Poll: Are Chelsea in crisis?

first_img Jose Mourinho 1 It’s been a tumultuous week for the boys in blue.One point from their opening two games, doctor-gate and a 3-0 drubbing at Man City – has Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho lost it?Have your say in the poll below…last_img

‘I am happy here’ – Spurs star quashes quit rumours

first_img Hugo Lloris 1 Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris insists he is happy to remain at White Hart Lane.The France international was linked with a move away from Spurs in the summer after Mauricio Pochettino’s side failed to qualify for the Champions League.Manchester United were said to be eyeing the 28-year-old amid doubts over David De Gea’s future.But Lloris insists he has never looked to leave the club, and has pledged his future to Spurs.“Of course I am happy here with Tottenham,” said Lloris.“I already replied to that type of question so the only thing I can say today is that I am happy at Tottenham.“I will do my best to get the best result possible for Tottenham.”last_img read more

Brendan Rodgers receives backing from rival Premier League manager

first_img Tim Sherwood and Brendan Rodgers 1 Tim Sherwood insists Liverpool are lucky to have under-fire manager Brendan Rodgers – and he could have managed Real Madrid.The Aston Villa chief has defended Rodgers amid growing pressure on the Anfield boss following their poor start.Villa go to Merseyside on Saturday looking to pile the misery on Rodgers who has seen his side earn just eight points from six games to sit seven points off the top of the Barclays Premier League.Rodgers took Liverpool to second in the league in 2014 and has vowed to fight for his Anfield future with the club denying Carlo Ancelotti had been approached about the possibility of taking over while Jurgen Klopp has been linked with the job. Sherwood, though, believes Rodgers remains a top manager.He said: “After that season they finished second, if they’d won the league could they have kept hold of Brendan Rodgers?“They would have tried everything – and they did, he signed a new contract after that.“All of a sudden he doesn’t turn into a bad manager, it’s fine margins. We might have seen him at Real Madrid.“Why wouldn’t we have seen him there? He’d have won the English Premier League with a team who hasn’t won it for God knows how many years. He would have been the hottest property in football. A week is a long time in this game, let alone a year. Because they got so close it intensifies the pressure. He’s paying the price for overachieving a couple of seasons ago.“It’s harder to be a manager now than 20 years ago with social media and faceless people have their opinions. There’s more pundits than players.”Christian Benteke has been denied a reunion with Villa for the first time since leaving in a £32.5million move in the summer with a hamstring injury and Sherwood, who has Idrissa Gueye (hamstring) available again, admitted Villa would not have let the Belgium striker go if he did not have a release clause.He added: “There wouldn’t have been a price the club would have taken if the clause wasn’t there. The clause was in there from previously and everyone looked at it and thought it was good money. I always knew that call was going to come.”last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp likens England’s treatment of Liverpool youngster to that of a horse

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has launched himself into a club-versus-country row less than two weeks into his reign after likening England’s handling of Jordan Rossiter to that of a horse.The 18-year-old returned from under-19 international duty with a hamstring injury after playing three matches of 90 minutes in five days.Klopp said the situation was not normal and he would be speaking to someone at the Football Association.Liverpool have recent history with the FA over treatment of players as just over a year ago Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers expressed his displeasure after Daniel Sturridge sustained a thigh injury during an England training session the day after an international match.“Rossiter is a special story. I never heard of an 18-year-old playing three games in five days,” he said.“That is the problem why he is injured and I don’t think he will be ready until the next international break.“I don’t know who I have to talk about this but I will find a way because it is not okay.“On my first day I didn’t want to have a call with someone with the FA but for sure this is not okay.“These young players are our future. If we handle them like horses we get horses.” Jordan Rossiter 1last_img read more

WATCH: Man United’s on-loan forward REFUSES to go down easily!

