Jose Mourinho blasts Haifa pitch as injury likely to rule John Terry out of Tottenham clash

first_imgJose Mourinho blamed the poor pitch at Haifa’s Sammy Ofer Stadium for the ankle injury to John Terry which is expected to see the Chelsea captain ruled out of Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash at Tottenham, live on talkSPORT.Chelsea’s Champions League fate will go to the final group game after an unconvincing 4-0 win over 10-man Maccabi Tel Aviv saw them earn successive victories for the first time in two months.Whether a resurgence, following the win over Norwich, is real will be tested by Spurs, but there is a major doubt over whether Terry will feature at White Hart Lane after he departed on a stretcher.“The surface was bad and dangerous,” Mourinho said.“John has an ankle problem that we don’t know yet the dimension of.“For John to leave the pitch with the result 1-0 I know already that he is in trouble.“My medical department is really good. John is a special guy, with a special desire to recover.“But I think to leave the pitch with the result 1-0, I don’t believe too much that he can play (against Spurs).”Ramires was not in the matchday squad after suffering an injury in training on Monday, when Chelsea tried to minimise their time on the pitch.“Yesterday we tried to protect (the pitch), we trained just a little bit. But by my surprise Maccabi were training after us, plus the warm-up before the game,” Mourinho said.“The pitch was really bad. Ramires slid and had a muscular injury.”After Gary Cahill’s opening goal, Mourinho took it upon himself to replace divots on the pitch in front of his technical area.He said: “I think after what I did, I think it was worse. I tried.” 1 John Terry being stretchered off with the score at 1-0 last_img read more

Unhappy Man United fans ask club legend ‘can you come back?’ as he celebrates birthday

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson turns 74 today.Spirit among Manchester United supporters isn’t at its greatest, at present, with performances causing unrest in the stands, but the birthday of Sir Alex seems to have reminded many a Red Devil supporter of what used to be at the Theatre of Dreams.So much so that some have called for his return…Have a read of the best tweets from United fans wishing SAF a happy birthday. 1 Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson last_img

Arsenal FC news: Danny Welbeck set to return this week

first_img Arsenal FC news: Danny Welbeck set to return with the under 21s this week Danny Welbeck is poised to play his first game of the season this Friday.The Arsenal striker has not featured since April last year due to a knee injury.But boss Arsene Wenger has earmarked this Friday’s under-21 training ground fixture against Brighton as the perfect way to ease the England forward back into competitive football.The French coach said after their goalless draw with Southampton on Tuesday night, that Welbeck’s return to fitness was a factor in him not signing a striker in the January transfer window.“In more positive news, Danny Welbeck is stepping up his rehabilitation,” Wenger wrote in his club programme notes bwfore the match.“We have to remember that he has not played since April 2015 and will need a game with the Under-21s, where we can monitor him and leave him free to play at his level of commitment. That looks to be very soon, maybe this week.”If Welbeck comes through unscathed he could be included in the squad for this Sunday’s must-win Premier League clash at Bournemouth. 1last_img read more

