Europa League not to blame for defeat, says Pochettino

first_imgMauricio Pochettino refused to blame Tottenham’s 2-1 home defeat to Newcastle on the Europa League.The manager made six changes to the side that beat Monaco 4-1 on Thursday night, but the Magpies ended Spurs’ 14-match unbeaten run in the Premier League thanks to a late goal from Ayoze Perez.“It’s not about tiredness or playing on Thursday,” Pochettino said.“We had good energy, but started to make mistakes and lost control in the last 15 or 20 minutes.”Tottenham went ahead through Eric Dier’s first-half goal but failed to put the game beyond doubt.“The first half was a fantastic performance and one of the best so far I think,” the boss added.“It was under control and the way we played was fantastic.“In football you need to create chances and score and [Newcastle] created chances and scored.”Nevertheless, Pochettino pointed out his team were still only three points behind fourth placed Man United, adding his young team would continue to improve.last_img read more

Goal heroes to be dropped? Tottenham XI v Leicester City predicted

first_img 11 11 11 11 11 22. Nacer Chadli (left wing) 5. Jan Vertonghen (centre back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 11 25. Joshua Onomah (attack midfield) 11 11 27. Kevin Wimmer (centre back) 33. Ben Davies (left back) 7. Heung-Min Son (striker) Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City must be sick of the sight of each other.The two Premier League sides face each other for the third time in ten days on Wednesday night as they slug it out for a place in the FA Cup fourth round.The first clash between the two sides at White Hart Lane ended in a 2-2 draw as Harry Kane slotted home a late penalty, forcing the tie to a replay at the King Power Stadium tonight.Claudio Ranieri’s men will be full of confidence given the Foxes’ 1-0 Premier League win seven days ago, when Robert Huth’s header from a corner beat Hugo Lloris.But with both teams likely to field much-changed it could end up being a lottery in Leicester as a tie with Colchester United awaits.Mauricio Pochettino was thankful to get through a 4-1 victory over Sunderland with no new injuries but he does appear worried about his squad being burned out.Clinton N’Jie remains out, while Ryan Mason and Alex Pritchard are also absentees.Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Tottenham XI… 13. Michel Vorm (goalkeeper) 11 28. Thomas Carroll (central midfield) 11. Erik Lamela (right wing) 16. Kieran Trippier (right back) 6. Nabil Bentaleb (central midfield) last_img read more

Chewing on idea jerky with Mark Twain and Will Rogers

first_imgI do this job for one reason only. Or one reason aside from how I get to read e-mails from complete strangers telling me that I look funny. And that one reason is how I get to foist my opinions off on a tolerant readership that often asks, “Where do you get those idiot ideas?” Well, many are plucked out of thin air while others are clipped from periodicals and carefully stored on my desk until they become idea jerky. Problem is, most of these items can’t fill an entire column. But neither can I let them go. Take a recent story about Sen. Larry Craig, R-Screwed, where he never says: “I have personal issues that I need to work out. Please understand that I am a frail human being who nonetheless cares very much about the the problems facing the West.” And I like this report from England, where a drive to serve healthful meals in school cafeterias led to kids spending their lunch money on convenience store junk food. Meanwhile, in Little Rock, Ark., six elderly Roman Catholic nuns of the Army of Mary were excommunicated – much as the Angels were by Boston – after the Vatican judged them heretics for believing that their order’s founder, 86-year-old Marie Giguere, is the reincarnation of the Virgin Mary with God speaking through her. The nuns stated that the church had better “open their eyes before it’s too late” and that they only believe that God “communicates through Giguere.” Silly nuns. For starters, God communicates through the pope, who, in any case, will not tolerate female criminals in a church that has yet to excommunicate or even discipline some of the male sex offenders in its ranks and those who aided them. “An ethical man,” wrote Twain, “is a Christian holding four aces.” Or, as I see it, all the cards. Speaking of God, a man named Andy Schlafly of New Jersey was horrified by the “information” offered by the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. Wanting to correct all that crazy talk about the Earth being older than 10,000 years, he created, which is designed to tell certain people that what they already believe is absolutely correct. Now consider Peter Tork of the made-for-TV Monkees, which recorded 10 Top 20 singles in the 1960s. He claims that Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner is blocking the group’s induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Wenner is, of course, an antique mired in a time before Americans expected their music idols to be complete fakes. Still, by comparison to many of today’s contrived sensations, the Monkees were Mozart. Then there was this quote from Dr. Ellen Laan of the University of Amsterdam: “I think that it’s progress when we can spend two hours in this performance-driven society admitting that maybe we don’t know what we’re talking about.” Her frightening statement came at the end of an Orlando medical conference on women’s sexual health, during which the expert assembly admitted to knowing next to nothing about what causes sexual arousal and orgasm in women. Or as Twain once quipped, “Neither do I!” Now take Michigan Democrat Rep. John Dingell’s lunatic suggestion that we reduce carbon emissions by removing the mortgage-interest tax deduction from all homes over 3,000 square feet. How killing with taxes people who own larger existing homes would help air quality remains a mystery. But he did make me recall Will Rogers, who once said, “I don’t belong to any organized political party. I’m a Democrat.” And 25 years ago, a scientist at Carnegie Mellon invented the colon-hyphen-parenthesis sideways smiley face that haunts the world like anthrax. I want to find that guy. Boy, do I want to find him. I said that. I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at [email protected] or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityPersonally, I’d advise Craig to think about something Mark Twain once said: “A man is never more truthful (and endearing) than when he acknowledges himself a liar.” Instead, he’s denying lewd conduct charges while – I love this – insisting that it is inappropriate and unpatriotic to discuss his bathroom behavior “while the nation is at war.” Then there is a study out of the Max Planck Institute suggesting that a sense of fair play is a uniquely (and I’d say rare) human trait not shared by our chimp relatives. Which brings to mind another Twain quote: “I believe that our Heavenly Father created man because he was disappointed with the monkey.” Only I think that it was the other way around. Now take Roberto Madrazo, a former Mexican presidential candidate who disappeared midway through the recent Berlin Marathon, then suddenly reappeared to win with an age-group record. Or as Twain once observed, “Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.” last_img read more

