first_img1 Liverpool beat Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge and it’s fair to say it wasn’t just Kopites who enjoyed it.It was manager Jurgen Klopp’s first Premier League win as Reds boss and it was a game he is unlikely to forget.Philippe Coutinho scored twice and Christian Benteke got the other after Ramires had given Chelsea an early lead.‘RAMIRES IS STILL LOOKING FOR COUTINHO’ – FANS LAUGH AT BLUES MIDFIELDER AFTER GOALThe icing on the cake, of course, for Liverpool fans was when Klopp replaced Adam Lallana with Dejan Lovren in the final moments of the game. The funniest reaction as Liverpool beat Chelsea 3-1 last_img read more

first_img Matt Jarvis Norwich have agreed a deal to sign winger Matt Jarvis from West Ham.The 29-year-old, who moved to Carrow Road on loan in September, will sign a three-and-a-half-year contract on January 2.The fee for Jarvis is undisclosed but is reported to be around £2.5million, meaning the Hammers have taken a big loss on a player they signed for a then club-record £10.75million in 2012.Jarvis has made seven appearances for the Canaries so far and scored two goals, including one on his debut in a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth.He told the club website: “I’ve really enjoyed my time here so far, so I’m delighted to sign on the dotted line.“It’s nice to get it done before the window opens as the club have shown they really wanted me. I had a great start here and hopefully I’ll be back up-and-running soon for the rest of the season.“My first game especially was great. To get out in front of the home fans and score in a win was a perfect start which carried on for a while.“Unfortunately I then picked up an injury but I’m desperate to get back fully-fit, and back playing. To get the deal sorted is really nice and I’m looking forward to helping the team as soon as I can.”City boss Alex Neil added: “Matt is a good competitor and a good team player.“He’ll give us pace on the other flank which I don’t think we’ve had. Only a few years ago he commanded a transfer fee of over £10million and as a player he has a lot to offer.” 1last_img read more

first_img Striker: Roberto Firmino Central midfield: Jordan Henderson (captain) 11 11 Centre-back: Dejan Lovren 11 11 Goalkeeper: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Currently at Barcelona) – to see the XI that Klopp could use after the January transfer window, click the arrow above – Ter Stegen is looking to leave the Catalans in a bid to enhance his Euro 2016 hopes – with Liverpool a very viable destination. Centre-back: Mamadou Sakho 11 11 Right-back: Nathaniel Clyne Left-back: Alberto Moreno 11 11 11 Liverpool are tipped to be one of the more active Premier League clubs heading into the final week of the transfer window.January is usually viewed as more a time for desperate rather than essential signings as clubs look to rectify a poor first half to the season.The Reds would certainly fit into that category, and Jurgen Klopp will be looking to freshen up his squad after inheriting too much mediocrity from the Brendan Rodgers era.Widespread reports claim Liverpool are monitoring a number of potential recruits at the moment, with some much closer to penning deals than others.So, once the window closes next Monday, how would Liverpool ideally line up if they secured their prime targets?Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who made the XI…NB: This line up also takes into consideration Reds players who will still be unavailable because of injury next week.LATEST LIVERPOOL RUMOURS AS REDS SCOUTS WATCH MARSEILLE DUO AND STRIKER EYES JANUARY EXIT 11 Central midfield: Emre Can Central midfield: James Milner 11 Attacking midfield: Alex Teixeira (currently at Shakhtar Donetsk) – Texeira has already expressed his desire to leave Ukraine for Merseyside, leaving it to the two clubs to try and thrash out a deal. Shakhtar want £38m – a fee that would make him the Reds’ club record signing if it materialised. Attacking midfield: Philippe Coutinho last_img read more

first_imgBarcelona have not given up on signing Arsenal and Liverpool target Nolito – and will attempt to tie up a deal before the summer.The 29-year-old looked set to return to his former club Barca during January but they failed to agree a deal with Celta Vigo and his move fell through at the 11th hour.The news came as a boost to both Arsenal and Liverpool, who have reportedly tracked the striker all year.The forward has hit eight goals in 15 La Liga outings so far this term and the form has impressed both the English sides.But according to reports in Spain, Barcelona are ready to go back to Celta Vigo to discuss a move ahead of the summer transfer window.Luis Enrique remains a big fan of Nolito and is determined not to let the £14m-rated hotshot leave Celta for anyone other than Barca. 