Pearson wants no more slip-ups

first_img The Foxes go to West Brom on Saturday bottom of the Barclays Premier League and six points adrift from the survival line. A 2-1 win over West Ham last weekend gave them a first victory in nine league games and ended a run of just two points from a possible 24. “You win a game or lose a game and there’s a shift in terms of how people perceive it.” Matt Upson (Achilles) and Dean Hammond (calf) are back in training and are available for the trip to The Hawthorns, where Pearson spent time as coach between 2004 and 2006. The Baggies are holding Jeff Astle Day to honour their former striker and raise awareness for the Jeff Astle Foundation. Former Albion striker Astle died in 2002 aged 59 from a brain condition normally linked to boxing after heading heavy leather footballs during his career. And while Pearson believes it is a fine cause he insisted the Foxes cannot get caught up in the day. He said: “In many ways it’s for recognition for an outstanding player and person who has achieved an awful lot for the football club. “It’s great West Brom have decided to make an occasion to celebrate Jeff Astle’s contribution and raise awareness of these types of head injury issues. “But for us, unfortunately, we have to recognise we are part of the day but our own plight is the most important thing. “What we can’t do is get carried away in the occasion.” Boss Nigel Pearson insists Leicester have no margin for error in their relegation fight as they aim to close the gap to safety. Press Association But with eight games left Pearson knows that they cannot afford any further slip ups. “Our form has to take that upward trend in terms of results. We don’t really have a buffer to fall back on, we have to perform here on in,” he said at his pre-match press conference. “The players have dealt with an awful lot of disappointment but strived to get the performances. That has been the case for the majority of the season. What we have to do now is change those performances into wins. “People tell me about other people’s run-ins but you will survive or not due to your own results. “We have to keep it in our hands for as long as possible and we need to win more games. That’s the reality of the situation but we’re capable of it.” Leicester still have to play relegation rivals Burnley and Sunderland and host QPR on the final day, giving Pearson hope. He said: “We have to play a lot of sides around us. It’s nice to have games where we can directly affect their end to the season but the flip side is they will see it the same way. “It depends how those fixtures go, you win those and the picture changes. What we have to do is manage the swings in mood which will be in the public domain. last_img read more

Sterling misses Liverpool training

first_img Sterling, 20, has been the subject of two failed bids from Manchester City this summer, believed to have been worth up to £30million and £40million. The player, who has two years remaining on his contract at Anfield, rejected an offer of a new £100,000-per-week deal earlier this year. It is understood that Sterling spoke to manager Brendan Rodgers this week and informed him that he did not want to travel on the pre-season tour. Rodgers and his squad are due to fly out on Sunday ahead of their first friendly against a Thai All Stars side in Bangkok next Tuesday. Since reports of Sterling’s tour request emerged, a mobile phone number purportedly of the player’s has been posted online with disgruntled fans encouraged to use it to send abusive messages. The club have not commented on whether the number is genuine. The Sterling saga is becoming increasingly acrimonious with the player seemingly intent on forcing through a move. City have maintained a silence on the issue but it is claimed they could be preparing another bid of around £50million. Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes the way the whole affair is playing out could be causing long-lasting damage to Sterling’s standing. “He’s starting to get a reputation that could be hard to rid himself of in the future,” Carragher wrote on “Are Man City fans looking at the situation and thinking this could be us in a few years? “I think this situation will only make Liverpool more determined to get the fee they feel Raheem is worth rather than caving in to Raheem’s and Man City’s wishes.” Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling did not report for training on Wednesday citing illness, Press Association Sport understands. Press Associationcenter_img The development comes following reports that the unsettled England international requested not to participate in the club’s pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia. Liverpool began pre-season training this week but it is believed Sterling telephoned on Wednesday morning to say that he was unwell. The club have not commented on the situation. last_img read more

