Nine-man Roma miss out on Champions League

first_imgRoma, who drew 1-1 in Portugal, started as favourites but never recovered after Felipe gave the visitors an eighth-minute lead and the Italians imploded when Daniele De Rossi and Emerson Palmieri were shown straight red cards either side of halftime. Poland’s Legia drew 1-1 at home to Dundalk but progressed 3-1 on aggregate, Celtic squeezed past Hapoel Beer Sheva 5-4 on aggregate despite a 2-0 loss in Israel and Ludogorets held Viktoria Plzen 2-2 away to complete a 4-2 aggregate win. Monaco joined Porto in advancing with a 1-0 win over Villarreal, a 90th-minute penalty by Fabinho securing a 3-1 aggregate victory. AS Roma missed out on the Champions League group stage after having two players sent off and losing 3-0 at home to Porto in their playoff second leg on Tuesday night. Legia Warsaw, Celtic and Ludogorets Razgrad also qualified for the group stage, although none of them won on the night.last_img read more

Chelsea must forget Barca, focus on Huddersfield – Conte

first_imgChelsea manager Antonio Conte has asked his players to put thoughts of facing Barcelona in the Champions League out of their minds and concentrate on getting a result at Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Tuesday.Chelsea face Barcelona in the last 16 of Europe’s elite club competition in February, but the Italian said his team could be in for another nasty surprise on the domestic front if they made the mistake of looking too far ahead.“We must be very realistic to understand that this league is very dangerous,” Conte, whose side lost 1-0 at struggling West Ham United on Saturday, told a news conference on Monday.“We have to go game-by-game and we have to play every game with 120 percent of our strength otherwise we risk to have a bad surprise at the end of the season.”The Italian, who conceded that the league title was out of reach after the West Ham defeat, challenged his players to put things right at Huddersfield.“The first thing for us is to change the final result, because we lost the game against West Ham,” he added.“We dominated the game, we controlled the game… but at the end we lost and I think the most important thing tomorrow is to get the final result.“I look at the present, the next game is against Huddersfield. I like to win and when we lose, I’m not happy. This must be very clear.”Conte reiterated that Chelsea would not be able to defend their title.“When you lose four games in 16 games, this start in my experience you are not able to fight for the title,” he said.“This league is not simple, and we have to fight to find a place in the Champions League. There are a lot of targets in the season.”Chelsea are third in the table while Huddersfield are 12th.last_img read more

Calvin Abueva faces fines, ban

first_imgPNP: Albayalde innocent until proven guilty Another tour of duty for Schrock DOJ dismisses CIDG drug complaint vs Albayalde 3 suspected drug pushers nabbed in Lucena busts LATEST STORIES Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted ‘DOJ charges Albayalde, 12 ‘ninja cops’ with graft Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu 3 arrested in Bicol drug stings MOST READ Calvin Abueva. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix Pulse forward Calvin Abueva stands to be fined heavily and suspended lengthily by the Office of the PBA Commissioner for several incidents on and off the court in the past few games of the Fuel Masters.Commissioner Willie Marcial has summoned the temperamental veteran for a 1 p.m. meeting on Tuesday to explain his actions ranging from supposed disrespectful acts toward Blackwater rookie Bobby Ray Parks’ girlfriend, Maika Rivera, last week to a blatant hit on TNT import Terrence Jones on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments PH Air Force air surveillance radar system project awaits award notice Marcial and his staff have remained mum on the subject, but an Inquirer source said that Abueva is in hot water for the past few games now.Abueva allegedly called Parks’ girlfriend a “bitch” at ringside during a 103-98 win by the Fuel Masters on May 31 at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tReplays of the league’s game tape also showed Abueva doing lewd acts toward the direction of Rivera.last_img read more

