Anaverde home building stalled

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesAnaverde officials said the dam was not mandated in the projects’ original approvals and that retention basins built into their project actually reduce storm runoff into Anaverde Creek. “We’re offering a solution for a problem Anaverde is not contributing to,” said Jonathan Curtis, executive vice president and general counsel for Empire Companies, an Ontario corporation that is the lead partner of Anaverde LLC. Much of the dispute centers on the interpretation of the project’s development agreement and master plan, and what the documents require of the developer. Steve Walton, chief operating officer of Empire Companies, said a nexus, or connection, must exist between how much storm runoff Anaverde’s houses and streets contribute, and the amount the developers must pay to control it. “Nowhere in the development agreement does it call for a dam,” Walton said. “The master plan calls for us to mitigate (runoff) to the extent we contributed to it.” PALMDALE – Home building has ground to a halt in the giant Anaverde master-plan community in a dispute between the city and developers over a flood-control dam that city officials want downstream from the 5,000-home project. City officials refuse to issue building permits for about 500 homes yet to be built in Anaverde’s 1,400-home first phase and forbid grading for the second phase until the developers make significant progress on both financing and designing a dam to control normally dry Anaverde Creek. “We can’t allow them to go forward without a financing mechanism in place for the amenities, including the dam,” said Assistant City Manager Steve Williams. “We have to protect the citizens of Palmdale.” Anaverde LLC officials say city officials are unfairly burdening them with the dam, which is to be built more than a mile downstream from the community in an existing earthen flood-control basin adjoining the Antelope Valley Freeway near Pelona Vista Park, and in addition arbitrarily rejected the developer’s proposal to build it with a tax on new Anaverde homeowners. City officials say the requirement for addressing the water runoff is a long-standing one, and that the flood-control works – whether a dam or some other mechanism – is a regional amenity the developer agreed to regardless of the project’s own impact on runoff. And the developer’s financing proposal, city officials say, put all of the burden on Anaverde homeowners. “They are calling for everybody else to pay for it but them,” Williams said. “The burden on the homeowners is too much. We’re asking, what’s the developer going to pay?” City officials said the drainage master plan to which the developers agreed does not specify the type of flood control facility to be built, but does limit runoff to less than 700 cubic feet per second. City officials said the nexus argument does not apply in Anaverde’s case because the developer agreement includes a provision waiving rights to raise the nexus argument. (Anaverde officials disagree they waived the right.) City officials said the developers also agreed to a dam when the planning commission approved a tract map for the project in February 2005. Curtis said the developers agreed then to the dam with the understanding that it would cost $9 million and that other developments, including the neighboring 7,200-home Ritter Ranch, would make significant contributions. Anaverde officials contend that the city agreed itself to build a dam when it acquired the Pelona Vista site years ago from Los Angeles County. Further, they say, the Pelona Vista soccer fields that the city built on part of the property created a need for a bigger, stronger, and, ultimately, much more expensive dam. City officials acknowledged the land transfer was done with the understanding a dam would be built, but state the agreement did not say who was to build it, and add that the soccer fields were in place six years prior to Anaverde LLC taking over the housing development. As for the $9 million figure, city officials said it didn’t come from them. They said they never solicited bids for building a dam and therefore were never in a position to quote such an estimate. As for Anaverde officials’ estimate the dam will really cost $24 million estimate, the city has no way of confirming it, Williams said. “That is a claim they are making without any evidence showing that it is true,” Williams said. “Twenty-four million is their number.” Anaverde officials’ proposed financing plan called for using an existing community facilities district, created so that homeowners over time would pay for Anaverde infrastructure. Under the dam-financing proposal, the district’s tax rate would be increased from 1.8 percent to 2 percent of a home’s value for new buyers coming into Anaverde, not those who have already bought homes. The tax amount could increase up to 2 percent each year. Empire officials said they presented their proposal to City Manager Bob Toone and other city staff at a dinner meeting in mid-June. Anaverde officials said they left the meeting thinking progress was being made only to find the proposal rejected just a few days later. “He (Toone) dismissed it, saying it was inadequate,” Walton said. “There was no discussion, no critique, and no chance to go to the City Council.” Toone suggested a counterproposal to use drainage fees collected from both the Anaverde and Ritter projects to finance a portion of the project with the rest of the cost being handled through the formation of a separate community facilities district. Walton said they want to bring the issue before the City Council in an open meeting. Empire officials believe that Toone is not providing the council with a complete picture of the situation. Toone said he was not obstructing the project or keeping information from the City Council. “I’m working with my team. I’m talking with my council,” Toone said. “I’m not out on my own.” Mayor Jim Ledford said he has no interest in meddling with the city staff’s handling of the dispute. “I don’t believe the City Council should be negotiating with the developer,” Ledford said. “We’re asking them to uphold their end of the agreement.” Ledford said the drainage improvements were among the amenities the developers had told the community they would provide. “These are amenities that are required and agreed to,” Ledford said. “There is an expectation from our residents that they will be built.” City officials believe the dispute will ultimately be resolved though some type of arrangement between Anaverde and the neighboring Ritter Ranch project, which is not yet building homes. Ritter Ranch is also required to provide drainage improvements. SunCal, the Irvine-based company that is developing Ritter Ranch, did not respond last week to requests for comment. 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Family-Friendly Flower and Garden Festival Favorites

