Month: December 2019

Hollywood great Russell Crowe rules out Leeds United takeover

first_img Russell Crowe Hollywood actor Russell Crowe has appeared to rule himself out of a move to lead a takeover at Leeds United.Australian star Crowe is the co-owner of rugby league club the South Sydney Rabbitohs.A self-confessed Leeds fan – ‘I’ve loved Leeds all my life. I will always’ – caused a major stir earlier this year when, in response to a Twitter question, he asked the club’s fans if he should buy the West Yorkshire outfit.However, he looked to have ruled that out on Tuesday in a series of social media posts, citing the potential impact on his family.The 51-year-old, who boasts 1.8million followers, tweeted: “#1 @LUFC These are my discoveries, my musings and my personal truth.“#2 I stand by my belief that LUFC is a massive opportunity. When my trusted associates tested the idea… We found multiple potential…“#3 … I’m 51, I answered questions on a topic, a passion…I did not create the agenda… As you may well know…“#4 in 2006 I took over the 1908 formed South Sydney Rugby League team. 9 years of hard yakka later we broke a 43 year drought and won!!“#5 so… I know what it takes . I’ve been through it, I look at the Mighty Leeds opportunity and I evaluate it through the time stolen …“#6 from my kids. Economics tell the folks in my organisation we could smash this, but, I know the personal toll it takes, and I know …“#7 without my actual hands on the wheel in Leeds I can’t guarantee investors a return. I’ve loved Leeds all my life. I will always.“#8 I will not though steal anymore time from my children. It’s that simple.“#9 think about this…there’s a hundred thousand who will march on together at least, stand up Leeds … Stand and be counted. #marchingontogether.”At the time of the speculation, Leeds chairman Andrew Umbers insisted the Cellino family had no interest in selling the club. 1last_img read more

Klopp to Liverpool a done deal? What is being said in Germany

first_img Jurgen Klopp and Ilkay Gundogan 1 It is widely believed Jurgen Klopp, the two time Bundesliga winner, will take over at Liverpool.Brendan Rodgers was sacked at the weekend, with the German apparently waiting in the wings. Here, talkSPORT looks at the latest from Germany and what the players who know him think…KLOPP HAS NOTHING TO SAYBild journalist Phillip Arens caught up with Klopp in Leverkusen yesterday when he was at a meeting of the Federal German Football Coaches (LMA) at the BayArena. He was asked about Liverpool and the answer was simple: ‘There’s nothing to say.”HE LIKES THE CITY AND CLUBAccording to Sascha Bacinski, a reporter for Sky Sports in Germany, Klopp is a ‘great fan of Liverpool. “It’s kind of like what Dortmund was like when he took over seven years ago. A lot of history, a lot of potential, a lot of tradition,” he said.GUNDOGAN CAN SEE ITIlkay Gundogan, the Borussia Dortmund midfielder said his former boss moving to Liverpool is something he can see happening. “I’ve not had that much contact with him recently, and I’ve not followed much of what has been said, but I think Klopp would be a great fit at many clubs and I believe also at Liverpool,” the Germany international said at a national team press conference.“Of course it’s something I can see happening. I think Klopp is capable of helping many top clubs in the world.”ENGLAND NEXT STEP FOR KLOPP“I can definitely see it happening and there’s absolutely no reservations at all in terms of his expertise,” Olivier Kahn, Germany’s former goalkeeper told Sport1 television. “England would be the right next step for Klopp, also in terms of his personal development.”last_img read more

Piers Morgan’s five-point plan to save English sport

first_imgEngland’s international sides are in turmoil.The football team could not manage a victory as they crashed out of the 2014 World Cup without a win, the cricket side were embarrassed in the World Cup this year and the less said about the rugby union side, the better.So what can be done?Piers Morgan believes he knows what to do and told Drivetime of his five-point plan to save English sport.Here is his blueprint:1) Pick the best players: Kevin Pietersen, Danny Cipriani, John Terry and having captains that can handle players like that.2) Pick coaches and managers that thrive off mavericks: Don’t pick managers who are scared of them. They need to embrace difficult stars and make them work for a team. Let’s get people like Clive Woodward, Duncan Fletcher, Brian Clough – people of that calibre and that strength of character.3) Ban all reviews: Here’s my review of all those teams: Utterly useless!4) Ban the ‘happy camper’ dressing room mentality:They all sit around singing love songs – we’re not running choirs, we’re running international sports teams! Nice guys, as we’re discovering do not win.5) Get rid of 90% of the backroom teams:Who are these people? There are hundreds of them involved in every England international side. They are all irrelevant and they muddle the players’ minds. Peter Moores vs Trevor Bayliss is a great example: one meddles in everything and the other lets players be themselves. KP would have been brilliant under Bayliss.last_img read more

