first_imgAndy Gray believes Jurgen Klopp is the right man to lead Liverpool – but has warned he needs time to implement his own ideas.Unveiled on Thursday night, the German signed a three-year contract and promised to bring the same exciting football synonymous with his time at Borussia Dortmund.His arrival has generated a new-found optimism among the Anfield faithful, but Gray, talkSPORT’s expert pundit, has told fans to be cautious.“I think everyone is getting a little carried away,” he said, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “They’re assuming he’s going to walk in, he’s going to turn the magic on, he’s going to turn Liverpool into what he did at Borussia Dortmund. “That took a bit of time and it might take a bit of time at Liverpool. But is he the right guy? Absolutely.“He has coached and managed under these circumstances at Dortmund for years, his English is very good, and he will make them better, but how better, only time will tell.”last_img read more

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Roman Abramovich will be forced to pay Jose Mourinho more than £40million if he fires the Chelsea manager at an emergency board meeting on Wednesday. Abramovich will hold talks with his management team — Bruce Buck, Marina Granovskaia, Eugene Tenenbaum and Michael Emenalo — about Mourinho’s future today and will decide whether to sack him. (Daily Mail)Louis van Gaal is also under pressure at Manchester United. Players have begun to openly question the Dutch boss’ tactics after recent poor performances – with two senior players speaking up in the dressing room following the 1-1 draw at Leicester on November 28. (The Sun)Everton boss Roberto Martinez has dashed any hopes Chelsea have of reviving a move John Stones next month by telling them selling up ‘doesn’t come into consideration’. (Daily Mail)Liverpool have yet to agree a deal for Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic. The 19-year-old is understood to have held talks with club representatives and is keen on a move to Anfield, with Liverpool’s outline proposal a £4.3m offer plus the player remaining on loan until at least the summer. However, Stuttgart have made a £5m offer plus bonus payments and Inter Milan are also interested in the Serbia Under 21 international.  (Daily Mail)Southampton are ready to rescue outcast Andros Townsend from his Tottenham hell. Boss Ronald Koeman is lining up a January move for the England winger, 24, to help get the Saints’ stuttering season back on the right path. (The Sun)Gabriel Agbonlahor, Aston Villa’s club captain and long-serving forward, could be sold in January after falling out of favour with Rémi Garde, the new manager. (The Times)Rob Elliot wants to commit his future to Newcastle by signing a new deal as he targets the Republic of Ireland No 1 spot at Euro 2016. (Daily Mail)And here’s the latest headlines…Jurgen Klopp set to seal first Liverpool signing with transfer Red Star of Belgrade starlet Marko GrujicRoma target January swoop for Liverpool defender Mamadou SakhoLucas Moura admits Premier League interest as Liverpool and Manchester United linked with PSG starTransfer report: Arsenal close to sealing £13m deal for Celta Vigo forward NolitoExclusive – De Boer pours cold water on Bergkamp to Swansea reports: ‘He’s very happy at Ajax’Stoke in talks to extend Marko Arnautovic and Erik Pieters contracts, confirms chairmanRoman Abramovich will soon have no alternative but to sack Jose Mourinho, former Chelsea star Tony Cascarino tells talkSPORT 1 Transfer rumours and paper review last_img read more

first_imgCoral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Sunday’s big game between Liverpool and Manchester United is live on talkSPORT and Clare says the home side are narrow favourites for victory, at 6/5, with the visitors priced at 23/10.There’s also a look at some of the other top-flight games, with Tottenham fully expected to beat Sunderland at odds of 30/100 and surprise title challengers Leicester backed to see of struggling Aston Villa at Villa Park at 23/20.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – Police formally identified Robert Becerra on Wednesday as the gunman in a mysterious shooting that left a customer dead and two workers at a tire shop wounded. Becerra, 29, of Simi Valley allegedly then took his own life with a shot to the head in the Tuesday morning incident. Though its investigators have not yet provided a motive, the Simi Valley Police Department said Becerra did not know Susan Sutcliffe, 53, of Simi Valley, who was waiting for service outside Tire Pros, 4386 Los Angeles Ave. Becerra shot her in the head, killing her, around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“She was just waiting for the store to open,” Sgt. David Livingstone said. “He shows up and starts shooting. It looks like she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. The people at the store don’t even know him.” Becerra is also suspected of shooting Henry John Heeber IV, 37, the store’s owner, in both arms, and 20-year-old employee Albert Ramirez in the stomach. Livingstone said Simi Valley police previously ran across Becerra two years ago, when he fired a handgun belonging to his father at what he believed to be a prowler in the backyard. The shot lodged in a neighbor’s house, but the neighbor declined to press charges, believing the incident was an accident. Becerra also got a speeding ticket this year on Feb. 14, but he had no other criminal contact with police. “It’s a bizarre thing,” Livingstone said. “Normally, we’d have something right away to tell us what the problem was. When no one knows why he was there, it makes it very difficult.”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