1 Nolito in action for Celta Vigo last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – My sister warned me. Just wait, she said. You’ll be fighting with Olivia about clothes and things she wants to buy. Not my child, I protested. Remember, she lives with a mother who can squeeze a penny so hard that Lincoln winces. My child couldn’t possibly have such tendencies. But my sister was right. My oldest daughter, who is now 12, is often irritated that I’ve made the mall a mostly forbidden zone. She’s allowed to venture there only a few times a year when absolutely necessary, such as when her toes are crushed inside her shoes or her jeans could be mistaken for capri pants because they are so short. Kevin Durant, the No. 2 NBA draft pick for the Seattle SuperSonics, is working with Nike to develop a reasonably priced sneaker. Although the shoe may not debut for at least a year, the strategy is worth noting now. “The whole concept behind Kevin’s desire to see more affordable shoes in the marketplace stems from his belief that kids should be able to make a purchase for quality shoes without their families having to make huge financial sacrifices,” said Mary C. Ford, public relations director for Goodwin Sports Management, which represents Durant. “Kevin is a product of two parents that worked hard every day to provide for him and his brother and knows that a lot of inner-city kids are not as fortunate.” Durant is following other NBA players who are doing the same thing. Stephon Marbury of the New York Knicks teamed up last year with New York-based retailer Steve & Barry’s to create a basketball sneaker for $14.98. Ben Wallace of the Chicago Bulls will launch his new basketball shoe and clothing line Oct. 29. The line is called the Big Ben Collection. All affordably priced and also sold at Steve & Barry’s. I love that $14.98 price, especially considering how fast kids grow. As the mother of a 9-year-old son, the price of the sneakers makes me want to skip. As you might expect, I would never buy my son – or allow him to purchase – the $100-plus sneakers endorsed by sports figures such as Michael Jordan. And I can’t believe any child of his age would need such an extravagance. Furthermore, I wouldn’t want to put him or my daughters in harm’s way. You hear about robberies involving the ridiculously and shamefully overpriced Air Jordans or high-end coats bearing The North Face logo. In the late 1990s, kids were being robbed of their high-priced Eddie Bauer coats. Thank goodness there’s a growing trend for affordable but hip items that won’t make your kid a target. Tennis star Venus Williams has collaborated with Steve & Barry’s to produce a good-quality but low-priced line of clothing and shoes. Called “EleVen,” the line features more than 120 pieces, including several styles of athletic footwear and athletic apparel, jeans, gym bags and jackets. The best part is that everything in her EleVen line is priced at less than $20. Williams announced details of the line last month at the U.S. Open. The apparel will hit store shelves Nov. 15 and will be sold exclusively at Steve & Barry’s nationwide. Athletes working to sell quality, inexpensive clothes should be commended and their lines supported. “It’s not every celebrity or athlete who remembers where they came from and what their parents had to do to clothe and feed their family,” said Howard Schacter, chief partnership officer for Steve & Barry’s, who also manages the celebrity brands. “These are people who came from humble beginnings, and they have not forgotten that.” Steve & Barry’s should be commended as well. Schacter said the retailer is searching for other big-name personalities who embrace the good-quality-but-low-price vision. “We want to work with people who share the same passion that your self-esteem and money shouldn’t be wrapped up in the logo that appears on your shoe or your jeans pocket or the breast pocket of your shirt.” Now that’s a retailer who shares my philosophy. Listen to Michelle Singletary discuss personal finance every Tuesday on NPR’s “Day to Day.” She can be reached at The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20071, or at [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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityWhen we pass by a mall, Olivia begs to go in. I refuse and then she gives me the look. My daughter handles her money well. She’s frugal, too. But the pressure is building as she looks on as her peers get showered with the latest brand-name clothes and electronic toys. I did relent and let her buy trendy lip gloss. I couldn’t see why the lower-cost ChapStick wouldn’t do, but you do have to let some things go. Our biggest battle is over the question of a cell phone. I say absolutely not. She rolls her eyes and glowers at me with that preteen glance that silently says, “Nursing home.” But there is one bright spot for parents determined to buy inexpensive clothing for our children. More celebrities and athletes are coming out with affordable products for families who don’t want to go broke buying brand-name items. last_img read more