first_img1 Any football fan who says Adnan Januazaj goes down too easily may want to think again. The Borussia Dortmund forward, on loan from Manchester United for the season, showed superb determination to stay on his feet after being hacked down on the edge of the box in their midweek win.With the 2013 Champions League finalists leading 5-1 in the third round of the German Cup against Paderborn, the Belgium international was not on the scoresheet and he looked to be through on goal after latching onto Ilkay Gundogan’s pass. The 20-year-old was then hacked by the second division side’s Dominik Wydra and he tried his best to stay on his feet… with the referee eventually awarding the free-kick.Despite his best efforts, Januzaj did not score in the 7-1 win and he is yet to open his account for Dortmund, with his only goal of the season coming in Man United’s win at Aston Villa in August. See below… Adnan Januazaj is yet to score for Borussia Dortmund in eight appearances last_img read more

Fantasy Premier League tips: The transfers you should make in gameweek 22

first_img 12 12 In: Per Mertesacker (Arsenal): £5.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – In contrast, with two clean sheets in his last three, and a price tag £1.5m less than that of Chris Smalling, Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker seems much more deserving of a place in your fantasy side. Out: Jamie Vardy (Leicester): £7.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Whisper it quietly (because we don’t want to chat too much s*** about this fella), but Jamie Vardy has now not scored in his last five matches. The not so mild-mannered Englishman, renowned for his eloquent turns of phrase on Facebook, has struggled with injury lately and so, as much as we hate to say it, it might finally be time to let him go. 12 12 Out: Chris Smalling (Manchester United): £6.8m – Click the right arrow for more advice – With just one clean sheet in his last five matches, and a price tag of almost £7m, Chris Smalling simply isn’t doing enough to justify his place in your team’s defence at present. In: Dimitri Payet (West Ham): £7.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – We said it before the midweek games, but we thought we’d say it again… Dimitri Payet is back! On his first start since returning from injury, Payet recorded a goal and an assist and the Frenchman looks to have fully recovered from his time on the sidelines. 12 It’s week 22 of this season’s Fantasy Premier League and, after a hectic schedule of FA Cup fixtures followed by midweek matches, it’s nice to be able to return to the simple format of Saturday/Sunday games.Nobody’s going to be caught out by that surprise Tuesday night deadline this gameweek!It is worth noting there have been few injuries to talk about this week, with only one of the players on this week’s ‘OUT’ list being there through a fitness issue. Even Liverpool have managed to make it through this week without a member of their squad picking up another hamstring injury!This means most of the players on this week’s ‘OUT’ list have been picked because you are likely to have them in your side and need to be aware of their declining form, so be sure to keep an eye out for those too.Check out the Fantasy Premier League transfers you might need to make this week by clicking the right arrow above… Out: Marco Arnautovic (Stoke): £6.7m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Two weeks ago, after his stellar performances against United and Everton, there was barely a Fantasy Premier League manager in the country who wasn’t jumping aboard the Arnautovic express. Now, however, it seems the train might have run out of steam and with some tough upcoming fixtures it might already be time for you to trade in the Austria midfielder. Out: Theo Walcott (Arsenal): £8.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Theo Walcott returned from injury on good form, but since his screamer against City, has neither scored nor recorded an assist for his team. Walcott is simply too inconsistent to justify his £8.3m price tag at the moment. In: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal): £9.2m – Click the right arrow for more advice – If you were one of those unfortunate enough to invest in Andy Carroll before his latest injury blow, and you have a few extra million available in your budget, you might want to swap him for Olivier Giroud. As well as his two goals at Anfield on Wednesday night, Giroud has recorded two assists in his last three games and so has been consistently among the points of late. 12 In: Antonio (West Ham): £5.2m – Click the right arrow for more advice – At a minimal price of just £5.2m, West Ham’s Antonio might be the perfect cheap replacement for Arnautovic. Antonio has two goals and four assists in his last four games, a record unheard of for a player so cheap. 12 In: Robert Huth (Leicester): £4.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – At the opposite end of the spectrum, Robert Huth and the rest of his Leicester defence have now kept three consecutive clean sheets. The Foxes will be looking to extend this run as they face Villa (away) and Stoke (at home) in their next two games. 12 Out: Andy Carroll (West Ham): £6.4m – Click the right arrow for more advice – It’s the same old story for Andy Carroll. The injury prone striker looked to be finding good form once again in the league, before reminding us all that he is made of glass. 12 Out: Scott Dann (Crystal Palace): £5.8m – Click the yellow arrow above, right, for more transfer tips – Dann and the rest of his Palace defence have not kept a clean sheet in their last two matches and so, with fixtures against Man City (away) and Spurs (at home) coming up, he may be worth moving out of your team – at least for the next two weeks. 12 12 12 In: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City): £13.2m – Click the right arrow for more advice – If somehow you can afford him, it could be a clever move to replace Vardy with Argentina’s Sergio Aguero. City’s main man has now fully recovered from his injuries and it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which he won’t soon rediscover his consistent scoring touch.last_img read more

