Pochettino admits Tottenham outcast is heading for the exit door

first_img1 Mauricio Pochettino says Andros Townsend’s situation is ‘obvious’ as he conceded Tottenham are ready to sell the winger this month.Townsend has found himself out-of-favour this season and has not played for the club since clashing with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner in November.Newcastle are reportedly keen on signing the 24-year-old, while Southampton and Watford are also understood to be monitoring his situation.“It’s always about rumours, but it’s true that when some players are not much involved in games, players always want to play and try to find solutions,” said Pochettino.“And I think it’s obvious the situation of Andros.”Pochettino suggested Townsend would not be on his way out of White Hart Lane if the Premier League relaxed its rules around match day squads.The Argentine feels he should be able to put 14 players on the bench to keep his squad happy, rather than the seven currently allowed.”He said: “The rule in the Premier League is that you can only pick 18 players, and if we change the rule like in Italy where you can put all the players on the bench, maybe that would be better and help the manager in the future.“Some players don’t deserve to miss out, but it’s impossible because you can only pick 18.“Maybe it’s better you pick your starting XI but all the squad can sit on the bench. Then you can use every player that you have in the squad.” Andros Townsend last_img read more

Sunderland 2-1 Manchester United: Pressure mounts on Van Gaal as Black Cats stun the Red Devils

first_img1 Sunderland beat Manchester United 2-1 at the Stadium of Light Manchester United have been left stunned at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland deservedly clinched three points in front of a delighted home crowd.January signing Wahbi Khazri opened the scoring for the hosts, before Anthony Martial netted the equaliser to make it all square at the break.A David De Gea own goal, however, sealed victory for the Black Cats, boosting their fight to avoid relegation and leaving the Red Devils six points adrift of the top four.With fourth-placed Manchester City six points ahead, United headed into the game knowing that no less than victory would be required if they were to sustain a challenge for a Champions League spot.Despite this, they got off to a terrible start.With less than three minutes on the clock, winter window arrival Khazri, much to the shock of even the home fans, whipped the ball into the box from the left flank and watched as his curling delivery passed everyone by, including De Gea to open the scoring.Van Gaal’s side almost hit back immediately, with Juan Mata playing Wayne Rooney in, but the striker’s effort was blocked by Patrick van Aanholt at close-range.The Black Cats responded to their one-goal lead as any relegation-threatened predictably would; dropping deep, almost encouraging their opponents to press forward.It looked to be more of the same for United, with much possession and little penetration; half an hour in, however, and the pressure was ramped up.Juan Mata came close on the edge of the box, exquisitely meeting the ball on his majestic left foot, but his effort fell comfortably into the midriff of Vito Mannone.It was a frustrating first half for the visitors, but shortly before the break the pressure finally paid off, with Martial, again playing out of position on the wing, grabbing the equaliser.Mannone initially denied a powerful strike from Mata, only to see his save fall into the path of Martial and the Frenchman made no mistake, beautifully dinking the ball over the Italian goalkeeper from an acute angle.Donald Love later made his debut, replacing Matteo Darmian, who left the field clutching his shoulder, adding to a lengthy injury list.The Red Devils were desperate to grab a second before the referee blew his whistle, with Mata, Rooney and Martial causing plenty of problems for Allardyce’s men.The hosts, though, held on, leaving all to be fought for in the second half.It was more of the same as the final 45 minutes kicked off, with United continuing to dominate play.Sunderland, though, looked dangerous on the counter-attack, and De Gea’s goal was threatened more than he would have thought acceptable.Memphis Depay, who seems to have lost the trust of his manager over the past few months, replaced the ineffective Jesse Lingard on the hour mark, and soon after his arrival the Netherlands international almost set up his side’s second.Having surged into the box, from the left wing, he squared the ball to an unmarked Wayne Rooney only for a superb block by Jack Rodwell denying the England captain what looked to be a certain goal.With time running out, United seemed to be lacking in ideas.And true to the most unpredictable of seasons in Premier League history, Sunderland took the lead with late on, with another of the hosts’ new signings proving crucial.Lamine Koné rose highest from the corner, and his header crept under the legs of De Gea which, sadly for the Spaniard, goes down as an own goal.Van Gaal turned to Under-21 star Will Keane, bringing off Morgan Schneiderlin.Depay cried for a penalty in the final minutes, believing his effort on the half-volley had illegally been blocked by the arm of John O’Shea.His pleas were swiftly ignored by the officials, however, and the resulting corner was dealt with by Sunderland.Again, it’s back to the drawing board for the under pressure Van Gaal.last_img read more

