‘You come to war with me’ – 5 Costa stories you haven’t heard

first_imgDiego Costa continues to divide opinion.This time it was Arsenal fans upset with the Chelsea striker following his involvement in defender Gabriel’s red card.FUNNIEST REACTION TO DIEGO COSTA AND GABRIEL SCRAPHaving clashed with Laurent Koscielny, Gabriel rushed to his team-mate’s aid and paid the price with referee Mike Dean sending him off.Costa, for his part, was booked, but he still managed to provoke the wrath of all Gooners.Have a look at the video above to see five stories you may not know about the Brazil-born Spain striker, including his first words to John Terry and co. when he arrived at Chelsea.VIDEO: MARMITE FOOTBALLERS INCLUDING COSTA, RONALDO AND SUAREZlast_img

Poll: Who do Liverpool fans want as their manager? Ancelotti, Klopp or Rodgers?

first_img Carlo Ancelotti, Jurgen Klopp or Brendan Rodgers 1 Brendan Rodgers’ position as Liverpool manager seems like it is hanging by a tether after a string poor results.Some fans have been calling for his head while others are getting behind him, so the Drivetime team want to know who Liverpool fans want as their manager – Carlo Ancelotti, Jurgen Klopp or Brendan Rodgers?last_img

Bosnia 2-0 Wales: Despite defeat Chris Coleman guides the Dragons to Euro 2016

first_img1 Gareth Bale Wales have qualified for their first major tournament in 57 years despite falling away to Bosnia.After a tight first half, Milan Djuric scored a goal from nowhere with a looped header before Vedad Ibisevic confirmed the defeat with minutes remaining.But it was not the result in Bosnia that counted, it was the one in Jerusalem that sent Wales through as Cyprus beat Israel meaning no one could topple Chris Coleman’s men in second place in Group B.It is a historic day for the Welsh and emotional scenes took over the players as they and Coleman finished the job Gary Speed began five years ago.Wales began brightly but it was Bosnia who came the closest to breaking the deadlock after Ben Davies lost his footing in the Welsh half and Edin Visca flashed the ball wide of the goal.Gareth Bale kicked into life after 26 minutes as he proved he had the beating of the Bosnia defence, but Hal Robson-Kanu was inches away from latching on to his whipped cross.Wales should have scored on the stroke of half time when Bale fed Aaron Ramsey who shimmied his way into the six-yard area before the ball fell to Neil Taylor a yard out but Bosnia somehow managed to scramble the ball away.It was so close to going in that Coleman ran away celebrating as play continued. It was evident how much this meant to all involved with the Welsh.Neither team could get a foot on the ball after the break as the wet conditions made it tough to string together passes in the attacking third.Finally Wales got what they wanted when Bale broke free down the left with only the goalkeeper to beat, but he looked to lose his balance at the crucial moment and skewed his shot wide of the near post.However, the blow of missing the chance was softened as news of Israel falling behind against Cyprus filtered through, meaning Wales would be through regardless of the score.The game became a little scrappy after that with Joe Allen – Wales’ best player on the night – worked tirelessly to break up every Bosnian attack, take note Jurgen Klopp.But then, out of the blue, Bosnia took the lead.A long, hopeful ball was punted forward and was allowed to bounce in the Welsh area and Djuric leaped highest to loop the ball over a helpless Wayne Hennessey.It was only the third goal Wales had conceded throughout the qualifiers, but what a crucial time to concede it.Ramsey tried the spectacular as Wales looked to hit straight back but his first-time volley from Taylor’s cross flew over Asmir Begovic’s goal.Wales kept pressing and pressing and won a corner with four minutes remaining but substitute Sam Vokes’ header was straight at the Chelsea stopper.And the result was confirmed in the 89th minute when Bosnia scored again, as Ibisevic turned home a corner.But it didn’t matter, Wales lost but they won’t care as thanks to Cyprus’ 2-1 win over Israel, they have booked their tickets to France next summer.last_img read more