first_imgShare This!As I mentioned in my review of all of the new 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival items, the number of great options to sample has exploded in recent years as the festival has grown to include fresh and seasonal food offerings. Today, though, I want to visit a few family-friendly returning festival favorites that kids and parents alike will enjoy (with a few options snuck in just for the adults). As always, click on each photo to see a larger view of each delicious dish.Lotus HouseBeijing-style Candied Strawberries ($5.50)While not the most out-of-the-box treat you can sample at Flower and Garden, these strawberries are sure to be a hit with kids (and kids-at-heart) who like to play with their food. A crunchy coating of sugar is fun to crack open with sweet strawberries underneath – simple, but fun and tasty.BauernmarktRoasted Bratwurst with Curry Ketchup and Paprika-Spiced Chips ($5.00)Currywurst is a pretty popular German snack, and a more unique take on bratwurst than what you can normally sample in the Germany pavilion, so this is always a treat during festival seasons. The curry ketchup is slightly tangy and earthy, a fun new flavor kids will enjoy trying in this small plate. While not a huge portion, this is definitely enough for a hearty snack.Schofferhoefer Zitrone Weizen Mix ($4.25)A treat for adults, this specialty beer is a cousin of the ridiculously popular “grapefruit beer” also served in the Germany pavilion. A seasonal variation, this one focuses on a bright lemon flavor, a truly refreshing drink to enjoy during an afternoon stroll around World Showcase.The Smokehouse Pulled Pig Slider with Crispy Onions and Coleslaw ($6.50)It’s hard to go wrong with good barbecue, and though this seemed a little drier than I remember last year’s sample being, it was still a fair portion that made for a large open-faced sandwich. The bun was far too much bread for my taste for just the sandwich, but the cool coleslaw and slightly crunchy onions brings some necessary texture to the savory and rich pork.Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños ($6.25)My sample of the burnt ends hash (one of my festival favorites from last year) wasn’t very fresh when I was handed it – it had clearly been sitting out for a bit and wasn’t very warm. The burnt ends were a little fattier than last year, too, but the potatoes were nicely cooked, with lots of diced peppers and onions soaking in the just-salty-enough cheese sauce. The pickled jalapenos were barely present in my dish, but for those afraid of spice (or hoping to share with tamer palates), ask for them to be served on the side or not at all.Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans ($3.75)Another adults-only treat (because of the liquor-laced sauce), this one is one of my top picks for this year’s Flower and Garden festival. A huge portion of moist chocolate cake is served warm with an addictively sweet-and-savory caramel and crunchy pecans. Even during a busy tasting day, I ate this whole dish in seconds, and will definitely be back for another sample before the festival ends!Frozen Lemonade with Firefly Blackberry Moonshine ($11.75)This “drink” always seems to hold a lot of promise for me (the flavors sound amazing!) but I never love the execution of it (despite the relatively strong pour). Frozen lemonade (the same slightly-too-sweet kind you can buy nearly anywhere in the parks) comes topped with a serving of blackberry moonshine. This works really well if you are willing to spend the time to mix the moonshine in thoroughly with the lemonade, but I never have that much patience.HanamiFrushi ($5.75)A long-time Flower and Garden festival favorite, Frushi returns as one of the best fun options for families to sample. Though the price is far too much to me, fruit sushi is such a novelty and one of the healthiest dessert options available. Everyone will want a piece of this after they catch a glance at this beautiful plate.Beef Teriyaki Udon – Thin-sliced Beef, Onions and Noodles tossed on the grill with Soy and Ginger ($6.20)For a little savory bite to balance out the sweet frushi, try the beef teriyaki udon. The thinly sliced sautéed beef and onions are served in an umami-rich sweet and salty soy sauce with a garnish of sweet and tangy pickled ginger. A surprisingly complex dish, I think even picky eaters will find themselves enjoying bites of this, particularly with the thick noodles underneath.Taste of MarrakeshHomemade Falafel with Pickled Beet and Turnip, Tomato Salad and Tahini Sauce ($5.00)As is tradition with Morocco’s festival food booths, here we have a smaller