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Klopp ignores Premier League talk

first_img0Shares0000BERLIN, April 17- Borussia Dortmund’s want-away coach Jurgen Klopp is refusing to listen to any talk of his future in the English Premier League and concentrating instead on his last few matches.Having won the 2011 and 2012 Bundesliga titles, then finishing runners-up to Bayern in the last two seasons, Klopp dropped a bombshell on Wednesday by revealing he would quit Dortmund at the end of the season after seven years. Ex-Mainz boss Thomas Tuchel is tipped to take over at Borussia for next season while Klopp has been linked to several Premier League sides including Manchester City and Arsenal.The Gunners’ ex-Germany defender Per Mertesacker has said Klopp would do well in the Premier League, while ex-England internationals Paul Scholes and Gary Lineker have said they want to see Klopp coach in England.The 47-year-old wants to bow out by lifting one last trophy with Dortmund still in the hunt for the German Cup where they face holders Bayern Munich away in the semi-finals on April 28.Second-half goals by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Shinji Kagawa sealed Dortmund’s 3-0 league win over relegation-threatened Paderborn on Saturday which left them eighth and just outside the Europa League places.But after his first match since his announcement, Klopp insists he has given no thought to his future.“I have had no time to think about it and at the moment, it’s really not important,” Klopp told Sky Sports.“I want to finish things here first.“Everything is possible.“It could be that nothing happens and we take a year off.“We’ll go as a three-man coaching complete coaching team (along with assistants Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz), but right now, no-one knows what will happen in the next year.”With his quick-wit and designer stubble, the charismstaic Klopp has earned cult status at Dortmund.He received a standing ovation late in the Paderborn game at Dortmund’s sold-out 80,667-capacity stadium, but he insists there is no time for sentimentality in the hunt for a Europa League berth.“I think it’s really good that people here have focused on the football,” he said.“It was all about the team playing well in a great atmosphere, it was nice (to get the standing ovation), but as a person, I can’t go through that every week.“It will be a really emotional time during the next few weeks, but until then I will have to wear my armour, so to speak, because this is all about football.“When things like that happen, I can’t allow myself to pay too much attention, instead I have to try and ignore it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

PSG frustrated by Toulouse after Champions League exploits

first_img0Shares0000Toulouse’s goalkeeper Alban Lafont stops the ball kicked by Paris Saint-Germain’s forward Edinson Cavani on February 19, 2017 at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris © AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMONPARIS, France, Feb 19 – Paris Saint-Germain missed the chance to eat into Monaco’s lead at the top of the French Ligue 1 table after being held to a 0-0 draw by Toulouse at the Parc des Princes on Sunday.At the same venue where they had blown away Barcelona five days earlier, winning 4-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, Unai Emery’s side could not break down mid-table opposition. Edinson Cavani struck the woodwork in the second half for the defending champions but Toulouse held out as PSG failed to score in a game for the first time since the start of December.The draw extends Paris’ unbeaten run in all competitions to 13 games going back to before Christmas but it also means they end the weekend still three points behind leaders Monaco.The principality side needed a Bernardo Silva equaliser in the second half to come from behind and draw 1-1 at struggling Bastia on Friday, while Nice are only behind PSG on goal difference thanks to their 1-0 win at bottom club Lorient on Saturday.Wylan Cyprien scored the only goal for Nice, who held on after having Mario Balotelli sent off in the second half.Lyon’s forward Alexandre Lacazette (L) celebrates after scoring a goal against Dijon with teammates Christophe Jallet (C) and Memphis Depay on February 19, 2017 © AFP / ROMAIN LAFABREGUE“We have missed an opportunity today. We need a little more energy and desire to win matches like this,” said Emery, whose team lost 2-0 in Toulouse earlier in the season.“The team has made a lot of progress but there are still things we need to work on and improve.”Emery made five changes to the PSG team from the Barcelona game but was without Angel Di Maria, the Argentine struggling with a muscle injury after scoring twice against the Catalans.Here the home side had almost all the possession and chances, but teenage Toulouse goalkeeper Alban Lafont saved from Lucas Moura early on before Cavani battered a rising shot just wide.Marco Verratti was brought off the bench after the break to pull the strings and PSG camped in the Toulouse half but Cavani struck the frame of the goal from close range after Lafont had saved the Uruguayan’s initial attempt.Marquinhos then threw himself at a Lucas corner only to see his header blocked on the line, and PSG will now hope to get back to winning ways when they go to great rivals Marseille next week.– Lyon boost Euro push –Earlier, Alexandre Lacazette scored his 21st league goal of the season as Lyon fought back from behind to win 4-2 at home to Dijon.Montpellier’s defender Nordi Mukiele (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Saint Etienne on February 19, 2017 © AFP / PASCAL GUYOTCorentin Tolisso put Lyon ahead at the Parc OL but goals from Julio Tavares and Lois Diony had Dijon leading until the hosts came roaring back late on.Tolisso netted again with a speculative effort from 20 yards to make it 2-2 with 10 minutes left and Lacazette then put Lyon in front with a penalty in the 84th minute before Nabil Fekir wrapped up the win at the death.The result strengthens Lyon’s grip on fourth spot as they sit four points clear of Saint-Etienne, Marseille and Bordeaux with a game in hand.“We didn’t give up and we showed great character. It is a victory that can help to unite us even more as a team,” said Lyon coach Bruno Genesio.Meanwhile Saint-Etienne lost 2-1 at Montpellier despite taking an early lead through Kevin Monnet-Paquet, and Les Verts also finished the game with 10 men after Jorginho was sent off early in the second half.Christophe Galtier’s side host Manchester United in the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Wednesday with their hopes of progress all but over after losing 3-0 at Old Trafford in the first leg.Francois Kamano, Nicolas Pallois and Gaetan Laborde scored as Bordeaux beat 10-man Guingamp 3-0.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Teen’s zest for life recalled

