first_imgStriker Sergio Aguero scored his 50th goal in European club competitions as Manchester City romped to a record 4-0 victory over Feyenoord in their Champions League Group F clash at De Kuip on Wednesday.Defender John Stones bagged a brace of headed goals and Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus netted the other as City inflicted the heaviest-ever home defeat in UEFA club football on the Dutch champions and former European Cup holders.Aguero reached his milestone with a typically clinical finish from Kyle Walker’s cross as City made a fast start to the game, scoring three times in the opening 25 minutes to stun their hosts and kill off the contest.Feyenoord, playing in the Champions League group stage for the first time in 15 years, never seriously troubled City goalkeeper Ederson who had recovered sufficiently to play, albeit with a rugby-style scrum cap, after receiving a boot to the face from Liverpool’s Sadio Mane in a 5-0 Premier League win on Saturday.Stones had the visitors in front inside two minutes when he headed David Silva’s cross from a short corner through the legs of Feyenoord midfielder Tonny Vilhena at the back post.Vilhena had scored when Feyenoord claimed a 1-0 victory over Manchester United almost a year ago to the day in last season’s Europa League group stages, but this time was left red-faced by his inability to keep the ball out of the net.Aguero’s precise finish doubled City’s advantage eight minutes later as they peppered the Feyenoord goal with shots and starved the home side of possession.They were rewarded with a third goal when in-form forward Jesus tapped home after Benjamin Mendy’s fierce drive from outside the box was only parried by Feyenoord goalkeeper Brad Jones.The home defence stood like statues expecting an offside flag that was never lifted and replays showed the match officials had made the correct call.Aguero came close to a second goal when his close-range effort from a low cross went wide.The visitors deservedly got their fourth as they kept up the pressure on the home defence, who again lost concentration from a City short corner and allowed Stones to this time power his header into the net from Kevin De Bruyne’s cross.last_img read more

first_imgHighlights of the third day at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, on Wednesday (times AEST; GMT+11):2230 FEDERER COASTS INTO THIRD ROUNDThird seed Roger Federer, chasing a record-extending 21st Grand Slam title, has reached the third round at Melbourne Park for the 21st straight year with a 6-1 6-4 6-1 victory over Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic.Serena Williams stayed on course for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles crown with a 6-2 6-3 win over Slovenian world number 70 Tamara Zidansek in their first career meeting.Williams, a seven-times Australian Open winner, fired seven aces and 25 winners to prevail in 78 minutes and will take on China’s 27th seed Wang Qiang next.1934 DIMITROV FELLED BY AMERICAN PAULUnseeded American Tommy Paul ended Bulgarian 18th seed Grigor Dimitrov’s hopes of capturing his first Grand Slam title as the world number 80 won 6-4 7-6(6) 3-6 6-7(3) 7-6(3) in four hours and 19 minutes.1828 SCHOOL IS COOL FOR DJOKOVIC AFTER BALI TRIPNovak Djokovic was in a relaxed mood following his win over Tatsuma Ito, talking about his off-season trip to the Indonesian island of Bali where the Serb was left particularly impressed by a local school.“What got me to go there with my wife is a green school in Bali, a unique concept of education. That was interesting to us,” Djokovic told reporters.“For the last couple years, we’ve known about the concept. We’ve been introduced to it by our friends who have their kid in the school in Bali… we might have our children actually attend that concept in the near future.”1816 SANDGREN UPSETS EIGHTH SEED BERRETTINIUnseeded American Tennys Sandgren stunned eighth seed Matteo Berrettini 7-6(7) 6-4 4-6 2-6 7-5 in a match lasting three hours and 23 minutes.1732 WOZNIACKI HAS SPECIAL MEMORIES OF ‘SWEET CAROLINE’Caroline Wozniacki, who fought back to beat Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska, recalled her finest moment in Melbourne when she captured her only Grand Slam title and Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’ filled the air following her triumph.“I don’t know if I can count how many times I’ve heard that song. It’s a special song for me, especially here,” the Dane, who will retire after the tournament, told reporters.“It’s a great memory. It means a lot after great wins like this that it gets played.”1618 DJOKOVIC TAMES JAPANESE WILDCARD ITOSeven times champion Novak Djokovic made short work of wildcard Tatsuma Ito, winning 6-1 6-4 6-2 in 95 minutes to set up a clash with another Japanese in Yoshihito Nishioka.Djokovic has now won 10 of his 11 meetings with wild cards at the Grand Slams, only losing to Denis Istomin in the second round at Melbourne three years ago.1604 BARTY AMAZED BY SUPPORT FOLLOWING RISELocal favourite Ash Barty, who has previously said she is sick of seeing herself on billboards following her rise to world number one, believes she will not get used to the spotlight off the court anytime soon.“Absolutely not, no. Everyone has to put up with me. It’s pretty average, I think,” Barty told reporters.