Aston Villa latest: Richards a doubt for Saints clash, Agbonlahor set to return

first_img Aston Villa captain Micah Richards Aston Villa could be without Micah Richards for their Premier League trip to Southampton this weekend.The former Manchester City defender has been one of the bright sparks in an otherwise dismal campaign for the Villains so far, but manager Remi Garde may have to make a change at the back against the Saints while Richards recovers from a knee problem.However, there was some good news for Garde, who is expecting Gabby Agbonlahor to feature for the first time since November 2.“Gabby has trained this week with the group,” Garde confirmed.“Micah hasn’t really trained too much this week.“Tiago Ilori is still not fully fit to be selected,” added Garde.“He is in a good way but he is not quite ready at the moment.” 1last_img

Newcastle manager reveals training ground scare

first_img Newcastle manager Steve McLaren reveals club feared Siem de Jong would lose sight after training ground incident 1 Luckless Newcastle midfielder Siem de Jong feared he could lose the sight in one eye after a freak training ground accident.The 26-year-old Holland international was rushed to hospital with blood pouring from the eye after a training ground accident on Wednesday, and there were genuine fears that he had suffered permanent damage.However, while he faces up to two weeks on the sidelines, a relieved De Jong has been told he should make a full recovery.Head coach Steve McClaren, who was attending the memorial service for former Magpies goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek at the time, said: “It was just in training and he accidentally got poked in the eye.“He went down screaming, so they said ‘Let’s have a look at your eye’ and there was blood pouring from it. He wears contact lenses, and one of the contacts had come out and gone into his eye.”Asked if there was a fear de Jong could have been blinded, McClaren replied: “Yes, yes, a massive danger, a big danger. He was rushed to hospital.“I was just back from the memorial and I got a call saying there’d been an accident in training, so I was thinking, ‘Which one?’, and it was Siem.“But by the time I got back, he was here (at the training ground) and the doc said, ‘It’s not too bad – but it looks bad’.“I’ve seen him this morning and it looks a lot better. Fortunately, the doctor says [it needs] probably a week or two to settle down, so he’s very lucky.”The accident is the latest misfortune to hit de Jong, who has made just 22 appearances, only seven of them starts, for the club he joined from Ajax during the summer of 2014.His fitness problems to date include a collapsed lung – the second of his career – which sidelined him for two months last season.last_img read more

Kings’ defense lets down goalie

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityOne game in London was enough for fans desperate for some stability at the net to express hope that the 19-year-old was ready to become the team’s first dominant homegrown goalie after 40 years. Through two periods Saturday, Bernier was validating their confidence with another strong performance. But the defense let him down in the third period and the teen-ager couldn’t stand up to the pressure in a 5-3 loss in front of a sellout crowd of 18,118. “They just kept coming and coming and got a couple bounces here and there,” captain Rob Blake said. “That’s our fault, not his. I thought Bernier played very well.” The Kings led, 3-1, entering the third period, but lost the lead within six minutes. Keith Tkachuk was left open in front of the net to knock in a rebound. Then David Backes deflected in the puck with his back to the net. NHL: Young Bernier hot for two periods before Blues overcome 3-1 deficit. By Matthew Kredell STAFF WRITER Jonathan Bernier was welcomed to his first regular-season game at Staples Center by a standing ovation from Kings fans showing some optimism. Erik Johnson knocked in a long-range slap shot that nicked off of Blake’s skate to slightly change the trajectory with 7:17 remaining to give the Blues (1-1) the lead, and they added an empty-net goal. All four goals Bernier allowed had a bit of a fluke quality to them. The first goal he allowed was tipped off the stick of defenseman Jaroslav Modry. “It was a funny game,” Bernier said. “There were a lot of little bounces and deflections. I think I played OK. There are always a couple of games like this in a season that just don’t go your way.” The Blues outshot the Kings, 15-4, in the third period, putting constant pressure on the Kings’ young goalie. “I don’t think we did anything we were supposed to in the third,” Blake said. “When you’re up 3-1 in the third, the game should be very simple. We made it much more difficult.” The game marked the return of former Kings coach Andy Murray, who matched up with his son, Kings center Brady Murray. It was only the fourth time in NHL history that a father and son have faced off in a game as coach and player. Andy Murray was fired by the Kings with 12 games left in the 2005-06 season after seven years of service. He took over the Blues last season, but this is the first year in the league for Brady. Brady Murray, the Kings’ fourth-line center, played 11 minutes. He had one hit and the Kings were minus-1 when he was on the ice. “I never really looked over at the bench,” Brady Murray said. “More importantly, it was my first home game at Staples. I know if we would have won, I would have brought it up a few times, but I don’t know if he will.” Anze Kopitar had three assists, twice setting up Dustin Brown, to stake the Kings (1-2) to a 3-1 lead entering the final period. Kopitar waited until the last possible moment to dish out a pass to Brown for an easy, basically open-net goal and 1-0 Kings lead late in the first period. [email protected] 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

