30 Dec

Championship round-up: Brighton remain top despite draw

first_img1 Brighton and Hove Albion remain the early leaders of the Championship, despite being held to a 0-0 draw by Wolverhampton Wanderers.Although it was a goalless draw, it was still eventful at Molineux with Tomer Hemed missing a first-half penalty for the Seagulls and Wolves seeing Conor Coady dismissed in the second period.This slip allowed Middlesbrough to move second and close the gap on Brighton to three points as they defeated Nottingham Forest 2-1 as David Nugent and Daniel Ayala strikes were sandwich by a brilliant Matt Mills effort for the Tricky Trees.Hull City were the team Boro leapfrogged as they could only draw 1-1 with Queens Park Rangers at the KC Stadium.Michael Dawson got their leveller after Charlie Austin had opened the scoring on Humberside.Goals from Nick Blackman and Garath McCleary were enough to give Reading a 2-0 win over Bristol City, with the three points taking them up to sixth spot in the table.Huddersfield grabbed a 4-1 triumph over struggling Bolton Wanderers with Emyr Huws (x2), Mustapha Carayol and Joel Lynch all notching after Liam Feeney had given the Trotters and early lead.Blackburn Rovers also got a much needed win as they beat Charlton 3-0 at Ewood Park, while Brentford claimed a 2-1 victory over Preston North End.Elsewhere, an eventful match at the New York Stadium saw Rotherham beat Cardiff City 2-1.The Welsh side had goalkeeper David Marshall sent off before the two sides traded goals from the penalty spot. And, two minutes into injury time, the game was won by the Millers as Matt Connolly scored an own goal.Leeds United registered three points as they ran out 2-1 winners over Milton Keynes Dons, while Sheffield Wednesday defeated Fulham 3-2 at Hillsborough.last_img read more

30 Dec

Manchester City star Yaya Toure: ‘I’m not happy!’

first_img Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has launched an astonishing attack on his critics in both England and his homeland, saying he is not happy with the lack of credit he receives for his achievements on the pitch.The 32-year-old Ivory Coast captain joined City from Barcelona in July 2010 and has since won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and a League Cup since his arrival.He has, however, looked below his best so far this season despite the Blues’ – who have a two-point lead at the top of the table – impressive start.Toure was replaced by Fernando at half-time of Saturday’s 5-1 victory over Bournemouth and has repeatedly been linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium amid suggestions of unrest and disillusionment.And although Toure admits he is unhappy with life in football, he claims it is because he has never been given the plaudits he feels he deserves, particularly from the English media.“Everyone thinks I am happy: I have won titles, lots of money, but no, I am not happy,” he said in a lengthy interview with French newspaper L’Equipe.“When things are said positively, that interests me a lot. But here in England it is not the case. In these last weeks, the journalists have spoken about a new departure for me. But what new departure?“I have just finished a season with City where we came second in the league. I scored 12 goals despite the fact I had to leave the club to join my national team, who were playing in the African Nations Cup. I was out for nearly two months and I am reproached for not scoring as many goals as last season.“Last season I scored 26 goals, 20 in the Premier League, and nobody mentioned it.”This isn’t the first apparent outburst of its kind from Toure, who – according to his agent – accused City of a lack of respect when they failed to recognise his birthday last year.He continued: “When I arrived at City, I heard a lot of people say here that I was going to kill football. A lot of people, idiots I have to say, mocked me. And did you see what happened next? We won nearly everything. I did it, we did it, because I was not all alone of course, but nobody picked up on it again. In fact, it is recognition that I do not have that hurts me.“When people attack you, you should not respond because, for the most part, they understand nothing. Thankfully, my record and my statistics speak for me.”And Toure is equally unhappy with the reception he receives in his native Ivory Coast, who were crowned African Nations Cup champions in February under his captaincy.However, the midfielder insists he has no plans to quit international football in the near future despite the criticism.He said: “I love my country. If that was not the case, if I was spiteful, I would have said ‘I quit’. “But it is my country and even if I am the player who is the most insulted in this country, even if I am everybody’s laughing stock, I cannot abandon it.” 1last_img read more

30 Dec

Colin Murray and Friends – Tuesday, December 15

first_imgListen back to the best bits of Tuesday’s Colin Murray and Friends, with the host joined by Kevin Bridges and Stuart Pearce.last_img