first_imgSOCCER: No one knows if Yallop will be back next month for a barnstorming tour. By Billy Witz STAFF WRITER After a season-ending loss to Chicago knocked them out of a playoff berth on Sunday, the Galaxy met for about an hour Tuesday morning. Then many of them packed up and headed out of town until late next week, when they’re to begin practicing for a four-game, four-nation barnstorming tour with David Beckham. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But when they return, will Frank Yallop be with them? A day after telling his players during a team meeting that his job is in jeopardy, the Galaxy coach said he hasn’t heard from Galaxy president Alexi Lalas or anyone else in the organization about whether he’ll be back next season. “I’ve heard nothing from anybody,” Yallop said Wednesday. “In the next week or so, we’ll talk about planning for next year, so I’ll get a better idea of what (Lalas) is feeling. If people think I’m a bad coach and have coached this team badly, they can say that. “But I feel that not all the results were down to coaching.” Lalas declined an interview request, a team spokesman explaining that he wouldn’t have answers to reporters’ questions until next week. The spokesman for AEG president Tim Leiweke, who manages the companies’ sports enterprises and led the signing of Beckham to a five-year, $32.5 million contract, did not respond to an interview request. Yallop won two MLS Cups in San Jose and was respected for his work with the Canadian national team, but in his 1 seasons in Los Angeles he’s missed the playoffs twice – the only times in franchise history – and like many in the organization appeared overwhelmed at times by Beckham’s arrival. Speculation has swirled around Yallop’s job status since Beckham arrived in mid-July to a floundering club that was derided by one English paper as a good pub side. In August, one report had him set to be fired and replaced by former German national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who has worked as a consultant for the Galaxy, served as an advisor to AEG in designing the Home Depot Center and lives in Huntington Beach. A month ago, the Times of London reported that AEG was approaching former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho with an offer to take over the team. “There’s all kinds of rumors going around right now,” Galaxy defender Ante Jazic said Tuesday upon exiting the meeting. “It’s hard to know what’s really happening.” One popular rumor is that Yallop will return to San Jose, which was granted an expansion franchise to replace the club that moved to Houston a year ago. Yallop sidestepped whether he’d want to return to San Jose. “I need to wait and see what L.A. says to me,” Yallop said. “Until I hear different, I’m the coach of the Galaxy, so I’m not going to comment on that.” The Galaxy players, coaches and a few staff members – but not Lalas – met Tuesday to discuss the upcoming trips to Minneapolis, Vancouver, Sydney, Australia and Wellington, New Zealand. Instead it turned into an open forum on what went wrong this season, with Yallop and many of the veterans – including Beckham, team captain Landon Donovan and goalkeeper Joe Cannon – speaking out. “Frank made it really clear how he felt,” according to one player, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “He made it clear he wasn’t comfortable. “In San Jose, when he won, he felt comfortable making decisions he felt good about. This season, there was a lot of pressure with David getting minutes. It was tough on him. If he plays him, he gets a lot of (flak). If he doesn’t, everyone is asking why he didn’t play him. “Basically, he was venting. He said, `My job is on the line.’ He promised to do better if he got the chance.” Team chemistry was also a subject that was addressed. Cliques developed within the team – mostly along the lines of age – and some felt like it affected the team’s play, especially when so many new faces were thrown into the lineup. Beckham asked how he could do better as far as interacting with his teammates. “He made himself vulnerable,” the player said. When Beckham was signed in January, it was with expectations of the Galaxy becoming a club whose name – and merchandise – would be known world-wide. But the Galaxy won just three MLS games in the 3 months before Beckham’s arrival. Then, with a back-loaded schedule that included three coast-to-coast flights in three weeks, injuries began to pile up – including Beckham’s sprained knee, which along with an ankle injury allowed him to play just two complete games. A late-season five-game winning streak, the club’s longest since 