Watford 0-0 Chelsea: Hornets hold Blues to another draw

first_img Watford 0-0 Chelsea: Hornets hold Blues to another entertaining draw Watford and Chelsea shared the points in a 0-0 Premier League draw at Vicarage Road. These sides settled for a point each in a four-goal thriller at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day and this game was exciting and tense, but without the goals as Heurelho Gomes performed incredibly well in between the sticks for Watford. It was tenth-placed Watford against 14th-placed Chelsea, who have not lost since Guus Hiddink replaced Jose Mourinho in December.After a bright Chelsea start, the Hornets grew into the contest and the Blues soon looked rattled.Odion Ighalo had a good chance when he was found in the box by Jose Holebas, before Thibaut Courtois made a series of good saves, first denying Craig Cathcart’s header before tipping away Etienne Capoue’s powerful drive.Diego Costa nearly gave the visitors the lead before the interval as he pulled a shot towards goal on the turn, palming the ball just past the post.Ahead of the break, Costa’s aggressive play was evident again as he and Juan Carlos Paredes had a coming together. The Spain international was infuriated, but credit to Odion Ighalo of Watford, who played a key part in calming down the Chelsea striker.Both sides had dangerous opportunities early in the second half, Watford captain Troy Deeney first striking a 20-yard volley inches wide before Costa laid a chance on a plate for Oscar from six yards. Under pressure, the Brazilian playmaker side-footed wide.An aggressive and entertaining contest, a 0-0 draw looked increasingly likely as Gomes made more stunning saves, denying Hazard late on after Allan Nyom’s error. The Brazilian goalkeeper rushed out to scramble to Hazard’s feet before the Belgian – on as a substitute – could get a shot off.Watford looked tired in the closing stages of the match and if there was going to be a winner, it looked like it would be Chelsea’s. Hazard dinked a ball to the far post and, on the stretch, Costa poked the ball into the side netting.Costa leapt high in the closing stages to head towards the far corner but the ever-present Gomes secured the point as he dived across goal to save yet again. 1last_img read more

Low-fat diet may cut ovarian cancer risk

first_imgSome women were assigned to cut the fat in their diets to 20percent of calories – from an average of 35 percent – while others continued their usual diets. Yet the study so far has found the diet made little impact on rates of breast cancer, colorectal cancer and heart disease.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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityUntil now, the only known prescription against ovarian cancer – aside from surgically removing the ovaries – was to use birth control pills. Use for five years can lower the cancer risk by up to 60 percent, protection that lingers after pill use ends. The new findings now offer an option for postmenopausal women to try as well. Those who followed a low-fat diet for eight years cut the chance of ovarian cancer by 40percent, researchers reported Tuesday. It’s arguably the most promising finding of the Women’s Health Initiative dietary study, which enrolled tens of thousands of healthy women 50 to 79 to track the role of fat in several leading killers. By Lauran Neergaard THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Cutting dietary fat may also cut the risk of ovarian cancer, says a study of almost 40,000 older women that found the first hard evidence that menu changes protect against this particularly lethal cancer. But the protection didn’t kick in until the women had eaten less fat for four years. last_img read more

