Kenedy (left-back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 11 12. John Obi Mikel (defensive midfielder) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 8. Oscar (attacking midfielder) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 24. Gary Cahill (centre-back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 13. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 2. Branislav Ivanovic (centre-back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 19. Diego Costa (striker) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 11 22. Willian (right winger) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 10. Eden Hazard (left winger) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above last_img read more

LAUSD’s top-dollar hack jobs are a symptom of an American sickness

first_imgStill, I have to wonder how extra-special communicators Victor Abalos and Michael Bustamante plan to convince even the dimmest audience member that the payroll system is working and that students aren’t leaving school on a one-way ticket to public assistance. But here’s the great thing about public relations consulting. If it doesn’t work, you get paid anyway. LAUSD isn’t, of course, alone in this glib approach to failure. The U.S. government has, since 9-11, gone through a few high-powered PR people – the last one being Bush insider Karen Hughes. Somehow the woman sent to “win over the hearts and minds of the world” as the State Department’s goodwill ambassador failed to convince the part of the world that hates us that they are wrong to feel that way. And so what if she told an Egyptian leader that our Constitution cites “one nation under God” before reproaching Saudi women for not having a right to drive. These, as one wag described them, were just “misunderspinnings.” Meanwhile, our president (in an August 2006 NBC News interview) recognized that, “We are great with TV, but we are getting crushed on the PR front.” A month later Donald Rumsfeld mused, “The enemy is so much better at communicating.” Great. Now we can’t even lie right. This in a nation that used to put together vast operations like the Marshall Plan, real things that actually worked. But somehow, somewhere along the once-bright line we replaced competency under pressure with a belief that we can talk our way past any error, past any disaster, man-made or not. From endless post-news-conference spinning (where you’re told ahead of time that you’re being spun) to the Katrina spin to the always-evolving war spin, this is just us, the way we do things in America now. I don’t, for instance, see the French trying to convince anyone that they aren’t irritating or the Mafia hiring consultants to position themselves as misunderstood Italian-American businessmen. But Abalos, the LAUSD’s $170,000-a-year man (sans college degree) is already explaining to reporters that his hiring was necessary because the daily newspapers of Los Angeles “love to focus on all the negative going on in the district.” Oh, it’s because of daily newspapers that kids drop out and there’s gas in the basement at Belmont! And the truly stunning thing about that idiot line is how it works for every flag-wrapped crook who comes down the line. But why blame LAUSD for following a trail cut a century ago by Ivy Lee, a man hired to brush up the image of the unbrushable John D. Rockefeller, creator of Standard Oil and sanctimonious creep who – when he wasn’t destroying unions and ruining his own brother – prowled his estate searching for shirkers among the landscape crew. In 1914, to improve a dismal image made monstrous by the killing of three strikers and the accidental deaths of 11 women and children during a strike at a Rockefeller-owned mine in Colorado, he hired Lee, the father (along with Edward Bernays) of public relations. Lee did a lot of good and a good amount of what is now seen as routinely bad in a career that saw him raise millions for the Red Cross before helping IG Farben at the start of the Nazi era. He also performed a feat of magic with Rockefeller. This he did by showing the man conducting his private church choir and handing out dimes to children on the street. And gosh darn if it didn’t work! It’s just that we used to temper such bull with American know-how and ingenuity. Rockefeller did, after all, build something real. But what does it say about us and our future when we allow the people in charge to take us all tap dancing on thin air? I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at, call 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! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsOnly nobody figured, and they built anyway despite warnings from the California Department of Oil and Gas that the 35-acre site is a giant toxic hazard. But why dwell on what has been called the most expensive (and still unopened) high school in the nation? Let’s think instead about a system with a dropout rate ranging somewhere between 25 percent and 50 percent. And that nutty payroll computer! Still, it’s a dumb idea to bring in people who might be able to fix the actual problems. I mean, why bother when you can hire communications specialists to tell semi-comatose taxpayers that the problems don’t exist. Not if you look at them in just the right way. Naturally, glossing over such things takes talent, and talent costs money, which is why the district is paying two consultants $178,000 and $90,000 to rescue the existing six-person communications staff that is already scraping by on $1.4 million a year. “We don’t do as good a job of communicating with all the audiences we need to talk to – our teachers, students, parents and the general public,” school Superintendent David Brewer III said. Hammered by a busload of bad publicity, the Los Angeles Unified School District last week did what just about every screw-up since John D. Rockefeller has done when things go bad. No, they didn’t fix the problems that include an appalling dropout rate and a computer system that has been underpaying or overpaying its teachers for nearly a year. The fact of the matter is this. The mammoth LAUSD does a lot of stupid stuff. Like building a half-billion-dollar school complex directly over Edward Doheny’s Los Angeles oil field in downtown L.A. When I heard about the proposed Belmont Learning Center in 1990, I figured that somebody had taken into consideration the possible presence of hydrogen sulfide and methane gas in a field so shallow Doheny tapped it with a shovel. last_img read more