30 Dec

Arsenal ‘have to start believing’ they can win Premier League title, Gunners legend David Seaman tells talkSPORT

first_imgArsenal legend David Seaman believes the Gunners have a great chance to end their wait for a Premier League title this season after tasting a sweet victory over rivals Manchester City.The dominant hosts sealed all three points before half-time on Monday night thanks to goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud, with Yaya Toure’s late finish just a consolation for the below-par Blues.The 2-1 win lifted Arsenal to within two points of league leaders Leicester, while also established a four point cushion above third-placed City.Manager Arsene Wenger was keen to play down his side’s chances following the game, insisting it is far too soon to be talking about a title tilt just 17 games into the campaign.But former England goalkeeper Seaman is adamant another win over a top-four rival will give the Gunners a much-needed confidence boost as they aim to claim their first league crown since 2004.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Invincibles hero said: “Arsenal have got a great chance [for the title].“They’ve got to start believing sooner or later, because the other teams are not doing well, they aren’t performing consistently. So they’ve got a great chance.“This season is so different because they’re beating the big teams, which is a massive bonus. They’ve struggled with that over the last few seasons.“But they’ve also got to make sure they win the ‘smaller games’. Their next few matches will be a big test for them and they have to get themselves up for it.”last_img read more

30 Dec

Sibling rivalry works at UC Irvine

first_imgKyle Schmid said having his brother join the staff in the spring, instead of this fall, helped the adjustment for both. “It was a little hard for me to accept that at first,” Kyle Schmid said. “It settled in with me. I’m ready to handle him. He’s pushing me to be a better player.” Kyle Schmid has shown plenty of improvement this season, moving into the starting lineup as a defender. The Anteaters had allowed just six goals in their first eight games before a 4-0 loss at No. 18 UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday night. “I kept doing hard work, day in and day out,” Schmid said. “Things came together for me this year. I just kept working hard. I didn’t let anything pull me down.” UC Irvine is a young team, with only three seniors and seven juniors, and Kyle Schmid is convinced the underclassmen will grow up in a hurry and push the team among the area’s elite programs. “We’re right on the cusp of things,” Kyle Schmid said. “We’re in a transition mode. We’re trying to get recognized. “Next year we’ll really make an impact.” Kurt Schmid has noticed his brother’s impact on the rest of the team. “On the field, he’s done very well,” Kurt Schmid said. “He’s improved with every game. He’s played some of the best soccer I’ve seen him play. This is the first year where he’s been given the reins and he deserves it. He’s not officially a captain, we don’t have a lot of seniors, but he’s taken on a leadership role.” Both brothers credit their love of soccer to their father, Sigi Schmid, the current coach of the Columbus Crew of MLS. Sigi Schmid was a longtime coach at UCLA and later ran the show for the Galaxy. “I think growing up with my dad has been one of the biggest influences on my life, in terms of being a player and a coach now,” Kurt Schmid said. “I’ve been around soccer since I was in a baby carriage. One of the things I always did was go to practice and be a fly on the wall. “All of that has been very influential on me.” Kyle Schmid agreed. “Huge influence, not only in soccer but in everyday life,” Kyle Schmid said. “He’s never really pushed me to play soccer. He’s pushed me to do whatever makes me happy. He’s always there for me.” Kyle Schmid said he’s not sure if he’ll follow in his father’s and brother’s footsteps as a coach, but he won’t pass on the opportunity if it comes along. “I definitely want to take a chance and see how it goes,” Kyle Schmid said. “But hopefully my playing days don’t end anytime soon.” UC Irvine will return home to face Cal State Northridge on Saturday night at 7. More men’s soccer: LMU seemingly has more South Bay players in this sport than every other college combined. Freshman forward Rafael Baca (Animo) and sophomore defender Alex Proano (Bishop Montgomery) have cracked the starting lineup for the Lions. Junior Miguel Benitez (Bishop Montgomery) and freshman Jack McCormack (Mira Costa) are backup goalkeepers. Other reserves include sophomore defender Wilkie Johnson (Peninsula), sophomore defender Andrew Kristof (West Torrance) and freshman midfielder Giovanni Lopez (Serra). Freshman Go Eto (Peninsula) will redshirt due to an ankle injury. The Lions (2-4-1) face an imposing foe, No. 6 Santa Clara (5-1-2), in their WCC home opener today at 4 p.m. Other area players include UCLA freshman goalkeeper Kevin Weiner (Mira Costa), Columbia freshman goalkeeper Alex Contratto (Chadwick) and Florida International sophomore forward Kyle Emerson (Redondo). Around the nation: Brown freshman middle blocker Danielle Vaughan (Peninsula) was named the volleyball co-rookie of the week by the Ivy League on Tuesday. Vaughan led the Bears with 1.67 blocks per game and a .393 hitting average in matches against Yale and Rhode Island. For the season, Vaughan leads Brown with a .274 average and 39 blocks. … Senior defender Dylann Tharp (San Pedro) could return to the Oregon women’s soccer team this weekend. Tharp suffered a badly sprained left ankle on Sept. 14, and the Ducks (6-3) have struggled defensively without her. Oregon had a goals-against average of 0.60 with Tharp in the lineup, and in the four games without her that mark has jumped to 1.75. The Ducks will play host to No. 10 Portland (7-3) tonight at 7. chris.jackson@dailybreeze.com160Want 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 City“I think it started out where he was very receptive,” Kurt Schmid said. “Then he went through a spell where he couldn’t hear it from me. Now he’s being pretty good about listening. It can be tough when your brother is telling you what to do.” Kyle Schmid has spent most of his life with his brother telling him what to do. He just never really expected it to reach a point where he was required to listen. “It’s like having your biggest critic around,” Kyle Schmid said. “It’s a little bit frustrating at times. But he pushes me to be the best player he can be. Sometimes you have to bite your tongue, though.” Kurt Schmid said his brother’s presence on the roster almost made him turn down the job as an assistant. “Him being here almost made me not come here,” Kurt Schmid said. “That was definitely a concern early on. I asked him how he felt about it. I wouldn’t have come if it would have hurt him in any way.” Former South Torrance High standout Kyle Schmid was having a perfectly good time playing soccer at UC Irvine when a familiar face joined the coaching staff. Kurt Schmid, Kyle’s older brother, joined the Anteaters’ coaching staff this spring. The two brothers have done their best to downplay any sibling rivalry for the good of the team, helping UC Irvine get off to a 5-2-2 start this season. Both said it’s still a work in progress. last_img read more