first_imgDuring her first year at Glendale College, Brittani Idom’s future was wide open. She was pursuing her true passion of cheerleading with thoughts of one day opening a combination restaurant and dance studio. “Her first love was cheerleading,” Idom’s mother, Jodi Mason, said Monday, recalling the 18-year-old captain of her college cheerleading squad who was killed by gunfire in a senseless shooting last week. “She was just a people person. Everybody who came in contact with Brittani loved Brittani. She was soft-spoken, very intelligent and very, very pretty.” In fact, Idom even considered trying out for the Dallas Cowboys cheerleader squad in 2008, and her extended family was preparing to give her a new car for her 19th birthday next month. “We were going to buy her a green convertible Mustang,” Mason said. “She already had it picked. Her favorite color was green, she would always say, because of her dad’s eyes.” But talk of her career goals and birthday plans were now just memories as her extended family mourned the loss of a young woman at Mason’s Altadena home. “This was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Mason said. “She didn’t have any enemies, not one. She was just a lovable, likeable person.” Police said Idom and her friend, an 18-year-old woman, were in the Lafayette Park neighborhood late Thursday to visit a nightclub. When they couldn’t get in, they got back on the road. She was driving west on Washington Boulevard near Crenshaw Boulevard when a gunman drove up next to her car and fired several shots. Idom was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she died from a gunshot wound to the head. Her friend was not injured. No one was arrested, LAPD Detective Christine Holroyd said Monday. There were some 60 people at the scene, but few offered any leads. Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson, whose district covers the Mid-City, has proposed a $50,000 reward, pending City Council approval Friday, for information leading to the arrest of Idom’s killer. “We lost our baby,” Reginald Mason Jr., Idom’s stepfather, said. “If you were there and if you’ve seen anything, just come forward. Even if there isn’t money involved, conscience should tell you to come forward.” Idom grew up in Altadena and graduated from Pasadena High School in 2006. Though she lived with her mother and stepfather in Altadena, she remained close to her father. She moved to Inglewood to live with him prior to starting her first year at Glendale Community College. “We kind of got the same personality,” father Byron Idom said. “We can sit here and talk a lot, and we can sit here and just read each other’s eyes, and not say anything.” In fact, she inherited her father’s love for cooking and food. Their final Father’s Day together was spent at Redondo Pier. “I said ‘Brittani, what do you want?’ She said ‘Everything’” her father recalled. “We started with some sauteed shrimp with garlic bread, then we went on to some oysters on a half shell. We went on with some live crab.” Family members said she was a natural cheerleader. She joined a local cheer squad even before she met the minimum age of 5. “She wanted to cheer so bad, we had to bend the truth a little bit,” her mother recalled. “We said she was four, but she was really five. She was really good at it because she was really tall.” Anyone with information on Idom’s killing can call Los Angeles Police at (213) 473-0446. — Eugene Tong, (818) 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