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In the Pioneer League … El Segundo’s Hazuki Onaga and North Torrance’s Bea Palileo advanced to the league singles final at the Jack Kramer Club today. Onaga defeated South Torrance’s Jessica Ly, 6-3, 6-3. Palileo beat South’s Esther Kim, 1-6, 6-2, 10-6, in the semifinals. Boys water polo Santa Monica completed a season sweep of El Segundo with an 8-5 Ocean League win, dropping El Segundo into third place in league. Jake Mark scored twice for El Segundo (13-9, 6-4). Also in the Ocean League … Torrance 10, Milken 6: Phillip Collins had four goals as host Torrance (10-16, 1-8) won its first league game. Troy Okasaka and Brian Kata had two goals each for Torrance. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From staff reports Redondo’s Della Taylor advanced to the final of the Bay League singles tournament at Ernie Howlett Park on Wednesday, rebounding from her first loss of the season two days before. After an 8-0 first-round win, Taylor defeated Mira Costa’s Krystal Langley, 6-1, 6-2, in the quarterfinals. Taylor reached the final when her semifinals opponent, Palos Verdes’ Brooke Schweyer, had to forfeit because of leg cramps. Taylor lost to Mira Costa’s Nicole Gibbs, 6-0, on Monday. Taylor will face Palos Verdes’ Kathryn Webb in the final today at 1 p.m. at Ernie Howlett Park. Webb beat Redondo’s Elle Taylor, 6-0, 6-3, in the quarterfinals, and Peninsula’s Cze-Ja Tam, 6-1, 6-0, in the semifinals. last_img read more

first_imgA vertebra had broken and a tumor was discovered on his spine. Cancer. A surgeon removed the tumor and repaired his vertebra, but the treatment for multiple myeloma continues. A stem cell transplant at UCLA Medical Center in Westwood is set for Dec. 18. “I’m a real positive guy,” Vasquez said, watching his colleagues lose their locks. “These people got me believing I’m Superman now.” One by one, officers, firefighters, a park ranger, and a few City Hall employees let their hair down – all the way to the ground. Taking one customer after another, all for free, were Garcia of Ernie’s Chop Shop in Torrance; stylists Chelsea Taylor, Scott Roy and Jana Liston of Bob Roy in Manhattan Beach; and Van Nguyen of Salon Del Mar in Hermosa Beach. Zip. Zip. Zip. Brown, black, gray and blond hair carpeted the ground. For some officers, already with short military-style haircuts, their new look wasn’t so different. But for others, it was a completely new do. “God, it’s cold,” Fire Chief Dennis Groat said shortly after Garcia eliminated any need for a pre-Christmas trim. “I don’t know if it’s a look, but it’s a look.” Among those joining the ranks of the bald were City Manager Geoff Dolan and Police Chief Rod Uyeda. “You can’t help but love this city,” Uyeda said. “This is just incredible.” Vasquez’s mother, Jo Ubina, and wife, Lee Vasquez, looked on, taking photographs and accepting hugs and kisses. Vasquez and his wife have two daughters, Madison, 5, and Ashley, 3. “I cannot believe how many people are here,” the officer’s wife said. “I’m choked up.” In addition to cutting their hair, Vasquez’s colleagues are asking for the public to donate blood and platelets in his honor. As lunchtime approached, a number of men were rubbing the peach fuzz on their scalps and wondering what they would tell their wives. It was all for a buddy. “I think it’s awesome. I can’t believe that many people actually did it,” Vasquez said. “It’s a real big brotherhood, a big family.” [email protected] 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 KingsIn the next 90 minutes, 46 men and one woman would allow Garcia and four other hairstylists to shear their locks to the scalp. It was all for a good cause. Their fellow officer, Mark Vasquez, a 32-year-old husband and father, is undergoing aggressive treatment for cancer and soon will lose all his hair. His fellow officers decided he shouldn’t be alone with the bald look. “He’s going to lose his hair. The least we can do is cut our hair for him and show our support,” Officer Rob Schreiber said. “He’s the best. Doesn’t get much better than Mark.” Two years on the force, Vasquez sought treatment for a sore lower back in January. At first, doctors told him he’d strained it. But after awhile, tests revealed something more serious. MANHATTAN BEACH: Police and firefighters got clipped to support cancer patient and fellow officer Mark Vasquez. Each with a full head of hair, the men started gathering Tuesday outside the Manhattan Beach police and fire station to pose for “before” shots. Five chairs sat empty, waiting ominously for the police officers and firefighters to take their seats. “As far as I know, it’s all `zeroes’ all around,” said hairstylist Ernie Garcia, referring to the setting he planned to use on his clippers. last_img