sample of a popular dish from one of their pavilion’s restaurants. A few falafel are served with traditional bright and crunchy toppings, with a bit of nutty and creamy tahini drizzled on top to tie it all together. While you’ll find similar-if-not-the-same falafel at nearby Tangierine Café, this is a good stop if you’ve been afraid to branch out and try them.Florida FreshShrimp and Stone-Ground Grits – with Andouille Sausage, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes and Cilantro ($6.50)Packed with flavor, this dish comes with four fairly large shrimp and a slightly spicy sauce over a huge portion of creamy grits. The Andouille sausage and corn make a perfect spicy-sweet mix with the fresh tomato and cilantro in the sauce, and really accentuate the natural sweetness of the shrimp. While it’s probably a little too spicy for the youngest in your family, this is a great, more adventurous dish for older kids to sample that adults will love, too.Watermelon Cucumber Slush ($4.25)One of my favorite non-alcoholic drinks available at any festival, this slightly-sweet but very refreshing slush is absolutely perfect to sample on a hot day. The watermelon and cucumber flavors are pretty mild here – nothing is too overwhelming, making it a perfect treat for the whole family.Fleur de LysTarte à l’Onion Alsacienne – Alsatian Onion Tart with Sautéed Onions, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary on a Flaky Puff Pastry Crust ($4.75)Creamy and sweet caramelized onions on a buttery, flaky crust make for a very rich, but very tasty dish. This is definitely a snack-portion, but the herbaceous freshness of thyme and rosemary make this tart a delicious bomb of classic French flavors.Macaron Chocolat Framboise – Large Raspberry Macaron with Chocolate Fudge and Raspberry Jam ($4.75)A surprisingly great value year after year, this macaron is decadent without being overly sweet – my favorite kind of dessert. The chocolate is deep and dark in flavor with sweet, tart raspberry jam in the middle, with a crisp exterior and marshmallow-y interior on the macaron. I was pleased at the size of this – while not “large”, it’s definitely a reasonable portion for the price and rich enough that you’ll be satisfied after a few bites.Cider HouseHouse-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare ($5.25)Lemon-and-dill-forward and fresh, the smoked salmon tartare on this delicious buttery biscuit is really a treat to try during recent Flower and Garden festivals. The cool sour cream drizzled on top offers a bit of creaminess to cut through the tart and rich salmon, which wasn’t overly fishy as I sometimes fear. While this may not be a first-stop for families with little kids, adventurous older kids may love this shareable treat.Pineapple PromenadeFrozen Desert Violet Lemonade ($3.50)Bright purple, sweet and tart, this frozen lemonade is always a festival favorite, and one of my favorite ways to start any day during the Flower and Garden Festival. Edible flowers on top of the drink typically come straight from Epcot’s Land Pavilion, a fun conversation point if you also get a chance to ride Living with the Land during your visit to see the blooms straight at the source.Pineapple Soft-Serve with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum ($10.25)A few years ago, Flower and Garden Festival blew people’s minds by “legalizing” the tipsy “dole whip” concept, serving up the popular pineapple soft-serve with a splash of rum. It has been ridiculously popular ever since, and this year’s version is no different. A small pour of sweet Parrot Bay Coconut rum comes on top of your cup of soft-serve (also available without alcohol), offsetting a bit of the ice cream’s tartness.Urban Farm EatsWatermelon Salad with Pickled Onions, B&W Farms Baby Arugula, Feta Cheese, and Balsamic Reduction ($4.00)Tangy pickled onions and balsamic pair classically with peppery arugula and sweet watermelon, and with the burst of savoriness from the feta cheese, this salad really tickles your tastebuds. I find this dish more interesting than most of the “specialty salads” Flower and Garden tries to sell, and at the cheap price, it’s a great healthy snack before making your way to the heavier dishes around the rest of World Showcase.There you have it – my festival favorites from Flower and Garden 2017. With the festival growing in size every year, it’s becoming harder and harder to limit my list to just a few dishes, and with these favorites and all of the great new dishes, you’re sure to find a fresh bite at #FreshEpcot on your next visit! Flower and Garden menus are available here.last_img read more