30 Dec

Red Ribbon Week is here

first_imgFor the upper grades, some districts discuss drug issues in their science and social science classes. For issues like steroids, some districts rely on physical education teachers or coaches to inform students about the risks. Richard Evers, director of child welfare, attendance and secondary education at Charter Oak Unified, said that steroids are being discussed at the high school as part of the Health and Careers course the students are required to take. The issue is important because of student athletes, he added. Officials said that revisions to the drug education curriculum are revised based on new information from state and county health officials. Ultimately, convincing students of making good personal choices and leading a healthy lifestyle should be a topic of discussion everyday. Various district officials point out that national campaigns commemorated over one week focuses on broader issues and that having lively and insightful discussions among teacher and students in class is just as effective. “We pay special attention during the week but it has be on the everyone’s mind every day,” Evers said. caroline.an@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811 Ext. 2108 www.insidesocal.com/schools160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Strother added that in kindergarten classes, a medicine cabinet filled with “fake” medicine such as cough drops or aspirin, is part of the drug education discussions. “We keep it simple,” she said. The Red Ribbon Campaign was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City killed DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. Ileana Reyes, director of communications for Informed Families, with the National Family Foundation, which sponsors the Red Ribbon program, said that the organization helps schools plan the weeklong activities. But the district is responsible for setting the agenda of the celebration, she said. School districts have district-wide drug education programs tailored for each grade, such as the Too Good for Drugs and Too Good for Violence, which is offered in Pomona and Rowland unified, and stresses making good decisions and not succumbing to peer pressure. With schools nationwide starting Red Ribbon Week celebrations today, good decisions and living a drug- and alcohol-free life will be stressed in thousands of classrooms. Local education officials laud the initiative – the nation’s oldest and largest drug-prevention program – that encourages school districts to partner with cities in getting the message to students. But they also said promoting a healthy lifestyle needs to be part of the daily classroom discussions, not just tied to weeklong campaigns like Red Ribbon Week. Starting the discussions at an early age will also benefit students, educators said. “We have to teach them the difference between appropriate drugs prescribed by the doctor and drug abuse, which is characterized by addictive-type behavior,” said Carol Strother, supervisor of health services at Baldwin Park Unified. last_img read more