Soldiers take up sick boy’s cause

first_imgBy Katarina Kratovac THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD – An Iraqi boy born with a rare congenital defect captured the hearts of a group of U.S. soldiers who stumbled upon him in a farming village southeast of Baghdad. The 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment decided to help. Six months and two intricate surgeries later, Ihaab Najim Mohammed, 5, has a chance at a full, healthy life. The U.S. soldiers got in touch with a hospital in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles south of Baghdad, where a team of Iraqi doctors agreed to perform the surgeries on Ihaab at no charge. The next hurdle was to get Ihaab to Najaf. Driving was impossible; the roads through the volatile area south of the Iraqi capital were too dangerous. Hathaway’s soldiers appealed to the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, who offered to lend them his own aircraft. Iraq’s Ministry of Health also helped with hospital logistics. By early June, two Black Hawks, two Apaches and a Medevac team were ready. But Ihaab wasn’t. He was crying, afraid to leave his mother behind. “He was scared at first,” Hathaway said, describing how Ihaab sat in his father’s lap in the helicopter. “We had to stop and refuel, and he seemed to relax after that. He seemed to be having a good time near the end.” The first surgery, on June 17, went well, Hathaway said, but Ihaab still had to carry the colostomy bag. He returned to Najaf for a second surgery that completed the reconstruction, and on Oct. 8, the stoma was permanently closed. Ihaab has been recovering in Najaf and is expected to come home soon. 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Born with an obstructed bowel condition, Ihaab was taken to a Baghdad pediatric hospital when he was 3 days old. At the time, surgeons created an opening, a stoma, on the abdomen, so Ihaab could pass stool. But as he grew, the stoma could not keep up. Ihaab’s health worsened and he increasingly faced severe infections. Unemployed and with seven children to care for, Ihaab’s father, Najim Mohammed, 40, could not afford the $3,200-reconstructive surgeries he was told his son needed. He was plagued by anemia, stunted growth and the discomfort of having a bag attached to his abdomen to hold his intestines. “No one knew exactly what, but we had to do something,” said squadron commander, Capt. Jimmy Hathaway of Fort Benning, Ga. last_img read more

VIDEO: Watch Luis Suarez’s tantrum over being left out of Uruguay team

first_imgLuis Suarez completely lost it with Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez after he was left out of the squad for the 1-0 defeat to Venezuela in the Copa America.Suarez didn’t feature in the tournament and despite completing the warm up, was not even named on the bench as Tabarez insisted his star man was not fit enough, no matter how angry he got about it.However, Tabarez was left red-faced as his side crashed out at the group stage after West Brom’s Salomon Rondon scored the only goal of the game.See the video above for Suarez’s tantrum after finding out he was not to be involved in the game!last_img read more