Horrific killings of West Hills couple can’t be forgotten

first_imgWEST HILLS – She was the bubbie who could turn matzo balls – and nearly everything else – into gold. He was the grandpa who couldn’t get enough cuddling with his grandkids. On a winter day nearly seven years ago, Bert Lasky was kibitzing with her niece on the phone. Bill, her husband of 53 years, had just sat down for lunch and a friendly game of Skip-Bo. It would be the last time anyone in their family would see them before they were savagely slain. “I remember waving at her goodbye. She was on the phone. That was the last time I ever spoke with her,” said daughter Beth Lasky, a professor of special education, choking back tears at her office at California State University, Northridge. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “I know for me, I feel that I’ve become angry at everything. There was not a day that went by when I didn’t talk to my parents.” Today, one of the men implicated in the stabbing deaths of William Lasky, 76, and his wife, Bertha, 73, is finally expected go on trial in Van Nuys Superior Court. Gregory Douglas Miner, 32, faces life in prison without parole if convicted on two counts of murder, with special circumstances of committing robbery and burglary. Frustrated by years of court delays, the Laskys’ three children anxiously await a verdict. And for residents of the Laskys’ cozy West Hills neighborhood, life will never be the same. “These were wonderful people, very giving to the community, to be victimized in this manner – if they had not been home, it would have been a property crime,” said Los Angeles police Detective Tim Marcia of the Cold Case Unit, who first investigated the double slaying. “In regards to my career – and I have been doing homicide 12 years – it’s one of the most horrific crime scenes I’ve ever seen.” On Feb. 4, 2001, the Laskys had just returned from a vacation cruise to their home in the 7200 block of Pomelo Drive. Bill Lasky, a retired cable-company salesman with a love of old electronics, had just fixed his granddaughter’s bicycle. Bert Lasky, a retired administrative assistant at Kaiser Permanente, was renowned for her cooking and her work as a Getty Center docent. She had just gone to the store for fabric to make quilts for her family. Residents of the San Fernando Valley since the early 1950s, both had helped found Temple Solael of Canoga Park and were active at the West Hills Jewish Community Center. “That Sunday afternoon, my husband said, `It’s such a beautiful day, what a peaceful, happy neighborhood’,” said Rochelle McCready, who lives up the street from the home where Bert’s white roses still bloom. “Three doors down, there was something horrific going on.” Miner, a part-time electrician, entered the home through an unlocked door with two possible accomplices to scoop up jewelry and other valuables, police said. Bill Lasky, a World War II Navy veteran, emerged from a back bedroom to confront the burglars as they tore apart his living room. He was taken hostage at knife point as intruders ransacked the home. When Bert returned, she also was taken hostage. By the afternoon or early evening, she was stabbed in front of her sobbing husband, according to court evidence, Beth Lasky said. He then succumbed to the knife. Detectives said the killer, or killers, then loaded the loot into the couple’s burgundy Buick Regal and drove it nearly 100 miles. Early the next morning, they returned to set the house on fire, police said. The couple were later found dead in their master bedroom. “I went up and saw the smoke, smoke coming out from the roof, smoke everywhere,” said Faye Barta, a neighbor and friend of Bert’s. “I had a telepathic moment: I saw Bert lying in her bed with her throat cut. “I had no idea that’s how they’d been murdered, and that’s how the firemen found them.” In January 2004, Miner was arrested days before finishing a four-year prison sentence for a Chatsworth home break-in. Detectives said he’d targeted older people in his burglaries and was linked to the Lasky slayings through “statements implicating himself in the burglary.” In the Chatsworth case, he entered the home of an elderly couple in August 2001. He took musical instruments and tools, and later stole their car. He was arrested several days later after he knocked on the victims’ door to tell them he’d seen two men abandon the car around the corner from their home. “In that case, he was not confronted by the victims and he was able to flee,” Marcia said. “We know that Gregory Miner was there (at the Laskys). It was believed that he had two possible accomplices. The case is still an open case.” With the trial finally beginning this week, the Laskys’ former neighbors recalled the gracious couple who never had an enemy in the world. Today, security and “beware of dog” signs blanket the hilly street of large homes and elegant birch trees. One couple was so mortified by the slayings that they packed up their belongings and moved away, neighbors said. Others sought psychological help, or refused to set foot in the home. They now lock their doors and set burglar alarms at night. “I feel we’ve become more vigilant,” McCready said. “We watch out for one another.” Dina Shashua, a native of Israel who bought the Laskys’ home a year after the killings, said her children were told what happened there by other kids at school. She’s also seen the news accounts. “A lot of people were devastated here, the whole neighborhood was devastated,” she said. “I do think about it. “I do believe (the Laskys) know that we’re a nice family and we’re keeping their house very nice. I am honoring them.” Barta, who once took morning walks with Bert, said only a death sentence would mean justice. “I would rather see him get what Bert and Bill got,” she said. “An eye for an eye, that’s what the Bible says … he should suffer death.” For Beth Lasky, not a day goes by that she doesn’t miss her parents. The daily phone calls with her mother. The puns from her father. The holiday feasts with family. Seeing her dad watch TV while snuggling with her daughters. The hopes that he could see her daughter excel at soccer. For their killer, she said, death is only too good. “It’s OK,” she said. “I don’t believe in the death penalty. I want him to stay in jail and think about what he did.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Bearing arms