‘You are very lucky to be in a club like this’ – Lionel Messi explains his views to club kids

first_imgFresh from winning his fifth Ballon d’Or, Lionel Messi answered sat and questions from captain’s of Barcelona’s various youth sides.The Argentine came through the youth ranks at the Spanish club and shared his award with the potential stars of the future.Messi revealed how he remains motivated despite the medals and trophies he has won and discusses his time at La Masia.In total, the 28-year-old has won seven league titles, four Champions Leagues, three Spanish Cups as well as those five Ballon d’Or gongs.last_img read more

Students find common ground

first_imgPASADENA – The two kindergartners from separate schools and different faiths quickly found common ground while waiting in line to glob blue and green icing on gingerbread cookies Wednesday morning. “I have glasses,” 5-year-old Weizmann Day School student Damien Knight told Mohammad Moghaddam, his guest from New Horizons School. “I have glasses, too,” said Moghaddam, seemingly amazed by the coincidence. For the rest of the day, the pair was inseparable, sharing bowls of decorative icing and sitting side by side on a story-time mat, flipping through “Clifford the Big Red Dog” books. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityIt was exactly the kind of connection teachers at Weizmann, a Jewish day school, and New Horizons, a Muslim school, were aiming for when they brought their classes together for the first of a series of play dates this year. “They have such a good time,” said Debbie Bushnell, a kindergarten teacher at New Horizons. “They’re always so excited to meet each other.” Students from Weizmann, New Horizons and Saint Marks Episcopal School have been getting together each Oct. 10 since 2004 to perform in an interfaith concert honoring slain journalist Daniel Pearl, who was killed while reporting in Pakistan in 2002. But the kids were never able to really interact much during the concert, said Lisa Feldman, Weizmann’s head of school. So the idea was born to have the students visit one another throughout the year in order to form connections. The experiment began three years ago, with third-grade students from Weizmann planting orange trees at New Horizons, and New Horizon’s students giving a Mulberry bush and silkworms to Weizmann. Two years ago, the Pasadena schools began mingling their youngest students, organizing special events and exchanging pen-pal letters written by the students. The kids continue to write one another and get together as they move up to higher grades. “Especially after 9/11, it’s so important the children not have prejudice,” Feldman said. She added it was a deliberate choice to start with the youngest classes, “before prejudice and preconceived notions could set in.” Wednesday was the first time this year’s kindergartners met, and the kids quickly found similarities. Two girls bonded over their choices in backpacks, and it was quickly discovered that both classrooms had held votes to determine their favorite kind of apples (red won out at Weizmann, while green prevailed at New Horizons). Both classes are also reading “The Gingerbread Man.” The kids decorated gingerbread cookies Weizmann kindergartners had baked the day before. Then the New Horizons students recited the tale in Arabic. The kids are too young to understand the political tensions between Jews and Muslims around the world, organizers said. And they don’t comprehend the underlying reasons they are being brought together, said Bushnell. For the kids, it was all about having a good time and playing – and that’s the way it should be, she said. “Of course they’re playing. They’re children,” she said. cortney.fielding@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300 Ext. 4494160Want 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

Man shot to death in Koreatown

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A 20-year-old man died today after being shot in front of an apartment complex in Koreatown, authorities said. The shooting occurred at 11:37 p.m. yesterday, at 926 South Mariposa Avenue, near James M. Wood Blvd., according to Lt. Victor Davalos of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Station. Officers called to the scene found a victim with multiple gunshot wounds lying on the street in front of the complex, Davalos said. It was unclear if he lived there, he added. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The victim was taken to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center and pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m., he said. More than one suspect was seen fleeing the scene in a dark colored compact traveling southbound on South Mariposa Avenue toward San Marino Street, Davalos said. A motive for the shooting was not immediately clear, he said. —————————————— For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.last_img read more