You may have forgotten who Ramsey, Ozil, Pochettino and Zouma have played with

first_img 12. Arturo Vidal and Toni Kroos were team-mates at Bayer Leverkusen 7. Alan Smith and Dele Alli played together at MK Dons 17 17 2. Ivan Rakitic and Mesut Ozil played at Schalke together 17 3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kurt Zouma were at Saint-Etienne together 15. Aaron Ramsey and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink shared a changing room at Cardiff 17 17 5. Shaun-Wright Phillips and George Weah played together at Man City 17 6. Pep Guardiola and Francesco Totti were at Roma together 11. Manuel Neuer and Raul played at Schalke together 17 13. Kaka and Adel Taarabt were at Milan together 10. Marouane Chamakh and Mauricio Pochettino were team-mates at Bordeaux 17 17 17. David Moyes and David Beckham were at Preston together 1. Marco Reus and Josh King played at Borussia Monchengladbach together – click the arrow above, right, to see other players you didn’t know were team-mates 17 17 Apart from the stattos among us, not many people are probably aware that Bournemouth’s Josh King has shared a changing room with Marco Reus, the Borussia Dortmund and Germany ace.The pair were at Borussia Monchengladbach together in 2011 before Reus moved to Dortmund a year later and King, who was on loan in Germany, later joined Hull and Blackburn on loan before his deal at Rovers was made permanent in 2013. The Cherries snapped him up in 2015.Have a look at the picture gallery above to see other players you didn’t know played together including Ivan Rakitic and Mesut Ozil plus George Weah and Shaun-Wright Phillips.This feature first appeared as a video on the talkSPORT YouTube channel, which you can subscribe for free to. 4. Zinedine Zidane and Thomas Gravesen were at Real Madrid together 17 8. Nicola Zigic was a team-mate of David Silva’s at Valencia 16. Dimitri Payet and Joe Cole played together at Lille 14. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a team-mate of Steven Pienaar’s at Ajax 17 17 17 17 9. Roberto Mancini and Robbie Savage shared a changing room at Leicester 17last_img read more

My dream is to manage Chelsea, Hernan Crespo tells talkSPORT

first_imgHernan Crespo has admitted that he has a dream to manage Chelsea in the future, claiming the West London club is ‘still in my heart’.The former Argentine striker endured mixed fortunes at Stamford Bridge after signing for the Blues in 2003.Under Claudio Ranieri, Crespo bagged 12 goals in 31 games in his debut season, but he was loaned out the next year after the appointment of Jose Mourinho as manager.Mourinho recalled him the following season, and the striker hit 13 times on the way to the Premier League title.Despite that success, Crespo again left on loan, seeing out the final two years of his deal at Stamford Bridge away from the club.His experiences with the Blues were hardly all positive, but the 40-year-old has admitted that he holds Chelsea close to his heart – and that he dreams to manage them one day in the future.Speaking to talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams, Crespo said: “Chelsea is still in my heart. I’m trying to work my way – because I’m a manager now – and my dream will be, in a few years, to work with Chelsea.“One day [I want to manage them]. I’ve started to build my career to come there.”Crespo may want the top job at Stamford Bridge in the future, but right now all eyes are focused on Antonio Conte, who will take the reins this summer.The Italian national coach will officially take charge of the Blues at the end of the European Championships, and Crespo hopes Conte will be able to replicate the success enjoyed by another Italian man who has coached his former club – Carlo Ancelotti.“I’m very happy for him,” Crespo added. “I hope Antonio Conte does the same [as Ancelotti, who won the double].”last_img read more