Hodge makes 1st-career start with Syracuse implementing 3-4 defense

first_img“He did good,” starting linebacker Marquis Spruill said. “He was where he was supposed to be most of the time.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text “(He) made some nice plays out there,” Spruill said. “He’s going to be getting better.” Comments Hodge, a linebacker, replaced defensive end Robert Welsh as a starter and finished with a career-best 12 tackles in SU’s 56-0 loss to the Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium. By halftime, he upped his total to 10, which was the top on either team. Hodge’s first tackle came on the Orange’s second defensive play of the game, when he wrapped up David Sims after a 10-yard gain. He added three more tackles in the first quarter, two of them on Sims, who torched Syracuse in the first half. On the Yellow Jackets’ first drive of the second quarter, Hodge recorded five tackles alone.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm Contact Trevor: | @TrevorHass ATLANTA — Marqez Hodge made the most of his first career start on Saturday. Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) started in a 3-4 defense against Georgia Tech (4-3, 3-2) instead of its usual 4-3, which paved the way for Hodge to see more snaps. The Yellow Jackets’ option befuddled Syracuse immensely, which led to frequent sizable gains. But Hodge was often there to prevent big gains from turning into touchdowns.last_img read more

San Gabriel Mountains made national monument

first_imgPresident Barack Obama visited the city of San Dimas on Friday afternoon to designate a portion of the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument.The San Gabriel Mountains, part of the Angeles National Forest, serve as the backdrop to Los Angeles and offer outdoor recreational space for hiking, biking and other activities. The mountains receive nearly 3 million visitors annually.Congresswoman Judy Chu, a Democrat who represents the 27th congressional district which includes the cities of Pasadena and Monterey Park, led efforts to grant the mountains monument status. She originally sent a bill to Congress, but when it stalled, she called for help from  Obama, who responded by using his executive powers and bypassing Congress to declare the mountain range a national monument.“It’s not enough to have this awesome natural wonder within your sight,” Obama said in his speech after designating the mountains a national monument. “You have to be able to access it … [E]verybody in this diverse community, no matter where they come from or what language they speak — can enjoy all that this monument has to offer.”The Angeles National Forest also singlehandedly accounts for approximately 70 percent of Los Angeles County’s open space, and thus provides some of the last available habitat for species like Nelson’s Bighorn sheep and mountain yellow-legged frogs, making the area even more valuable to conservationists.The combination of conservation efforts and recent upkeep problems led to calls for national monument status, which advocates believe would help improve the area by emphasizing visitor safety. Monument status allows the U.S. Forest Service to prioritize visitor safety, resulting in the installation of restrooms, trails and other amenities. There is also a possibility of increased funding for the Forest Service in the San Gabriel Mountains.Last winter, the Colby Fire, started by arson, burned through nearly 2,000 acres of the Angeles National Forest. Gaurav Parti, a freshman majoring in business administration, said that the mountains deserved to be protected. His hometown of Glendora, a foothill community, was located near the fires.“Although they [the San Gabriel Mountains] may not be the most impressive mountains, the landscape of the foothills is unique to California, so they deserve to be preserved and protected, especially after a portion of them was destroyed by the fire,” he said.Though some local residents were pleased with Obama’s decision, others, particularly Republicans, opposed the designation. More than 100 protesters gathered outside of Chu’s office the Monday prior to the official designation, and protesters were also present when Obama made the official announcement on Friday.The protesters believe the mountains’ problems with graffiti, trash and fires are exaggerated and that their new status will restrict access to the mountains to them. The community of Mount Baldy rejected monument status, and residents of other communities had similar worries.In response, the designated area excluded Mount Baldy and a few other communities outside of the Los Angeles County border. A total of 346,000 of the Angeles National Forest’s 655,000 acres are included in the national monument.“Although it may be drastic to make the mountains a national monument, hopefully this will be a wake-up call to people to treat the area better, and it could help fix problems like trash,” said Alyssa Perez, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering from the foothill town of Glendora.last_img read more

