Arsenal look to boost title hopes

first_imgLONDON (AP):Chelsea will make the short journey across London to the Emirates Stadium to face an Arsenal side looking to end their 12-year wait for the league title.While the defending champions have endured a disastrous season culminating in Jose Mourinho’s dismissal, the Gunners are level at the top of the standings.In the most unpredictable of seasons, Leicester, a side that was bottom of the table in April, share the lead with the Gunners while Manchester City are a point adrift in third.The onus is on Arsenal to win the title, with several rivals struggling for form. And with Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola available at the end of the season, manager Arsene Wenger will be hoping his side capitalises on its chance or face the insurmountable criticism and calls for his departure that will likely ensue.NO MORE MOURINHOFixtures between Arsenal and Chelsea have been notorious for the regularity with which Mourinho would taunt Wenger.The Portuguese coach would often remind his counterpart of his trophy drought and branded Wenger a “specialist in failure” back in February 2014.It will undoubtedly come as a relief to the Frenchman to see a different man standing alongside him on the touchline on Sunday, given his atrocious record against Mourinho.Just one win in 15 attempts against the former Blues boss, a narrow 1-0 win in the Community Shield, highlighted the superiority Mourinho had in matches that ultimately mattered.Indeed, a 2-0 home win at Stamford Bridge, while Mourinho was still in charge, saw the visitors finish the game with nine men after Gabriel and Santi Cazorla were dismissed.Guus Hiddink, who is back at Chelsea for the second time in his managerial career, has been tasked with salvaging its miserable campaign.However, so far he has guided the Blues to four draws and one win in his first five league games. The squad is largely void of the confidence that it exuded last season as it won the title at a canter.Last season’s player of the year Eden Hazard has yet to score and misses out through injury, and while striker Diego Costa has struggled for consistency this season, three goals in his last four appearances will be of some concern to the Gunners defense.TOTTENHAM’S TITLE TILTA win for Tottenham away to Crystal Palace tomorrow could provisionally lift Mauricio Pochettino’s side to within two points of the summit.Spurs responded to losing at home to Leicester with a 4-1 thrashing of relegation-threatened Sunderland before exacting some revenge over the Foxes by beating Claudio Ranieri’s side 2-0 in an FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday.Another London derby pits the North Londoners against Alan Pardew’s side, without a win in five league matches.Three consecutive defeats has seen Palace slip to eighth in the table, and barring favourable results the Eagles could find themselves in the bottom half at the end of play on Sunday.Sergio Aguero scored twice for Manchester City at home to Crystal Palace last Saturday as they closed the gap at the top of the table.Despite the striker having suffered with injuries this term, his double against Palace took him onto 10 goals in just 15 appearances this term.last_img read more