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Calabasas Mapping silly Re “Proposal to map Muslims opposed” (Nov. 9): I think this is ridiculous. After all, was Timothy McVeigh a Muslim? – Jack McMahon Re “Justices consider taking serious look at Second Amendment” (Daily Briefing, Nov. 11): In the Monday daily briefing, you make reference to the Supreme Court revisiting the wording of the Second Amendment to the Constitution. The problem is not the wording of the Second Amendment but that the Second Amendment is still part of the Constitution. The Jefferson Memorial includes quotes by Thomas Jefferson, one of which is “I am not an advocate of frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of humankind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened … institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times.” When is humankind in America going to become enlightened enough to join almost all of the other democracies and remove the right of the citizens to bear arms unless licensed and strictly controlled? – Paul Hutchinson Van Nuys Word ban Re “Council calls for halt to slur” (Nov. 10): Now I’ve seen it all. Does the L.A. City Council have nothing better to do? Placing a “moratorium” on a word has got to be the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. All it does is bestow more importance on the word than it previously held. Instead of chopping away at our civil liberties by banning – albeit symbolically – our freedom of speech, why don’t the council members do something really constructive like imposing a moratorium on – oh, I don’t know – gang violence? Who knows, maybe the symbolic gesture will do more than they’ve done up until now. – Donna Connolly Sherman Oaks Uncaring council Re “Alarcón responds” (Your Opinions, Nov. 8): It is really a shame that other council members have a say-so in the future of Sylmar. We need to return the favor when they need our councilman’s support in a project that will have a negative effect on their community. The current parking at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center is a disaster, so what will happen when the facility is expanded? Hope you are happy with what you did to our community, Wendy Greuel, Tony Cardenas, Bernard Parks, Jan Perry and Greig Smith. What interest do these council members have in our community? Remember, voters in their communities, when you need our help, you can blame it on these individuals. We should continue the impact study to show those council people what they did to our community, and then I hope they sleep well at night thinking what they did to us. – Frank Jacobs Sylmar Cleaning up Re “Not-so-clean” (Your Opinions, Nov. 11): We and our neighbors try to pick up the trash we find lying around on our street. A couple of weeks ago, we found a pile of tissue papers, obviously left there by a sex-crazed couple who parked their car there the night before. I dreaded the idea of having to clean up that trash, and I hoped that the wind would carry it elsewhere. The next time I checked, the trash was cleaned up. My nice neighbor lady took care of it. – Lani Bowen Woodland Hills Peaceful? Re “Can Latino intifada be far behind?” (Their Opinions, Nov. 8): Andres Oppenheimer’s article makes it sound as if illegal Latinos are threatening legal citizens. It translates into: Give us what we want, or else. That doesn’t sound like the words or thoughts of a people who want to be accepted peacefully into a foreign society. – Marilyn Dalrymple Lancaster160Want 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


first_imgMEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has welcomed further efforts at an EU level to bring down the cost of mobile phone roaming charges.The move will affect many Donegal customers because of their close proximity to the border.Pat the Cope said today “Mobile and smart phone users can look forward to cheaper roaming costs from this summer as the European Parliament has finalised an agreement on the future of roaming for both the wholesale and the retail sector.” “Making a telephone call, sending a text message or consulting your emails whilst on holiday abroad in Europe will no longer cost a fortune.“The tariffs for mobile roaming within the European Union will substantially decrease in the next two years.”The new roaming charges will progressively go down and by July 2014, the aim is that roaming consumers will pay no more than 19 cents to make a call and 20 cents per megabyte of data.The cost of receiving a call will fall to 5 cents and sending a text to 6 cents. “Probably the most significant step forward for consumers in this Roaming regulation is the low cap on the roaming costs for data – from no caps on the costs per Megabyte so far to 0.70 EUR this summer and 0.20 EUR in 2014.”“From July this year, people will get a warning text message, email or pop-up window when they are nearing 50 Euros worth of data downloads.”The European Parliament will be voting on this decision in May and consumers travelling abroad can expect to receive lower bills from 01 July this year.”CUT IN MOBILE ROAMING CHARGES WELCOME – PAT THE COPE was last modified: March 29th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MOBILE ROAMING CHARGESlast_img read more