“No, it’s been incredible… the love and the support I’ve received from people all over Australia, in particular kids, it brings a smile to my face every single day… it’s amazing.”1544 GAUFF SETS UP OSAKA SHOWDOWNTeenager Coco Gauff, who sent fellow American Venus Williams packing in the opening round, surrendered the first set but fought back to beat Romanian Sorana Cirstea 4-6 6-3 7-5. The 15-year-old faces Naomi Osaka next.1535 PELLA THROUGH TO THIRD ROUNDArgentine Guido Pella, the 22nd seed, advanced to the third round for the first time in six appearances with a 6-1 6-4 3-6 6-3 win over Frenchman Gregoire Barrere.Joining him was American Sam Querrey, who beat Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis 7-6(2) 4-6 6-4 6-4, and Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, who eased past Britain’s Dan Evans 6-4 6-3 6-4.1454 WOZNIACKI STAYS ALIVE WITH GRITTY DISPLAYCaroline Wozniacki, the 2018 champion who is set to retire after the tournament, fought back from 1-5 down in the first set to beat Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska 7-5 7-5.Yastremska, 19, saved five match points after a medical timeout for a left leg injury but she was unable to prevent Wozniacki from closing out the match.Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro, who will hang up her racket at the end of the year, knocked out 11th seed Aryna Sabalenka 7-6(6) 7-6(6) in a first-round clash carried over from Tuesday.1421 BARTY MOVES INTO THIRD ROUNDTop seed Ash Barty looked in ominous form in her quest for a second Grand Slam title as she powered past unseeded Slovenian Polona Hercog 6-1 6-4.1413 FIT-AGAIN SWIATEK WINS OPENER AGAINST BABOSPolish teenager Iga Swiatek tasted victory in her first match since the U.S. Open after an injury left her unable to walk normally. She beat Timea Babos 6-3 6-2.“So happy to be back… important note: I served 188kmph and it was in,” she tweeted.1305 KVITOVA DOWNS BADOSATwo-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova fired seven aces and 31 winners in a tight 7-5 7-5 victory over Spain’s Paula Badosa in their first career meeting.1257 CATCHING BARTY IS NOT OSAKA’S IMMEDIATE PRIORITYDefending champion Naomi Osaka said after her win over Zheng Saisai that she was not giving too much thought to reclaiming the world number one ranking, with top-ranked Ash Barty well in front of the Japanese third seed.“Ash is like 2,000 points ahead of me and I have to defend this, I’m like yo, I’m going to drop out of the top 10 for real,” the 22-year-old said.1246 OSAKA STAVES OFF ZHENG CHALLENGEDefending champion Naomi Osaka fended off a strong comeback attempt from China’s Zheng Saisai, rallying from 4-2 down in the second set to prevail 6-2 6-4 and reach the third round.1100 PLAY UNDERWAYThe temperature is forecast to reach 32 degrees Celsius (90F) before a late cool change brings rain.last_img read more

first_img“I’m certainly not favourite,” the Bayern Munich star told German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung.“The other two are international ‘marques’, they’ve clearly got an advantage.”If Neuer does receive the Ballon d’Or he will be the first of his countrymen to do so since Lothar Matthaus in 1990 and only the second goalkeeper after Lev Yashin, of the then Soviet Union, in 1963.For Germany coach Joachim Loew, the 28-year-old would be a worthy recipient.“Manuel deserves this reward, he’s taken the game to a new dimension,” Loew told domestic news agency SID, subsidiary to AFP.Neuer, Ronaldo, who has claimed the FIFA honour twice, and Messi, a four-time winner, are the three finalists for the 2014 Ballon d’Or with the winner announced on January 12.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BERLIN, Germany, December 26 – Germany’s World Cup winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer on Friday played down his prospects of securing the World Player of the Year award over holder Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.last_img read more

first_imgWork is also being done to restore power to the Telegraph Creek area as quickly as possible.Here is audio from a press conference held on Thursday with updates on efforts to stop the forest fires all around British Columbia. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John will be sending three firefighters to help with forest fires near Dease Lake and Telegraph Creek.In a post to Facebook on Thursday, the City said they would be sending three firefighters and a specialized four-wheel-drive wildland fire engine to work with a Structure Projection Specialist and task group to protect homes and businesses affected by the wildfire.- Advertisement -The post from Facebook goes onto say “Our Firefighters will be working with crews from Thornhill, Houston, Burns Lake and Salmon Arm; because that is what we do…. we pitch in when our neighbours need us.”This is not the first time The City of Fort St. John and other local firefighters have been sent to help fight forest fires.  In 2017, several local fire departments sent crews to help fight fires in the Caribou.The Alkali Lake Fire has merged with the South Stikine River fire and has caused people to be evacuated and many on evacuation alert.The fire is now over 28,000 hectares in size. Crews and air support are working to minimize further impact to the community of Telegraph Creek. Crews are also working to protect culturally significant sites and infrastructure in the area. Burn operations will be used, if conditions allow, to secure the south flank of the fire.