Residents winning the turf war by using faux grass or going native

first_img“This is totally the stuff of the future.” Xeriscaping, or drought-resistant gardening, has become the “green” path to an eco-friendly yard. But the greenest alternative, water officials say, is fake turf. “This is the new frontier in conservation. We’re moving outdoors,” said Andy Sienkiewich, manager for water resource implementation for the Metropolitan Water District. “In the residential area, we think artificial turf has especially high value.” This summer, the MWD elected to pay residents to use fake grass, giving 30cents for every square foot of turf. The rebate will be offered early next year via the agency’s Web site, www.bewaterwise.com, alongside other water-saving incentives. The need to conserve is dire. A federal court order to protect the endangered delta smelt will soon force the MWD to cut its supply of water from Northern California by 25 percent. The cutback, plus an eight-year drought in California and the Colorado River Basin, threatens to cripple the region’s water supply. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which has reduced its water intake from the Owens and San Fernando valleys, now buys 70percent of its water from the MWD. As a result, both agencies have warned of imposing water rationing for the first time since the early 1990s. Since up to 70percent of water use occurs in people’s yards and driveways, turning off the spigot outside presents the greatest potential for conservation. And lawns, which take six feet of water by volume to irrigate each year, have become the water-guzzlers of the garden. “We ought to take a cue from Las Vegas,” which is paying residents to tear up their turf, said Steve Graves, a professor of geography at California State University, Northridge. “They see the writing on the wall, that we’re going to run out of water and might as well learn to practice conservation now.” Lawns, which have roots in the gardens of England, now cover Los Angeles. In the Valley, nearly every home – front and back – is a lesson in lawn care. Graves traced turf’s appeal to 18th-century gentleman farmers of Virginia and Kentucky, whose expensive front lawns, whitewashed fences and stately trees established the accompaniment to the American dream. “It’s nature,” Graves said, “but nature controlled by the hand of man.” The CSUN professor, known around campus for burning biodiesel in his vintage VW and sporting solar panels on the roof of his West Hills home, almost opted for fake turf, but the price was beyond his reach. The price, including installation, can run between $6 and $12 a square foot. The upside is that the new soft, lifelike grass can last up to 20 years. The downside: It can turn hot in the sun and fade over time. “It looks like real grass, and more people are inclined to use it,” said Chris Doherty, president of Synthetic Turf Source, a manufacturer based in Orlando, Fla. “Over the past two years, it’s really taken off in Los Angeles.” Sosa, whose SoCal Synthetic Turf installs about 15 fake lawns a week, estimated there were about 50 companies installing roughly 500 lawns a week in the L.A. region. “People don’t want to work to keep their grass green – and water is an issue,” he said. “Our business has increased 100percent over the past year.” Not everyone, however, might want plastic grass or to banish the sweet smell of fresh-cut