December, 2019 Archive
Listen to the best bits from today’s show with Sam Delaney standing in for Andy Jacobs, including an interview with former Everton striker Andy Gray.
Check out this stunning strike from Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala at the weekend. Take a bow, son!
1 Eder Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero is hopeful Crystal Palace target Eder will sign a new contract today.The striker was linked with a move to Selhurst Park in the summer, while Inter Milan also expressed an interst.But now Ferrero expects Eder and Roberto Soriano to both sign new contracts today in attempt to end speculation around their futures.“At this very moment we are closing the renewals of Eder and Soriano. Today I will be in Genoa and we will announce the agreement,” Eder told Tuttosport.“Napoli didn’t want Soriano. It was all a sham and we realised in advance. Everyone knows that [Napoli chairman] Aurelio De Laurentiis is good at making films.“Milan also had a bite at Soriano, or better [AC Milan coach] Sinisa Mihajlovic did. Before they had already signed [Andrea] Bertolacci for €20m, but Soriano is worth more.”
1 Hull staged a second-half recovery to earn a point in a 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday in the Sky Bet Championship.Steve Bruce’s men failed to impress in the opening 45 minutes of this Yorkshire derby as the Owls deservedly led through Fernando Forestieri’s instinctive finish after 28 minutes.But Bruce clearly had words with his men at the half-time interval and they came out firing in the second half, with Abel Hernandez’s 50th-minute strike earning a draw.Both sides will feel they could have won, as several chances were missed during their respective dominant 45 minutes, but Wednesday and Hull both extend their impressive unbeaten runs.Wednesday’s first-half domination could have began much earlier had referee Keith Stroud awarded them a spot-kick inside the opening 10 minutes when Kieran Lee burst into the box and looked to be fouled by Tigers skipper Michael Dawson.However, after continuing to look the more threatening, they took the lead in the 28th minute through Forestieri.After a corner was cleared Ross Wallace stood a ball back into the area which Tom Lees headed down for Forestieri to hook home from eight yards.Hull threatened an immediate response when Jake Livermore’s low effort forced Owls goalkeeper Keiren Westwood into a scrambling save, but it was Wednesday who continued to boss matters.Lucas Joao almost doubled the lead when he made space for himself on the edge of the area and sent in a stinging low shot, which Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor failed to hold, with Forestieri denied as he was about to follow up.And then Barry Bannan squandered an even better opportunity after blazing over at the far post following good work by Lee.After a poor first-half showing from the Tigers it took them only five minutes to improve after the break and they levelled through Hernandez.Westwood beat away two efforts from Livermore but he was helpless to Hernandez driving in his fifth goal of the season.Hull were a different side and only the fingertips of Westwood stopped them taking the lead on the hour mark.Ahmed Elmohamady whipped in an inviting cross and Hernandez’s precise header was superbly tipped around the post.Sam Clucas and Andrew Robertson both drilled over as Hull continued to press, though there was a rare moment of danger at the other end as McGregor had to produce a fine save after Robertson diverted a Wednesday free-kick goalwards.Hull sent three men up front in the final 10 minutes in a bid to force a winner, but the only late drama was Stroud suffering an injury after taking a tumble, with the referee replaced for the four minutes of time added on by fourth official Darren Handley. Steve Bruce