Heat end three-game slump, dominate short-handed Nets

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew SEE YOU SOONThe teams meet again next Tuesday in Miami, where the Nets were 2-0 last season.UP NEXTHeat: Visit Indiana on Friday.Nets: Visit Washington on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Magic rally to beat 76ers in Butler’s debut Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIEScenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside (21) drives past Brooklyn Nets’ Jared Dudley (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — The Miami Heat were eager to rediscover their defense after their poor recent performances.They did it rather easily against a team beginning life without its leading scorer.ADVERTISEMENT “I mean, obviously it’s tough in the fashion that it happened,” Nets forward Joe Harris said.“Just the significance of how the injury happened, him being the heart and soul of the team up until this point, our go-to scorer and facilitator. Then obviously just the energy and enthusiasm and leadership that he brings, that’s a void we miss a lot and it is going to be an adjustment for us.”Brooklyn was also without starting center Jarrett Allen again because of an illness.Miami had yielded 116.7 points in its last three games but Spoelstra said before the game the Heat weren’t as far away defensively as they looked during the skid, noting they had the league’s sixth-ranked defense after beating San Antonio before it started.Dragic said the Heat had a meeting to refocus and they were quickly locked in again, limiting the Nets to 6-for-24 shooting in the first quarter. Miami made 62.5 percent of its shots on the other end and led 37-21.ADVERTISEMENT The Nets shot 40 percent overall, but the Heat held them in the mid-30s through three quarters, when the game was decided.“When you play tough, feels like you’ve got more confidence defensively and then when you don’t put pressure on defense, the offense just flows,” Dragic said. “So we feel like everybody battled. We were the more aggressive team tonight.”Johnson shot 9 for 12 against the team that signed him to a $50 million offer sheet two summers ago, but the Heat held onto the guard by matching the deal.Miami led 90-72 lead after three. The Nets did finally cobble together enough offense to briefly get within single digits in the fourth.TIP-INSHeat: Longtime Heat forward Udonis Haslem got into a game for just the second time this season, playing two minutes and making his first field goal of the season. … Richardson played in his 200th career game.Nets: Allen Crabbe, a starter last season who has struggled offensively coming off the bench thus far, was in the lineup in LeVert’s spot but fouled out with just six points. … Brooklyn had won the last three meetings and its only loss to Miami last season came in Mexico City.ROLLER-COASTER RIDENets coach Kenny Atkinson and general manager Sean Marks both talked about the range of emotions that started with seeing LeVert going down in Minnesota with his leg bent awkwardly and taken off to a stretcher, to getting the positive diagnosis of no fractures, no surgery necessary and a potential return this season the following day. Marks wouldn’t put a timetable on a possible return, but the Nets were happy there was even hope of one so soon.“I’m obviously definitely no doctor, but I think from the optics standpoint, when you see something like that, that’s pretty gruesome, you’re fearing the worst unfortunately,” Marks said. “And then you when you get the results, look, he’s going to bounce back and that’s terrific.” MOST READ Tyler Johnson scored a season-high 24 points, Goran Dragic had 21 and the Heat beat the short-handed Brooklyn Nets 120-107 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.Josh Richardson added 15 points and Hassan Whiteside had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who never trailed and led by as much as 23, setting the tone early with far better defensive focus than they showed lately.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It has to be the way for this team,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It’s hard hat, lunch pail every day and there’s no other way.”Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 points for the Nets in their first game since losing Caris LeVert to a dislocated right foot. He could return this season from what appeared to be a severe injury when he was hurt Monday, but it could be a rough road without him for the Nets if Wednesday’s game was any indication. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

Police Launch Search for Accident Vehicle

first_imgPolice in Monrovia have launched a search for a white petroleum tanker truck that fled the scene of a motor vehicle accident last Friday near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, damaging four vehicles.  No one was seriously hurt, police officers told the Daily Observer.  They, however, confirmed that five vehicles were involved, but the main vehicle that was suspected to have caused the accident fled the scene, when confusion broke out as a result of the accident, and none of the other drivers noticed him pulling off. A police source said, “Three drivers, including a woman, who was driving a black jeep with license plate number JSK 01, were sent to the JFK Medical Center for check-up.”  The accident, which took place at 10:30, a.m. brought traffic at Tubman Boulevard to a standstill, creating a several mile long queue of vehicles in all directions.  Police said three of the vehicles were towed to the headquarters of the Liberia National Police, and the fourth vehicle, the black jeep which was stuck between the ministry’s fence into which it crashed, was later towed away to the LNP headquarters, according to officers on the scene.  An eye-witness who saw the accident told this paper, “I saw one of the vehicles summersault, landing on the road.”  Traffic police officers on the scene, led by Lt/Col. Gibson Kaung, began a search for the oil truck that many eye-witnesses said had fled the scene.  “We are still investigating and are looking for the tanker truck that witnesses said caused the accident,” Lt/Col. Kaung told the Daily Observer.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A chance to still be Young

