Manchester United have insisted wantaway goalkeeper David De Gea will not be frozen out of first-team affairs despite his failed attempts to leave the club.De Gea made it clear he wanted to leave Old Trafford for hometown club Real Madrid this summer, only for the deal to fall through late on transfer deadline day.Reports recently emerging from Spain suggested the player is concerned about his chances of playing under Louis van Gaal this season, while claiming the club will not consider him for selection unless he signs a new contract.The glovesman was sidelined by manager Van Gaal during August while the uncertainty over his future continued, but the club say De Gea will now be treated just like any other member of the squad.A United spokesman told Press Association Sport: “Those reports are absolute rubbish, the team will always be picked solely on merit.”The rumours claimed that De Gea may not get a fair crack of the whip for United, something that would be a big problem for him at international level for Spain with the Euro 2016 finals next summer.United are convinced, however, that De Gea will maintain his professionalism and compete for a first-team place against Argentina keeper Sergio Romero.Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque, meanwhile, has called for De Gea to “be professional and move on from this episode”, warning that he needs to be playing regularly at club level to remain in the international picture.“I hope that he starts playing again and is happy,” he said.”If he doesn’t play, it will be very difficult for him to come to the Euros.”United have now included his name in their Champions League squad, which means if he plays in the group stage he would be cup-tied should Madrid or any other club try to sign him in January – though it looks much more likely he will move on next summer when his United contract is set to expire. Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea 1
2. Jamie Carragher – With his vast experience and evident understanding of the game, its easy to see Carragher slotting in to a backroom role with the Reds. Any such position would put an end to his career as a pundit, but surely Carra would prefer to be back at Anfield? With reports now claiming that Jurgen Klopp could be unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool Football Club by the end of this week, attention has now turned to what the German will bring to Anfield.While much discussion over the past few days has focused on his coaching style and match tactics, there is also the interest on who he could bring to the club as part of his backroom staff.Robbie Fowler recently stated that he is keeping a close eye on the current situation at Liverpool and would love a role with the senior squad.So with such thoughts in mind, we’ve listed five former players that could be welcomed back on Merseyside.Take a look by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 5 4. Steven Gerrard – There will surely be few Liverpool supporters that wouldnt welcome Gerrard back with open arms. Perhaps Klopp could be interested in handing Gerrard, as Louis van Gaal has done with Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs, a role as his assistant. This, however, is unlikely at present given his desire to continue playing. It is probable that he will return to the club, but unlike in Giggs’ case, Gerrard was allowed to leave and that should scupper any hopes of an immediate return. 5 5 3. Sami Hyypia – Only a few months ago, Hypia stated his desire to join Liverpools backroom staff and you suspect he would still be interested in a return to the club. His managerial career is yet to really take off, and a role as an assistant with his former club could be particularly inviting. Perhaps he is more suited to a coaching/assistant position? He certainly knows his way around Melwood. 5 5 1. Robbie Fowler – to see the remaining four, click the arrow above! – Fowler is an official ambassador for the club and is therefore in a great position to persuade the hierarchy to offer him a backroom role. There may be concerns at his lack of experience, although he has coached with MK Dons and the Liverpool academy, possesses a UEFA A licence and could be an exciting addition on the training ground as an attacking coach. Whether Klopp would be willing to work with someone with limited experience remains to be seen. 5. Markus Babbel – Babbel and Klopp are well acquainted from their respective careers in the Bundesliga, and with the German connection, the pair could make for an exciting new team on Merseyside. Babbel is currently the head coach of FC Luzern, but the lure of a Premier League return with Liverpool could prove impossible to reject. Back in 2001, Babbel was a hero of Liverpool’s cup treble winners, could he become a Kop hero once more?