1998, put the Galaxy back in playoff contention until they fell to Chicago, 1-0, in the season finale. While the season took its toll on Yallop – he erupted into a profanity-laced answer when asked after one loss about his team’s injury troubles – he always had the public support of many of his players. Donovan and Chris Klein were among those who publicly lobbied for Yallop to stay on. “I’m the type of person who doesn’t worry about what anybody else thinks. I know if I’m doing a good job,” Yallop said. “You could have hired Jose Mourinho and he wouldn’t have done any different. “You can work with the tons of injuries and the schedule and all the things. He’s a fantastic coach, but in the circumstances, I don’t think anybody would have done differently. At one point, you’re just chucking guys on the field and hoping to get a result. We never felt like we really had a chance to have a breath until the end.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_img1 Simon Mignolet has no desire to be Liverpool’s hero in the Europa League final despite earning praise from former Reds goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek.The Merseysiders will be aiming to secure a first European triumph since their famous Champions League win over AC Milan in 2005 where, after coming back from 3-0 down, Dudek was the star in the penalty shoot-out.The former Poland international, who replicated Bruce Grobbelaar’s ‘spaghetti legs’ for the penalties, stopped efforts from Andrea Pirlo and Andriy Shevchenko having also denied the Ukrainian with a memorable double-save in extra time.Dudek last week hailed the current Liverpool goalkeeper but Mignolet wants to avoid the spotlight in Basle against defending champions Sevilla on Wednesday.He said: “I know Dudek spoke well about me. I want to thank him for that as he was one of my heroes when I was younger because of what he did in that Champions League final.“One thing I’d like to make clear is that I don’t want to be a hero in the final, I don’t think it’s important for any individual to do that.“Of course people will decide games like any other but what is most important to me is that we win the final. It doesn’t matter in what kind of way.“Winning the final is all important. Being the hero doesn’t make any difference to me.“It can go to extra time and penalties and then of course I would get the chance to help the team and be decisive but hopefully we can win it inside 90 minutes.”Mignolet watched Dudek’s 2005 heroics in the garden of the family home and they have stuck with him ever since.If it does come down to penalties, however, there will be no antics from the straight-laced Belgian.“Dudek didn’t only make great saves in the shoot-out but he made a few before that,” he added.“The final could have been finished before penalties but for his double save from Shevchenko and then he put the strikers off in the shoot-out and delivered for his team.“I’ve seen what Grobbelaar did against Roma too but I don’t think I’ve got the shaky legs!“There is so much pressure on the penalty taker so I suppose anything that puts him off will help.”READ MORE: Jerzy Dudek – Having ‘passionate and enthusiastic’ Jurgen Klopp as manager is a big advantage for Liverpool Simon Mignolet is expected to be in between the sticks for Liverpool in the Europa League final last_img read more

first_img1 Garry Monk Garry Monk has been confirmed as Leeds United’s new manager.Monk succeeds Steve Evans at the helm of the Championship club and has signed a one-year rolling contract.The 34-year-old was a free agent having been sacked by Premier League club Swansea in December last year.He told Leeds’ official website: “It feels great to be here. I’m extremely honoured to join Leeds United Football Club – we all know the history of the club and the standing it has in English football.“I feel really honoured to be here and I’m really looking forward to the challenge ahead.“The passion of the fans, the history and the ambition of the owner all ties in with what I wanted to do.“I want to be challenged and really get my teeth into a big project. That was the underlying factor throughout the whole process and that’s the reason why I’m here today.