first_img 9 9 9 9 It’s been a miserable campaign for Chelsea.Languishing mid-table and dumped out of the Champions League and FA Cup, all within three days, has damaged their reputation on the domestic and European stage.Following such a disappointing season, Roman Abramovich may be in a ruthless mood in the summer, with John Terry’s announcement that his contract will not be renewed an example of the harsh procedures behind the scenes at Cobham.But Terry might not be the only player possibly heading to the exit as a consequence of their poor performances this term.View the slideshow above to see whose place in south west London is under threat. 9 5. Abdul Baba Rahman – With the Ghanian having only joined Chelsea last summer, this could be considered a harsh decision by Chelsea. As Filipe Luis discovered, though, few can pip Cesar Azpilicueta in the squad. While injury to John Terry has shifted the Spaniard to the right and Branislav Ivanovic inside, Kenedy has emerged as Hiddink’s first choice at left back with Baba’s performances shaky. If they do sell, though, it’s unlikely they’ll recoup much of the £14m paid shortly before the start of the season. 1. Eden Hazard – check out seven more players facing uncertain futures at the end of the season by clicking the arrow above – The fact remains that when the Belgian is on top form, he is one of the finest players in the top flight, let alone Chelsea’s senior squad. The problem the new manager, and owner Roman Abramovich has, is whether they are willing to gamble on the winger rediscovering his confidence. With no Champions League football next season, Stamford Bridge chiefs may be open to selling for a club record and investing the cash elsewhere. 4. Loic Remy – With Bertrand Traore now ahead of him in the pecking order, keeping the Frenchman at Stamford Bridge in the winter window seems a harsh – and unnecessary – decision. The club’s coaching staff clearly don’t rate the forward, leaving the player with no other choice but to force an exit. With Radamel Falcao and Alexandre Pato likely to leave when their respective loan spells expire and Bertrand Traore still adapting to life in the first team, a replacement will be needed. 9 9 9 6. Diego Costa – There’s no question that Costa is Chelsea’s best striker. His quality, though, isn’t the problem. What is the issue is his temperament and the impact it has on the Blues’ reputation. Not to mention, as he proved in his sending off against Everton, he can be a complete liability. Whoever takes over next at Stamford Bridge may consider a new striker a priority in the summer. 3. Patrick Bamford – Many Chelsea supporters would be saddened to see another promising prospect from their academy forced out, but it’s difficult to envisage any other outcome for Bamford, who signed a new three-year deal in the summer. The striker struggled in his loan spell at Crystal Palace, which was consequently cut short in January, while he is similarly finding life difficult at current temporary club Norwich City. All signs not only point towards a Blues exit, but perhaps a Premier League departure, altogether. 7. Oscar – If Antonio Conte – an admirer of Oscar – arrives at Stamford Bridge, it’s expected that the midfielder will stay but another manager may consider him expendable. His contribution is questionable; in all competitions, the Brazilian has registered just five goals and three assists this season. In the Premier League, he has more yellow cards (4) than goals (3). The Blues need far more from their playmaker, and with such players as Real Madrid’s Isco possibly looking for a transfer in the summer, the Blues may be wise to cash in. 2. Nemanja Matic – It’s been a season to forget for the Serbia international. The majority of his performances over the past seven months have been far below the high standards he set himself last season, with John Obi Mikel moving ahead of him in the pecking order since the turn of the year. Chelsea’s defence has missed him tremendously this term, but having largely adapted without him under Guus Hiddink, he could be among those heading for the exit in the summer. 8. Radamel Falcao – Falcao will be one of the first out of south west London when the season closes. Besides a consolation goal in a 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace, his contribution has been dire. Granted, injury has left him on the sidelines for the majority of the campaign, but this only adds to frustration. It’s time the striker said farewell to the Premier League. 9 9. John Terry – An exit that few at Stamford Bridge want to happen, but one that’s looking increasingly likely. Terry is out of contract at the end of the season, and has openly informed reporters that he has been told, as it stands, his deal will not be renewed. Chelsea’s scouts will no doubt be scouring Europe for who can fill his acclaimed boots.last_img read more