Interim president establishes culture commission

first_imgLillian Zeng | Daily TrojanInterim President Wanda Austin sent a memo to the USC community Tuesday announcing the launch of the President’s Culture Commission, which will oversee campus culture initiatives and improvements. Austin will lead the commission, which comprises 13 students, faculty and staff, including Keck School of Medicine Dean Lauren Mosqueda and Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Dean Willow Bay. Undergraduate Student Government President Debbie Lee and Graduate Student Government President Joycelyn Yip will represent students on the commission. “They represent a broad range of perspectives from our university community,” Austin wrote.Lee said that she is excited to serve on the President’s Culture Commission.“I’m excited to … delve deeply into the university’s collective values,” Lee said. “I hope to be able to honestly evaluate where we are now and see how we can meaningfully act to build a thriving USC culture.”In the memo, Austin expressed gratitude to the Task Force on Workplace Standards and Employee Wellness, which has been meeting for the past 18 months to develop recommendations regarding ways USC can improve campus culture.  “This group … has dedicated a tremendous amount of time and energy to exploring how a large, diverse organization such as USC can become more connected and better aligned in its mission, vision and values,” Austin wrote. “The President’s Culture Commission will consider the Task Force’s recommendations on the best partners and tools to conduct such an assessment, and will keep the community informed in the process.”The Task Force recommended that the commission conduct a transparent “values assessment” to help the University address its collective strengths and opportunities. Paul Rosenbloom, professor of computer science and co-chair of the Task Force on Workplace Standards and Employee Wellness, will serve on one of the commission’s faculty positions. “The Task Force has always considered itself to be a short-term body that was to be followed up by something more permanent,” Rosenbloom said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “The just-announced President’s Culture Commission is one important piece of this follow up that, with President Austin as chair, truly emphasizes how important the process of culture change is to our future.”In the memo, Austin introduced the “Change Progress Dashboard,” a new website used to track the University’s progress and commitment to change. Website visitors can view the status of University initiatives regarding “Accountability,” “Transparency” and “Wellness/Culture.” “This dashboard, which we will populate over time with new information and details, will track key change initiatives, including our culture improvement work,” Austin wrote. According to the dashboard, one of the Culture Commission’s first initiatives to redraft the University’s Code of Ethics. “Culture change is a journey and not a simple fix, and demands a sustained focus on genuine listening, open dialogue, and meaningful follow up,” Austin wrote. “Our work on culture and values will help us become stronger as a Trojan Family.”last_img read more

Video: Angels beat writer Jeff Fletcher on Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout

first_imgAngels beat writer Jeff Fletcher sat down with Mark Gubicza of Fox Sports before Sunday’s game in Chicago to talk about Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Fletcher shared his thoughts on when Ohtani should have Tommy John surgery and whether he is a strong candidate for American League Rookie of the Year.On the topic of awards, Fletcher provides his take on whether Trout could win the MVP this season.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Alli and Mourinho slam shocking Spurs after they crash out of Europe

first_imgTOTTENHAM manager Jose Mourinho and star man Dele Alli have let rip after Spurs crashed out of the Champions League.Any chance of a dramatic comeback against RB Leipzig was lost in just 20 minutes after Hugo Lloris was twice at fault.2 Jose Mourinho cut a frustrated figure as Tottenham crashed out of the Champions LeagueCredit: AFP or licensorsThe goalkeeper failed to stop a soft effort in the opening minutes before being beaten at his near post – both goals being scored by Marcel Sabitzer.The defeat meant Mourinho is now without a win in his last SIX matches, making it the worst run of his entire career.Dele Alli said the side are in a “bad situation” with confidence completely gone.He told BT Sport: “It’s devastating. We had belief before the game and we didn’t perform. This is the Champions League, if you don’t step up you will be punished.”After the first one went in it didn’t change much but we conceded too many chances as a team. It’s hard to come back from those two goals. We had to show our maturity and fight and we didn’t do that.”We can’t use excuses, we still have quality on the pitch. We are missing good players but that happens. The players coming in have to step up and we haven’t done that today.”We apologise to the fans, to go out and lose like that, they deserve better.”We have to fight. We can’t be in the position we are in in the league, we can’t hide. This hasn’t been a good season for us.”The reality is we are in a bad situation, confidence has gone at the minute.”All the players are mature enough to know we’re not doing well enough. You always have to look at yourself first and I’ll do that and I’m sure the others will as well.”2 Dele Alli said he was ‘devastated’ and that the confidence in the group is non-existentCredit: Getty Images – GettyMourinho later praised the home side, refusing to single out his own players – like he had done to Tanguy Ndombele at the weekend.The Portuguese also said he does not think the squad need a complete overhaul in the summer.”Look, of course I was positive yesterday, that’s the way I have to be all of the time. If you’re not positive it’s better not to come to the game.”Yes we all believed but we know that in this moment it’s very difficult. They are a very strong side.”It’s hard for us to score at the moment. Our first couple of mistakes they score and then it’s very difficult. Their physicality is incredible, their defenders win the duels, they stop the game. They are very fast in attack. They can hurt us all of the time, they deserve to go through.”If I can be critical of some of my players, I keep this for us. They tried to give what they can give.”We made mistakes, mistakes that we have analysed in previous matches. I never blame players with some difficulties. It’s hard for me to cope with players who cannot express their potential, not those who are at their limit. I am with the boys.”I think probably it’s good [going out]. Difficult moments can prepare the future in a better way.”There is nobody to blame. In every match we have a traumatic injury. That’s the history of this season. It is non stop. It started with problems and you look to the position in the table when we arrived but the negative history arrived with Hugo Lloris’s injury.”Look to our bench, look to the pitch with Tanganga in his first match, Sessegnon in his second match. It’s very, very hard.”MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesHe added: “I don’t think so. This summer, unless something happens during the holidays, when we start we will have Sissoko, Kane, Son, Bergwyn, Davies so that is massive.”People can say it’s excuses but it’s [the injuries] pretty bad for anyone and I don’t think anyone would resist in this situation.”We have matches to play and we go to our limits. Let’s see how we end the season.”last_img read more

