1 Former Man United star Cristiano Ronaldo After winger and new No.7 Memphis Depay claimed two goals and one assist in Tuesday’s Champions League victory over Brugge, the Drive lads want your thoughts on the club’s legendary shirt.
1 Leicester striker Jamie Vardy celebrates his record-equalling Premier League goal Chelsea handed under-fire manager Jose Mourinho a lifeline as the Blues ended a run of three consecutive defeats by beating Norwich at Stamford Bridge, but the story of the day belonged to Leicester striker Jamie Vardy as he equalised a Premier League record.There were suggestions failure to beat the stubborn Canaries really would be the final straw for the Blues boss, but below-par striker Diego Costa returned to the scoresheet at the perfect time to seal a 1-0 victory.It seemed it would be another day of frustration for the struggling defending champions as Costa fired what seemed to be a simple sidefooted finish over the bar and then had an effort well saved by John Ruddy.A dominant Chelsea maintained pressure throughout with the likes of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Willian all lively, though the final ball often let them down with countless crosses either miss-hit or easily cleared.But their persistence paid off as Costa finally broke the deadlock on 64 minutes, beating Ruddy with a sweet curling finish into the bottom corner following a neat turn from Fabregas’ clever pass into the box.Late chances came and went, with Kurt Zouma rattling the crossbar with a backheel flick, but the one goal was all Chelsea needed to seal a much needed three points, as they rise above Norwich into 15th place.However, the headlines will rightly be dominated by England international Vardy who scored in his tenth consecutive league game – equalling Ruud van Nistelrooy’s long-standing record in the process – to guide Leicester to a 3-0 victory over Newcastle.There were doubts over the striker’s fitness after Vardy was forced to sit out of England’s double-header against Spain and France, but the 29-year-old showed no lack of sharpness as he put Leicester in front with a routine goal on the stoke of half-time, with second-half goals from Leonardo Ulloa and Shinji Okazaki sealing a comfortable win.Meanwhile, it was a miserable afternoon for Arsenal, whose late penalty miss proved costly as they suffered a shock defeat away to West Brom and also had two more names added to their already lengthy injury list.The game was barely ten minutes old when Francis Coquelin was replaced by Mikel Arteta after picking up an injury, though the away fans’ mood was soon lifted when Olivier Giroud nodded the Gunners in front after 28 minutes from Mesut Ozil’s free-kick.The lead meant Arsenal went top of the as-it-stands Premier League table, but it lasted only a matter of minutes as James Morrison lobbed Petr Cech with a miss-hit volley to level, and it got even worse for Arsene Wenger’s side when an Arteta own-goal handed the Baggies the lead.The Spaniard was later also forced off with injury, with Mathieu Flamini coming on in his place.It was all Arsenal in the second-half, but they were made to play for their wastefulness in front of goal as West Brom escaped with a memorable win.Mesut Ozil hit the post from close-range, while substitute Joel Campbell scuffed his lines to miss with the goal at his mercy, and Santi Cazorla then wasted the chance to claim a point late on when he sent a penalty over the bar – slipping à la John Tery in the Champions League final.Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley scored two goals apiece as Everton thrashed Aston Villa 4-0 at Goodison Park, leaving the Villans rock-bottom of the Premier League, while Stoke star Bojan marked his return from injury with the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Southampton.Finally, Swansea fought back from 2-0 down to rescue a point with a 2-2 draw against Bournemouth and perhaps save Garry Monk from the chop.The manager is reportedly on the berge of the sack following the Jacks’ poor run of form, and it seemed it would continue when goals from Joshua King and Dan Gosling, both the result of poor Swansea defending, put the Cherries ahead at the Liberty Stadium.But, in what was a frantic first-half, Swansea battled back valiantly as Andre Ayew caught Bournemouth unawares with a brilliant backheel to pull one back before Jonjo Shelvey’s thumping penalty sealed a share of the points.
Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral PR manager joins the Breakfast team in reacting to Manchester United’s early Champions League exit on Tuesday, with the Red Devils now 11/1 second favourites – behind Borussia Dortmund – to win the Europa League.Meanwhile, fans have turned on Louis van Gaal and the Dutchman is 33/1 to be the Premier League’s next managerial casualty.Stevo also brings us the also the latest odds ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League action, with Arsenal needing to beat Olympiakos by two clear goals to seal their place in the last 16.The Gunners are 3/1 to win by two or more goals, 21/20 to win the tie while the Greeks are 5/2.Chelsea are looking to avoid exiting at the hands of Jose Mourinho’s former club Porto. The Blues are 5/1 on to qualify, even money to win the game and Porto are 3/1 shots.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
1 Ander Herrera celebrates scoring for Manchester United Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has described Pep Guardiola as a ‘phenomenon’ – but has warned his fellow Spaniard the pressure on him to deliver at Manchester City will be huge.Guardiola was this week confirmed as City’s next manager, with the 45-year-old taking over from Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the season.For Herrera, he will be a welcome addition to the Premier League given his pedigree in the game – he has won 19 trophies with Barcelona and Bayern Munich over the past eight years.But the United star is warning Guardiola that he has a big battle on his hands to live up to fans’ expectations at the Etihad Stadium.“I’m looking at it from a positive point of view,” Herrera told Spanish newspaper Marca.“They’re going to make us do better ourselves. Historically, City have always been below United, and this gives them a psychological advantage, because they are coming from behind.“With Pep, with the multi-million pound outlay they’ve made and will spend with him, I expect the pressure to be higher for them.“The fans are going to expect a lot: that they win the Premier League with a 10-point gap, that they reach the Champions League final….“Pep seems a phenomenon to me. His teams always entertain me a lot, but at City the expectations will be very big.”
1 Elland Road protest Middlesbrough missed the opportunity to return to the top of the Championship after a goalless draw with Leeds United at Elland Road.Jordan Rhodes thought he had given his new side the lead in the first half but his header was ruled out for the ball going out of play.Leeds’ best chance came later in the second period but they were denied by a fantastic Dimi Konstantopoulous stop.Ben Gibson saw red in the final minute of normal time for a second yellow card with the result meaning Hull remain top by a single point.There was a protest against owner Massimo Cellino as fans projected messages onto the side on Elland Road calling for the Italian to leave then club.However, it did not appear to effect the players as Boro started poorly when first Mirco Antenucci and then Stuart Dallas went close inside the opening six minutes for the hosts.Middlesbrough came back into it when Gaston Ramirez nearly set up Rhodes but Marco Silvestri denied the Scot a goal on his first start for the club.And Rhodes thought he had found the net after 20 minutes but Richie de Laet was judged to have taken the ball out of play as he crossed for the former Blackburn Rovers star.After the break, both sides turned far more defensive with every cross powerfully headed away by both sides.Boro finally had a clear chance at goal but Christian Stuani fired his volley into the groundand harmlessly over the post.Stuani had another chance moment later after good work from Rhodes, but the Uruguayan nodded the ball over the bar.Leeds nearly snatched the lead with less than 20 minutes left but Souleymane Doukara’s header was magnificently palmed away by Konstantopoulous to keep the scores level.Gibson saw red in the 88th minute for a second bookable offence but Middlesbrough managed to hang on with Leeds’ protest against owner Cellino dominating proceedings.
Claudio Ranieri says he will refuse to believe Leicester City can win the Premier League until it is mathematically certain.The Foxes beat Watford at Vicarage Road thanks to a Riyad Mahrez stunner to move five points clear at the top of the league after title rivals Tottenham and Arsenal drew 2-2 in Saturday’s early kick off.Manchester City won to reinvigorate their title charge meaning it is a four-horse race with only nine games remaining.But Ranieri insists he and Leicester are taking it game by game and no one is believing they can win the title until it is a certainty they cannot be caught.When asked if he believes Leicester can win the title, Ranieri said: “Not yet. We are in a good position but I know we aren’t a Chelsea, a Manchester City, Arsenal or Tottenham.“This season we are building. It’s good to have a five point lead but it is not enough. I will only believe when it is mathematically [certain].”Ranieri praised his side’s resilience during the hard-fought 1-0 win away to Watford, saying the fight his players showed was exactly what he wants to see from his football teams.“I knew it was a battle and we fought a lot – as did Watford,” he said.“I wanted to see my players fight tonight, this is my idea of football. For us it is important to grow up and build the spirit and winner’s mentality.“This season has been okay and I don’t know what we can achieve.”