Bronze stolen from graves

first_imgWHITTIER – Deputies say that for more than a month, a man pried 85 bronze markers off graves at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary and sold them as scrap metal to a recycling center. Detectives said the markers were valued at $100,000. To explain why he kept showing up with the markers, detectives said the man allegedly told the recycling center he works for the cemetery, which supposedly was undergoing remodeling. It wasn’t. Nor was he an employee of Rose Hills. The suspect, 47-year-old David Torres, will be arraigned Tuesday at Norwalk Superior Court on 25 felony counts that include grand theft of personal property, petty theft, cemetery vandalism and receiving stolen property. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champHe was charged for crimes that happened between Sept. 18 and Oct. 25. Torres pleaded not guilty at an earlier arraignment, according to Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Torres is being held at the Pitchess Detention Center East Facility in Castaic in lieu of $170,000 bail. Authorities didn’t say how much selling the grave markers could fetch. But all agreed it was a rare case. “Oh absolutely. Very unusual,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Al Leyva. “We have not encountered any (like) this. A new form of thievery.” Olivia Rosales, the head deputy district attorney for Whittier Superior Court where Torres had his preliminary hearing, said she’s never heard of anything like this before. “It’s very sick,” she said. Leyva said the thefts occurred between August and October and happened in the daytime when the park was open. Rose Hills reported the incidents to the sheriff’s Pico Rivera station. The markers were taken from the older section of the cemetery, according to Nick Clark, director of marketing and communications for Rose Hills. He said it is part of the park that was opened in 1914. “It’s not a highly visited area,” he added. Clark said all missing markers have been returned and will be reset in concrete and put back on the graves early next year. Rose Hills has not notified the relatives about the thefts. “It is our intent,” Clark said. “We’re putting together a plan.” While he declined to divulge the additional security measures Rose Hills implemented after the thefts, Clark did say they have increased patrol in the park, which sits on 1,400 to 1,500 acres and houses about 400,000 graves. The markers ranged in size, but the average was 16 inches by 28 inches. They weigh between 4 and 6 pounds, Clark said. He didn’t know how much the markers sold for in 1914 or other years. Today, he said a bronze plaque like that sells for $557 to $968. Deputies said Torres allegedly worked alone. “He was prying them from the ground, breaking the concrete and taking the markers to a recycling center,” Leyva said. “As far as we know he only hit Rose Hills.” Leyva declined to name the recycling center where deputies found the markers shortly after Torres’ Nov. 1 arrest. Nov. 1 is All Saints’ Day. A break in the case came when a cemetery employee spotted the alleged thief and jotted down a license plate number, Leyva said. He said the car didn’t belong to Torres but deputies collected information that led them to the Lancer Motel on Rosemead Boulevard in Pico Rivera where Torres was staying. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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

Local Longhorns fans are loyal

first_img For most of the year, Texas alumni in Los Angeles are a small, but dedicated group. They meet at alumni functions and in sports bars with satellite feeds. If they want news on their alma mater, they have to rely on the internet or wire service reports. They recognize each other by hand signs, distinctly colored clothing and sometimes, depending on how long they’ve been in Los Angeles, an accent. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “It’s hard to feel like you are truly alone when you can’t drive five miles without seeing a Longhorn window sticker,” said Chance Miller, who will succeed Kennedy as president. “I was in IKEA once, with a neighbor who grew up in England, and I saw someone wearing Longhorn attire. I flashed them the “Hook ‘Em Horns” hand sign and they flashed it back. My neighbor asked why our ‘cult’ has a hand sign?” This week, any Texas alumni who is anybody has come out of the woodwork, loud and proud in burnt orange, flashing the “Hook ‘Em Horns” hand sign and fielding calls from college buddies desperate for tickets to the Rose Bowl. Miller scored his ticket for $525, from a friend whose wife had to stay home in Dallas, because she was having morning sickness. Face value for Rose bowl tickets was $175. You’d think the president of an alumni group would have an easier time scoring tickets, but the demand for tickets to Wednesday’s national championship was so strong, even distinguished Texas alumni like Beverly White, a reporter and anchor for KNBC Channel 4, had trouble coming up with them. White didn’t get hers until Tuesday night, the night before the game. “My wonderful husband (Xavier Higgs) came through at the last minute,” White said. “I feel bad, I got three more calls from friends today trying to get tickets and I couldn’t help them.” PASADENA – Tricia Kennedy doesn’t care if she sticks out. She’s a graduate student at USC, she bought tickets to Wednesday’s national championship game at the Rose Bowl through USC and she sat in the USC section. But in her heart, she bleeds burnt orange. “During football season, I have a personal rule to wear something burnt orange Wednesday through Saturday during game week,” said Kennedy, the president of the Los Angeles chapter of Texas Exes alumni group. “I wear it as much as possible.” center_img White and Miller were some of the lucky ones. Many Texas’ fans flew in without tickets, hoping to buy them outside the stadium, but found the going rough. Sherry Rigby flew in from Chicago with a ticket to the game, but spent several hours outside the Rose Bowl before the game trying to buy tickets for her mother, who’d flown in from Utah, but wasn’t having much luck. “Last year, you could buy them a dime a dozen, but not this time,” she said. “I came in expecting to pay three figures, but now I’m thinking I might have to go four figures. … I’ve offered my mom my ticket a hundred times, but she won’t take it.” Sanger Lee, a Texas alumnus who lives in Los Angeles, also was shut out. Lee and several of his friends who flew into town for the game, showed up early to tailgate and try to find tickets, but weren’t willing to pay the $1,000 asking price. “If we don’t end up getting tickets, we’ll just go to Hooters in Hollywood to watch the game. Texas Exes is having a party there,” said Lee, who attended several Texas Exes events during the season. “I feel bad for my buddies, they flew in from out of town and they can’t even go to the game.” Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 [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

Roddick ready for No. 1 & Co.