Southampton players celebrate 1 Same old Arsenal. Just when you think they can take the lead in the Premier League title race they throw it away with a dreadful display against a mid-table side.Southampton were more than deserving of their win as they were ruthless all over the park, and terrorised their toothless visitors, with Cuco Martina, Shane Long (2) and Jose Fonte grabbing their goals in a 4-0 victory.Arsene Wenger who, just days earlier, saw his side dismantle title rivals Manchester City, will be perplexed by his side’s performance but the truth is that they just did not show enough fight and were easily humbled.The opening was scrappy on the south coast with neither side crafting any clear-cut chances and sloppy passing spoiling the clash.An excellent Aaron Ramsey pass did light up the opening 15 minutes but Nacho Monreal could only hit a defender with his cross, with the resulting corner disappointing and another bobbling shot from the Spaniard being smothered, eventually, by Maarten Stekelenburg.The game though was lit up after 19 minutes with a stunning strike from Saints right-back Cuco Martina.Ryan Bertrand’s poor cross was headed clear by Per Mertesacker but from 30 yards Martina, slammed a sweet outside-of-the-boot right-foot shot curling into the back of the net, leaving Petr Cech with no chance.Shane Long caused the Gunners plenty of problems too as he happily gave Mertesacker a rough ride, and saw a goal disallowed as Southampton looked to double their lead.Theo Walcott had Arsenal’s best chances but couldn’t trouble Stekelenburg sufficiently, despite his side’s domination in the latter stages of the first half.After the break, Southampton had another goal disallowed, this time for offside, as Virgil van Dijk looped a header over Petr Cech, before crashing into the goalkeeper.The Gunners continued to be untidy and were punished just ten minutes into the second period as Sadio Mane squared for the dangerous Long, who tapped the ball past Cech, although Arsenal players were angered by what they deemed as a foul in the build-up.Lacking fight, the Gunners drove forward but skill alone could not beat a Southampton side who were ready to battle to protect their lead and it was soon 3-0 to the Saints as Jose Fonte powered home a header from a corner.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Calum Chambers and youngster Alex Iwobi were put into the fray by a glum Wenger, but the damage had already been done.And, such was the ruthlessness of Koeman’s men, they were able to hit the post through Long before the Irishman managed to notch his second in stoppage time.
West Brom manager Tony Pulis is a Leicester fan! 1 West Brom manager Tony Pulis has proclaimed himself a Leicester fan as the Foxes continue their hunt for the Premier League title.The Foxes missed the chance to reclaim a five=point lead at the top of the table as they battled to a thrilling 2-2 draw with the Baggies on Tuesday.But Pulis was full of praise for Claudio Ranieri’s side and said he hoped they would beat the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City to the top flight crown.“I hope Leicester win the league,” Pulis said following the game.“I am now supporting Leicester for the rest of the season, apart from West Brom.“Every Leicester fan has to be proud of their team. They are fantastic and never stop.”
Michael Doyle’s outrageous effort made it three 1 Portsmouth scored three first-half goals to defeat Accrington Stanley 3-1 on Tuesday. The away win puts Pompey up to fourth in League Two, six points adrift of third-placed Plymouth.Kyle Bennett and Matt Pearson gave the visitors a two-goal lead before Michael Doyle’s outrageous effort made it three. Former Leeds and Sheffield United midfielder Doyle, who earlier in the game rattled the crossbar with a long-range effort, caught the ball sweetly to send it past goalkeeper Jason Mooney. As a free-kick was cleared, the one-time Republic of Ireland international sent a left-footed dipping effort arrowing towards goal – see below!