30 Dec

L.A. draws up a new gang plan

first_imgTaking another step in the fight against street gangs, Los Angeles city officials vowed Friday to redefine prevention versus intervention and spend more money on programs to quell the most serious gang crimes. Councilman Tony Cardenas, head of the city’s Ad Hoc Committee on Gang Violence, said he and more than 30 groups that work with gangs came up with a new plan after months of frustration about how the city spends roughly $78million a year on gang prevention, intervention and suppression. “At the core of what this comes down to is credibility,” he said. Though he declined to name them, he said some prevention programs have been getting money under the banner of intervention when those programs don’t actually intervene in gang activity. “It’s a first step,” Carr said. “We need accountability. A definition does not lead to accountability, but it leads to a framework.” Now, there are 61 interventionists, and about $3.7million is dedicated to hard-core gang intervention, an amount called far too low by civil-rights attorney Connie Rice in a critical report this year on the city’s gang programs. As Villaraigosa prepares to prioritize this year’s budget for the coming year, Councilman Bernard Parks says the new definition will help guide city officials in deciding which programs deserve city dollars. “It’s a major step forward for the city of Los Angeles,” said Parks, the former Los Angeles Police Department chief who heads the council’s budget committee. Up until now, the city has spent most of its money on prevention efforts such as the LAPD Explorers and recreation programs. But, Chief William Bratton has pointed to intervention groups such as Communities in Schools in North Hills as a key element in battling gang violence. Now, police regularly call intervention groups – often headed by former gang members – to squash retaliation and rumors that swell after gang fights, and they say the relationship has stemmed gang crime. Overall, gang crime has dropped 3.4percent this year over last, with a dramatic 26percent drop in gang-related homicides. Still, in the San Fernando Valley, crimes classified as gang-related have increased 2.3percent. But with no controls or measures of effectiveness, anti-gang groups have also been under scrutiny for their cozy relationship with street criminals, something experts say is key to infiltrating gangs. Earlier this year, Hector Marroquin Jr., founder of gang-intervention group and city-funded No Guns, was arrested in connection with a home-invasion robbery. Police say he was still an active 18th Street gang member. Communities in Schools interventionist Mario Corona is serving time in prison for possession of a pound of methamphetamine and a handgun. Yet despite the program’s murky past, the rising crime in the Valley and several high-profile gang crimes have pushed gangs to the top of city and state officials’ agendas. The shooting death of 14-year-old Cheryl Green by Latino gang members looking to hurt African-Americans last December amid rising racial tension has motivated City Councilwoman Janice Hahn. On Friday, she said she will keep alive her plans for a parcel tax of up to $40 a year. Now slated for next November’s ballot, it would raise an estimated $30million annually for gang-intervention and -prevention programs. rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want 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.Under the new definition, intervention groups do hard-core, street-based mediation and redirect gang members to job training, tattoo removal, counseling and other social services. “The gang interventionist is the point person, the first point of entry of which a gang member can start looking at another way of life,” said Susan Cruz, director of Sin Fronteras, a Burbank-based group that works with youths caught up in the legal system. The move comes nearly nine months after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled what was billed as an aggressive plan to attack gangs. And it comes three months ahead of a gang-program audit by City Controller Laura Chick that Villaraigosa believes will be a blueprint for effective gang-intervention and -prevention efforts. Despite appointing as the city’s gang czar Jeff Carr, an evangelical pastor with decades of experience working with gangs, Villaraigosa has done little else to develop or promote programs that directly affect gang members. last_img read more