No. 3 Villanova too much for Louisville

first_imgRandy Foye scored 24 points and No. 3 Villanova pulled away late to beat No. 9 Louisville 76-67 on Thursday night in the Big East Conference opener for both teams in Louisville, Ky. Allan Ray added 17 points for the Wildcats (10-0). David Padgett had 17 points and six rebounds for Louisville (11-2), which was making its debut in the Big East after moving over from Conference USA. No. 6 Illinois 60, No. 7 Michigan State 50 : Dee Brown scored a career-high 34 points and Illinois (15-0) held visiting Michigan State (12-3) nearly 33 points below its average to win their Big Ten-opening showdown. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Stanford 80, Oregon State 66 : Chris Hernandez scored 10 of his 20 points in the final five minutes in helping Stanford (5-6, 1-2) beat the visiting Beavers (7-6, 0-2). California 77, Oregon 66 : Ayinde Ubaka scored a career-high 29 points and Leon Powe added 27 to lead the Golden Bears (9-3, 3-0) past the visiting Ducks (7-7, 1-1). Women No. 2 Duke 87, Florida State 68: Monique Currie had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists to help Duke (13-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) beat visiting Florida State (9-5, 0-1). No. 6 Maryland 67, No. 19 Boston College 64, OT : Shay Doron hit a 3-pointer and two free throws in the final minute of overtime to lift visiting Maryland (14-1, 1-0 ACC) over the Eagles (12-3, 0-1). No. 18 Ohio State 104, Penn State 69 : Ron Lewis scored 26 points and J.J. Sullinger added 18 and they combined to hit all but one of their 19 shots from the field as the Buckeyes (11-0 Big Ten, 1-0) beat the visiting Nittany Lions (8-4, 0-1). No. 24 West Virginia 57, South Florida 53 : Mike Gansey scored 18 points and Kevin Pittsnogle had 16 to lead visiting West Virginia (9-3, 1-0 Big East) past South Florida (6-8, 0-1). center_img No. 10 Ohio State 82, Northwestern 54 : Jessica Davenport scored 22 points to help visiting Ohio State (10-2, 2-1 Big Ten) beat the Wildcats (4-9, 0-3). No. 11 Michigan St ate 75, Penn State 53 : Liz Shimek scored 22 points and set a school record for rebounds in a career (968) as Michigan State (11-3, 2-0 Big Ten) beat visiting Penn State (6-8, 0-3). No. 14 Purdue 61, Indiana 56, OT : Katie Gearlds scored 19 points to lead Purdue (11-2, 3-0 Big Ten) past visiting Indiana (8-6, 2-1). No. 15 Minnesota 73, Wisconsin 67 : Kelly Roysland had 19 points and seven rebounds to help Minnesota (9-2, 2-0 Big Ten) beat visiting Wisconsin. No. 16 Stanford 80, Oregon St ate 60 : Jillian Harmon scored 22 points to help the visiting Cardinal (9-4, 4-1 Pacific-10) beat the Beavers (6-5, 0-3). Harmon made 9 of 10 shots from the field and Candace Wiggins scored 18 points for the Cardinal. No. 17 Georgia 84, Mississippi 70 : Tasha Humphrey had 29 points to lead the visiting Bulldogs (10-3, 1-0 Southeastern) past the Rebels (10-4, 0-1). No. 21 New Mexico 59, No. 22 Utah 42 : Brandi Kimble scored 16 points to help New Mexico (11-3, 1-0 Mountain West) beat the visiting Utes (9-3, 0-1). Oregon 70, California 41 : Chelsea Wagner scored 17 points to lead Oregon (10-3, 1-2 Pac-10) past the visiting Golden Bears (11-4, 3-2). 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

Trial ordered in 3 deaths on freeway

first_imgLANCASTER – An ex-convict accused of being a wrong-way drunk driver and killing three nail-salon workers when his car slammed head-on into their car has been ordered to stand trial on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Prosecutors said George Earl Walker’s 2001 Ford Mustang had been speeding south in the northbound lanes of the Antelope Valley Freeway for at least 41/2 miles and barely missing other vehicles before slamming into the women’s Honda Civic in August 2005. “He was driving the wrong way on the 14 Freeway, hit the car with the three women and killed them,” Deputy District Attorney Susan Choi said. His blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.15 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08 percent. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Walker was bound over for trial after a preliminary hearing last week and remained in custody in lieu of $425,000 bail. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, drunk driving and misdemeanor driving the wrong way. Walker’s attorney, Michael Ross, said his client has never been convicted of drunk driving. Ross also said that an officer who investigated the fatal accident testified that one of the women, who was in the back seat, was wearing her lap belt incorrectly. “One woman had her seat belt on improperly, under her arm instead of over her shoulder, and that contributed to her death,” Ross said. In the Civic, Vui La, 61, of Glendale and Thanh Le, 56, of Long Beach, were both dead at the crash scene, and Mydung Nguyen, 47, of Bakersfield was flown by helicopter to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia, where she died. All three women had worked together at a Lancaster nail salon before the crash, which happened Aug. 14 about a half mile north of Avenue N. Walker, 44, of Lancaster, was sentenced to five years in prison in 1986 for a conviction of attempted voluntary manslaughter, state Department of Corrections records show. California Highway Patrol records show the first call about the wrong-way vehicle came in at 1:48 a.m., about six minutes before the fatal crash. Prosecutors said one witness reported that Walker’s Mustang had entered the Antelope Valley Freeway at Avenue I. Minutes later, another motorist reported narrowly avoiding a head-on crash with the Mustang traveling the wrong way at high speed south of Avenue K. At almost the same time, a CHP officer came upon the collision south of Avenue M. Prosecutors said that at least 10 motorists saw Walker driving the wrong way before the collision and had to take evasive action to avoid hitting him. (661) 267-5744160Want 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