“The Los Angeles Unified School District is a highly transient district and we are working aggressively to reduce our dropout rate through better data, new dropout prevention counselors, and expanded alternative-education programs,” Cox said. But LAUSD officials said they are focusing on outreach programs including a new campaign to reach at-risk students and re-enroll those who have dropped out. Federal lawmakers haven’t focused much attention on the problem. The No Child Left Behind education law, for example, pays much more attention to educating younger students. But that appears to be changing. House and Senate proposals to renew the five-year-old No Child law would give high schools more federal money and put more pressure on them to improve, and the Bush administration supports the idea. The current law imposes serious consequences on schools that report low scores on math and reading tests, such as having to replace teachers or principals, but it lacks the same kind of teeth when it comes to graduation rates. Nationally, about 70 percent of U.S. students graduate on time with a regular diploma. For Hispanic and black students, the proportion drops to about half. The legislative proposals would: Make sure schools report their graduation rates by racial, ethnic and other subgroups and are judged on those. That’s to ensure schools aren’t just graduating white students in high numbers, but also are working to ensure minority students get diplomas. Get states to build data systems to keep track of students throughout their school years and more accurately measure graduation and dropout rates. Ensure states count graduation rates in a uniform way. States have used a variety of formulas, including counting the percentage of entering seniors who get a diploma. That measurement ignores the fact that kids who drop out typically do so before their senior year. Create strong progress goals for graduation rates and impose sanctions on schools that miss them. Most states currently lack meaningful goals, according to The Education Trust, a nonprofit that advocates for poor and minority children. The current law requires testing in reading and math once in high school, and those tests take on added importance because of serious consequences for a school that fails. Critics say that creates a perverse incentive for schools to encourage kids to drop out before they bring down a school’s scores. “The vast majority of educators do not want to push out kids, but the pressures to raise test scores above all else are intense,” said Bethany Little, vice president for policy at the Alliance for Excellent Education, an advocacy group focused on high schools. “To know if a high school is doing its job, we need to consider test scores and graduation rates equally.” Little said some students pushed out of high schools are encouraged to enroll in programs that prepare them to take the GED exam. People who pass that test get certificates indicating they have high-school level academic skills. But the research shows getting a GED doesn’t lead to the kind of job or college success associated with a regular diploma. Loretta Singletary, 17, enrolled in a GED program after dropping out of a Washington, D.C., high school that she describes as huge, chaotic and violent. “Girls got jumped, boys got jumped, teachers (were) fighting and hitting students,” she said. She said teachers had low expectations for students, which led to dull classes. “They were teaching me stuff I already knew … basic nouns, simple adjectives.” Singletary said she loved science but wasn’t offered it and her complaints to administrators went unanswered. “I was interested in experiments,” she said. “I didn’t have science in ninth or 10th grade.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s a nickname no principal could be proud of: “Dropout Factory,” a high school where no more than 60 percent of the students who start as freshmen make it to their senior year. That dubious distinction applies to more than one in 10 high schools across America. “If you’re born in a neighborhood or town where the only high school is one where graduation is not the norm, how is this living in the land of equal opportunity?” asks Bob Balfanz, the researcher at Johns Hopkins University who defines such a school as a “dropout factory.” There are about 1,700 regular or vocational high schools nationwide that fit that description, according to an analysis of Education Department data conducted by Johns Hopkins for The Associated Press. That’s 12 percent of all such schools, no more than a decade ago but no less, either. While some of the missing students transferred, most dropped out, Balfanz says. The data tracked senior classes for three years in a row – 2004, 2005 and 2006 – to make sure local events like plant closures weren’t to blame for the low retention rates. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The highest concentration of dropout factories is in large cities or high-poverty rural areas in the South and Southwest. Most have high proportions of minority students. These schools are tougher to turn around, because their students face challenges well beyond the academic ones – the need to work as well as go to school, for example, or a need for social services. Utah, which has low poverty rates and fewer minorities than most states, is the only state without a dropout factory. Florida and South Carolina have the highest percentages. About half of high schools in those states classify as dropout factories. “Part of the problem we’ve had here is we live in a state that culturally and traditionally has not valued a high school education,” said Jim Foster, a spokesman for South Carolina’s Department of Education. He noted that South Carolina residents once could get good jobs in textile mills without a high school degree, but that those jobs are now much harder to come by. Los Angeles Unified School District was not specifically mentioned in the study, but its dropout rate has been pegged at anywhere from 24 percent to more than 50 percent. District officials said Monday that they do not have a system in place to track students if they move to another city and enroll in a different school district, district spokeswoman Susan Cox said.