1 The day after a demoralising defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup, Arsenal fans, perhaps surprisingly, are getting excited.The young guns on show at Hillsborough may not have impressed as they lost 3-0 but one teen sensation has got supporters feeling giddy.There was plenty of hype surrounding Dan Crowley last year and he earned himself a chance to play first-team football with League One side Barnsley swooping to loan the midfielder.Impressive performances, and a goal against Everton in the League Cup, were forthcoming but now his deal with the Tykes has been cut short and Gunners fans feel they may be about to benefit, just like they did when Francis Coquelin’s loan to Charlton was ended early last year.So how did Arsenal fans react to the shock transfer news? Find out below… Dan Crowley
1 Steve Bruce Hull boss Steve Bruce was again left questioning the logic of FA Cup replays after his side held holders Arsenal to a draw in their fifth-round meeting at the Emirates Stadium.The Tigers had goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic to thank for keeping the hosts at bay as the Switzerland international made a number of important saves to keep the scoreline goalless.With a Champions League tie against Barcelona on Tuesday night in mind, Arsene Wenger made nine alterations to his Arsenal side while Bruce went one further with 10 changes as he keeps his priorities purely on promotion back to the Barclays Premier League.But the Championship leaders now face another fixture in an already packed schedule, with Arsenal also busy in the coming weeks.Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott and Joel Campbell were all kept out by Jakupovic as this repeat of the 2014 final – which Arsenal won 3-2 after falling two goals behind – ended in a stalemate.The replay will take place at some point during the week commencing March 7 after the managers were at odds about keeping them in the build-up to this game.Wenger said he was now “conservatively English” and felt replays should remain, while Bruce called for them to be axed and for ties to be decided on the day.And, after Jakupovic’s heroics, the argument again came up as Bruce lamented the number of games his promotion-chasing side face in the run-in.“I said before, there is nobody more traditionalist than me when it comes to the FA Cup but why can’t we just go to penalties?” he said.“Why do we have to have a replay? Supporters have to find the money to support their team. In the past to win a European cup you had to play six or seven games, now it’s 17.“We all love the FA Cup and for our club, the final was the biggest day in our lives. We play Ipswich on Tuesday and you know when you come to the Emirates you are going to have to run a million miles.“A footballer can play three games in three days if he wants but you can’t play with the energy or intensity that you need to win a Championship game or an FA Cup tie.“And that’s the big reason why. We have a game on Tuesday and then on Friday. Then the following Tuesday then Friday again. It’s ridiculous the number of games we have got coming up.”Bruce was also full of praise for Jakupovic – who was making just his eighth appearance of the season – and defended his wholesale changes.“He has waited long enough,” Bruce added.“The form of Allan McGregor has been excellent too. I’m delighted for Eldin. It’s never easy to be a number two but he works hard every day and I’m sure he will remember that one. He made some good saves and kept us in the cup.“The team I put out has over 600 Premier League appearances between them, so it’s not as though I am putting out a load of rookies.“It’s a fine line between the so-called second team and the first team but that will do us a power of good and stand us in good stead.”
1 Christian Benteke was an unused substitute in the League Cup final as Liverpool lost to Manchester City in the penalty shootout Christian Benteke didn’t get a look in as Liverpool lost on penalties to Manchester City in the League Cup final.The Belgium international struggled with injuries under Brendan Rodgers, but his return to fitness combined with the arrival of Jurgen Klopp was expected to kick start his career on Merseyside.He has, however, failed to make an impact on his new manager, to such an extent that, despite the club investing a sizeable £32.5m in securing his signature, he was overlooked in the Reds’ defeat to City at Wembley Stadium.MICKY QUINN TELLS TALKSPORT BENTEKE DOESN’T FIT IN WITH KLOPP’S STYLE AND BELIEVES THE STRIKER WILL LEAVE IN THE SUMMER So, is this latest snub by Klopp a sign that his time is up at Anfield?Here’s what Liverpool fans think…
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has told the club’s players that Antonio Conte will be the manager next season, according to reports in Italy.The Italian has been heavily tipped to take over at Stamford Bridge this summer as the Premier League champions look to replace Jose Mourinho.Conte’s contract with the Italian national side expires after Euro 2016 and, after success with Juventus, he is eager to return to club management.Chelsea too are keen on the 46-year-old with widespread reports claiming a deal is in place for him to take over.And, according to Corriere dello Sport, Abramovich has told the Blues squad that Conte will definitely be in charge from next season.The Russian is said to have held a team meeting at the club’s training ground in Cobham during which he made the announcement. Antonio Conte, the Italy manager 1
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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityWomen’s volleyball Heather Hughes had 17 kills and 12 digs as Loyola Marymount earned a 30-27, 30-21, 30-20 victory over host Portland. Christianna Reneau added nine kills and 16 digs, while Emily Day (West Torrance High) had seven kills and 10 digs for the Lions (9-6, 1-1 WCC). The Pilots fell to 7-9, 0-3. Men’s water polo Reid Tomassi scored two of his four goals in overtime as No. 7 Long Beach State defeated No. 10 Loyola Marymount, 11-8. The host Lions (5-9) erased a 6-3 halftime margin to take a 7-6 lead with 2:44 remaining, only to see Jake Kinne score the equalizer for the 49ers (8-4). Mark Milovic scored four goals for LMU. From news services The Loyola Marymount women’s soccer team earned its school-record seventh straight victory with a 2-0 win over visiting Hawaii on Thursday. Katie Osborne put the Lions (7-3-1) on the board with a goal in the 57th minute. Jessica Sharpe then came in off the bench and scored in the 80th minute. Hawaii fell to 7-3-1.