first_imgBecause as he dealt with all sorts of personal problems in 2006, problems mainly of his own doing – an assault charge, treatment for alcoholism and depression, a divorce, hospitalization for diabetes – he also faced a professional crisis. He was cut by the Detroit Tigers with less than a month left in the regular season. So, a few years removed from being an All-Star, Young (Rio Mesa High of Oxnard) was out of the game, and what made it worse was being forced to see and hear all about the Tigers’ run to the World Series. He couldn’t leave the area; a court order required him to take an alcohol-breath test between 7-9 a.m. every morning for 30 days. “You talk about low point,” Young said Monday, speaking to a few reporters at the Washington Nationals’ spring training complex. “If I was in California or Florida, it wouldn’t have been so bad. … But being in Detroit – not good.” He was ready to take a year away from the game, try to sort things out. But thanks to his old pal Jim Bowden, the Nationals’ general manager, Young now has a shot at resuming his career. Bowden, Cincinnati’s GM when Young was with the Reds, called the player this month and offered a second chance. “Jim Bowden had his hand out,” Young said, “and gave me an opportunity.” It came with catches, of course. First, he was given a non-guaranteed, minor league contract. Then there’s this: If Young causes any trouble, he’s gone. “Zero tolerance,” Bowden said. And, finally, Young is relegated to the minor-league program for now, instead of participating in the main camp when full workouts start Tuesday. Which leads to the natural question: Given all of the 33-year-old Young’s woes, is he the best person to have hanging out with the team’s kids? VIERA, Fla. Dmitri Young was not allowed to forget what he lost last fall, not allowed to escape reminders of the one thing that always came easily and gave him a sense of purpose, even as the rest of his life fell apart: baseball. center_img Bowden thinks so. So does Nationals outfielder Austin Kearns, a Reds minor leaguer at spring training years ago when he met Young. “He was one of the guys we looked up to. He treated all of us young guys real great,” Kearns said. “I know people say it a million times: `Everyone deserves a second chance.’ If anybody really does, it’s him, because I know what kind of person he was.” Young relishes the role of mentor. “What I do in there,” he said, nodding toward the minor-league clubhouse, “will reflect what I do over there,” he continued, looking at the field. “There’s a lot of guys that are future big leaguers that are in that room,” Young said. “The only thing I’ve always been was good with the young guys. They see how I act as a big leaguer, hopefully that will rub off.” He has shown in the past he does know how to produce at the plate. Young owns a .289 career average – with 154homers and 599 RBIs – over parts of 11 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Reds and Tigers. “The boy came out of the womb able to swing a bat,” said Barry Larkin, a teammate of Young’s with the Reds and now a Nationals spring instructor. But Young hit .250 with seven homers in 48 games with Detroit before being jettisoned in September in what Tigers president Dave Dombrowski said was “strictly a baseball-related decision.” Young doesn’t buy that. “They were probably saving their own tail, because they thought that the whole court thing there was going to be a distraction for a team that was winning,” Young said. “I thought it was a little (unfair) on their part, especially (because of) the time that I spent with the Tigers and represented them in a positive manner. I would have figured they would support me in the same manner, but they didn’t.” There was a list of things the team could have pointed to: The ongoing court case, which eventually resulted in a year of probation for attacking his former girlfriend. The vision and weight problems he didn’t find out until November were related to Type 2 diabetes. The playing time he missed during the summer, when he checked himself into a rehab center for 30 days. Detroit manager Jim Leyland fired back at Young on Tuesday, saying Young was “totally out of line” for accusing the team of unfairly cutting ties with him last season. “I’m not looking to have a bone to pick with anybody, but knowing what went on last year, for Dmitri to criticize the organization for lack of support I think is totally out of line,” Leyland said. Back in Washington, Young has work to do to get into playing shape. But he’s relieved his health is better after a four-day hospital stay last year (“The diabetes – the numbers were high enough where I should have been dead”). “What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger,” Young said. “I came limping into 2007, but I’m still here.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Mount Mel erupts again