Five bills aimed at halting the “tyranny of fear” enshrouding gang-infested neighborhoods in California were signed Thursday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Meanwhile on Thursday, a state Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy was created to oversee youth- and gang-violence programs and secure federal funding for the efforts. Other bills signed by Schwarzenegger allow authorities to evict gang members who have a weapon cache in a rental building, improve and expand protection for witnesses of gang slayings, enable judges to order guardians of gang members into anti-violence classes, and encourage family participation in rehabilitating juvenile offenders. The packet of bills will also single out high-risk gang members and make it easier for the state to track them. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.There are 420,000 gang members statewide, authorities said at a news conference Thursday morning at San Bernardino High School to announce the legislation. District Attorney Michael A. Ramos estimated there are 12,000 gang members in San Bernardino County. About 1,200 of them have been locked up over the past two years, he said. In the county, the bills will be most evident in the reshaped Witness Relocation and Assistance Program, which was sponsored by Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, Ramos said. Prosecutors used to pay witness-relocation expenses for three months after the trial concluded. Witnesses to gang killings will now receive six months of assistance, and an advocate will help them find a home and job and transition into a new community. The impending crackdown on gang-related activity was felt in Pomona the day before the governor’s action. On Wednesday, Schwarzenegger issued a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of people responsible for the death of Ethan Esparza, who was killed the day before his fourth birthday. Ethan, whose case remains unsolved, died from gunfire Nov. 19, 2006, outside of his grandparents’ house in a gang-related drive-by. Pomona Police Chief Joseph Romero, who requested the reward, described his feelings Thursday as “elated” after he learned the news on Wednesday. “It’s important not only for the Esparza family but this community,” he said. In the Esparza case, Romero said the effects of the $50,000 reward to solve the gang-related case are hard to tell. He said in the shooting death of Andre Laurent in January 2006 at a south Pomona gas station there is a reward of more than $100,000, and “that hasn’t motivated anybody to come forward. “At this point, you know, I’m hopeful but I’m not certain money alone will entice somebody to provide information,” Romero said. There could be a variety of reasons for people to not get involved in solving the case, Romero said. “It could be people are not willing to get involved. It might be somebody knows that their loved one is the suspect and there’s allegiance to that relationship,” he said. “And, in any case, there’s always apprehension to step forward.” He would not say if detectives were close to solving Ethan’s case. “That’s something I couldn’t release. And with any case, at the start of the day you might not have anything and by the end of the day there is some lead you’re able to move on and an arrest is made. Recently, we’ve had a couple of cases that have gone like that But our commitment is this shall never be closed until we bring somebody to justice,” Romero said. There is a possibility Ethan’s killer is dead, he said. “Certainly anything’s possible. That shouldn’t stop anybody that has knowledge about this to share information,” Romero said. “The important thing is even if someone’s already deceased, while you can’t bring them into the criminal justice system, you can bring closure for the family and the community.” Romero said besides the news media, police are getting the word out about the reward through “the grapevine of the street.” Officers are talking to citizens and community groups to get the word out about the reward, Romero said. The Pomona police anonymous tip line is (909) 620-2085. Anonymous calls to We Tip can be placed to (800) 78-CRIME. [email protected] (909) 483-9378 [email protected] (909) 386-3887160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Really, he was something. Played a beautiful game. The kind USC followers have become spoiled by from their quarterback. Mark Sanchez looked like someone who belonged under center for the Trojans. Like someone out of the USC quarterback mold, who one day may have his own Heisman dreams. And you know where this is going. Sanchez steps in for the injured John David Booty on a marvelous fall afternoon and leads USC to a staggeringly easy 38-0 victory Saturday over struggling Notre Dame. Only Booty’s broken finger is just about healed and he expects to start Saturday in Eugene against No. 7 Oregon. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I do in my mind,” Booty said. “Totally. No doubt about it.” Sanchez, buoyed by his performance, would like to keep going. “I don’t want to let it go,” Sanchez said. “Now that I have it, I don’t want to look back. I just want to keep rolling.” It is the unexpected USC quarterback controversy. A midseason surprise that Coach Pete Carroll only figures will make his team stronger. Which quarterback will make them stronger next week, is one of those matters Carroll would not touch Saturday. One quarterback is going to start, one is going to play the good soldier. “I don’t know the answer to that,” he said. “What I do know is, we’re going to make the best decision that we can possibly make with the information we have. We’re not going to rush to please anybody.” This won’t stop the local populace from taking sides, championing one or the other. Nothing stirs the sporting masses like a good quarterback debate. And based on Sanchez’s four-touchdown performance against the Irish, he figures to have some major campaign momentum. It will be yet another difficult decision for Carroll and a key to the future success of this year’s USC squad. Yet for all the great potential displayed by Sanchez, for his superior mobility and obvious upside, here’s a vote to stay with Booty. It is not an easy call, maybe not the obvious one, but Carroll can’t be overly swayed by an impressive performance in one game. Booty started every game for USC last year. He threw for more than 3,300 yards, 29 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. He