Sports Briefs

first_imgMADRID (AP): Real Madrid players changed into auto racing suits for a go-kart race yesterday then drove home expensive cars. Captain Sergio Ramos won on the track, and for his ride home, selected an Audi S8 Plus estimated to cost US$177,000. Audi promoted the kart race. Spanish newspaper Marca said Audi made its Q7 model available to all players, but those selecting to keep their cars after the season – at a 30 per cent discount – could pick their own models. Marca said Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Zinedine Zidane could pick their own cars without having to buy them after the season. Ronaldo, who was among several players who did not participate in the kart race, selected the Audi RS 6 Performance. Zidane picked a similar model. Barcelona players received their cars from Audi in a similar event last week. Kalou stars for Hertha Berlin BERLIN (AP): Borussia Moenchengladbach endured a night to forget in the Bundesliga yesterday, slumping to a 3-0 defeat as Salomon Kalou scored a hat-trick for Hertha Berlin. Gladbach forward Patrick Herrmann suffered what looked like another serious injury between Kalou’s first-half goals for the home side, and there was still time before the break for midfielder Christoph Kramer to be sent off for his second yellow card. Kalou’s first goals of the season fired Hertha to third before the rest of the 10th round, three points behind leaders Bayern Munich, while ‘Gladbach remained in the bottom half of the table after its fifth straight league game without a win. Kalou opened the scoring, sending the ball inside the far post with a diving header to Mitchell Weiser’s perfectly lofted cross. Chinese player banned 8 months for doping KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP): The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) says it banned Shandong Luneng player Jin Jingdao for eight months after he tested positive for clenbuterol ahead of an Asian Champions League match. Jingdao gave a sample in training before Shandong’s 3-1 loss at FC Seoul in the quarter-finals in August. Details of the case will be published at a later date, the AFC said in a statement. It was unclear if the 24-year-old Jin’s case involved eating contaminated meat. Doping cases involving clenbuterol in China are often linked to the anabolic agent being used in livestock farming.last_img read more

Where it went wrong for Conte at Chelsea

first_imgHere we look at three reasons the Italian only lasted two seasons with the Blues:Costa meltdownThe champagne corks had barely finished popping at the end of Chelsea’s title celebrations in May before Conte bizarrely lost his cool with Costa.Misjudging his power base, Conte felt winning the league should allow him much more say in who came and went from his squad — and first in his sights was notorious malcontent Diego Costa.Infuriated by Costa’s mood swings and an attempt to engineer a move, Conte decided to sell the Spain striker even though his goals had been instrumental in the title success.But he hadn’t reckoned on Costa going public with a text message from Conte telling him he was no longer in his plans, a move that prompted the Chelsea boss to exile his forward from the squad.The situation quickly disintegrated as Costa refused to train with the reserves, leaving Chelsea struggling to find a buyer.Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was said to be furious and, although Costa eventually got his wish to join Atletico Madrid, the Italian was on a collision course with the club’s hierarchy.The breakdown in relations manifested itself in Conte dragging out negotiations over a new contract and when he eventually signed the improved terms, tellingly it didn’t include an extension.Transfer warsChelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich seen here celebrating Chelsea’s title win in May 2017 has in a year decided to part company with manager Antonio Conte © AFP / Ben STANSALLAlready grumbling about his lack of influence over transfers and complaining that Chelsea weren’t spending as much as their rivals, Conte was livid when Abramovich sanctioned Nemanja Matic’s switch to Manchester United before the start of the season.It didn’t help that technical director Michael Emenalo left the club, leaving Marina Granovskaia, a close Abramovich aide, in charge of transfer deals, much to Conte’s chagrin.Conte’s main complaint was Chelsea had failed to land his top targets, with Romelu Lukaku moving to United instead, and Juventus defender Alex Sandro also proving untouchable.Conte went public with his frustration, muttering darkly during pre-season about the problems lying in wait for Chelsea if they didn’t strengthen the squad to cope with the demands of returning to the Champions League after a season’s absence.For all Conte’s complaints, Chelsea still spent over £120 million on Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger, Davide Zappacosta and Danny Drinkwater.It didn’t help Conte’s mood that the players he was given largely under-performed, with Rudiger the lone useful recruit.Morata’s failure to adequately replace the more physical Costa as the fulcrum of Chelsea’s attack was a huge blow that left them fatally lacking a cutting edge.Unaccustomed to being questioned so openly, Abramovich is believed to have been vexed by Conte’s belligerent attitude — putting the pair at loggerheads as Chelsea’s problems mounted.Personality clashesEngaging in a petty feud with United manager Jose Mourinho only added to the perception that Conte was unravelling as Chelsea failed to keep pace with City in the title race.Angered by some typically acerbic jibes from Mourinho, Conte gave a stinging response, branding his rival a “little man” and questioning whether he was suffering from senile dementia.But the 48-year-old’s hardline stance wasn’t limited to mischievous opponents.The season was only a few weeks old when Conte’s players were reported to be chafing at his demanding training sessions and intense personality.Numerous hamstring injuries suffered by Chelsea’s stars led some to question whether Conte’s training methods were culpable.Conte was said to have reacted to the growing angst around him by retreating to his inner sanctum, speaking only to his most trusted assistants and becoming distant from his players.Well aware that he was unlikely to return, Conte went out with a bang after the Cup final, taking the chance to remind Abramovich what he would be missing when the axe fell.“After two years, the club knows me very well. I can’t change,” he said.“I think in a difficult season like this, I showed I’m a serial winner.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Guiding Chelsea to last season’s FA Cup was not enough to prevent the club ending Antonio Conte’s contract prematurely with one year to run © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 13 – Despite winning the FA Cup final against Manchester United in his last match in charge of Chelsea, Antonio Conte’s sacking on Friday was the inevitable result of a stormy season at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea finished fifth in the league — 30 points behind champions Manchester City — just 12 months after winning the title and their failure to qualify for the Champions League sealed Conte’s fate.last_img read more