Frank Girardot: Tragedy reveals meaning to adage

first_imgI remember when I was in my 20s someone said to me, “There, but for the grace of God, go I.” At the time, it didn’t really resonate. From time to time over the years, I would think about the strange configuration of the words and never the meaning of the sentence as a whole. The adage stuck in my head Saturday morning sometime around 2 a.m. as I was thinking about Stephen Groce, 44, an El Monte man who in an instant last Monday evening lost his entire family. Groce’s wife Dora, 41, and their two children, Robert, 8, and Catherine, 4, were driving to a doctor’s office, when their Nissan Maxima was broadsided by a car involved in a street race on Parkway Drive. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.A preliminary coroner’s report indicates that Dora died instantly in the collision. The children probably burned to death. I doubt Stephen knew those hideous details last week when he spoke to our reporter Fred Ortega and later appeared on KFI’s John and Ken Show. He told the talk show hosts that evening he was on his way home, passed the accident scene and didn’t even recognize his car. At some point, Groce was drawn to the intersection when a neighbor told him she thought his family might be involved. He walked over and spoke to a cop. “I asked him about my two kids. I mean I saw the yellow blanket over there covering my wife and I guess part of you doesn’t want to see that that. It really couldn’t be true,” Groce recalled. “And that’s when he told me they were all three deceased.” At the scene of the accident, police arrested Robert Canizalez, 19, of El Monte. He has been charged with three counts of murder and is being held in lieu of $3 million bail. A second man believed to have been involved in the race, Martin Morones, 21, of El Monte remained at large late Saturday. In the interest of full disclosure, I should report here that I have two sons who are roughly the ages of the Groce children. Reporters are supposed to approach stories like these without personalizing them. We are trained to be objective and reminded constantly to keep our feelings in check. As hard as I might try to be immune to the suffering of others, I have to admit that horrible stories like Stephen Groce’s tragedy strike a chord in me, perhaps for obvious reasons. In his conversation with KFI, Groce recalled how he would come home at night, sit down and help Robert, who attended Maxon Elementary School, with homework. Little Catherine, not old enough to attend school yet, would sit nearby and pretend she was doing homework too, Groce said. I remembered my own little guys doing the same thing. While Tom would struggle with writing or math problems, Matt would draw elaborate scribbles and ask if his homework looked good. Late in the KFI interview with Groce, Ken asked Stephen: “Are you going to be able to face these guys that did this?” His answer was simple and direct. “I don’t have a problem with standing and looking at them face-to-face. I want them to see what they did,” Groce said. “They destroyed my life. My wife and my kids were my life, that’s all I had. That’s all I wanted.” His voice wavering, Groce summed up his feelings at the end of the interview. “We had a great life,” he continued. “I mean we had two excellent, great, beautiful children and I will miss them so much.” And, there, but for the grace of God, go I. [email protected] (626) 962-8811 Ext. 2717 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