Bargain Hunter finds deal for veterans

first_imgMY GIFT LIST: Every year I hunt down presents for my family and friends – usually at the last minute without any thought to the total debt I am accumulating. But writing the Bargain Hunter blog has got me thinking. Shouldn’t I be able to rein in my spending while still giving thoughtful gifts? My Gift List is this experiment in action. Visit www.insidesocal.com to see who is on my list and how I’m going to divvy up my $400 budget. I hope my list will give you ideas and I hope you will share your best ideas with me. I sure could use ’em. LINCOLN LUNCH: A long line portended good things at Hugo’s Tacos in Studio City. No line moves quickly enough when you are as hungry as I was, but when it was my turn I ordered two tacos, carnitas and zucchini/corn/string beans. The five-minute wait seemed like an eternity, but it was worth it. Both mini tacos were tasty and I especially recommend the honey chipotle salsa. At $2.25 each they were a bit more than I’m used to paying, but not surprising for a mainstream Mexican eatery. If you have time, munch at one of Hugo’s shaded tables. Visit them at 4749 Coldwater Canyon Ave. in Studio City. 818-762-7771. BARGAINS IN YOUR INBOX: Sign up for the Bargain Hunter Daily Digest and get all the day’s deals and discounts e-mailed to you. To join, e-mail me at [email protected] Thanks! PRETTY LITTLE SALE: My Little Pretty is not a line of jewelry I am familiar with; however, the stuff on their Web site looks great, and much of it is 40 percent off. The sale is only while supplies last. Visit www.insidesocal.com/bargain for the coupon code. FREE MEAL FOR VETS: Get a free meal at McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants on Sunday – Veteran’s Day – when you bring in your VA card, VFW card, American Legion card, discharge papers, DD214, or other veteran identification to show to your server. Visit them at 3500 West Olive Ave. in Burbank, 818-260-0505 or at 111 North Los Robles in Pasadena, 626-405-0064. BENETTON STORE CLOSING: The United Colors of Benetton at the Westfield Topanga mall in Canoga Park is going out of business and everything is 30 percent off. A few items at the back right of the store are 50 percent off. They include a beautiful refined wool coat in grey for $130 (originally $260). Very stylish with a belt and smooth lines. Visit them at 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd. LNT 25 PERCENT OFF: Get 25 percent off online purchases at Linens ‘n Things until Nov. 28, 2007. Visit www.insidesocal.com/bargain for the coupon code. MONDAY MONDAY MONDAY: If you didn’t notice, I’ve moved to Mondays! Other days check www.insidesocal.com/bargain for the Web version of the column. Thanks for sticking with me during this transition. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre center_img ULTIMATE BEAUTY: I recently discovered Ulta Beauty’s Web site which seems to have good prices. Their best deals seem to be on makeup. For $25, you can get a Holiday Blockbuster pullout kit that includes 28 eye shadows, 12 lip colors, four lipsticks, four nail polishes, and two each of the following: lip gloss, concealer, pencil liner, shimmer powder and applicator. It all comes in a shiny gold or black case. Visit www.insidesocal.com/bargain for a code to get an extra $5 off. Save a buck at www.insidesocal.com/bargain.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