Jane Fonda on Lindsay Lohan’s scolding: she needed it

first_img “She’s in the magazines, so you always know what she’s doing because you can just read about it in the tabloids,” Fonda said. “She parties all the time … And you know, she’s young and she can get away with it. But, you know, it’s hard after a while to party very hard and work very hard. She learned that, I hope.” Lohan’s publicist, Leslie Sloane, did not immediately return an e-mail from The Associated Press . Lohan plays a troubled teen in “Georgia Rule,” which co-stars Fonda and Felicity Huffman. The film, currently in production, is expected to be released next year. Fonda is still sympathetic toward Lohan, who is estranged from her imprisoned father Michael Lohan. “I just want to take her in my arms and hold her until she becomes grown-up,” she said. “She’s so young and she’s so alone out there in the world in terms of structure and, you know, people to nurture her. And she’s so talented.” 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jane Fonda praised a studio executive’s recent scolding of Lindsay Lohan for her absences on the set of their film, “Georgia Rule.” “I think every once in a while, a very, very young person who is burning both ends of the candle needs to have somebody say, `You know, you’re going to pay the piper, you better slow down.’ So I think it was good,” the 68-year-old actress told “Access Hollywood.” In July, James G. Robinson, CEO of Morgan Creek Productions, chided Lohan, 20, in a letter for her behavior on a movie set and doubted her absence was related to heat exhaustion. “We are well aware that your ongoing all-night, heavy partying is the real reason for your so-called ‘exhaustion,”’ he wrote. Fonda agreed.last_img

Boeing has new head of sales team

first_imgBoeing announced that Larry Dickenson has been named to lead the Boeing commercial airplanes sales team as vice president, sales, reporting to commercial airplanes President and CEO Scott Carson. Dickenson, 63, replaces Carson, who was named president and CEO in September. Dickenson will have responsibility for sales of commercial airplanes and related services to airline customers and leasing companies around the world. His replacement in Asia/Pacific sales will be named shortly, the company said. “Larry has been a proven leader in building and maintaining strong relationships with our customers,” Carson said. “He understands our customers and knows how to bring our resources together to meet their needs. We look forward to Larry bringing his leadership and experience to the entire sales organization.” 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 MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsDickenson has led the commercial airplanes Asia/Pacific sales organization for more than 20 years, where he was responsible for sales operations in China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and other markets in the region. Prior to his career at Boeing and beginning in 1983, Dickenson was vice president of aircraft programs at Texas Air Corp., which at the time was the parent company of Continental and Eastern Airlines. Previously, he was vice president of commercial sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa at McDonnell Douglas, beginning in 1978. Dickenson holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University, Fresno, and also attended The Advanced Management Policy Institute at the University of Southern California.last_img read more

Everton boss Ronald Koeman remains on trail of Benfica striker

first_img Benfica want £40m at least for Raul Jimenez 1 Everton are keeping tabs on Benfica star Raul Jimenez.The Toffees were chasing the 26-year-old during the summer and there were even reports that they failed with a late loan bid.Everton remain on the hunt for a new forward after selling Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United in the summer.And, according to Record, Ronald Koeman’s side are still closely monitoring Jimenez ahead of the January transfer window.The Mexico international has long been linked with a move to England and West Ham are said to be admirers of him too.However, it could take a bid of more than £40million to convince Benfica that they should sell.last_img read more