Jackpot for cast of ‘Las Vegas’

first_imgI dropped by the large casino set of NBC’s hit drama “Las Vegas” on Monday as cast and crew celebrated the show’s landmark 100th episode during a break in filming. The hit Friday night show has weathered the loss of James Caan, who left last season, and is enjoying new life with the addition of Tom Selleck as the casino owner. Selleck wasn’t on hand for the celebration but longtime leads Josh Duhamel and Vanessa Marcil were and shared some of their thoughts on the occasion. “I didn’t even think we’d be able to last through the pilot; Josh and I were very insecure about our performances,” Marcil remembers. “We had a little talk when we were shooting the pilot about how we both thought we sucked. So, I thought the show was great and it would possibly go on – I didn’t think it would go on with me \.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Duhamel, who had a role in the summer blockbuster “Transformers,” is ready to do 100 more shows. “This is something that I love and it’s become like a family,” he says. “So, I want to do this as long as they’ll have us. … I don’t ever want to get in a situation where I’m just collecting a paycheck. I love what I do and I want it to be something I’m proud of.” It shows. Walters winds up in TMZ territory All Barbara Walters wanted was a little dinner while she was out here in L.A. last week taping a series of interviews for an upcoming special and for “20/20.” So where does she go? The Ivy, of course. Her meal seemed to be fine, but the 78-year-old news legend told the ladies on “The View” Monday morning that she was shocked when she walked out and photographers began snapping away like she was Britney or Lindsay. “When I’m in New York there are no paparazzi following me, I can go out without any makeup on. … I walk out of the restaurant and suddenly there’s a blaze (of flashes) – 20 paparazzi. I was fine, I was nice. End of story.” Not quite. The TMZ television show decided to use the footage to do a parody of Walters, peppering in some of her interviews (including one with a Ninja Turtle and another when she asks Katharine Hepburn what kind of a tree she is) and making fun of her inability to pronounce an R. “They did the whole Baba Wawa thing (Gilda Radner’s famous ’70s impression); I thought that was over years ago. I thought it must’ve been a very slow news day. Why do they have to be so mean? … I’m very glad to be home.” Not letting go of the van Gogh Dame Elizabeth Taylor doesn’t just collect diamonds … and husbands. She also has an extensive art collection that includes a painting by Vincent van Gogh. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider a dispute involving the Oscar winner’s ownership of the painting which is claimed by descendants of a Jewish woman who fled Nazi Germany. The painting may be among the estimated 600,000 works of art that belonged to Jews and wound up in Nazi hands between 1933 and 1945, according to the Associated Press. Taylor bought the painting in 1963 for about $236,000 at a Sotheby’s auction from the estate of a German art collector. It’s now worth millions. Oprah apologizes at African academy And finally, this has gotta be such an agonizing time for Oprah Winfrey. Repeatedly molested as a child, Oprah flew to South Africa over the weekend to visit her academy for underprivileged African girls, where there have been allegations of abuse. “I’ve disappointed you. I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry,” Oprah said to families in an emergency meeting at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy south of Johannesburg, the South African news site reported.160Want 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