sod. The DWP, which gives away shade and fruit trees and encourages drought-resistant plants, offers no incentives for artificial turf. With fake grass, “you don’t get the benefits of air quality from something natural,” said Kimberly Hughes, a DWP spokeswoman for its Green L.A. program. “Natural landscaping … sustains a natural ecosystem.” The Thomas Payne Foundation, which has sold low-water landscaping at its Sun Valley nursery for 40 years, said more and more residents are “going native.” “Every year, more and more all-natural plants are sold,” said foundation office manager Margaret Robison. “More people are becoming aware of our diminishing water supply.” Last spring, Carmen Ramos Chandler ripped out her St. Augustine lawn to plant native grasses at her Studio City home, which burned up in the summer heat. She and her husband, Malcolm Venolia, have replenished their yard with native trees, sages and ceanothis. They now water no more than three times a week, at 15 minutes a shot. “Our DWP bill is smaller,” said Ramos Chandler, 44. “(But) we’re not doing this to save money. The reality is, we’re doing this because it’s the right thing to do.” Instead of landscaping, Eric Dubin went for dirt. “We don’t water at all, because I don’t feel the need to,” said Dubin, 42, staring at his bare front yard in Winnetka. “My neighbors are probably angry. It’s a substantial (water) savings.” Before his ersatz turf, McMinn’s water bill was $200 a month. He’s now cut his water use in half, he said, in addition to not having to pay a gardener. The former controller for the New York Yankees figures he’ll recoup the $10,000 cost of his new lawn in seven or eight years. “I just get my blower and blow it off,” said McMinn, whose eight grandchildren roughhouse on his lawn. “The timing has been great. This saves water, which equals to saving dollars. “Being green pays. It’s helping the planet, the ecology. (And) it saves you money.” [email protected] (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTHRIDGE – Two months ago, Tom McMinn grew tired of weeds, busted sprinklers and the rising cost of watering his lawn. So he laid down a blanket of grass as perfect as his remodeled ranch house – and all of it fake. “It looks nice year-round. You don’t have to worry about watering it. You save on your water bill. And you don’t have a gardener,” said McMinn, 72, of Northridge, admiring his emerald turf. “I don’t know how many people I’ve seen bend down and say, `Oh, it’s fake grass. How can I put it in my place?”‘ As Southland water officials talk of potential rationing amid a looming water shortage, McMinn is one of a growing number of Angelenos opting for drought-resistant or even synthetic lawns. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Once considered a prickly grass substitute best suited for miniature golf courses, fake grass has become the latest darling in the battle against drought. It looks real. It feels real. And it requires no mowing, fertilizing, weed killing or sun. And unlike thirsty grass, it requires no water. By some estimates, up to 500 homes a week across Los Angeles County are now opting for the synthetic stuff. “It is covering Los Angeles,” said Henry Sosa, owner of Carlsbad-based SoCal Synthetic Turf, which does 80percent of its business in the L.A. region. “I have the wealthiest in Bel-Air to the people in Watts putting in artificial turf. last_img