Link Sellers Are Punished, Google Confirms

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick As critics point out, however, Google still allows advertisements for paid links to be run through the Google Adwords service. Though they don’t pass on pagerank, AdSense ads themselves are of course paid links that do deliver traffic for a fee. Perhaps Google just doesn’t like paid links that they don’t get a piece of the payment for. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Like any system for determining worth, counting inbound links is now as open to gaming as anything. Where the line lies between gaming Google and engaging in legitimate commerce is ultimately subjective. Google is in all likelihood not even going to try to go after all sellers of paid links; just the most “egregious violaters.” As Sullivan says, though, it is Google’s search engine – none of us have a right to any particular treatment in it.For extensive and informed discussion on the topic, see Sullivan’s coverage at his group blog Search Engine Land. Related Posts Tags:#search#web Search guru-supreme Danny Sullivan got an answer out of Google this weekend concerning the search engine’s long-suspected practice of punishing websites in search results when they are alleged to have sold outbound links not including a nofollow tag. It’s a controversial policy that has an unclear impact on the search landscape. Links bought with the intention of increasing not just traffic but conferring pagerank authority from the seller to the buyer may in many cases give artificial authority to the sites of link buyers. Punishing this practice, though, may hurt the pagerank of reputable sites that the public fully expects to appear high in search results but whom happen to sell links.last_img read more

Ronaldo & De Ligt to face Milan?

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Juventus are increasingly confident that Cristiano Ronaldo and Matthijs de Ligt will both be fit to play Milan on Sunday. Ronaldo was replaced for the final 10 minutes of Juve’s 2-1 win against Lokomotiv Moscow midweek, which coach Maurizio Sarri put down to prevention. De Ligt, meanwhile, missed the trip to Russia with a sprained ankle, picked up in the Derby della Mole with Torino last weekend.’s Romeo Agresti writes the pair trained separately from the squad on Friday but that optimism they will face Milan is “filtering”. At this stage, the Portuguese seems likelier to start than the defender, who may only be named as a substitute.last_img read more

Guti: I want to see Neymar join Ronaldo at Madrid

first_imgTransfers Guti: I want to see Neymar join Ronaldo at Real Madrid Dejan Kalinic 08:51 2/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) neymar-cropped AFP Transfers Real Madrid Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo PSG Ligue 1 Primera División The Brazilian is linked with a shock move to the Bernabeu, and the former Blancos midfielder would love to see him team up with the Portugal star Real Madrid great Guti wants to see Neymar join Cristiano Ronaldo at the European champions.Neymar left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record €222 million move last year, but the Brazil international is already linked to Madrid.However, there are suggestions Ronaldo could leave the Santiago Bernabeu, where he is playing a ninth season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Guti – a youth coach at Madrid – is unsure if he would like to see Neymar replace Ronaldo, but he wants them in the same team.”Neymar is a different player. He is among the best three in the world. What we like is to see the best in the world,” the three-time Champions League winner told Radio Marca.”If the cost is that Cristiano is not at Real Madrid, you have to think about it.”But what I want is to see Neymar with Ronaldo in white.”Neymar has scored 28 goals in 27 games this season and his PSG side visit Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.last_img read more

Videos: Mike Gundy Talks Recruiting and Retirement at Big 12 Media Days

first_imgMike Gundy was the last of the Oklahoma State interviews we did this week at Big 12 Media Days, and he was as relaxed and laid back as I’ve ever seen him. Gundy fielded questions for nearly two hours from media members about all manner of things.We got in a little late — because the initial scrum was overwhelming — and Gundy chatted about how much fun he has being the coach of Oklahoma State and what kind of opportunity Bob Stoops retiring presents Oklahoma State. He also talked about his marketing research.AdChoices广告In video No. 2 he talks Barry Melrose, discusses backup QBs and cowboy backs.In the final video Gundy talks Dana Holgorsen, why he won’t coach forever, what makes Kasey Dunn great and comments on the bingo card we made for him. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Gundy Chasing Stoops for All-Time Big 12 Wins Record