Conte concedes title chances are gone

first_img“To talk about the title race after a defeat is a bit strange,” said Conte.“Especially if this is the fourth defeat in 16 games. When you have this start it is impossible to think you are in the title race.“If you want to stay in the title race you can lose once or twice in this period.“After 16 games if you lose four games it means we never started this race.“Manchester City are having a fantastic season and if you want to stay in the title race you must give consistency and this is not the case with us.”Conte made it clear he believes one of the reasons for his side’s stuttering progress this season –- unlike last year they have also had to contend with the demands of European football — is the lack of options in his squad.The Italian was frustrated at the club’s failure to bring in more players during the last transfer window.“A lot of players were tired,” said the 48-year-old.“We started the pre-season with the same players, the same players are playing almost always and for sure you have to pay.“If you remember I said it would be very, very tough, it would be very difficult.”– ‘Oh no it’s Arsenal this week’ –West Ham United’s midfielder Marko Arnautovic (R) shoots past Chelsea’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (3rd L) to score © AFP / Ian KINGTONMarko Arnautovic’s struck in the sixth minute to secure West Ham’s win with his first since joining the Hammers in July in a club record £24 million deal from Stoke City.David Moyes’ first win in his fifth game since taking over from Slaven Bilic came after another good display at Manchester City on Sunday, where they were edged late 2-1, but it was not enough to lift the club out of the bottom three ahead of their midweek visit from Arsenal.“All managers need wins very quickly,” said Moyes.“I think coming to the club I had a very difficult run of fixtures but today the game plan worked and we were very close at Manchester City.“I went into the dressing room, congratulated the players, put my jacket on, and then thought ‘oh no, it’s Arsenal this week’.“But that’s how it is for managers.”Moyes, who is seeking to succeed where he failed with Sunderland last term in keeping the Hammers up, said he was working hard on the players fitness so they could see out the whole 90 minutes.“I think our energy levels have improved massively but I definitely want to get more out of them,” said Moyes.“I don’t want my forwards to think they can come off after 65 minutes although to be fair, Marko (Arnautovic) had a slight calf problem,” added the 54-year-old Scot.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s head coach Antonio Conte said, “Manchester City are having a fantastic season and if you want to stay in the title race you must give consistency and this is not the case with us” © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 10 – Antonio Conte said Chelsea’s Premier League title defence is effectively over following his team’s 1-0 defeat to West Ham United on Saturday.The loss at the London Stadium was the champions fourth in their opening 16 league games and left them 11 points behind Manchester City 24 hours before the leaders face second-placed Manchester United.last_img read more

Serena says she feels like a Queen from Wakanda in catsuit

first_img0Shares0000Tough point: Serena Williams in action TuesdayLONDON, United Kingdom, May 30 – Serena Williams insists the black bodysuit she wore at the French Open much more than a fashion statement.The 36-year-old revealed that she wears the “catsuit” to prevent blood clots – a problem she has struggled with previously including during her pregnancy. Williams, who returned to action on Sunday for the first time since giving birth to her daughter in September, also believes it sends a message of strength to women around the world.“It feels like this suit represents all the women that have been through a lot mentally, physically, with their body to come back and have confidence and to believe in themselves,” Williams said after beating Kristyna Pliskova 7-6 (4), 6-4 at Rolland Garros.“I definitely feel like it is an opportunity for me to inspire a whole different group of amazing women and kids.“I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess or Queen from Wakanda maybe,” she added. “I’m always living in a fantasy world, I’ve always wanted to be a superhero and it’s kind of my way of being a superhero.“I had a lot of problems with my blood clots – and God I don’t know how many I’ve had over the past 12 months – so there’s definitely a little bit of functionality to it. I’ve been wearing pants a lot in general when I play so I can keep the blood circulation going. It’s a fun suit but it’s also functional so I can be able to play without any problems.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Witness breaks down on stand in ’84 murder trial