City shoot Arsenal to stay in touch

first_imgBut second-placed City showed their determination to hold on to the crown with a first league win on Arsenal turf since October 1975.The turning point came early on when Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny was sent off by referee Mike Dean for a professional foul on Edin Dzeko.Although Dzeko missed the penalty which resulted from that incident, City exploited their numerical superiority in ruthless fashion with goals from James Milner and Dzeko before half-time.City had captain Vincent Kompany sent off in the closing stages, but it was too late to spark an Arsenal fightback and Mancini’s men, who have won five of their last six league games, will believe they can still overturn United’s seven-point lead.In contrast, Arsenal’s spluttering attempts to qualify for the Champions League look more unconvincing by the week and Arsene Wenger’s side remain six points behind fourth-placed Tottenham.City returned a large portion of their 3,000 ticket allocation after fans refused to pay £62 (83 dollars) for seats in the away end, but those who boycotted the fixture missed an historic day for their club.Police had been called to deal with a suspect package in a car park close to the Emirates before kick-off, but it was Arsenal’s hapless defending that gave more cause for alarm.City benefited from those frailties in the 10th minute when Koscielny rashly grabbed hold of Dzeko and hauled the Bosnian forward to the turf as the pair contested a high ball in the Arsenal area.Dean immediately awarded a penalty and sent off Koscielny for his rugby tackle.It looked like advantage City but Wojciech Szczesny came to Arsenal’s rescue as he deflected Dzeko’s spot-kick onto a post with his legs and then clasped the ball to his body as it rebounded along the goal-line and into his arms.Dzeko, attempting to make amends for his penalty miss, screwed a shot wildly off target from a tight angle with two City team-mates screaming for a pass.But City didn’t need to rue Dzeko’s profligacy for long as Arsenal were caught cold by a quick free-kick from Gareth Barry in the 21st minute.David Silva took Barry’s short pass and moved possession onto Carlos Tevez and, with Arsenal’s defenders responding far too sluggishly, the Argentine had time and space to find Milner 10 yards from goal and the England midfielder lashed a superb strike into the far corner of Szczesny’s goal.Arsenal’s defence is fragile at the best of times and, with an extra man at their disposal, City were able to pick them apart for their second goal in the 32nd minute.Pablo Zabaleta brushed Kieran Gibbs aside to steal possession and the City defender released Milner into the space down the left.With Arsenal completely exposed, Milner whipped over a low cross and Tevez’s shot was pushed out by Szczesny only as far as Dzeko and the Bosnian tapped into the empty net from close-range.Javi Garcia almost killed off Arsenal just before half-time when his looping header was nodded off the line by Jack Wilshere.City were content to sit on their lead for much of the second half and Dean gave Arsenal a glimmer of hope in the 75th minute when he ruled that Kompany’s two-footed tackle on Wilshere was worthy of a red card.But the visitors had to survive only one scare when Joleon Lescott cleared off the line from Theo Walcott.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000James Milner celebrates scoring against ArsenalLONDON, England, January 13 – Manchester City kept the title race alive as the champions won 2-0 at 10-man Arsenal to secure their first away league success over the Gunners for nearly 38 years.Roberto Mancini’s side knew anything less than a victory at the Emirates Stadium would all but end their title hopes after leaders Manchester United moved 10 points clear with a 2-1 win over Liverpool earlier on Sunday.last_img read more

Cowboy event, business travel fill local hotels

first_img“April is traditionally the start of Santa Clarita’s high season and that’s evident in these numbers,” Mayor Marsha McLean said. “We set the pace this spring for what we hope will be another busy high season.” In the past year, two new hotel properties have opened in the Santa Clarita Valley. They include the 112-room La Quinta Inn & Suites in Stevenson Ranch and the 140-room Courtyard by Marriott in Valencia. “We’re looking forward to another strong summer season and expect that our occupancy rate will continue to be one of the highest in the Los Angeles area,” McLean said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Fans of the Old West helped spike occupancy rates in Santa Clarita inns in April, according to a consultant’s report issued this week on hotel use throughout the Los Angeles area. Santa Clarita occupancy rates were second only to hotel use in Hollywood that month. The 83.2 percent occupancy was attributed in part to the city’s annual Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival, according to the latest Trends report by PKF Consulting. The festival attracted 8,000 people, many from outside California. No. 1 Hollywood posted an 83.52 percent rate, while the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 spots were West Hollywood at 81.16 percent, Santa Monica at 80.62 percent and the Los Angeles International Airport area at 78.15 percent. Santa Clarita numbers also were driven by business travel and spring break vacationers who crowded Six Flags California’s Magic Mountain. last_img read more