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Yet, in dissecting Washington State’s 27-7 win over the Bruins on Saturday at Martin Stadium, many of UCLA’s defensive players said the Cougars’ decision to run the ball with such frequency came as a surprise. “They wanted to spread us out and get three receivers out there and run the ball at us,” UCLA defensive end Bruce Davis said. “We were out there expecting them to throw the ball, and they fooled us.” The Cougars running game, which was averaging 108.6 yards, sliced through UCLA’s defense for 274 yards on 51 carries. Washington State tailback Dwight Tardy was averaging 66 yards, and finished a career-high 214 on a career-best 37 carries. Even backup Kevin McCall got into the running frenzy, carrying 11 times for 51 yards. He had 22 carries for 105 yards total in the first seven games. Bruins senior Michael Norris, who played the nickelback spot, was asked if the Cougars’ offensive approach came as a surprise. “Definitely. It definitely did,” Norris said. “I was pretty much thinking more passes, given their history.” The Cougars struggled to run the ball throughout the season, but quarterback Alex Brink was throwing the ball well. Washington State led the Pacific-10 in passing at 299.6 yards per game. But during last week’s bye, the Cougars made it a point to work on their run blocking, and restructured their game plan to focus on their rushing attack. “The offensive line did a great job,” Tardy said. “They worked so hard during the week, during practice, and even staying after practice.” UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker said he expected the Cougars to try and run the ball, so much so he said certain periods of practice during the week were designed with that in mind. Still, Ealker made the decision to have his defensive try and stop the Cougars’ running attack by playing a nickel defense (five defensive backs, two linebackers) and try to slow down the passing game, rather than play a base 4-3 defense (four linemen, three linebackers) in an effort to first shut off the run game. That strategy didn’t always work, so Walker was forced to play more in the base defense as the game progressed. And by the end of a game in which the defense was on the field for 38 minutes, Washington State was able to salt away the win by running the ball. The Cougars scored two touchdowns in the final 7:31, including a 51-yarder by Tardy with 42 seconds remaining, to provided the lopsided final score. “At times, I had to commit more bodies (to the run) and take chances in the passing game and leave guys one-on-one,” Walker said. “It kind of fell in on us at the end.” brian.dohn@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SHIFTING TACTICS: UCLA expects Washington State to pass, but gets beat on ground. By Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER PULLMAN – UCLA spent the week practicing for Washington State’s spread offense. That meant playing lots of nickel packages readying for the Cougars to live off the passing game, which they did much of the season. last_img read more

first_imgBournemouth boss Eddie Howe has admitted managing England is “the ultimate job”, but insisted he is currently fully committed to his role with the Cherries.Howe was a contender to replace Roy Hodgson when he stepped down as the Three Lions head coach following Euro 2016, and he is now being linked with the post again following Sam Allardyce’s shock departure.The 38-year-old has previously said he would relish the chance to coach England one day but insisted on Thursday morning that he has not heard from the Football Association, while reaffirming his commitment to Bournemouth.He told a press conference: “They haven’t come to me and my message is very similar. I am committed here, I love the job.“The England job is the ultimate job, I have signed players very recently and I am committed to them. I need to show them the same loyalty that they showed me.“I have a lot more to do here. I have signed players very recently and I am committed to them, I have a future to them, the rest of the season.“It’s all hypothetical of course but I could not turn my back on this club. I want to show loyalty to the people who have employed me, the same loyalty that they showed me.“It is very nice of people to say [that I am the right man for the job], but it has no bearing on my decision. My aims are to move this club forward, to try and lead this club up in the Premier League this season and that is my only thought.“It sounds arrogant but I am not interested in the job now, but you never know what will happen in the future.”Allardyce’s exit as Three Lions boss came as a result of an investigation by the Daily Telegraph, and separate findings by the newspaper into corruption have also alleged that ten unnamed managers have taken bribes in player transfers.But Howe has distanced himself from the story.When asked if he had taken a bung, he said: “Certainly not.“The structure at this football club is I deal with the team and somebody else does the financial deal with the agents.“I am removed from the financial deals at the club and I think that suits me fine to be on the pitch with the players and training.“I think most football clubs work how we do, that would be my guess.” Eddie Howe is happy at Bournemouth 1last_img read more