Liverpool target doesn’t want to leave, insists Lazio sporting director

first_img1 Lazio star Antonio Candreva Liverpool target Antonio Candreva will not leave Lazio, according to the club’s sporting director.The winger was linked with a switch to Anfield in January and it had been rumoured Jurgen Klopp would make another attempt to sign the Italian international in the summer.But Igli Tare has shot down that suggestion, claiming that Candreva and Lucas Biglia – another player linked with a move away from Lazio – will be going nowhere.“I’ve always thought that Candreva and Biglia are two very important players and I don’t think that they have ideas of leaving,” Tare told Corriere dello Sport.“I don’t think there will be problems in the case that they want to leave Lazio, I say that to leave something important you have to have something really important.”last_img read more

Father shot dead in B.P.

first_imgLos Angeles County sheriff’s detectives do not believe the shooting was gang-related and did not know if Garcia was specifically targeted. Authorities say some witnesses saw a dark-colored sport utility vehicle or pickup truck speeding away from the scene after the shooting. But detectives had no leads Tuesday. “We don’t know what this was about,” said David Coleman, a lieutenant with the sheriff’s homicide bureau. “There were no witnesses. No one heard anything. We have no idea whatsoever what occurred.” Family members said Garcia – who had his own apartment – had come over Monday evening to drop off some laundry, visit with his mother and have dinner. “He was here like every day,” said Jessica Garcia, Oscar Garcia’s sister. “After my mom fed him (on Monday), he walked out of the driveway and we heard the gunshots. That was the last we heard of him.” Jessica Garcia ran outside and to aid her brother, but when she got there, he was already dead. Robert Esquivel, who lives across the street from where Oscar Garcia was shot, said he heard the gunfire. “Yeah, I heard the shots, but that is pretty normal around here,” he said. Esquivel, who works graveyard shifts, tried to go back to sleep, but then heard helicopters circling the area. “I came outside and there was the ambulance and the body bag,” Esquivel said. On Tuesday, at the site where Garcia died, a small memorial had been set up with flowers and candles. A crowd of relatives and friends of the man – who recently became a father – gathered at the memorial to remember him. Neighbors described Oscar Garcia as a “good guy,” who was warm, kind and always smiling. Friends say he graduated from Sierra Vista High School last year. “We just can’t believe it,” Jessica Garcia said, adding that her brother was excited about being a new father. He has a 4-month-old son. While some residents described the area as usually quiet and safe, others said that in recent years the neighborhood has been plagued with crime. Esquivel said that since moving into the neighborhood a month ago, he’s heard shots fired at least every other day. “I can’t draw any conclusions about a trend or otherwise,” Coleman said. Oscar Garcia’s death marks the third homicide in Baldwin Park in less than two weeks. On Nov. 14, Pedro “Pepe” Estrada, 40, and his son, Luis Estrada, 14, were shot to death in front of their Downing Avenue home – in a neighborhood just a few miles from where Oscar Garcia died. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Shooting in Baldwin Park • Video: Shooting in Baldwin ParkView Larger Map BALDWIN PARK – Authorities are searching for the people who gunned down a 19-year-old father Monday night while he was visiting family, officials said. Oscar Garcia of West Covina was walking to his car from his parents’ home about 8 p.m. in the 13100 block of Waco Street when he was shot in the torso, authorities said. Garcia died at the scene. last_img read more