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. When Bob Stoops abruptly stepped down from his perch atop the Big 12 earlier this summer, there were countless columns written about the implications as it relates to the Big 12. Which team might be best equipped to take advantage of Stoops’ sudden departure in the 2017 season? Which coach could step up and become the new face of the Big 12 conference?Since you’re reading this, there’s a good chance your vote is likely Mike Gundy – the third-longest tenured college football head coach with the same team. But many others unrelated to OSU would likely vote Gundy, too. The mulleted-man has finished the season in the shadow of Stoops more times than he’d care to admit, and it’s always felt like his biggest road block to becoming the cream of the conference has been the pesky Stoops-led Sooners.AdChoices广告With Bob gone, Gundy’s mullet campaign of 2017 has been the talk of the conference. He’s been comfortable giving his opinion on topics varying from butch wax to college football playoff expectations for a team prepared to make a run at a Big 12 title. So becoming the face of the conference? That’s been effortless, to this point. The mullet has done all the talking. But it’s yet to be determined if his team is the one best equipped to take advantage of the Stoops-sized void left in Norman.Perhaps the biggest shadow to chase of all in Stoops’ absence is one that may never be tackled: Stoops’ all-time conference win achievement.At 50, can Gundy catch Stoops on the all-time Big 12 conference win list? That’s a projection I’m not ready to make – especially because it’s a question that may not be answered for a decade. But it’s a fascinating hypothetical, no less.Stoops stepped down from OU with a 190-48 record with the Sooners, and the record Gundy could chase – his Big 12 conference win total – is a steep goal to reach with a 121-29 mark.Gundy is only slightly more than halfway there with a 63-39 record in league play as head coach.If Gundy were to continue his winning pace he’s been on since 2010 in conference (averaging 6.28 wins per season), it would take him 10 more seasons to eclipse Stoops’ mark. And that’s cutting it mighty close just based on his own timeline he has in his head.“I don’t think I’ll coach when I’m 60,” Gundy said earlier this summer. “I don’t have the energy. It takes a ton of energy in the world today to run all over the place like you do. Go grab food, go do an interview and drive home late at night and go watch a game. It’s the same thing for us. Go to work early, deal with all the stuff you deal with – with 135 players, talk to the media, recruit, talk to kids.”Of course, winning 6.28 games on average in conference per year is a crazy good pace. It’s a pace that would ensure his Cowboys would remain in contention for Big 12 titles on a near-annual basis, meaning Gundy wouldn’t have a cloud of mediocrity over his head in this scenario. But let’s just assume he loses some steam halfway to 60, and goes through a rough patch. Where, then, might Gundy land? And could he supplant Stoops?Again, a hypothetical. But if Gundy can exorcise his demons with OU this season, I think OSU football could be on the verge of turning a new leaf. That is, if Gundy’s up for the challenge.“Every year, it gets a little more difficult whether you have enough energy to do what it takes to be successful,” said Gundy.last_img read more

Kenneth Edison-McGruder Shines in Star Linebacker Role

first_img“It was just a good play at the right time,”said Edison-McGruder.”Coach made a good play call. Sent me on the blitz. [The] fumble, I seen it. I picked it up and just ran.”Glenn Spencer was pleased overall with this Star backer’s game, even if he took time to rib the junior after the game.“Well, I asked him in the locker room cause I thought it looked like he was running into the guy that was chasing him: ‘Were you trying to get tackled?’ He said he thought the guy to his right were the opponents, and I said, ‘No, that was your own guys.’ Anyway, it was tremendous,” said Spencer.Of course it wasn’t a perfect night. Earlier in that same drive, Edison-McGruder could have had another defensive score if he’d held on to what would have been a gift-wrapped pick-six from Chad President. But if that’s the biggest gripe, I think Spencer will take it. The key is that Edison-McGruder and the several of these Cowboy defenders are fast and are going to be in position to make plays.Spencer talked about this Star position possibly being his best on the team with Edison-McGruder and sophomore Calvin Bundage at 1A and 1B. Bundage left the game “banged up” according to Spencer but Kirk Tucker filled in well. The Cowboys have plenty of depth in their front seven and plenty of speed. This is going to be a fun group to watch, because they’re having fun.“Just being out there with my teammates again, flying around, making plays. It was great.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Kenneth Edison-McGruder had a lot on his mind as his team prepared for Tulsa. While he and his teammates were going to class and attending practice, his family was at home, 500 miles away, in Houston. Edison-McGruder’s 2-year old daughter was safe with family but that didn’t stop him from worrying or wanting to be there for her.“They’re good now,” Edison-McGruder said. “The hurricane is gone now. I was kind of worried at first, towards the beginning of the week, when everything was going on because my daughter’s back home. I wasn’t there with her.”On the field during Oklahoma State’s season opener, the junior looked as sharp as ever. From his new Star linebacker role, Edison-McGruder flew around the field, wreaking havoc on Tulsa’s touted run game and its inexperienced QB. He finished with five tackles (four solo), a tackle for loss, a sack and a pass breakup.AdChoices广告But his play of the game was obvious.last_img read more