By Laura E. Davis Staff Writer Torrance police Officer Thomas Keller was finishing his shift on April 17, 1986, when a call came in about a deranged man with a gun. Keller, 25 at the time, could have just gone home, but he decided to join his fellow officers on the call. Keller’s older sister, Patricia Foreman, was present at the event. She said the family was proud that the recruits recognized Keller. “It was really overwhelming,” Foreman said. “This just meant so much to me and my family.” Joining her were parents Max and Eleanor, brother John, and Keller’s best friend, Scott Tunnicliffe. Chivas Fujimoto, Class 365’s lone Torrance recruit, researched Keller’s story and lobbied to dedicate the run to him. “He seemed like an honorable candidate,” Fujimoto said. “He was a team player. He was just an all-around good cop.” The run began at 7 a.m. at the Torrance police station, where it also ended. The 114 recruits of Class 365 and other officers from all over the South Bay made a stop along the route at the Thomas Keller Memorial Park, at Sartori and Marcelina avenues in downtown Torrance. The site is about 100 yards from where Keller was killed. The wooden sign marking the park was decorated for the occasion Friday with purple and white flowers. Police Chaplain Dean Mayeda prayed for the protection of the recruits. “Dear God, may we never forget those who have gone before us who have paid the ultimate sacrifice not in vain, but for the safety of our community,” Mayeda said, looking out from the grass to the recruits standing and kneeling in the street. “May their lives inspire us to excellence in all we do.” Keller’s family and Tunnicliffe bowed their heads as Mayeda prayed. They each wore a blue flowerless lei made by Fujimoto’s mother. Nearly 200 runners participated in the run. Joining the recruits were officers from every police department in the South Bay, with about 45 of them from Torrance, Crespin said. After the run, Fujimoto, on behalf of the class, presented Keller’s family with a mounted etching of Keller’s name. He also revealed a plaque commemorating the event that will be displayed in the recruits’ classroom. The wooden plaque displays a picture of Keller in uniform next to a poem titled “The Final Inspection.” The crowd then filed into the police station assembly room to watch a nine-minute video done by the recruits’ academy to honor Keller. Afterward, a breakfast was held in the department parking lot. Throughout the event, those who knew Keller said it was important to remember not just how he died but also how he lived. Friends and fellow officers remembered him as a high achiever who liked to play practical jokes. “At work he was a consummate professional,” said Tunnicliffe, who met Keller in third grade and was to be the best man in his wedding. “But away from the job he was one of the most happy-go-lucky people around.” Foreman called her brother thoughtful and giving. “He was dedicated to his family,” she said. “We miss him a lot still.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“That’s the kind of guy he was,” said Torrance Officer Dave Crespin, who was a friend of Keller’s. “I think that shows the true sense of a guy who wants to help.” The call would be Keller’s last. He was shot and killed in front of a sporting goods store as the shirtless gunman sprayed bullets at officers. On Friday, Recruit Class No. 365 of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department remembered Keller in its Colors Run – a 4
A problem of a different sort still lies ahead for shippers and truckers. It’s TWIC, the Transportation Workers’ Identification Credential, which will be required of truck drivers starting next year. A fair assumption is that many of the independent drivers serving the ports are illegal immigrants, who wouldn’t be eligible for the new Homeland Security ID card. Port officials will have their hands full implementing their cleanup. But the most important goal, cleaner air, is about to be set.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach finally are ready to clean up diesel pollution It’s been a long time coming, but the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are about to start getting rid of thousands of high-polluting trucks that foul the region’s air. There’s more politicking ahead, but the most important rules have been drawn. L.A. gave its approval last week, and Long Beach harbor commissioners will do it today. Starting Oct. 1, the oldest and dirtiest trucks (those built before 1989) won’t be allowed on the property. Then each year the standards will be toughened until, within five years, all 16,000 trucks that serve the ports will meet clean-diesel standards. The rules would have been approved months ago, but the two ports got tangled in debates about whether to force independent owner-operators to become employees of bigger trucking firms. That needn’t happen. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Instead, the ports simply can impose fines on trucks that fail to meet pollution standards, and use the money to advance the program. It will take a lot more money, of course, to replace or retrofit all those trucks, and the owner-operators say they can’t afford it. So who will pay? Stay tuned. Few of the details have been filled in, but the challenge isn’t as onerous as it seems. For example, the ports could underwrite the financing of new trucks or engine retrofits, and operators could pay them back over a long period. This works as well for firms with employee drivers or independent operators. The ports also will look at container fees, which could provide revenue for improving bridges and other infrastructure needs. But cleaning up the diesels comes first because it is an urgent health priority. Tiny particulates from diesel emissions can lodge in the lungs and create a risk of cancer and other serious illnesses. Port activity is the biggest single source of diesel pollution in the L.A. Basin. Ships and dockside equipment also are a major target of the ports’ cleanup plans, but trucks cause about 40 percent of the problem.
SAN MATEO – Chanda Mong, 18, walked into a redwood forest in the Oakland hills and emerged two days later with a new resolve to rise above her crime-plagued life. Mong and five other teens recently returned from a weekend of peace, safety and leadership training, part of a new program called GirlsOutside that is designed to maximize the positive effects of nature in a child’s life. “When I go into the woods, I’m more relaxed. I feel safe,” Mong said, reflecting on the trip. “I left there wanting to make things different.” It’s that powerful effect, and the growing realization that children’s good mental and physical health depends on exposure to the out-of-doors that’s fueling a new back-to-nature movement called “Leave No Child Inside.” Compelling studies also suggest that a natural remedy may help alleviate the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – difficulty paying attention or listening and excessive fidgeting – that affects more than 4 million youths. A 2005 study from the University of Illinois, which entailed a nationwide analysis of play patterns of children with ADHD, found that those who spent time in nature had significantly fewer symptoms than those who played in an outdoor built environment, such as a soccer field, or played inside. Other research found that even a room with a view of nature reduced ADHD symptoms. And test scores improved by teaching kids in natural settings, according to a 2005 study from the California Department of Education.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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Educators, politicians, environmentalists, law enforcement officers and health-care practitioners are among the professionals banding together to identify ways to integrate nature into children’s daily lives. The ideals of the movement – www.cnaturenet.org – began with the 2005 publication of “Last Child In the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.” Written by Richard Louv, the book references hundreds of studies on the beneficial effects of natural settings on children’s healthy development. During the past two years, 35 cities nationwide, including Los Angeles, have adopted Leave No Child Inside campaigns. In July, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights, which calls for all youngsters to experience outdoor activities such as swimming, fishing and camping. And “outdoor preschools” are springing up, immersing 3- and 4-year-olds in nature. Before they learn to add and subtract, these tots can identify native plants and animals, shimmy up a tree and scramble over a boulder. A survey conducted in September by the Public Policy Institute found that 30 percent of teens in the state didn’t hike, camp or visit a wilderness area this past summer. Experts say that “nature deficit” affects a child’s mood, attention and even capacity to learn. After an outdoor outing, youngsters can better cope with the emotional stresses inherent in childhood, according to more than 100 studies on nature’s stress-reducing effects. With lower stress, kids are less likely to behave aggressively, or to experience anxiety or depression.