first_imgThe incident is not the first time Gibson’s temper has landed him in hot water. Last summer, Gibson screamed sexist and anti-Semitic insults at police after he was arrested for drunk driving in Malibu. That confrontation came after the blockbuster success of Gibson’s controversial film “The Passion of the Christ.” Last year, when Walt Disney distributed “Apocalypto,” handlers were careful to craft a Gibson image of tolerance. ABC’s “Prime Time” broadcast an hourlong special detailing Gibson’s new-found sobriety as well as his use of Mayan actors and extensive research for the film. But Thursday’s incident again put Gibson on the defensive. Officials from California State University, Northridge, say it came about 20 minutes into a question-and-answer session designed to focus on moviemaking. Gibson had calmly answered several students’ questions about the film when Estrada, an assistant professor of Central American Studies, took the microphone. Estrada said she challenged Gibson’s depictions of bloodthirsty Mayans engaging in sacrificial ceremonies. “I stated a very valid academic question,” Estrada said. “He argues he studies Mayan culture and the representations he provides are authentic. I asked him who his sources were.” Estrada said Gibson used profanity in his response, although CSUN spokesman John Chandler disagreed. “He didn’t respond with a profanity,” Chandler said. “He responded by answering the question.” Estrada said she then handed the microphone to a man described by Guajan as a Mayan community leader, who began reading a lengthy statement in Spanish. After grousing from some in the audience, officials cut off the microphone. “People in the audience began to get restless,” Chandler said. “At one point, a member of the staff said … `Ask a question, or leave.”‘ But Gibson told university officials to turn the microphone back on and Estrada then began to translate. The statement denounced the film as a distortion of Mayan history. Officials said that when it became clear Estrada would not be asking questions related to filmmaking or the film, they called security to escort her out. Guajan said about half the audience applauded when the pair was escorted out by an armed security guard. It was then that Gibson, his face red, uttered the expletive. And then he fired a parting shot: “Make your own movie!” “He was feeling frustrated; there was no other intellectual discussion,” said John Schultheiss, chairman of the department of Cinema and Television Art, which organized the session. “That was his way of summing up: `Gosh, if you aren’t happy with the way an idea is presented to you, then you should present it yourself.”‘ (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I was shocked about his response. I thought he would be more civilized and it would be educational.” Estrada, a scholar of Mayan literature, said Friday that she will seek an apology. “I am demanding an apology not just for myself but also the Central American Studies Program, to the university, and to, most importantly, the Mayan community and members of the Mayan community,” Estrada said. Gibson’s publicist, however, said the actor doesn’t need to apologize because he was more than gracious in answering Estrada’s questions before finally becoming frustrated. “This was just a reaction to someone being disruptive and rude,” said Alan Nierob, Gibson’s publicist. “He went on and completed the session and said it was successful. It’s unfortunate it was tarnished with a momentary confrontation.” NORTHRIDGE – Actor-director Mel Gibson found himself at the center of controversy again Friday, the day after he cursed a Cal State Northridge professor who accused him of racially stereotyping Mayans in his latest film, “Apocalypto.” The expletive came after a late-night CSUN screening of the movie when assistant professor Alicia Estrada questioned Gibson’s sources for the graphically violent film and translated a lengthy declaration denouncing it. Several of those in attendance said Gibson’s outburst came as Estrada was being escorted from the room after a five-minute exchange in front of the audience of 130 mostly film students. “He told her to `F— off, lady,”‘ said CSUN student Josue Guajan, 22, of Van Nuys, a native Guatamalan who is half Mayan. last_img

Former first lady Ford released from hospital

first_imgRANCHO MIRAGE – Former first lady Betty Ford was released from a hospital where she underwent surgery last week, her office said in a statement Monday. “Mrs. Ford is resting comfortably at her home. She is recovering well,” the statement said. The statement did not say when the former first lady, who turned 89 on Sunday, was released from Eisenhower Medical Center. The Ford office has not disclosed the nature of the surgery. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Bogut says goodbye to NBA, vows to win in Australia