Mou: Man Utd medics said Herrera was 100% fit!

first_imgManchester United ‘They told me he was 100 per cent’ – Mourinho questions medical staff after Herrera injury Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 07:54 22/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) mourinho-cropped Getty Images Manchester United UEFA Champions League Sevilla v Manchester United Sevilla The Spain international was an early casualty against Sevilla, and his boss was annoyed having apparently been given guarantees over his fitness Jose Mourinho openly questioned the conclusions of his medical staff after midfielder Ander Herrera was forced off with a “bad injury” despite apparently being deemed “100 per cent ready”.Herrera had missed several weeks of action ahead of Wednesday’s 0-0 draw at Sevilla with a muscular problem, before being thrown straight into the action at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.The Spain international lasted just 17 minutes before appearing to suffer a recurrence of the issue and Mourinho was quick to point the finger at his medical team for saying Herrera was match fit. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “I think it is a bad injury,” said the United boss. “He had a small injury that stopped him for the last couple of matches, but the medical team said he was 100 per cent ready for the last Saturday. We didn’t play him to give him more work and protection, but it looks like he wasn’t fully fit.”The medical department gave him fully fit on Saturday. He trained Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and he looked fit.”The way he was playing during the time on the pitch he showed that intensity that is only possible when fit, when you feel fit.”He was pressing a lot, pressing really high. We started game by not giving one inch to [Ever] Banega, pressing really high and Ander was one of them, Scott [McTominay] the other, and you only do that when you feel good.”Then there was the back-heel and that causes a contraction in the muscular area where he had the previous problem and now we have to prove that he was not 100 per cent fit.”Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella was upbeat at full-time, praising the character and performance of his side, though he was left ruing their wasteful finishing.”We had 10 shots on target and 10 corners in the first half,” he said. “We were superior on the pitch, but football is like this.”Not conceding at this stage is crucial. Now we need to score at Old Trafford and I am confident we [email protected]: “It has been an incredible night that could have been even better” #UCL #ThisIsSevilla— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) February 21, 2018″I am proud because the team has shown both quality and character. We had to win, and because of this, we are disappointed for the fans that have been incredible tonight.”It has been a great night that could have been even better, but it’s all to play for now.”last_img read more

Report: Argentina 0 Croatia 3

first_imgArgentina 0 Croatia 3: Caballero drops clanger as Messi’s men are stunned Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 03:59 6/22/18 willy caballero - cropped Getty Images Lionel Messi’s World Cup woes continued as Argentina crashed to a 3-0 defeat to Croatia at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Willy Caballero’s clanger presented Ante Rebic with an opportunity he could not refuse, and Croatia rolled on to a stunning 3-0 victory over Argentina that sent them into the last 16 of the World Cup.Jorge Sampaoli’s side produced an abysmal second-half display that severely damages their hopes of following Croatia out of Group D, with Caballero’s stray pass to Gabriel Mercado that was volleyed home by Rebic in the 53rd minute proving the turning point.Any hopes of a late Argentina fightback were extinguished 10 minutes from time as the irrepressible Luka Modric whipped a fine strike into the bottom-right corner from just outside the penalty area. 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Crushed. #ARG #CRO #ARGCRO— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 21, 2018 Key Opta stats:- This was Argentina’s heaviest defeat in the first-round group stages of a World Cup tournament since losing 6-1 to Czechoslovakia in 1958.- Ante Rebic’s goal was only his second for Croatia, and his first since August 2013 in a friendly against Liechtenstein.- Argentina have failed to win either of their opening two group stage matches for the first time since 1974.- Argentina are now winless in their last four World Cup games (D2 L2), their longest ever such run in the competition.- Argentina forward Lionel Messi has had more shots than any other player so far at this World Cup (12) but has failed to score with any of them. read morelast_img read more