first_imgLEONA VALLEY – An organization with ties to the Church of Scientology that wants to open a drug treatment center in Bouquet Canyon was cited for dozens of violations by state inspectors within the last five years, according to documents. The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will vote on whether to allow Narconon International to open a 66-bed facility near Leona Valley. Narconon runs four treatment facilities in the state. At the Newport Beach facility, state inspectors found in January 2003 that staff members administered medication to residents without authorization and had alcohol on the premises. In February 2003, state inspectors found two staff members at Narconon’s Watsonville facility went drinking with a graduating resident from the program. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Clark Carr, the head of Narconon, said the two were fired and his organization has corrected the other problems and violations that have been found at Narconon facilities. “We completely agree with strict standards and unannounced surprise inspections,” Carr said. “We’re glad to have them.” Another violation state Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs inspectors found at Narconon facilities was beds without mattress pads, including an inspection at the Newport Beach facility in November 2004, that found 24 beds without pads. Carr said he was unsure why the pads might have been missing, but he said that problem had been corrected as well. Narconon was created 40 years ago and uses the writings of L. Ron Hubbard, late founder of the Church of Scientology, to treat addicts. Instead of administering drugs, the program puts addicts on a regimen of vitamins, including niacin, and has them “sweat out” toxins with time in the sauna. “We’ve been doing it for decades in California and throughout the United States and the world, and we have a very good record,” Carr said. Sheriff Lee Baca has expressed support for Narconon going into the Bouquet Canyon site. Although the sheriff said he has not visited a Narconon facility, he has been briefed on the program and he liked what he heard. “This is America’s No. 1 health problem, illegal drug use, and to a certain extent legal drug use, including alcohol,” Baca said. “So I’m an advocate for any program that can help people get away from drugs and their addiction to drugs. That’s why I support it.” But the Narconon approach to fighting drugs has been questioned by outside experts. Narconon has a program to educate schoolchildren about drugs, which the California Department of Education evaluated last year and found wasn’t based on science or medicine. Jack O’Connell, state superintendent of public instruction, asked that schools not use the Narconon program, but Carr said the program is still taught at schools at the request of on-site administrators. The inaccurate information given to students included that drugs burn up vitamins and nutrients, and that small amounts of drugs are stored in fat and are released at a later time, making the person want to use the drug again, according to the education department report. “The materials I’ve seen in their brochures would suggest to me that the treatment that they provide certainly is not in line with current scientific thinking about addiction,” said professor Richard Rawson, associate director of Integrated Substance Abuse Programs at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Some of the use of vitamins and saunas and all of those things certainly may be good general health practices, but they have nothing to do with the effective treatment of addiction as far as any literature has ever demonstrated.” If the county Board of Supervisors approves the Narconon facility for Bouquet Canyon, it would be the largest Narconon facility in California. The county Regional Planning Commission in March approved the project, but Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich called for the Board of Supervisors to hear the matter after hearing concerns about the project. Several residents in the rural area oppose the project, citing safety concerns from addicts going in and out. Residents also feel that Narconon has tried to bully them to drop their opposition. Ron and Sherry Howell, who live near the former boarding school site that would be used for the project, received a letter from an attorney for Narconon in January telling them to stop attacking the project or face legal consequences. They received the letter after submitting their written opposition to the project to the county Department of Regional Planning, and after Sherry Howell had written a letter to a local newspaper. “It tells us that we’re dealing with somebody that doesn’t care what they do to people to intimidate them, to shut them up,” Ron Howell said. Alice Benoit, who would be living near the facility, also feels that Narconon has targeted opponents of the project, including herself. “They kind of like invade our Town Council meetings and shout us down,” she said. (661) 257-5253160Want 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