A league of subsidiaries: the eternal debate in Spanish football

first_imgThe Liga de Filiales is a recurring debate in modest football. Now, with the possibility that next season there will be 108 clubs in Second B after the Federation’s proposal to end the regular phase of the competition without decreases but promotions, Many fans have once again claimed this remodeling of the category, which many modest clubs would welcome. The reason is simple, they consider their presence unequal competition. They’re club-dependent teams with budgets of billions, while they live almost daily, depending on box office money, local sponsors, and federal grants.. Where a participation in the Copa del Rey, and the economic prize that it entails, is el Gordo de Navidad.This remodeling of the competition is many years old and it was in 2008 when it was about to come true. At that time Roberto Olabe and Ricardo Resta proposed to create this league of subsidiaries to LaLiga, the Federation and the First and Second clubs. The proposal was not so aimed at protecting modest teams, but at promoting Spanish talent. This is how Olabe y Resta defended this project twelve years ago at AS: “The debut and consolidation of young people is delayed a lot. It is very difficult to get there, except for those who aim for figures. There is more expense in achieving the category than investment in the training of footballers. “The particularity of this hypothetical competition would have been in the requirements that the players and each subsidiary had to meet in order to participate: they would have to be footballers between the age of 16 and 21 and there could only be a maximum of five foreigners per club to give priority to national talent. Another peculiarity is that some first-team players could play a game in this league as a recovery after a long-term injury. The format of the competition, in which 42 subsidiaries would participate in a league without promotions or decreases, It would consist of three phases. In the first they would be divided into three groups. The top five of each league and the best sixth would play during the second phase in an Elite Super League to be the champion of Spain. The rest of the teams would be divided into two groups. In the third phase the Cup would be played among the best in phase 2. This project, which did not materialize, had some drawbacks and concerns, especially in the Federation and in some clubs. Although it was and is difficult to make the jump from the subsidiary to the first team, they consider that the physical requirement of a league of subsidiaries is not the same as in Second, Second B or Third. One of the big complaints that the coaches of the Premier or Series A have, where there are these league teams reserves. “Why can’t our reserve teams play in an official competition if they are of sufficient quality? Our young people have talent, but not the experience to reach the first team. So they do not go over the bench. It is clear that the reserve team system does not work, something must be done about it so that the talent of the boys is not wasted “Rafa Benítez protested when training Liverpool.All projects have their advantages and disadvantages and each country has sought its formula. While in England and Italy there is this league of subsidiaries, in France and Germany what they do is limit the category to which they can ascend (the third division in the case of the Germans and even the fourth with respect to the French). And just as there are different models in Europe, there are also different positions within modest football. Many are suspicious of sharing a category with the subsidiaries, but there are others who do not see it at all bad. “The subsidiaries also give quite a bit of chaché to the competition. Perhaps the issue of their players should be regulated differently,” Felipe Llamazares, general director of Cultural Leonesa, recently pointed out to AS. Or, for example, Dorado, president of Talavera: “I would not like a league of subsidiaries. They give a lot of life to Segunda B and modest clubs like Talavera help us to bring people to the stadium.”For now, the Federation does not plan to change the format of the Second B and create an exclusive competition for subsidiaries. You will hear the proposals transmitted by the clubs through their respective Territorial Federations next Tuesday, but this league is not expected to be on the table. Especially on the part of modest clubs. Some of those who see it as a good idea believe that the time is not right and many do not want to pronounce themselves if nobody raises their voice and makes a firm proposal.last_img read more