LAPD chief downplays mall terror threat

first_img“Al-Qaida has made this threat with this intent of disrupting our way of life and damaging our local economy during the holiday season,” he said. “We have a responsibility to make sure they fail.” [email protected] 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Bratton and FBI Acting Director Pete Brust said the mall was being released through a routine intelligence information report when it was picked up by news agencies. The warning states that “as of August 2007 Al-Qaeda planned to strike U.S. shopping malls in Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California, during the 2007 Christmas season. Al-Qaeda hoped to disrupt the U.S. economy and had been planning the attack for the past two years.” Brust said the FBI distributes thousands of such reports in a year, “in an abundance of caution.” “The good that will come of this release today is that the citizens of Los Angeles will remain vigilant and report suspicious activities to authorities as soon as possible,” he said. Villaraigosa added that the report shouldn’t scare Angelenos away from malls. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief William Bratton on Thursday downplayed reports of possible terrorist attacks on shopping malls in Los Angeles and Chicago, saying the information was not credible and considered a low-level threat. At a news conference in City Hall, the mayor and chief said the FBI has received similar warnings every holiday season since 9-11. “We have very serious doubts about the veracity and source of this information,” Bratton said. “The information is unsubstantiated and uncorroborated.” Nevertheless, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Mayor’s Office reached out to mall owners to discuss the report. last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny retailers are taking part in a unique project aimed at ‘cashing in’ on the strength of sterling especially along borders regions.Over the next month many Letterkenny retailers are offering an exchange rate of £1 = €1.25.Over the last number of months the Sterling Euro exchange rate has been moving in favour of Donegal and Letterkenny is all set to reap the rewards and attract Northern customers back into town. John Watson, Letterkenny Chamber President said “We have seen an steady increase in sterling customers over the last few months and we know that this will increase more quickly as the summer holidays start.“This exchange rate offer by a large number of independent businesses will help set Letterkenny apart. There is already excellent value to be had in terms of prices and this exchange rate is an added bonus that we want to take advantage of.”Under the Shop LK initiative Letterkenny Chamber has produced a poster for participating shops which very simply tells customers the exchange rate in vibrant pink.These have been distributed around independent retailers who will proudly display them on their shop windows. John added “With the financial support of the Town Council we are promoting shopping in Letterkenny like never before and retailers being able to offer rates better than the banks will help in this promotional campaign.“This is Letterkenny’s time to shine and time for our Northern customers who were always fond of Letterkenny to re-discover what Letterkenny has to offer. This town has a great shopping reputation and we are keen to keep our loyal customers and to attract back those who may not have been here for a while.”Letterkenny has a high number of independent retailers stocking all the big brands at fantastic prices and more than that Letterkenny offers a great shopping experience.There’s the traditional main street, the shopping centres, the retail parks and lots more in between and after a few hours shopping there’s lots of places to relax for a coffee, a meal or for family entertainment.This exchange rate campaign will last well into the Summer so keep out an eye for the bright pink signs. LETTERKENNY PUTS IN A ‘STERLING’ PERFORMANCE TO GET SHOPPERS IN was last modified: June 15th, 2012 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgDonegal businessman Jason Black has shown his support to the Northfit corporate fitness event which promotes well-being in the workplace.The clever initiative focuses on employee well-being within the workplace and encourages businesses to get active by participating in what has been described as a ‘fun event’.Fitness enthusiast Jason Black who has attempted to scale some of the highest peaks in the world, knows the benefits of leading a fit and healthy lifestyle. He has praised the initiative being launched by Northfit which primarily focuses on targeting businesses and their employees to get fit and active.Jason, who owns the hugely successful Voodoo Venue, has thrown his weight behind the event by signing himself and his employees up for the challenge.He has also encouraged other businesses to get involved in what he describes as a unique and innovative fitness challenge that participants will have fun competing in.To hear Jason’s full interview simply click on the link below.’ll have more interviews with other businesses taking part in the Northfit Corporate fitness event, which takes place early next month.Packie Mailey from Northfit has said he’s been delighted with the response the event has so far received.Mailey told Donegal Daily, ” I would like to thank everyone for there continued support for NorthFit’s 2014 Corporate Challenge.“It’s shaping up to be a fantastic event and if you’re interested in signing up your business for the event then contact us ASAP. For more information on NorthFit’s corporate event then check out their links below to find out more.Website – – – DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN JASON BACKS NORTHFIT CORPORATE FITNESS EVENT was last modified: September 24th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesJason BlacknewsNorthfit Corporate Fitnesslast_img read more

‘Defoe MUST be in contention for England place’, Sunderland hero tells talkSPORT

first_imgSunderland legend Micky Gray insists Jermain Defoe deserves a place in England’s Euro 2016 squad after firing the Black Cats towards another Premier League great escape.Former Tottenham striker Defoe has been a goalscoring revelation at the Stadium of Light this season with 18 goals for the top flight strugglers, including the winner in a brilliant 3-2 win over Chelsea last weekend.And those strikes mean Sunderland now have the chance to guarantee their survival, and in turn relegate rivals Newcastle and Norwich, by beating Everton on Wednesday evening.And, with Roy Hodgson delaying is final 23-man squad announcement until Monday in order to fully assess his options during the final round of Premier League fixtures, club hero Gray insists the Sunderland striker should get a spot in the plane to France.“Jermain has certainly got to be in with a shout of the England squad,” Gray told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Scoring that many of goals in a struggling side is absolutely incredible and is testament to the way Jermain has looked after himself.“He really took to the challenge at Sunderland. He really wants to stay in the Premier League and he’s come up with the goods every single time this season.”Tune into talkSPORT from 19:45 on Wednesday for EXCLUSIVE live commentary of Sunderland v Everton!READ: Defoe has been ‘phenomenal’ this season, but his time with England ‘has probably just gone’ – Matt Le Tissierlast_img read more

West Ham transfer report: Hammers delay signing of Besiktas duo

first_img Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is keen to bring Gokhan Tore and Atiba Hutchinson to the Olympic Stadium 1 West Ham have yet to agree a fee with Besiktas for in-demand duo Atiba Hutchinson and Gokhan Tore, according to reports in Turkey.Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is determined to secure the signings from his former club this summer and has been in contact with both men to try and persuade them to join the club.But, according to Takvim, West Ham have failed to match Besiktas’ valuation for both players.The Istanbul outfit are demanding a fee of around £16million for both players and have told West Ham they will not be available to discuss a deal until such a bid is made.last_img read more