Premier League point-swing table: How team totals compare to last season’s tally

first_img 17 17 Leicester City’s fairytale rise to the top of the Premier League is well known to all.In the space of a year, the Foxes have gone from bottom of the table and fearing relegation to the summit and favourites for the title.It won’t be a surprise for you to learn Claudio Ranieri’s men have seen a huge points swing in that time.After 31 matches last season, Leicester had just 22 points and this season have 66 – an incredible 44 more.But who else have seen their tallies rise? Click the right arrow above to see which Premier League teams have had the biggest points swings… 17 9. Arsenal have -5 points after 30 games compared to 2014/15 4. Everton have +7 points after 29 games compared to 2014/15 15. Liverpool have -10 points after 29 games compared to 2014/15 17 17 2. West Ham have +8 points after 30 games compared to 2014/15 11. Manchester United have -9 points after 30 games compared to 2014/15 7. Sunderland have the same points as last season after 30 games 17 16. Aston Villa have -12 points after 31 games compared to 2014/15 17 17. Chelsea have -29 points after 30 games compared to 2014/15: Click the right arrow above to see which Premier League sides have the best point swing… 12. Swansea have -10 points after 31 games compared to 2014/15 13= Newcastle have -10 points after 30 games compared to 2014/15 8. Crystal Palace have -3 points after 30 games compared to 2014/15 17 17 13= Manchester City have -10 points after 30 games compared to 2014/15 17 10. Southampton have -6 points after 31 games compared to 2014/15 5. West Brom have +6 points after 30 games compared to 2014/15 17 1. Leicester City have +44 points after 31 games compared to 2014/15 6. Stoke City have +4 points after 31 games compared to 2014/15 17 17 3. Tottenham have +7 points after 31 games compared to 2014/15 17 17 17 17last_img read more

I don’t think Mourinho will wait until 2017 to take over Red Devils – Joe Cole

first_imgJoe Cole has told talkSPORT Jose Mourinho will not wait until the start of the 2017/18 season to take charge of Manchester United, despite the Red Devils wanting to keep Louis van Gaal around until then.The Dutch boss has reportedly been promised the opportunity to stay at Old Trafford until the end of his contract, which expires at the end of next season.However, Mourinho is unlikely to be keen on this change of heart from United, who have been pressing so hard to get the Portuguese boss tied down before the end of this campaign – reportedly even agreeing a deal with him.They would not want to risk missing out on Mourinho completely, but Cole believes his former Chelsea manager will not want to wait for another whole year before getting back to work.When asked if Mourinho would reject United’s advances if forced to wait until the 2017/18 season, Cole told the Two Mikes: “You would think so. Knowing him how I know him, he’d want to be back in work.”The playmaker spent a trophy laden spell at Stamford Bridge under the 53-year-old, and Cole believes Mourinho is the best manager he has ever worked under, and will guarantee trophies for whichever club he eventually takes charge of.The 34-year-old added: “He’s a top boss. I still think he’s the best I worked under.“We get on really well know. I mean, we did have moments, but I learnt a lot from him, and I think he’ll be great at wherever he decides to come back to in the Premier League.“They’ll be getting a really top manager, who more-or-less in this modern day guarantees trophies.”last_img read more

Best goalkeepers ranked: Are these 12 players BETTER than Joe Hart?

first_img 3. David De Gea: Manchester United and Spain 4. Hugo Lloris: Tottenham and France 12 10. Keylor Navas: Real Madrid and Costa Rica – Navas won the Champions League 9. Marc-Andre ter Stegen: Barcelona and Germany 12. Samir Handanovic: Inter and Slovenia – Click the arrow above, right, to see the list of keepers, it could be argued, are better than Joe Hart right now Joe Hart knows he is going to take some flak for England’s dismal Euro 2016 display.A player of his quality will be angry at letting goals against Wales and Iceland slip through his grasp, so at the moment where does England and Man City’s no.1 rank compared to football’s other great goalkeepers?Is he better than these 12 players right now?Let us know your order if you disagree with this one.EVERY MEMBER OF ENGLAND’S EURO 2016 TEAM RANKED 12 12 8. Jan Oblak: Atletico Madrid and Slovenia 12 12 12 12center_img getty images 1. Manuel Neuer: Bayern Munich and Germany 6. Claudio Bravo: Barcelona and Chile 5. Petr Cech: Arsenal and Czech Republic 11. Bernd Leno: Bayer Leverkusen and Germany 12 12 12 12 2. Gianluigi Buffon: Juventus and Italy 12 7. Thibaut Courtois: Chelsea and Belgium last_img read more

Pep Guardiola ‘curious’ about Raheem Sterling and vows to help young winger

first_img Raheem Sterling 1 Pep Guardiola says his looking forward to helping guide Raheem Sterling at Manchester City.Sterling endured an inconsistent first season at season at the Etihad after joining from Liverpool in a deal worth close to £50m.He also failed to shine for England at this summer’s European Championship and was singled out for heavy criticism.But Guardiola has offered his backing to the 21-year-old and says he is excited to work with the winger, as well as the rest of City’s English contingent.“I hear the last 10 days what happened, especially with Sterling,” said the Spaniard, in his first press conference as City manager.READ MORE: Pep Guardiola on Jose Mourinho rivalry: He can help me reach another level at Manchester City“Of course he has a little problem that the money they paid is always in the mind of the people but I am curious, I am looking forward to working with him to try to help him, to show him how good a player he is and not just him, Joe Hart and the other English players.“In Barcelona the basis was Catalan, Spanish players, in Bayern Munich the basis was (German players) and I would like to work with English players here but they are so expensive, more than the other players around the world.”last_img read more