Age is just a number: Ms. Senior California going for the gold

first_imgWEST HILLS – Susan Cashman, a vibrant 70-year-old with piercing blue eyes and flaming red hair, is more prepared than most for the Ms. Senior pageant next month in Las Vegas. At 5-foot-7, she sashays before the judges in a size 8 evening gown. She belts out the operatic “Torna a Sorrento” like a pro. She nails the interview portion of the contest. She shines. And why wouldn’t she? She’s been a performer since she was 10. “I love entertaining people,” said the accomplished opera singer. “I know I do it well. I’m comfortable on the stage.” And she’s seen it all: tap dancers, singers, poets. Last year’s winner was Suzanne Shelley of Mississippi, a pianist. This year’s California pageant had 15 finalists with a broad range of backgrounds – even a nurse and a missionary. But it’s a tough road to the state and national crowns, with contestants having to clear a variety of hurdles including a personal interview, statement of philosophy of life, gown competition and talent contest. Judges score contestants on a scale of 1 to 10. Talent and interview portions make up 60 percent of the competition, with modeling and philosophy of life making up 40 percent. “They come onstage and glow,” said Gloria Davis, 81, executive producer of Ms. Senior California. “Some are comedians. Some play instruments. Some are dancers. “There are all types. You never know what they’re going to do.” Many of the women enter the competition after hardships such as losing a husband and end up making friends for life. “Once they’re in and get on the stage, they just blossom,” Davis said. “They become amazing … The whole point is for them to enjoy themselves. “They get to know a group of women who are in the same quality of life as they are.” For Cashman, performing has always been in her blood and the competition gives her an outlet, said her husband, Tim Cashman, 76. The couple met nearly 50 years ago in the national touring company of “My Fair Lady.” “There was something special about her,” said Cashman, who was a master electrician with the production. “She shines when she gets on stage and you would never know that she is shy. “She loves to perform. When she’s on stage, I’m the proudest person in the room.” At the age of 3, the Los Angeles-born woman studied tap dancing. At 6, she took ballet classes. At 10, she was a starlet in the “Ken Murray’s Blackouts” show. She went on to model and study drama. But singing was her passion and led her to perform at nightclubs, the Los Angeles/San Francisco Civic Light Opera, Hollywood Bowl, and on cruise ships traveling the world. “The singing is a personal thing … an obsession,” Cashman said. “The good Lord gave me a voice. I just love to sing.” But in 1977 after her last professional gig, her singing voice fell silent. Married with two teenage children, she put family ahead of career and started a new chapter in her life as a Realtor. Her suburban life prompted her to start a graffiti-busting group in the West Valley, and for the past two decades she has gone around her community painting over walls. “I called a couple of women and formed our group,” she said. “We got into our grubbies and rolled up our sleeves and got rollers. I don’t like looking at graffiti.” But she always looked back at her days as a star, wowing crowds. Three years ago, she saw an advertisement for the pageant program and her eyes lit up. She can model. She can sing. So she practiced for months to get her voice in shape. “I thought, `What a fantastic opportunity,”‘ she said. “This is a wonderful thing for seniors. A lot of people just give up when they turn 65 years old. “Seeing these gals is great. We get to dress up to the nines. I’m just enjoying the moment.” And her husband fully supports her new endeavor. “Her voice has come back,” he said. “She’s not 19 anymore, but she can still sing. She enjoys it. She works hard.” Today as Ms. California and a member of the Valley-based singing group The Chansonettes, Cashman goes to senior centers and veterans hospitals entertaining crowds. But for now, the family’s attention is on next month’s competition. “She’s going to do great,” said her daughter, Carolyn Cashman of Agoura Hills. “She’s polishing her crown. “She’s got beautiful poise, a wonderful way that she carries herself. She’s a true beauty. She hasn’t had any enhancement. She is what she is.” [email protected] (818) 713-3699160Want 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.As this year’s Ms. Senior California, the West Hills resident now will vie with 50 other seniors for the Ms. Senior America title in a weeklong national pageant that starts Nov. 5 at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Contestants must be 60 or older, and Cashman said she’s seen her share of nonagenarians compete for the coveted title at various levels of the competition. Cashman was runner-up in the state pageant two years in a row before being crowned at this year’s competition at the Rose Center Theater in Westminster. She’s traveled both years to the nationals, and while she knows little about this year’s competitors, she knows what she’s up against. “I don’t know who the contestants are but they’re all winners,” she said. “I expect there will be some tough competition.” last_img