Foreclosure plan debated

first_imgA government proposal to freeze interest rates on home loans made to borrowers with weak credit would have limited effects in stemming a surge of foreclosures, analysts say. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is hashing out the plan’s details with other federal banking regulators, mortgage industry executives and investors. Details of the plan are expected later this week. However, less than a third of $1 trillion in outstanding subprime mortgages are likely to qualify for the plan, said Guy Cecala, publisher of Bethesda, Md. trade publication Inside Mortgage Finance. And the economic benefits are at best uncertain for many mortgage investors, Cecala added, although he expects most players in the industry to participate – if only to avoid a tarnished reputation with the public. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsPublicly opposing the plan, Cecala said, is “kind of like criticizing apple pie at this point.” Loan servicers, which collect and distribute payments to investors, are being asked to give extensions, which could range from two to seven years, for subprime mortgages due to reset at higher rates in the coming years. The Bush administration’s plan is being aimed at homeowners who are making payments on time at lower introductory mortgage rates but cannot afford a higher adjusted rate. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. estimates that 1.1 million borrowers are in that situation. Still, many categories of risky loans aren’t included in the plan at this point, other analysts noted, including loans in which borrowers used “piggyback” home equity loans to finance a home purchase and loans in which borrowers weren’t required to document their income. “Many government and policy makers feel this is a subprime problem, which is completely wrong,” Friedman Billings Ramsey analyst Paul J. Miller Jr. wrote in a research note Tuesday. “The plan will not rescue the housing market.” And loan modifications, regardless of who qualifies, aren’t a panacea, Miller added, estimating that about half of modified loans default anyway over the long run. In a speech at a housing forum here Monday, Paulson said he believed the mortgage industry would implement the new program quickly. “What was a fragmented, cumbersome process can be a coordinated effort which more quickly helps able homeowners,” Paulson said, acknowledging the limits of who will qualify. “Some of these homeowners will become renters again.” President Bush said Tuesday that the mortgage industry’s complexity has meant the plant has “taken a while” to develop. “You’ve also got people all around the world who now own U.S. mortgages,” Bush said. “And so it’s a complex assignment.” Some on Wall Street warn of a flood of lawsuits if the government tries to coerce loan servicers to modify mortgages held in complex mortgage securities to modify loans, without being certain that affected investors will benefit in the long run. “It’s a real mixed bag for investors ” Brian Gardner, a Washington policy analyst with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc. Some investors are likely to go along, realizing they’ll take a small loss, he said. Others, notably speculators betting that mortgage securities will drop in value, are likely to be opposed, he said. Meanwhile, Democrats and consumer advocates question whether the administration’s efforts go far enough. Democrats are pushing their own initiatives, including legislation – ardently opposed by lenders – to allow mortgages on primary residences to be modified in bankruptcy court. The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing on that proposal for this afternoon.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_imgAdvertising featureWatch out the Nissan Micra’s about!The Pink Nissan Micra is on tour in Donegal this week in conjuction with Breast Cancer Ireland. Over the years, the Micra has been and still remains one of Ireland’s most popular cars with just short of 100,000 Micras sold in Ireland since its launch in 1983.Throughout those 30 years the Micra has undergone many facelifts and changes but the ethos of the car is still the same today as it was back in 1983.It’s a car that is enjoyable to drive, economical to run, reliable, and packed full of innovative specification to enhance the driving and ownership experience.Call Inishowen Motors, Drumkeen today and book a test drive 0749134567   THE MICRA IS PRETTY IN PINK ACROSS DONEGAL THIS WEEK was last modified: February 27th, 2013 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:Inishowen MotorsNissan Micralast_img read more

Forest 1-2 Brighton: Sidwell’s late strike keeps Seagulls in touch with top two

first_img Lewis Dunk opens the scoring for the visitors 1 Steve Sidwell scored two minutes into stoppage time to steal Brighton a 2-1 victory on the road at Nottingham Forest. The three points moves Chris Hughton’s men to within a point of second-placed Middlesbrough in the Championship table, while strugglers Forest are fifth from bottom with just one win in their last ten. Lewis Dunk gave the Seagulls a first-half lead before Forest striker Dexter Blackstock drew Paul William’s side level early in the second half. As the match looked to be heading for a draw, Sidwell, on loan from Stoke, pounced in the penalty area to coolly win it for his side late on.The home side did not muster a meaningful moment of menace until the 17th minute, but it was one that almost saw them snatch the lead against the run of play. Henri Lansbury saw space open up for him as he advanced towards goal and he let fly from 22 yards but saw David Stockdale push his curling drive around the foot of the post.Forest were conceding a host of free-kicks – with Bojan Jokic also booked for a foul – and it was to prove costly in the 27th minute when Jiri Skalak whipped in a free-kick from the left side. Dunk beat the Forest defence and the advancing Dorus de Vries to the ball on the edge of the six-yard box to power a simple header home, albeit with a slight deflection off Danny Fox.Forest wanted a penalty when Jamie Ward beat Stockdale to a high ball just inside the box and went down after colliding with the keeper, but it would have been a generous decision with seemingly little contact made.There was another moment of controversy before half-time as Connor Goldson appeared to impede Lansbury when he looked to close down the keeper – and injured himself in the process.With the Brighton man prone on the turf, Forest played on and Ben Osborn’s cut-back set up a golden chance for Chris Cohen, who shot over. The Brighton players reacted furiously, but the goal would have stood had Cohen found the target.And it took only five minutes after the interval for the home side to claw themselves level, after Bruno Saltor conceded a free-kick on the Forest left. Lansbury’s delivery was enticing and Blackstock’s header was just as accurate as he flicked the ball across goal and into the net off the inside of the post to make it 1-1.Keeper De Vries had to make a fine save to deny Hemed after he connected with an acrobatic volley. But, shortly after Dunk had been booked for a bad foul on Gardner, Forest should have taken the lead when Blackstock fed Lansbury through only for the Reds skipper to lift a shot over the bar.But it was Sidwell who was to decide the outcome with his injury-time strike.last_img read more

No Man United or Chelsea players, so who is the Premier League’s top right-back?