Neither team has a bona fide star who can step right in for Quinn or Murphy, but both seem to have improved depth. UCLA stocked up with the No. 4 recruiting class in the country, while USC reloaded with players coming back from injuries. Junior point guard Camille LeNoir (Narbonne High) is back from a hip injury that caused her to miss all of last season with USC and says she’s about 75 percent right now. Shooting guard Brynn Cameron, the team’s best outside shooter, is back after taking last year off to give birth to her first child. “It’s kind of like we got a whole new recruiting class in,” Trakh joked. “We’re really excited to have Camille LeNoir coming back. I think she’s one of the top point guards in the country and we missed her last year.” LeNoir will be brought along slowly in the beginning of the year but she hopes to be full strength by the time Pac-10 play begins. “After practice, my hip hurts a little bit,” said LeNoir, who averaged 12.7 points and 4.1 assists as a sophomore. “But after I ice it a little bit and stretch it and rehab it, my hip feels better the next day. It’s about time management and seeing how far I can go.” UCLA plans to rely heavily on Pluimer, who has started 92 straight games. For the first time, though, she’ll be able to move to her natural position on the perimeter as a small forward because 6-foot-6 sophomore center Moniquee Alexander and prized freshman posts Regina Rogers (whom Olivier calls “Baby Shaq”) and Christina Nzekwe have developed quickly. “Will we be a better team without Noelle (the No. 4 overall pick in last spring’s WNBA Draft)? I’d never say that because of all the contributions she made to this program,” Olivier said. “But I think this team is deeper and there are more people who can play.” Olivier said all six of her freshmen will play. Darxia Morris and Doreena Campbell will battle for the starting point guard position. Small forward Nina Earl also has been impressive. And once junior center Chinyere Ibekwe (Carson High) returns from a four-game suspension for a violation of team policy, UCLA could be 10 to 12 players deep. USC was picked to finish fourth in the Pacific-10 Conference behind Stanford, California and Arizona State in the preseason coaches poll. UCLA was picked fifth. [email protected] 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.In most years, UCLA women’s basketball coach Kathy Olivier would have had an answer. But after the departure of first-round WNBA draft pick Noelle Quinn (Bishop Montgomery High) and two other starters, Olivier is still trying to figure that out. “I can tell you, (three-year starter) Lindsay Pluimer will be in there,” Olivier said. After that, everything else gets a little more complicated. USC coach Mark Trakh can relate. Not only did the Trojans graduate a star guard (Eshaya Murphy) to the WNBA, they lost point guard Jacki Gemelos to a knee injury for the second consecutive year, and their top recruit, Stefanie Gilbreath, to a knee injury before she even set foot on campus. BASKETBALL: Both teams have to replace stars, with injuries already a big factor. By Ramona Shelburne Staff Writer Hmm … A starting lineup? It was a day before the exhibition opener, so the question was more than fair.
For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The mother, who does not have legal custody of the children, was identified as Jennifer DeJongh and is also known as Jennifer Lopez. Sierra said yesterday she may have taken off for Nevada, possibly Las Vegas. DeJongh is believed to be driving a black Lincoln Aviator, license plate 5JAT330. The parents of the children are divorced and there appears to be a custody battle between the two, sheriff’s officials said. Authorities do not believe that the children are in danger, ABC7 reported yesterday. Miller, 59, represents the 42nd Congressional District, which includes Diamond Bar, Brea, Chino and Chino Hills. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the three boys was asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Walnut Station at (909) 595- 2264. DIAMOND BAR – Authorities kept up their search today for three missing boys from Diamond Bar — the grandchildren of Rep. Gary Miller, R- Diamond Bar — who were allegedly kidnapped by their mother. “There are no new updates to the kidnapping investigation and the three children are still missing,” said Deputy Aura Sierra of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau. Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Major Crimes Bureau responded to the 2200 block of Cello Drive at 10:15 p.m. Monday to investigate the circumstances surrounding the possible abduction of the three boys, Sierra said. The children — one is 8, the others are 6 — were reported missing about 3:35 p.m. yesterday, Sierra said. The two six-year-olds are twins.