Plan to tame pit bulls hits council snag

first_imgThe program, which was scheduled to launch at the South Los Angeles Animal Care Center Annex, would train the aggressive dogs so they could be placed with loving pet owners, said Linda Barth, assistant general manager of animal services. Barth said they would not try to rehabilitate the pit bulls trained to fight but only the less aggressive animals, which may have simply been neglected. “They would graduate and become more adoptable animals,” Barth said. “A dog that’s left in the back yard with a bowl of water is going to be a bitter dog.” Animal services officials who organized the academy said it would provide valuable obedience training to help city shelters jammed with pit bulls that are often euthanized. Pit bulls made up almost 40 percent, or 2,442, of the 6,312 dogs destroyed by the city in the fiscal year that ended June 30, Barth said. A plan by Los Angeles’ Animal Services Department to hire parolees to run an “academy” to save stray pit bulls hit a wall Tuesday when City Council members demanded more details before allowing it to proceed. Councilman Dennis Zine, a reserve LAPD officer who represents the West San Fernando Valley, called for a Friday hearing on the training academy, which had been scheduled to start Saturday at a South Los Angeles city shelter. The union that represents city employees has objected to the hiring of the parolees and Zine said he’s concerned about using city resources on such a program. “They plan to use parolees for staff,” Zine said. “Pit bulls are controversial and are trained to attack. … We can’t let this proceed with these unanswered questions.” At the city’s Harbor Area shelter in San Pedro, about 290 dogs were destroyed last year. About two in five were pit bulls, roughly mirroring the numbers citywide, Barth said. City shelter managers have difficulty arranging adoptions for the dogs, which are often brought in when the LAPD busts a dog-fighting ring and are more aggressive than others. Animal activists say about half of the dogs brought to city shelters come from breeds with fighting blood lines. Gang members are known to train dogs for sport and wager on the fights with the most aggressive dogs. The issue has gotten much more attention lately with the allegations that NFL quarterback Michael Vick ran dog fights – sometimes allegedly executing and brutalizing losing animals – for gambling purposes. In the LAPD’s Harbor Division, the vice unit that investigates dog fighting hasn’t made an arrest in two years, police said. Phyllis Daugherty, who once ran a former pit bull rescue group, expressed skepticism that aggressive pit bulls can be rehabilitated. “You cannot change the temperament of a dog,” Daugherty said. “…Their time could be better spent working with good dogs.” paul.clinton@dailybreeze.com160Want 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

Aston Villa defender accepts FA improper conduct charge

first_img Federico Fernandez and Micah Richards 1 Micah Richards has accepted a Football Association charge of improper conduct after an incident in the tunnel following Aston Villa’s 2-1 home defeat to Swansea.Villa captain Richards had until 6pm on Thursday to reply to the charge and opted against an appeal.The former Manchester City defender had clashed on the pitch with Swans defender Federico Fernandez – an incident that did not require censure – but continued arguing with the Argentinian once the teams left the field.last_img