Toyota reliability takes hit, but Asian makes still best

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In addition, the all-wheel-drive version of the Lexus GS sedan also received a below-average rating. Because Consumer Reports does not recommend models with below-average reliability, these models no longer make CR’s “Recommended” list. The four-cylinder and hybrid versions of the Camry and rear-drive version of the GS scored above average in reliability and will continue to be recommended. What went wrong? The survey identified problems with the six-speed automatic transmission as the major concern with the Camry V6. Subscribers reported problems with the four-wheel-drive system in the Tundra. Owners of the AWD Lexus GS reported problems with power accessories and the audio system. Those three didn’t make CR’s recommended list, but the four-cylinder version of the Camry and the hybrid versions of the Camry and GS all scored above average and are recommended. The Consumer Reports’ survey revealed some other big surprises. In contrast to Toyota, Ford’s domestic makes have made considerable improvements in reliability. Of the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models in the survey, 93 percent scored average or better in predicted reliability. By the Editors of Consumer Reports Over the years, the reliability of Toyota vehicles, including Lexus and Scion, has been nothing short of sterling. Yet Consumer Reports’ 2007 Annual Car Reliability Survey shows that the Japanese automaker has slipped a bit, falling victim to bug-ridden redesigns. The V6 version of the company’s top-selling Camry, and the four-wheel-drive V8 version of the Tundra pickup, both redesigned for 2007, now rate below average in Consumer Reports’ predicted reliability rating. In fact, the odds of getting a reliable new vehicle from Ford are the best CR has seen in years. Of the 44 models from Ford, Lincoln and Mercury in the survey, 41 scored average or better in predicted reliability. Only the Ford Explorer (V8), Mercury Mountaineer (V8) and the Lincoln Mark LT were below average. The other domestic automakers did not fare as well. Only 49 percent of General Motors and 67percent of Chrysler models had average or better predicted reliability. Their new or redesigned-for-2007 models were more mixed. The new GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook and Saturn Aura XE had average or better reliability; the redesigned 2007 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 and 2500 were average or better. Apart from the three Toyota-built models, other notable models with declining reliability include the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Volkswagen Passat (V6). The Pontiac Solstice, introduced for 2006, had the worst new-car prediction score in the survey. Meager gains from Europe The news from Europe has been mostly dismal in recent years, with models from Jaguar, Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz doing poorly in CR surveys. Things may be turning around, even if some vehicles aren’t quite there yet. While as recently as 2005, very few European luxury sedans could scrape up even an average rating in reliability, the Audi A3, A4 and A6 are now all average or better. So are some or all versions of the BMW 3, 5 and 7 Series. CR also saw a few positives with European SUVs, although Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover SUVs were still well below average. Asian nameplates dominate Reliability remains a Japanese forte. Overall, Asian models still dominate in reliability, accounting for 34 of the 39 models in CR’s “Most Reliable” list. All Honda, Subaru and Mitsubishi models for which there was sufficient data ranked at least average. Moreover, nine out of the 10 models with best reliability were Japanese. However, just because a vehicle carries a Japanese name doesn’t make it reliable. Nissan’s Armada SUV, Titan pickup and Quest minivan were three cars whose reliability are well below average. The South Korean nameplates, Hyundai and Kia, show improved reliability; most models are average or better. But some models are suffering some glitches, including the Kia Amanti sedan, Sedona minivan and its Hyundai Entourage twin, and the Kia Sorento SUV. Visit the Consumer Reports Web site at www.consumerreports.org. 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

Anti-war protesters march in San Francisco

first_img 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.No official head count was available. Organizers of the event estimated that about 30,000 people participated in San Francisco. It appeared that more than 10,000 attended the march. “I got the sense that many people were at a demonstration for the first time,” said Sarah Sloan, one of the event’s organizers. SAN FRANCISCO – Thousands of people called for a swift end to the war in Iraq as they marched through downtown Saturday, chanting and carrying signs that read: “Wall Street Gets Rich, Iraqis and GIs Die” or “Drop Tuition Not Bombs.” The streets were filled with thousands as labor union members, anti-war activists, clergy and others rallied near City Hall before marching to Dolores Park. As part of the demonstration, protesters fell on Market Street as part of a “die in” to commemorate the thousands of American soldiers and Iraqi citizens who have died since the conflict began in March 2003. The protest was the largest in a series of war protests taking place in New York, Los Angeles and other U.S. cities, organizers said. last_img read more