led USC to an 11-2 season. He was hyped as potential Heisman winner coming into this season, but his early season was not the kind that wows voters. His numbers are down, and then there was that struggling, four- interception performance in the season-changing loss to Stanford. After which, it was learned he had fractured a finger on his throwing hand in the first half. He is a senior who patiently waited his turn behind Matt Leinart. There is something to be said for loyalty, certainly, but his experience gives USC its best chance as it begins the most challenging part of its schedule with games at Oregon, Cal, Arizona State and at home against UCLA. There is also the unwritten rule observed by many coaches, that players don’t lose their starting position to injury. “That’s not my rule,” Carroll said. “I don’t mean to be making it controversial in any sense. “John’s been our starting quarterback. He has (18) starts under his belt. He’s a fantastic football player. He’s not healthy yet. You go try to throw with a broken finger. It doesn’t work.” This is an issue that would have been hard to see coming last week after Sanchez’s so-so first start in USC’s unimpressive 20-13 victory over Arizona. He seemed hurried, looked somewhat uncomfortable. He threw a couple of hellacious interceptions. Generally played like someone making their first collegiate start. But Saturday at Notre Dame, the redshirt sophomore seemed like a completely different player. The game had already slowed down for him. Protected well by his line, he played with confidence, was in command. Sanchez completed 21 of 38 passes for 235 yards, plus had several dropped. He completed passes to eight different receivers, four of whom caught touchdown passes. He was never sacked and did not throw an interception. “This was huge for Mark,” Carroll said. “Huge to get on the road, playing against the crowd and the whole thing, and realize he can do it. And he did a fantastic job. “This was a much better performance than last week, although under the circumstances that was a stellar performance last week too, because it was his first time ever.” Sanchez’s game was not as restricted as it had been against Arizona, but still somewhat conservative. And, of course, it came against a very bad Notre Dame team; it was the biggest USC victory against the Irish ever. “I started to feel real good,” he said. “Things started clicking. I started seeing things more clearly, and once that happened, we got on a roll.” Carroll said Booty could have played Saturday if Sanchez had not delivered, though it would have meant playing through the pain. Now Booty is confident he’ll be ready to go by Tuesday’s practice, ready to resume his place as USC’s starting quarterback. USC has two quarterbacks who want to start, who say they’ll back the other if they don’t. “It’s a great asset to have two quarterbacks who can play,” Carroll said. “We’re very lucky to have that. As soon as John’s ready, then we’ll figure it out.” There’s clearly no wrong decision here, but if Booty proves healthy, he deserves the nod. His experience against a good team in a hostile environment could prove the difference. What USC learned Saturday, however, is that the future under Sanchez is also looking pretty. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
BURBANK – Construction is set to begin today on a $36 million cancer center in Burbank billed as the largest and most comprehensive facility of its kind in the San Fernando Valley. Named for Roy and Patricia Disney – who donated $10 million to the project – the four-story center will house all-in-one outpatient services that focus on both Eastern and Western styles of medicine. The building at 201 S. Buena Vista St. will be the central hub for cancer treatment within the Providence Healthcare System, which operates the Saint Joseph and Holy Cross medical centers. Up to 3,000 newly diagnosed patients a year will be able to receive radiation and chemotherapy treatments, as well as genetic counseling, acupuncture, meditation and massage therapy and nutritional supplementation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.There also will be a “personal appearance” center, where women can be fitted with special clothes and other items after their treatments and surgeries. The goal is to cut the time patients spend traveling among facilities to receive a variety of treatments, said Dr. Raul Mena, medical director of cancer services at Providence Saint Joseph. “Imagine for a moment that you have a very nasty disease such as cancer, and you are being treated in several facilities,” Mena said. “I think the way you spend your time when you’re sick is important. We really don’t want you traveling if you don’t have to.” Funding for the center came from the Disney family, the community and the entertainment industry, said Patricia E. Modrzejewski, president of the Providence Saint Joseph Foundation. “This is the first project totally funded at this magnitude,” Modrzejewski said. “The philanthropy will provide compassionate and cutting-edge care for patients and their families. “The center will be treating the patient as a whole – mind, body, and spirit.” Officials expect the center to open in early 2009. [email protected] (818) 713-3664 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
COLLEGE SOCCER: The Toros play tough matches in both men’s, women’s tournaments. From staff reports Cal State Dominguez Hills will be seeking its second straight conference title when the California Collegiate Athletic Association men’s soccer tournament begins today at Toro Stadium. The second-seeded Toros (16-3, 12-2) host fourth-seeded Cal State Monterey Bay (9-7-3, 6-5-3) tonight at 7. Top seed Sonoma State (16-3, 12-2), which boasts a 16-match winning streak, will face Cal State L.A. (10-5-4, 8-3-2) in the 4:30 p.m. semifinal. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.CCAA rules prohibit teams from the same division playing each other in the semifinals. The CSDH women (9-1-3, 8-3-3) face top seed Chico State (12-5-1, 10-3-1) in a CCAA semifinal today at 1:30 p.m. at Toro Stadium. Two-time defending champion UC San Diego (12-2-1, 9-2-1), seeking a third consecutive CCAA women’s championship, faces third seed Cal State L.A (12-5-1, 9-4-1) in the first women’s semifinal today at 11 a.m. The tournament ends Sunday with the women’s final at 11:30 a.m. and the men’s final at 2 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!