first_img 5 5 5. Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) – Click the arrow, right, to see who has been this season’s top right-back! – Clyne has been solid for Liverpool all season – arguably the only one of their defenders able to say that about their performances. Looks likely to hold down the right-back spot for England at Euro 2016 in the summer but his club manager, Jurgen Klopp, will be expecting him to improve even more next season once he brings in his own recruits. 3. Danny Simpson (Leicester City) – Released from Manchester United, deemed surplus to requirements at Newcastle but now a key player for table-topping Leicester City, Simpson has had quite the turnaround. The only blemish on his splendid season is his silly sending off away to Arsenal when the Foxes were 1-0 ahead but went on to lose 2-1 after his dismissal. 4. Bacary Sagna (Manchester City) – When he left Arsenal, Sagna appeared to be destined for a bit-part role behind Pablo Zabaleta but the Frenchman has established himself as City’s first choice right-back this season. Manuel Pellegrini has begun to rotate the pair in recent weeks but Sagna’s all-round play makes him one of the stand out full-backs of the season. 5 5 Right-backs have evolved over time to almost become wing-backs in the mould of a Dani Alves, the Barcelona and Brazil ace.While the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea have trialled a number of full-backs this season, others have excelled and overtaken many of last season’s top performers.But who are these top performers?Click the arrow above, right, to see the five best performing right-backs in the Premier League this season.REVEALED: BEST LEFT BACKS THIS SEASON 2. Kyle Walker (Tottenham) – Walker has been brilliant for Tottenham this season and will hope it is enough to persuade Roy Hodgson to take two right-backs to the Euros rather than one and a versatile centre-back. Offensively he is very dangerous and although he is still capable of some suspect defending, so great is his pace that it gets him out of a lot of problems. 5 1. Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) – Another Barcelona academy prospect snatched from under their noses by Arsenal, Bellerin has become the outstanding right-back in the league. His has famously overtaken Theo Walcott as the fastest player in the Premier League and as a result is able to play almost as a wing-back while not shirking his defensive responsibilities.last_img read more

Palmdale airport backers see the plane as half full

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe slow start to the service highlights the continuing challenges for officials trying to regionalize air travel and ease a growing strain on LAX. United spokesman Jeff Kovick declined to comment specifically about the Palmdale market, but noted there’s a “transition period” to inform customers about a new service. “Generally speaking, we are flying where we believe our customers want to go and where we can profitably offer service,” Kovick said. The numbers haven’t discouraged officials with Los Angeles World Airports, which owns and operates the Palmdale facility as well as LAX and airports in Ontario and Van Nuys. “We feel that the new service and new airport is performing within our expectations,” said Paul Haney, LAWA deputy executive director. “Certainly the air service is getting very favorable reviews from travelers. They are happy because it keeps them off the freeway.” United Airlines’ twice-daily service between Palmdale and San Francisco has won over John Smith, who operates a Lancaster-based travel agency. He has been booking San Francisco tour packages for customers, and no longer has to make the arduous drive to Los Angeles International Airport to pick up out-of-town staffers who come to Lancaster for meetings and training. “It’s only 10 minutes to go to the airport. You don’t have to be there two hours before takeoff,” Smith said. “You can pull in 20 minutes before takeoff, park for free, walk in and get on the airplane and go.” Despite Smith’s glowing review, the 50-seat jets out of L.A./Palmdale Regional Airport have been only about one-third full since the service launched six months ago. In all, the airport has served about 10,000 passengers. LAWA forecasts that Palmdale’s passenger traffic will continue to climb and hopes to have 50 percent of the airline seats filled by June, Haney said. The goal then will be to have airline operations break even at the 18-month mark, he added. The service debuted June 7 with much fanfare and is supported by a $4.6 million incentive package put together by LAWA, the city of Palmdale and others, with about $2 million for underwriting losses incurred providing the service. Palmdale is seen as playing a key role in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s regional airport strategy to spread Southern California’s air traffic from LAX to other facilities. LAX handles 61 million passengers a year, and Los Angeles city officials have agreed to cap airport traffic at 78 million annually even as aviation demand is expected to double in the next 20 to 30 years. United’s current traffic out of Palmdale is a mix of business and leisure travel, with about 40 percent making San Francisco their final destination and about 60 percent going on to other locations, Haney said. Passengers are primarily people who either live or work in the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita and the surrounding High Desert area, Haney said. “Obviously in the Antelope Valley, there’s a significant government/military market, and we are very pleased that we are capturing that market with some discount government fares,” he said. [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

Christmas schedule

first_imgGOVERNMENT: Federal, state, county and city offices, courts, libraries and animal shelters will be closed. MAIL: The U.S. Postal Service will not deliver mail. SCHOOLS: Schools will be closed. TRANSIT: Buses and subway services in Los Angeles will run on a Sunday schedule. Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita, Ventura County Dial-a-Route buses and Metrolink trains will not run. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonBANKS: Banks and financial markets will be closed. TRASH: Trash pickup will be delayed a day in Los Angeles and Glendale. Pickup will be on a regular schedule in Burbank. STORES: Malls will be closed. Some supermarkets could be open for limited hours.last_img read more