first_imgTottenham target Mark Uth is ready to let his contract at Hoffenheim run down so he can leave for free next summer.The striker’s current deal expires at the end of this season, and the German club have been trying to tie him down on a long-term basis.The 26-year-old has already bagged five times in just seven appearances this term and Hoffenheim are desperate for him to stay at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena.But, according to Kicker, Uth wants to let his contract expire so he can move for free in July.The former Germany youth international will not be short of offers, with Spurs one club said to be seriously interested in bringing Uth to the Premier League.Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of Uth and will look to make a move for him should the attacker be available on a free transfer. 1 Mark Uth has already scored five goals this season for Hoffenheim last_img read more

first_img Tottenham have drawn three and lost one game at Arsenal in the Premier League since Pochettino took over at Spurs 1 Mauricio Pochettino felt aggrieved with decisions in the build-up to both Arsenal goals as Tottenham suffered a 2-0 derby defeat. Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez secured the Gunners a dominant 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium, but there was a hint of fortune about each of the first-half goals.Mustafi’s header came after referee Mike Dean had awarded a dubious free-kick for a foul on Sanchez, while Alexandre Lacazette appeared offside in the build-up to their second.Spurs boss Pochettino told Sky Sports: “I need to say nothing, everyone who was here or at home watching the game, they saw what happened. We have to move on. It’s not easy to accept, because we lose the game.“We were better than them until the goal. The free-kick (should not have been given) and I think (it was) offside.The first, sure (it was offside), the second one maybe.“In this type of game when you play top sides like Arsenal, it’s little details. It changed the game and that disappointed me. But that’s football. We have to accept.”Pochettino insisted Harry Kane and Dele Alli were fit to play the game.The duo pulled out of England’s two friendlies last week and produced lacklustre performances before both were substituted with 15 minutes left at the Emirates Stadium.“Yes they were OK to play of course,” Pochettino added. “But after 2-0, 15 minutes to finish the game, I think to not take any risks. Then we tried to put (Fernando) Llorente and Son (Heung-min) on fresh and try to score, and we had a few chances to score.”last_img read more rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Saturday’s papers and online… Getty Getty Real Madrid are monitoring Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, who has been told he can leave the club for the right price. (Daily Star)Juventus have agreed a £63million to sign Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt. (De Telegraaf)Tottenham are attempting to hijack Arsenal’s move for highly-rated Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba. (FULL STORY)West Ham are in talks to sign Frankfurt striker Sebastian Haller. (Sky Sports)Fulham have contacted Brighton over a £15million transfer for Brighton ace Anthony Knockaert. (The Sun)Tottenham could make a bid for £30million-rated Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who has been linked to Premier League new boys Aston Villa. (Daily Mirror) Kalvin Phillips is high in demand 4 Romelu Lukaku is with the Manchester United squad for their pre-season tour of Australia 4 4 Ruben Dias has a pricey release clause Getty Juventus have ended their pursuit of Paul Pogba as Real Madrid lead the race to sign the wantaway Manchester United midfielder. (Daily Mail)RB Leipzig have made a renewed move for Everton starlet Ademola Lookman, who spent the second half of the 2017/18 season on loan with the Bundesliga club. (BBC)Everton are closing in on a move for Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph (Telegraph)Newcastle’s £50million valuation of Sean Longstaff is set to end Manchester United’s interest. (ESPN)Inter Milan will have to pay £90million to sign Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku. (Telegraph) Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was coy about Romelu Lukaku’s Manchester United future after the 2-0 victory over Perth Glory. Quizzed on whether Lukaku will still be a player at the start of the season, Solskjaer said: “Well, let’s see when the season starts. We’ve not had any bids that we’re considering.” (Metro)West Ham are close to finalising a £36million deal for Eintracht Frankfurt striker Sebastien Haller. – FULL STORYArsenal have revived their interest in Benfica star Ruben Dias amid doubts surrounding the future of wantaway captain Laurent Koscielny. – FULL STORY 4 Blackpool are among a number of Football League clubs trying to sign 19-year-old Everton forward Fraser Hornby on loan this summer. (Liverpool Echo)Arsenal have set an £8.8million price tag on club captain Laurent Koscielny, who has refused to travel on the club’s pre-season tour of the US. (Evening Standard)Barcelona have signed Atletico Madrid and France forward Antoine Griezmann after triggering his £108million release clause. (FULL STORY)last_img read more