first_imgBy Denise Nix STAFF WRITER A former assistant manager at a Torrance Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant broke into tears on the witness stand Tuesday as she recalled trading shifts with a co-worker who was killed that night during a robbery. Cheryl Fuller said softly that Robin Hoynes, the 21-year-old manager, “was nice enough to say she would trade” shifts with her on Oct. 30, 1984. She was transferred to replace Marshall, whom she has never met. However, she said she spoke with him the day of the murder on the telephone, when he called to say he was coming to the restaurant to pick up a briefcase he left behind. Fuller testified about the store’s policy of handling cash receipts from the day. The managers were to either take them to the First Interstate deposit drop box across the parking lot or take them home. The policy had recently changed because of two recent thefts, she added. During questioning by Deputy District Attorney John Lewin, Fuller described the floor safe in the kitchen area. It was encased in concrete and not removable, she said, and needed two keys and a combination to open. Fuller also said the combination had been changed after Marshall’s termination. Fuller said she arrived at work at 9 a.m. Oct. 31, 1984, and found it unusual that Hoynes’ yellow Datsun was parked outside. When she went to unlock the dead bolt on the employee door, she noticed it was already unlocked. She walked in and saw Hoynes on the floor. Fuller said she thought she was sleeping, but realized she wasn’t moving and had blood on her face and neck. She also noticed a lot of paperwork and debris on the floor, including photographs of Hoynes’ nieces and nephews from her purse and a piece of foam, which would prove to be a key piece of evidence in the case against Marshall. “I was hysterical; I was really upset,” Fuller said. She ran outside and saw the cook, and he called the police. Fuller said she later helped detectives open the safe, and noticed it was “banged up.” Lewin told the jury that Marshall came after the restaurant closed and Hoynes let him in. He attacked Hoynes from behind, then tried to open the safe, according to the prosecution. Marshall, Lewin said, had a drug problem, and the evidence will suggest he stole from the restaurant twice before he was fired and was casing another Kentucky Fried Chicken while under surveillance about 10 days after Hoynes’ death. Marshall was arrested that night wearing hiking boots. The foam on the floor near Hoynes’ body came from the heel of that shoe, the prosecution contends. Earlier Tuesday, a police officer testified that he took a report from Marshall on Oct. 18, 1984, about $1,120 missing from the Kentucky Fried Chicken safe. Lt. Mark Hein said another officer took a similar report from Hoynes three days before. She reported the theft when she opened the restaurant. Greg Rabdau, the district manager, testified that the only people who had access to the safe were Marshall, Hoynes and himself. Rabdau said he suspended and fired Marshall for being late for several shifts, asking for cash advances and for the money that “mysteriously” disappeared from the safe. Rabdau was the last person to see Hoynes alive. When he left the restaurant that night she was killed, he told her to lock the door behind him. Rabdau said he had an uneasy feeling after he left. “I’m not the kind of person ? I don’t believe in ghosts,” he began. “But I had the feeling something was wrong.” Rabdau said he parked across the street and watched the store, seeing Hoynes inside doing her paperwork. Then, he looked at himself in the car’s mirror, called himself “crazy” and drove home. denise.nix@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I was supposed to close that evening,” Fuller said before she was overcome with emotion. Late that night, while working alone, Hoynes was stabbed to death, allegedly by William Marshall, who had been terminated from his assistant manager job about a week before for, among other things, suspicions that he was stealing. Marshall, 46, was an early suspect in the crime. But it wasn’t until 2005 – after new evidence, including his purported confession to a former girlfriend – that Marshall was indicted on a murder charge and the special circumstance of killing during a robbery. Marshall, who was a state Department of Forestry fire captain at the time of his arrest, could be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted. Fuller told the Torrance Superior Court jury that she had only worked at the franchise on Palos Verdes Boulevard just south of Pacific Coast Highway for a couple of weeks. last_img read more