first_img“This isn’t an exercise where I’m here to just sell tickets. We want to win games, you know, and sell tickets,” Bogut told reporters in Sydney.“There is no NBA outs in my deal, there is no European outs. I’m committed to be here for two years and that’s very important to put out there.”The Kings did not reveal how much they were paying Bogut, but head coach Andrew Gaze — himself a former NBA player and five-time Olympian — described his arrival as the “greatest coup in the history of the NBL”.The seven-foot (2.13-metre) Bogut, a 13-year NBA veteran, said last month he would not return to the US for the remainder of the 2017-18 season as he wanted to stay in Australia with his pregnant wife.Bogut spent seven seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks from 2005 before being traded to Golden State, the Dallas Mavericks and later Cleveland, where he broke his left leg in his Cavaliers debut.He signed with the Los Angeles Lakers late this year but was waived by the club in January.The NBL’s multi-millionaire owner, Larry Kestelman, described Bogut’s signing as a “game-changer” in his efforts to boost the league since he bought it in 2015 for a reported Aus$7 million (US$5.3 million).“This is without a doubt the biggest signing of a player,” Kestelman said at the press conference.“We started off by changing the rules to allow clubs an easier transition to bring the most valuable and our best players here and there is obviously no better signing than Andrew.”The announcement comes a month after Victoria state authorities said the US men’s basketball team would play the Australian Boomers in a two-game series in Melbourne in August next year ahead of the FIBA World Cup in China.The special series, to be played at the Etihad Stadium on August 22 and 24, will be the first time the “Dream Team” has played in Australia since the 2000 Sydney Olympics.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Andrew Bogut, one of Australia’s most decorated basketballers, said he was committed to playing at home for the next two seasons after singing for the Sydney Kings © GETTY/AFP/File / Sean M. HaffeySYDNEY, Australia, Apr 24 – Championship-winning centre Andrew Bogut on Tuesday vowed to win games and draw crowds after signing a two-year contract with Australia’s Sydney Kings — a move he said would “retire me from the NBA”.Bogut, 33, one of Australia’s most decorated basketballers, said he was committed to playing at home for the next two seasons, in what the Kings hailed as the biggest signing in NBL history.last_img read more

Nose pleasures

first_imgNose pleasures Here are some inexpensive ways to bring fragrance into your home: Plug-in oil diffusers. Plugged into a standard electrical socket, these disperse scent 24/7 for four to eight weeks. Most brands offer refills, and some come with a night light, as well. Stick scents. These scented stick diffusers don’t need to be plugged in, lighted or watched. Simply open a bottle of scented oil and insert porous bamboo sticks, which allow the scent to evaporate and emit fragrance into the air. Flip the sticks weekly for four to six months. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Room air-fresheners. Scents in a wide variety make these static devices appealing. They can also be used only when and where you need them. Flameless candle. This burns scented oil, like a plug-in, and runs on batteries. The candle automatically shuts off after three hours or can be turned off by pressing down on the diffuser. last_img read more

Zlatan Ibrahimovic denies deliberate kick on Seamus Coleman

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has rubbished accusations that he deliberately kicked Seamus Coleman’s head yesterday.Ibrahimovic appeared to kick Everton’s Coleman with his heel as the pair tangled early in the second half during the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.Coleman had to come off a quarter-of-an-hour later. Referee Michael Oliver did not appear to see the incident, leaving open the possibility of retrospective disciplinary action from the Football Association.However, Ibrahimovic insists he did not purposely kick the Killybegs man.“It was a physical game. They played hard,” Ibrahimovic told MUTV.“I heard one of the commentators say I kicked someone in the head on purpose, but it was a 50-50 duel and he pulled me down. “Trust me, if I want to kick someone in the head, I know how to kick someone in the head and make him fall asleep. That is the only thing I have to say.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic denies deliberate kick on Seamus Coleman was last modified: December 5th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:evertonKillybegsseamus colemanlast_img read more

If Lukaku scores, only three Man United players will have hit 20 faster

first_img Yorke played for United between 1998 and 2002, forming a lethal partnership with Andy Cole and was a member of the 1999 treble-winning team impact Watford v Manchester United is live on talkSPORT at 17:30 on Saturday 15 SeptemberRomelu Lukaku is one goal away from his 20th Premier League strike for Man United, a feat he could reach at Vicarage Road and find himself mentioned alongside some club greats.So far the Belgian has 19 in 38 games and, if he reaches the milestone against Watford, only three players will have done it in fewer Premier League games than him. highlights REVEALED Van Persie scored 26 goals in his debut season as United won the Premier League in Fergie’s final term as manager United legend Van Nistelrooy scored 150 goals in 219 games in all competitions between 2001 and 2006 possible standings 3 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Quickest to 20 Premier League goals for Man United England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won BEST OF MONEY Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade ADVICE Ruud van Nistelrooy: 26 gamesRobin van Persie: 32 gamesDwight Yorke: 34 games How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack 3 smart causal Most popular football news Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade silverware Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move In his first season following his £75million transfer from Everton, the 25-year-old scored 16 league goals and added another three this term.However, since becoming a Premier League player Lukaku has shown how prolific he is, with 104 goals in 224 games. RANKED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 3last_img read more