30 Dec

DONEGAL’S ARTISAN FOOD AND DRINK PRODUCERS GIVEN CHANCE TO TAKE A ‘BITE’ OUT OF NATIONAL MARKET

first_imgDonegal’s talented food and drink producers are being offered the chance to showcase their skills at a national level, thanks to Ireland’s major new artisan food festival, Bite 2015.And they have a chance to win a free stand at the festival if they manage to impress the organisers with a brief description of their services.Festival organisers are on a nationwide hunt for talented food and beverage producers for the event, which will be held in Dublin’s RDS from November 19-22. It will be a chance to exhibit your product in the run-up to the Christmas season, to over 20,000 Irish food and drink lovers who are expected to descend on the festival.“Bite 2015 is aimed at promoting Ireland’s vastly expanding artisan food and craft drinks sector, letting people with an interest in food experience just how much quality that we have in the field to the plate industry,” said festival organiser Patrick O’Sullivan.“Many of the artisans who will take part in the festival will go on to achieve success nationally, and in some cases internationally.“Now we want to offer talented people, who maybe unknown outside of their locality, the chance to bring their expertise, ideas and experiences to a wider audience.” Bite 2015 will feature top chefs and food experts as well as a huge range of producers, who are there to sell, sample and educate people about their unique products.Presented by the organisers of the National Crafts and Design Fair, in association with Spar and Eurospar, the Festival promises to be Ireland’s first and foremost interactive food expo, with attractions for all the family.“Every stand at Bite 2015 will feature quality products with unique stories behind them – encapsulating a rapidly growing industry,” said Patrick.Artisans in Donegal who would like to win a free stand at the November Bite 2015 festival are asked to write a brief 150-word description of their practice and why they deserve to be chosen.Entries, including full name and contact details and the name of this publication can be sent to info@bitefoodfestival.ie. The closing date for the competition is Friday October 30. Bite 2015 takes place at the RDS Main Hall from November 19-22. Full details and booking can be found at www.bitefoodfestival.ie.DONEGAL’S ARTISAN FOOD AND DRINK PRODUCERS GIVEN CHANCE TO TAKE A ‘BITE’ OUT OF NATIONAL MARKET was last modified: October 16th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bite food festivaldonegaldublinRDSlast_img read more

29 Dec

Sassuolo determined to keep star striker amid interest from Tottenham

first_img1 Domenico Berardi in action for Sassuolo Sassuolo owner Giorgio Squinzi is hopeful the club can keep hold of Tottenham target Domenico Berardi.The 21-year-old is one of the hottest prospects in Italian football and has six goals to his name this season after finding the net 15 times last year.Tottenham are on the hunt for attacking reinforcements this summer and have scouted the striker on several occasions.However, Sassuolo owner Squinzi is hopeful that, despite all the transfer talk, the club can keep their star man.“Domenico Berardi? Why can’t his future be at Sassuolo? I hope he stays another year, though I wouldn’t want to limit his growth,” Squinzi told Radio Anch’io Lo Sport.“He found the right environment here. The coach is excellent at developing youngsters.”last_img read more

29 Dec

Championship: Brighton enter top two as Hull drop points, Ipswich edge Rovers

first_imgHull City 1-1 Nottingham ForestHull’s automatic promotion bid continued to falter as they were held to a second successive home draw and slipped to fourth in the Sky Bet Championship table.Hull were held 1-1 by Nottingham Forest, the same score as against MK Dons at the KC Stadium on Saturday.Forest earned new manager Paul Williams a point in his first game in charge since being appointed to replace Dougie Freedman for the remainder of the season.Forest took a first-half lead through Gary Gardner’s rising shot from distance before Sone Aluko slid home a second half equaliser for Hull whose winless run in the Championship extended to four games.Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 ReadingJames Wilson netted a first-half winner as Brighton moved up to second place in the Championship following a 1-0 victory over Reading.Albion, who now boast five successive clean sheets, survived a late rally from the Royals to record their first league win over the Berkshire side in 12 attempts.The Seagulls have now won five of their last six home games and Reading’s defeat still leaves them without a clean sheet away from home for six months.Ipswich Town 2-0 Blackburn RoversBirthday boy Daryl Murphy scored his first goals for two months as Ipswich continued their push for a play-off place with a 2-0 victory over Blackburn.Two second-half goals were the difference in a largely dismal match as the Ipswich striker scored from the penalty spot after Luke Chambers was pulled down and then made the points safe three minutes before the end.The scoreline was slightly harsh on a Blackburn side who matched a team with designs on the top six, but they lacked a clinical marksman like Murphy, who celebrated his 33rd birthday in style. 1 Brighton enter top two in the Championship after victory over Reading last_img read more