first_imgEVOLVE MENSWEAR have won yet another prestigious award, this time for being the best wedding menswear provider in Ireland.Evolve Wedding & Formal Hire were awarded the prestigious ‘Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Wedding Award. Leading Irish wedding website announced Evolve Wedding and Formal Hire as the Best Menswear Wedding Provider in Ireland in their Brides’ Choice Awards2015 is the second year of the Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Awards and they’ve been very well received by the Irish wedding industry.The awards are open to all venues and registered businesses who offer a wedding-related service to Irish-based couples regardless of whether or not they are customers of Mrs2Be.Judged by both real brides and grooms and independent judges with industry knowledge, the awards recognise excellence within the wedding industry. Owners JP and Mark McCloskey stated how much this award means to them all.“This award means a great deal to us, knowing that couples are happy with the service provided by Evolve.“We believe that quality and professionalism is why we received the award again this year.“We do not want to be doing something unless it’s with 100% commitment.“Wedding Hire Manager Louise McPhilemy along with Shaun McHugh share this vision.“They make it all happen in our Wedding Department. “Our customers are important to us and we are so very grateful to them all for continuing to support us.“In particular for this award, we thank the couples for letting us dress them and for recommending Evolve.Managing Director of Mrs2Be, Keith Malone, commented, “Winning a Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Award is a huge achievement for any wedding business.“When creating the awards, we deliberately steered clear of the ‘popularity contest’ and ‘paid for’ models. “We endeavoured to create a system that was unbiased and based upon real reviews from real previous couples. I believe we were successful in achieving this goal.”Mr. Malone added “The judges were very impressed with the overall standard of finalists. Each finalist deserves recognition for their professionalism and quality of their product or service.“We sincerely congratulate all of the award winners and wish them the very best for the future.”EVOLVE WIN PRESTIGIOUS WEDDING MENSWEAR AWARD was last modified: May 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Businessevolve menswearFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Champions League: Countries ranked by most clubs to reach the European Cup semis

first_img 7 7 7 4. Spanish football has provided seven different clubs in the European Cup semi-finals – Real Madrid have reached a record 27 semi-finals, while Barcelona have played in 16 and Atletico Madrid four (correct prior to these two clubs deciding their 2016 last eight tie). Valencia reached two semis (2000 and 2001), and Real Sociedad, Deportivo La Coruna and Villarreal have played in one apiece. 5. Six different Italian clubs have reached the European Cup semi-finals – AC Milan lead the way for Serie A, contesting 13 semis, going on to lift the trophy seven times. Juventus (11 semi-finals), Inter (eight), Fiorentina (one), Roma (one) and Sampdoria (one) have also played in the last four (like Rangers – see previous page – Sampdoria contested a group stage prior to the final, winning their mini-league to qualify for the 1992 showpiece). Manchester City’s success in reaching the 2016 Champions League last four means they are the first semi-final debutants since Schalke in 2011. Find out which countries have provided the highest number of different European Cup semi-finalists – just click the right arrow, above 7 7 Joint 2. Eight different Germans clubs have qualified for the European Cup semi-finals – Leading the way for German clubs is Bayern, having reached 17 semi-finals (at time of writing, prior to their 2016 quarter-final second leg). A long way behind, Dortmund have been in four semis, Hamburg reached three, Monchengladbach made the last four twice in the 1970s, while Eintracht Frankfurt, Cologne, Leverkusen and Schalke have all played in one semi-final. In total, German clubs have qualified for 30 semi-finals. 1. England has provided 10 different clubs in the European Cup semi-finals – Demonstrating English football’s strength in depth, no other country has supplied as many different clubs in the last four. Manchester United have reached the semi-finals 12 times, Liverpool have been there on nine occasions, Chelsea have reached that stage seven times, with Leeds United getting there in 1970, 1975 and 2001. Nottingham Forest won the semi-finals they played in 1979 and 1980, Arsenal have also reached two semis, with Tottenham, Derby and Aston Villa contesting one apiece. Man City’s qualification for the 2016 last four makes England the first country to have 10 clubs reach the semi-final stage. 7 Joint 2. France has had eight different clubs in the European Cup semi-finals – The French league has provided just one Champions League winner (Marseille in 1993), but eight different clubs from France have contested semi-finals. Marseille and Monaco have both played in three last four ties, Reims (in the 1950s) and Saint-Etienne (1970s) reached two, with Bordeaux, PSG, Nantes and Lyon all playing in one semi to date. In total, French clubs have contested 14 semi-finals. 6. Scotland has had five different clubs in the European Cup semi-finals – Celtic (four times), Rangers (twice), Hibs (once), Dundee (once) and Dundee United (once) have all reached the semi-final stage. Celtic are the only Scottish club to have reached the final, though, winning the cup in 1967 and losing the 1970 final. In 1993, there were no knockout semi-finals, instead being replaced with two groups of four from which the winners contested the final, but we have included it as a last four appearance for Rangers as the Glasgow giants finished runners up in their mini-league. 7 For the first time in their history, Manchester City have reached the last four stage of Europe’s top club competition.The 2012 and 2014 Premier League champions got past Paris Saint-Germain to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals.It means they are the first club to make the last four for the first time since German side Schalke for there in 2011.But which country has provided the biggest number of clubs to reach the semis, since the first tournament was held in 1955/56?Find out, in the slideshow above.last_img read more