“This is definitely the right challenge for me and I’m really happy to be here.”Previous Leeds head coach Evans left the cub Tuesday, when confirmation he would not be offered a new contract ended his seven-and-a-half-month spell at Elland Road.AXED LEEDS BOSS STEVE EVANS TELLS TALKSPORT: ‘I AM JUST HONOURED TO HAVE MANAGED THAT CLUB’MK Dons boss Karl Robinson turned down the offer to work with Cellino last week, and Darrell Clarke opted to sign a new three-year deal at Bristol Rovers after they had been asked permission by Leeds to speak with their manager.Monk was quick to make an early impression as a bright young manager after being appointed by Swansea in May 2014.He had spent the previous 10 years as a central defender and skipper at the Welsh club, whom he joined when they were in League Two, and had been handed the temporary role as head coach following the sacking of Michael Laudrup in February 2014.Monk guided Swansea to their highest Premier League finish of eighth in his first full season, but after an encouraging start to the 2015/16 campaign – he was August’s manager of the month – the club dismissed him after a run of just one win in his last 11 games.Former Cagliari owner Cellino kept Evans waiting three weeks before instructing Leeds secretary Stuart Hayton to inform the Scot he would not be offered a new contract despite meeting his remit of keeping the club in the Championship.Evans was the sixth head coach to lose his job under Cellino, who had previously sacked Brian McDermott, David Hockaday, Darko Milanic, Neil Redfearn and Uwe Rosler.Cellino was recently charged by the Football Association over an alleged breach of its agent regulations, while he has also served a Football League ban for tax evasion.His ownership has come under increasing criticism from fans, with the ‘Time To Go Massimo’ protest group particularly vociferous. Cellino announced a fortnight ago – not for the first time – he wanted to sell the club.last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BATON ROUGE, La. – Two students were found shot to death in a home invasion at a Louisiana State University apartment, and officials decided to keep the campus open Friday while police searched for three suspects. The victims, Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma and Kiran Kumar Allam, both Ph.D. students from India, were found inside an apartment at the Edward Gay complex late Thursday night after authorities received an emergency call. Police patrols were increased on the 30,000-student campus Friday and students were told to be cautious, but the university was not locked down. Students were taking the last of their final exams, and many had already left for the semester. The decision not to lock down the campus was made by police after they determined it was an isolated incident and would not spread to other areas of the campus, LSU Chancellor Sean O’Keefe said at a Friday morning news conference. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAllam’s pregnant wife called 911 at 10:37 p.m. Thursday after finding the men dead, according to Srinivasa Pothakamuri, a friend of Komma, and campus officials. Komma, a biochemistry student, had been visiting Allam.last_img read more

first_imgLA CA9ADA FLINTRIDGE – Even Charles Elachi, the director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, admits it would be difficult for the lab to match its past two years in the spotlight. But as the year gets under way, he said, “I think 2006 is going to be almost as exciting as 2004 and 2005.” On Jan. 15, the Stardust return capsule will parachute to the Utah desert bringing samples it collected from the tail of comet Wild 2. Ken Atkins, the mission’s project manager at JPL from 1995 until 2000, said Stardust will be the first sample return mission to come back from beyond the moon. Of course, while the new missions progress, other lab employees will work with the 16 ongoing missions JPL manages throughout the solar system. Elachi said the Cassini orbiter will fly past a Saturnian moon about once a month throughout the year, bringing new discoveries with each pass. With the new year, the lab has completed its funding-related layoffs, which cut about 5 percent of employees, bringing the lab workforce to about 5,000. And Elachi said “we envision for the foreseeable future we will stay roughly at the 5,000 level.” [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonMost planetary missions send robots to conduct experiments in place. But many times, the technology the robots carry is outdated by the time they reach their destinations. “What we’ve got here is a chance to bring those samples back to Earth,” Atkins said. “And there we can use the finest instruments in the world to investigate these particles.” After that high point, Elachi said the lab hopes one of its satellites, CloudSat/Calipso, which was supposed to launch in 2005, will launch in late February. It is designed to study the Earth’s clouds to improve weather prediction models. The launch has been delayed by an ongoing strike of Boeing technicians. In March, all eyes will turn to the Red Planet and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Once there, it will begin a five- to six-month process of adjusting to get in close enough to obtain the highest resolution public images of any planetary body, including Earth, ever captured. “What we’re hoping to see is the detail of the morphology so we can better understand the processes on the surface,” Elachi said. last_img read more