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Roddick does acknowledge having idle thoughts about Federer when he’s practicing, but only because Federer’s the world’s best player. “You think about it just because you’re trying to shoot for the best,” Roddick explained. “Obviously, he’s established himself as that in the last couple of years. But, “am I obsessed with it? Do I have pictures on my wall or something? No.” Roddick lost his opening match at the U.S. Open last August to Gilles Muller of Luxembourg, who was making his debut in the tournament. The upset, on his 23rd birthday, stung Roddick and fueled some intense offseason workouts. MELBOURNE, Australia — Andy Roddick is taking the Australian Open one Swiss at a time. The second-seeded Roddick opens the season’s first major against Michael Lammer, a 23-year-old qualifier from Switzerland. If the men’s draw plays out according to seedings, Roddick will meet top-ranked Roger Federer, the 24-year-old Swiss star and overwhelming favorite, in the final. But after a shocking first-round exit at the U.S. Open, Roddick is not planning any further ahead than tonight’s encounter with Lammer on Rod Laver Arena. “We get asked about possible matchups down the road all the time, but I’m only worried about Lammer right now that’s the honest truth,” said Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion. “I want to get through that one and then just keep going.” center_img “To be completely frank, it really (ticked) me off, put a little bit of a chip on my shoulder,” Roddick said. “But I think I work better like that. It gave me something to prove. “I feel more motivated for this than I ever have been.” In other men’s matches today, Masters Cup champion David Nalbandian is against Udomchoke Danai of Thailand and Sydney International winner James Blake faces Jose Acasuso of Argentina. On the women’s side, top-ranked Lindsay Davenport faces Australian wild-card entry Casey Dellacqua and defending champion Serena Williams is against China’s Li Na. Venus Williams, seeded 10th, faces Tszvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria and 2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova plays Germany’s Sandra Kloesel. Justine Henin-Hardenne, the 2004 Australian Open winner and reigning French Open champion, won the Sydney International on Saturday in her comeback from a right hamstring strain. The 23-year-old Belgian faces Marta Domachowska of Poland in the first round. Henin-Hardenne’s compatriot, U.S. Open winner Kim Clijsters, said she’s still no certainty to be fit for her first-round match against Cho Yoon-jeong of South Korea. Clijsters injured her left hip and withdrew from the Sydney tournament last Wednesday and still is not confident it’s 100 percent. “Hopefully it will get better. It’s a lot better than what it was when it happened,” said Clijsters, who sought and was granted a Tuesday start. She was able to practice on Sunday morning and hoped to build up the intensity, leaving a decision on her fitness for as long as she can. As of Sunday evening, all of the top 20 ranked women and 46 of the top 50 were entered in the draw. It is only the second time in 30 years that all of the top 10 ranked women are entered in the main draw at the Australian Open. Martina Hingis, making a comeback to the majors after three years off the tour, is among the eight women in the draw who have held the No. 1 ranking. She won three straight titles at Melbourne Park from 1997-99, then lost three finals in a row from 2000-02. Hingis isn’t ranked and relied on a wild-card entry from organizers to make the main draw. “It feels different definitely from coming here playing in ’95 when I was 15, (as a) fearless rookie,” she said Sunday. “Ten years later, definitely you have some butterflies in your stomach.” She lost to Henin-Hardenne in the first round at Sydney last week, but said it helped her work out where she fits into the scene. “I don’t think it was too bad to lose to the eventual champion,” Hingis said. “Playing her definitely showed me what it’s all about now, being a top-10 player and winning Slams.” She can take a lead from fellow Swiss, Federer. Federer lost an exhibition match to Tommy Haas at Kooyong on Wednesday, but said it didn’t hurt his preparation. And he doesn’t mind his status as the favorite in Melbourne to pick up his seventh Grand Slam title. “I enjoy being the big favorite, you know, not just the favorite but the big one,” Federer said. “I always prefer the situation to be the favorite than the contender because I always feel the contender needs to do their work and all this, where the favorite, he can see what the other guys do. “I obviously have to make sure that I win my matches, but mentally I’m that tough that I don’t have a problem with that.” For results of early Monday matches, see Scoreboard/B7. 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