first_img1 Sunderland have granted the Football Association permission to speak with Sam Allardyce about the England job.The 61-year-old boss is a contender to replace Roy Hodgson and, after reports suggested the former West Ham and Bolton boss had met FA vice-chairman David Gill for talks, the Premier League club moved to confirm ‘what was supposed to be a confidential discussion’. Allardyce only took over at the Stadium of Light last October, replacing Dick Advocaat as he helped the Black Cats steer clear of relegation from the top tier. Sunderland made their frustrations clear in the statement, as it disrupts their plans ahead of the new Premier League season. While Allardyce provded to be popular with fans on Wearside, they are, like the club, keen to see a resolution to Allardyce’s future – see some fans’ reaction on social media, below: Sam Allardyce: The Sunderland boss has been given permission to discuss the England job with the FA center_img [View the story “‘Raging!’ – Sunderland fans discuss Allardyce talks” on Storify]last_img read more

first_img At first the jeers directed at Efevberha were overpowering. They booed every time he touched the ball. Efevberha tried to ignore them. Once he started scoring in bunches, he figured, they’d have to respect him. As it turned out, however, the stifling double- and triple-teams the Anteaters threw at Efevberha did more to quiet the crowd than anything he did. Efevberha was held 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting as the Matadors lost 76-62 to UC Irvine in front of 2,038 at the Bren Events Center. IRVINE – They came prepared with homemade signs and witty chants, ready to jeer Cal State Northridge junior guard Mike Efevberha in the same arena that he had once heard so many cheers. Efevberha left UC Irvine two years ago, following an on-campus incident in which he stole a backpack from a female student. He pleaded guilty to petty theft, paid a $425 fine, performed community service, then transferred to Cal State Northridge, where he’s blossomed into the leading scorer in the Big West Conference this winter. Friday night’s game was his first trip back to his former school. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “I didn’t expect them to play as hard of defense on me. They were throwing all kinds of things at me,” Efevberha said. “I wanted this game really bad. I would’ve loved to come down here and win on their home court, just as I would any time on the road. But that’s the way it goes.” As for whether the crowd affected him, Efevberha said he only noticed one sign. In one corner of the Bren Events Center, an enterprising group of students piled a bunch of backpacks under the sign “Free Backpacks, Not a Trap.” “I saw that sign over by the band, but I was able to tune everything else out,” he said. After the game, Northridge coach Bobby Braswell said he was impressed with the way Efevberha handled the situation, but not with his play. “Mike’s got to make better decisions, I think he forced some shots tonight,” Braswell said. “It’s hard to blame him in a situation like this, he really wanted to do well. … When he gets double- and triple-teamed, he’s got to learn how to get his teammates involved more.” center_img It was only the second time in five years Northridge has lost to the Anteaters (7-8, 3-0) in Irvine. The Matadors fell behind 24-7 in the first half, but went on a 14-0 run over the final 7:09 of the half and trailed by only three, 24-21, at halftime. Northridge (6-7, 1-2) led 47-44 with 11:04 remaining in the game, but Irvine hit three 3-pointers and made 16 of 18 free-throw attempts to rally for the victory. The Matadors made just 6 of their 12 free-throw attempts in the second half. “I wasn’t into the kind of reception Mike was going to get, that wasn’t my problem,” Irvine coach Pat Douglass said. “I was more concerned with the things they do well. They pass well, they defend well. They’re a little quicker than us. … There were a lot more pressing areas than the reception Mike was going to get.” Also: Northridge senior point guard Bakari Altheimer left Friday’s game midway through the first half with a concussion and did not return. His status for Sunday’s game at Long Beach State is uncertain. Afterward, Altheimer said he was feeling OK. 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

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita But a leg injury has cost her what would have been her senior season. She will redshirt after being slow to recover. However, the 49ers’ own Big West POY candidate has been ready and able to go every game. On a team with plenty of contributors to the hot start, senior guard Crystal McCutcheon averages 16.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, and though her shooting touch is off as it has been in the past two games, she continues to do the job defensively, with a team-high 40 steals on the season. A pair of Lynwood High graduates lead the Matadors in scoring. Junior LaJoyce King tallies 10.9 points per game, while Jazelle Burries has 10.8 a contest. LBSU won last season’s meeting at CSUN, 89-74. Matt Zimmerman can be reached at [email protected] or (562) 499-1338. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Instead, while LBSU is rolling along with its best conference start in years, CSUN is in the middle of the pack. That’s what happens when a team loses a preseason conference player of the year candidate to injury. Ofa Tulikihihifo was named first-team all-Big West as a freshman, sophomore and junior. Last season, Tulikihihifo led the Matadors to a 66-63 upset of LBSU at the Walter Pyramid. center_img It’s important to stay focused, to not take anyone too lightly. But it’s undeniable that Long Beach State’s challenge today will not be as tough as it could have been. At Cal State Northridge, the 49ers (10-5, 3-0 Big West) take on the Matadors (5-10, 2-2) in a 4 p.m. game that could have been so much more. last_img read more