Cold weather advisory for Antelope Valley

first_imgThe County Health Officer is issuing a Cold Weather Advisory for the Antelope Valley due to the National Weather Service’s forecast for low temperatures in the low-20s tonight through Thursday night. Temperatures are expected to rise to the low to mid-30’s Friday night. Temperatures for the greater Los Angeles area, including Valleys and coastal areas, are expected to be in the low-30’s to the mid-40’s. “Because children and the elderly are especially vulnerable during such cold snaps, care should be taken to ensure they don’t get too cold when they are outside,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, M.D., M.P.H., Director of Public Health and Health Officer. “There are places where people can go to stay warm, such as shelters or other public facilities. We also want to remind people not to use stoves, barbeques or ovens to heat their homes due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.” The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority has a Winter Shelter Program available for seniors or others looking for a place to stay warm. Shelter locations and transportation information can be found at our website at www.lapublichealth.org or by calling (800) 548-6047 or TDD (800) 660-4026 (for the deaf and hearing disabled). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ160Want 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

BIG GAME COUNTDOWN: SEND YOUR MESSAGES OF SUPPORT TO THE DONEGAL TEAM

first_imgAS the clock ticks towards this afternoon’s All-Ireland semi-final clash with Dublin, we want to show Jim McGuinness and his Donegal braves that we’re all right behind him.So we want our tens of thousands of readers both here in Co Donegal and around the world in 91 other countries to send messages of support to Jim and the team.It doesn’t cost anything. Simply fill out the comment box below and we’ll put your comments live. We welcome comments and messages of support from individuals, clubs, supporters groups – anyone.So what are you waiting for…get going!And….BELIEVE!BIG GAME COUNTDOWN: SEND YOUR MESSAGES OF SUPPORT TO THE DONEGAL TEAM was last modified: August 28th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:donegaldaily.com messages of support to Donegallast_img read more

GARDAÍ IN MANHUNT AFTER JEEP SMASHES INTO DOLE OFFICE AFTER CHASE

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Gardai have sealed off an area in Buncrana after a major incident in which a jeep crashed through the front of the local Department of Social Protection offices.The jeep which crashed into the dole office in Buncrana this evening.Our picture shows the jeep embedded in the front of the building which is next door to Buncrana Garda station on McCarter Road.Details of how the incident occurred are still not clear yet. There are reports that the jeep was seen traveling at high speed just shortly before the incident and may have been involved in a pursuit with Gardai.It is not known at this stage is anyone has been hurt following the incident or if any arrests have yet been made.Local Buncrana Town Councillor Ciaran McLaughlin told Donegal Daily he was shocked at what has happened.“Like most others I’m not fully surely what happened. It’s shocking. I just hope that nobody was hurt,” he said. Later local sources say Gardaí are now looking for three people who were in the vehicle before the crash.It’s understood detectives already have suspects in the case. GARDAÍ IN MANHUNT AFTER JEEP SMASHES INTO DOLE OFFICE AFTER CHASE was last modified: December 28th, 2013 by John2Share 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:buncranacrashdole officeGarda stationjeeplast_img read more

Cape Town is tops in Africa, again

first_img9 July 2010Cape Town has reaffirmed its status as one of the world’s top tourism destinations by being named Africa’s best travel destination in the World Travel Awards – the third consecutive year in a row that the city has won this prestigious award.The Mother City was bestowed with its latest major travel industry award in Johannesburg on 7 July. In November last year, Cape Town won the 2009 Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Award in the Best Destination category.The World Travel Awards, which were established in 1993, are seen as the “Oscars” of the travel industry.High concentration of major eventsAlderman Felicity Purchase, the City of Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for economic development and tourism and Mansoor Mohamed, the city’s executive director of economic, social development and tourism, received the award on behalf of the city.“This recognition is very important as it reaffirms Cape Town’s global positioning as a highly attractive tourism destination,” said Mohamed. “The city boasts one of the highest concentrations of major events on the African continent, which includes the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, the Argus Cycle Tour, the Two Oceans Marathon and Design Indaba.“The City of Cape Town will continue to use major events to attract visitors to Cape Town. Mega events such as the 2010 Fifa World Cup are valuable for legacy projects, whereas major events provide the annual recurring benefits,” said Mohamed.Alderman Purchase said: “Cape Town is reaping the benefits of establishing and maintaining an excellent tourism infrastructure. The City of Cape Town is constantly enhancing the city’s tourism assets and we are building skills and improving opportunities in our tourism sector.“All of these efforts support the city’s key strategy of infrastructure-led economic growth.”‘Very highest achievement’The World Travel Awards was launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognise excellence in the world’s travel and tourism industry. Now celebrating its 17th anniversary, the awards are regarded as the very highest achievement that a travel product could ever hope to receive.Votes are cast by 183 000 travel professionals, which include travel agencies, tour and transport companies, and tourism organizations in over 160 countries across the globe.Votes are cast globally by fellow industry professionals in over 1 000 different categories.Source: Cape Town Partnershiplast_img read more