Euro 2016 Day 5: Eye witness account of what REALLY happened in Marseille

first_imgThere was a heavy police presence, a lot of fans – French and English – singing, but no fighting at that point. We spoke to a policeman who told us a significant number of French fans had arrived to provoke the English fans, who had reacted and there had been trouble before we arrived. Indeed, later we spoke to an England fan who had a head wound after a Russian had thrown a bottle at him. Even worse is the naive approach here in Marseille. I arrived at my hotel on Friday morning and spoke to the manager who said there had been a police briefing in recent weeks, which was in his words ‘casual’, about the threat of hooliganism. England still has hooligans, and it should have been obvious many would come out of retirement to re-enact the 1998 violence in Marseille. There are plenty of young hooligans, a new generation, who are also here looking for trouble.The notorious Russian and English hooligans converging on Marseille where there is a volatile and large fanbase of the local club must surely have spelled danger?Was enough done to try to prevent the trouble?Doesn’t look like it, does it?Listen, I’m not excusing the idiots involved, whatever nationality. Identify them and lock them up.But it didn’t take an expert to work out what would happen here, did it? 5 5 Adrian Durham will be bringing you the latest from France every day 5 talkSPORT’s Drivetime presenter takes you behind the scenes at Euro 2016 as he provides an account of what he saw during the trouble in Marseille on Friday night…What a long day!I was up at 5am to get a plane to Marseille – although we were nearly grounded before we started as the producer took us to the wrong airport! But with the help of a driver who could be an F1 legend, we just about made it.Went to the wonderful Velodrome Stadium, then to the Fan Park on the beach, and then did the show with Goughie and Joey Barton. Stan Collymore and Joey had a row about Wales, and then we found a bar to watch France v Romania. Dmitri Payet was quality, even before that stunning winner.And then the trouble. After the game was finished, the Senior Gooner, who has family in this part of the world and is a fluent French speaker, and I went to the Queen Vic pub on the Quai de Rive Neuve where there was some trouble on the first night. We wanted to see first hand what was going on. I then did a live phone interview into the Sports Bar with Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy and as I went to air, police charged at an individual, nationality unknown, forced him to the floor and trod on his head, restraining him. It’s believed he had some kind of weapon on him, and earlier in a bar opposite where we watched the game, two Marseille fans had been showing off a weapon they had on them – this wasn’t unusual.A small group of Russians arrived singing a song about Putin, and at that point, police sprayed tear gas, the first time I’ve ever been affected by it. It wasn’t nice, but I remained coherent on air. And then police sprayed vast quantities of it to disperse the crowd, which worked. 5 5 I finished my piece on air, and we walked away from that area, but only two or three short streets away, near the Opera House, and found a bar to sit down and have a beer and chat about what we’d seen.It’s easy and lazy to just say it’s the fault of England fans. Not even that French policeman in riot gear I spoke to said that. You need to assess the facts on the ground – pull them all together. My report is what I witnessed, not the whole evening, not everything that happened in every part of Marseille, it is just what I witnessed at the time I was there on that street.It is also based on what I was told from authorities present, and from fans present.But what I do know for certain is this: hooliganism is on the rise again in England. I wrote about this last month: from Hull fans on the pitch goading Derby players, to West Ham fans bottling the Man United bus, to fighting at the Europa League final.We are still awaiting the investigation into what happened in Basel that night of the Europa final, but UEFA needed to get the message out quickly after that trouble. They failed. It won’t be out until next month. The FA are still investigating the bottling at Upton Park. Why so long? Make it a priority – it’s important!last_img read more

Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, June 17

first_imgThis Friday morning on Sportsday we look back on England’s dramatic 2-1 win over Wales courtesy of Daniel Sturridge’s stoppage time goal.There is also reaction from Northern Ireland’s 2-0 win over Ukraine and Germany’s goalless draw with Poland at Euro 2016.Plus, we have news from Ascot, last night’s Super League action and a rain-effected US Open.All brought to you by Russell Hargreaves and the team.last_img