The best take on Anaheim

first_img The AMA Supercross Series gets under way tonight in Anaheim and a capacity crowd is expected to be on hand. Not only is McGrath back, on a Honda, but so is defending series champion Ricky Carmichael and teenage sensation James Stewart, who won the two previous stops in the World Supercross GP. Carmichael is back on a Suzuki and Stewart on a Kawasaki. Chad Reed, third in the world standings, is on a Yamaha. Two champions will be crowned at season’s end, one for each concurrent series. “I put my head down, and I was really prepared. I had some great races, and I was very consistent.” And he knows all about Stewart. “There’s a lot of history there. The guy used to come to my house when he was on 60s,” Carmichael said. “He’s an amazing rider and does things on a bike that a lot of people can’t do. He definitely has a new style and new way of riding. I’m here to try to see if I can beat him. He had a great two rounds at the Canadian races. He gave us a lot of motivation, and we’re here to do our best. “It’s great to see a rider evolve as much as he has. I’ve seen him since he was on peewees, and it’s great to see people come up through the ranks and evolve as far as he has.” Stewart has emerged as a crowd favorite at Anaheim, but there remains those who aren’t convinced he can compete with Carmichael. “I’m really more motivated to do it for myself. I’m not out here trying to prove things to anybody,” Stewart said. “I know I have the talent to do it. It’s just putting all the pieces in the puzzle and getting it done. I think that’s the main thing I worked on this year was to make sure that I was ready to go the whole season. I did win some races last year, so I did accomplish some of my goals. “I’m trying to stay consistent. I actually see this race as the third race, not the first one. Going to those world rounds really helped me a lot. If I get a bad start I’ll just try and finish the best I can. It’s a 16-race season and not a one-race shootout.” 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 Clarkson But this is Anaheim, site of 39 previous Supercross main events. “Anaheim is a fun place,” said Reed, the 2004 AMA champion. “I grew up watching Jeremy, and it was called Jeremy’s house. To see the people here get so into it in this stadium is awesome. It is a special place to get a win. All of the teams and industry are here, so it makes it really special. “The goal is to win the title. It is going to be a long season, and you have to be consistent and win when you can. Personally, to win a title is a huge achievement.” Carmichael rebounded from an injury in 2004 to win last season. He is the only rider ever to win for three different manufacturers, and his four titles are second only to McGrath. “Last year was an amazing year for me,” Carmichael said earlier this week. “I felt that being on a new bike, a new team and sitting out ’04 spectating the whole Supercross season, I felt that I had a lot to prove to everyone and myself. I definitely didn’t expect it to go as well as it did. I had every intention of having it go as well as it did in the past. center_img ANAHEIM — As far as Supercross fans are concerned, and some riders as well, Angel Stadium of Anaheim will be forever known as “Jeremy’s House,” a reminder of Jeremy McGrath’s eight wins. Getting No. 9 might be the toughest of all. last_img read more

Butler lightens Lancaster’s load

first_imgGonzalez, last season’s Midwest League MVP at low-Single A South Bend (Ind.), was batting .206 with no homers and five RBIs. He went 2 for 4 with five RBIs Sunday, boosting his average to .237. “Obviously, when a guy hits a couple home runs, it takes a lot of pressure off everybody else,” Rahl said. Mental approach: Gonzalez cited work with hitting coordinator Rick Schu (the JetHawks’ hitting coach in 2001), who visited Lancaster over the weekend, with helping him regain confidence. Gonzalez said the work involved some minor tinkering, but it had less to with his mechanics than maintaining a consistent approach. “Sometimes I just get too excited, and I try to hit the ball too hard,” Gonzalez said. “(Schu) told me to remember the last year. It’s more mental than physical.” Nice pitch: JetHawks pitcher Matt Chico (1-0, 2.08 ERA), who was credited with the victory in Sunday’s game, continues to excel in the hitter-friendly Cal League. Through three starts, Chico has struck out 19 batters and allowed four walks and 12 hits in 17 1/3 innings. ‘Solid’: Butler said he was pleased with his pitching staff’s performance, noting that the team’s poor job situational hitting has magnified everything. Lancaster ranks sixth in the league with a 4.32 ERA. “We’ve really had just one bad start,” Butler said. “For the most part our pitching has been solid.” Power surge: Visalia set a league record with eight home runs in Wednesday’s 17-15 victory over Bakersfield. (818) 713-3607160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“We just talked about relaxing and going out there and having fun,” Butler said. Judging by the results, that message got through. Lancaster, eighth among 10 California League teams in batting and tied for last in runs scored, responded with a breakout game, beating the Quakes 7-5 at Clear Channel Stadium in Lancaster. Highly touted prospect Carlos Gonzalez homered twice, with a three-run shot in the first inning. “We were getting kind of frustrated and (the batting practice) game kind of helped us relax,” JetHawks outfielder Chris Rahl said. “We knew it was going to come, we just kind of had to relax.” When a team is in a slump, the natural tendency is to tighten up and press harder, which typically makes matters worse. It was for that reason that JetHawks manager Brett Butler made a conscious effort to try to lighten the mood before Sunday’s game against Rancho Cucamonga, which came on the heels on a six-game losing streak. Instead of taking batting practice in groups before the game, as the JetHawks usually do, Butler split the team’s 12 position players into two groups and had them play a game involving situational hitting – by far the team’s most glaring weakness to start the Single-A California League season. Butler told his players at the start of batting practice, “Somebody is going to win today,” but the important message was that just because the prospect-rich squad was 2-7, Butler wasn’t panicking. last_img read more