Business-friendly style pays off for Lancaster

first_imgLANCASTER – There’s no question a few jaws dropped last week when Lancaster, in the northernmost reaches of sprawling Los Angeles County, was named the region’s “Most Business Friendly City.” Among its top competitors for the honor were Burbank, with its glitzy entertainment studios and trendy shopping; Palmdale, with its aerospace industry and new commercial airport; and Santa Clarita, which boasts a vibrant film industry and dynamic local economy. But Lancaster – planted on the sands of the Mojave Desert – has no high-profile monuments to attract commerce and only in recent years is shedding its image as neighboring Palmdale’s stepsister. What it does have is low-cost land, special zoning that allows for tax incentives and credits, and a determination to create jobs and lure business. In 2006, the 30-year-old city crafted “Creating Quality,” a 23-page plan to improve Lancaster’s job market, work force, commerce and community. That effort, along with a business-friendly attitude in City Hall and lots of affordable land, proved to be the combination for investors in industrial, retail and other business development, Kyser said. Add to that the state enterprise zone designation, which allows Lancaster to offer tax credits to companies that employ certain disadvantaged populations, and redevelopment zones, which keep the increased tax revenue generated by upgrades in the specific area. The results already are visible, said Vern Lawson, Lancaster’s director of economic development and redevelopment. Right now, developers have more than 4.2million square feet of industrial and commercial projects in the city planning pipeline. Most of that’s been approved with construction either under way or set to begin next year. “We just go all out for businesses,” Mayor Henry Hearns said. “A few years back, we’d heard of a company that was in Pacoima that made recreational vehicles. We heard about them wanting to expand. Heck, we got in the car – two or three of us – and a year or two later we got them up here.” SYGMA Network Inc., a restaurant supply company and subsidiary of the Fortune 500 company SYSCO, opened a 230,000-square-foot distribution center two years ago on 20 acres near Lancaster’s Fox Field municipal airport. The attraction was the location for a company that covers California, Arizona and Nevada, human-resources director Rita Williams said. “I think the initial reason they looked here was that it was central for our business,” Williams said. The company, she said, offers some of the highest blue-collar wages in the area. Two facets drive City Hall’s effort to stoke Lancaster’s economic engine – improving residents’ quality of life and increasing the local tax base, Lawson said. Lancaster had evolved over the decades into a bedroom community, which takes its toll on residents who travel long distances to jobs. In fact, 60,000 commuters leave the Antelope Valley daily for jobs in the San Fernando Valley and other parts of Los Angeles. So the city set out an multiprong strategy to basically take commuters off the road and put them to work locally. First come the tax breaks, the easy permit process in City Hall, the Mayor’s Roundtable where business and city leaders problem-solve and, yes, the relatively low-cost land. Then the community rolled social issues including high crime and mediocre schools into the equation. The city took the bold step of creating a scholarship program where it pays college costs for locals seeking education degrees if they agree to teach in Lancaster for three years after graduation, Lawson said. The city also is working with its high schools and colleges to train workers for the jobs it expects to generate. Lancaster also is battling a growing street-gang problem and is boasting some success with its public-private task force. At the suggestion of a consultant, the city is working on redeveloping its deteriorating downtown with more upscale business to replace the gang hangouts, Lawson said. For those efforts, the judges in the friendly business competition lauded Lancaster for retaining a “family-focused hometown spirit,” even as the population topped 143,000. Lawson said the competition was tough, with Long Beach and Cerritos among the five other cities vying for the business-friendly title. “We were up against some of the most business-friendly cities in the nation,” he said. “This city has had to take a very aggressive role. Where the private sector is traditionally the leader, that hasn’t been the case because we’re geologically isolated. They don’t come to us unless we convince them to come to us.” [email protected] 661-257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “News flash: Lancaster is in L.A. County and it’s a great place to do business,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., which tallied the business-friendly vote. “It’s important for us to realize that Lancaster and Palmdale both have a lot of land, and a lot of people think L.A. County’s run out of land to build. You add that to the tax incentives and tax credits Lancaster offers, the climate in City Hall and you find a place that’s attracting business.” It was during a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton that Lancaster learned it had won the Eddy Award, which is bestowed annually by the LAEDC, a nonprofit business support organization. “It was kind of fun,” Kyser said. “They were jumping up and down, they were so excited.” The key to Lancaster’s success lies in its very precise strategy to ignite a stagnant economy. last_img read more