CBL Lauds GN Bank

first_imgThe Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has lauded the newly licensed GN Bank Liberia Limited (a subsidiary of Ghanaian conglomerate Groupe Nduom) for taking over the First International Bank Liberia Limited (FiBank). In remarks Thursday in Monrovia at the official launch of GN Bank Liberia Limited, the Executive Governor of the CBL, Milton Weeks, said the presence of GN Bank in the country marked another milestone in Liberia’s banking sector.Governor Weeks said that milestone was made possible through collaborative efforts between the Central Bank of Liberia and the Ghana Growth Fund Company (GGFC), which is part of the Groupe Nduom family.He explained that GN Bank Liberia Limited is a subsidiary of GGFC with US$18.5 million already pumped into Liberia’s economy, which is a clear indication that the company has confidence in Liberia. “GGFC has previously proved itself as a committed partner in the development of Africa through investment by the group’s presence in a number of African countries,” Governor Weeks said. “GGFC has already shown its commitment through the successful taking over of the Liberia Enterprise Development Finance and Cooperation in 2013.”Mr. Weeks noted that the infusion of US$18.5 million into the economy not only demonstrates GN Bank’s confidence in Liberia, but shows its readiness to join the government’s reconstruction efforts in the banking sector.He indicated that the funds are more than adequate to meet the capital requirement of operating a banking institution in the country, as defined by the Central Bank of Liberia.“Thus, it is sufficient enough to protect the entire bank’s many depositors in the country,” Governor Weeks said.He assured depositors of the former FiBank (now GN Bank Liberia Limited) and the general public that their deposits are fully secure and safe.Meanwhile, Governor Weeks called on those who are indebted to the former FIBank through loans to make repayments to GN Bank, because the bank (GN Bank) has already purchased those loans from the FiBank.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Girls’ swimming: Hart makes a giant splash

first_imgC.V. remained within six points in the girls’ meet at the midway point, but the departure of Yumi So and Sara Sun – who left to attend club practice – proved too much for the Falcons (3-1) to overcome. In their individual events, So captured the 200 IM and 100 butterfly and Sun doubled in the 50 and 200 freestyles. So nearly rallied from a two-second deficit on the anchor leg of the 200 free relay, but Molly Rogers held on for Hart (2-0), which won in 1 minute, 48.25 seconds. “How often do you get to swim (in a dual meet) against two girls who have Olympic Trials times,” Neale said. “It was a great opportunity for our girls.” Jordan Danny, Maggie Hanson, Rachael Krager and Molly Rogers all won events for the Indians and teamed for a victory in the 200 medley relay (1:54.53). Hart swept all three relays, unofficially timed at 3:51.06 in the 400 free relay. “I wish I could’ve been here for (that relay),” Sun said before her departure. “That would’ve been exciting to swim against them.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hart won nine events in the boys’ meet to hand Crescenta Valley only its fifth dual-meet loss since 1992. The Indians recorded a 102-68 nonleague victory, snapping a streak of four consecutive losses against the Falcons (3-1). Despite four C.V. wins in the first five events in the girls’ meet, Hart had plenty of depth in the back half of the competition, sweeping the final six races to prevail 101-69. “This is a great meet, especially because C.V. always has super competition,” said Hart coach Steve Neale, whose boys hadn’t defeated the Falcons since a 115-55 triumph March 7, 2002. “We haven’t been winning (against C.V.) the last half-decade. You can tell by the way the teams are cheering for each other that this means a lot.” The past four seasons, the Falcons had the edge in experience in the boys’ competition. But with four standouts from last year’s team deciding not to swim this season, coach Jan Sakonju has had to build around young talent like Zach Taylor (200-yard freestyle) and Vinh Doan (100 freestyle), who won C.V.’s lone events. “The younger kids have really stepped up,” Sakonju said. “And I’ll have all those guys (on the relays) together for the next three years.” Sophomore Chris Weber (100 breaststroke, 200 individual medley) and freshman Konrad Antoniuk (100 butterfly, 500 freestyle) each won two events for Hart (2-0), which won the last five races after the Falcons cut the deficit to 53-41. center_img LA CRESCENTA – About the only thing that didn’t go right for the Hart of Newhall swim program Thursday was a missed chance to get a Southern Section Div. II automatic qualifying time in the girls’ 400-yard freestyle relay when the back-up timer didn’t record the mark. That was the only opportunity the Indians didn’t capitalize on against host Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta. last_img read more