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Rodgers hails ‘best yet’ Liverpool, cools title talk

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England 16th November – Brendan Rodgers hailed Liverpool’s 5-0 humiliation of Tottenham as his side’s best performance since he took charge of the Anfield club 18 months ago.But the manager refused to talk up his side credentials as Premier League title challengers despite moving second, two points behind leaders Arsenal. First half goals from Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson followed by second half strikes from Jon Flanagan, Suarez again and Raheem Sterling completed an emphatic victory over a Tottenham side reduced to ten men by the 62nd minute dismissal of Paulinho.“It was probably the most complete performance. To come here and get a victory like that. But more importantly, the performance. The model of our game was outstanding,” said Rodgers.“We were like animals without the ball. Our hunger to get it back was great. It was a complete performance and a good victory for us.”But when asked about his side’s title aspirations, he added: “I’m not even thinking about that. My job was to develop the style of football while moving the club forward, and that’s what we’ve tried to do.“Obviously you dream. That was my dream. I didn’t come here to be fourth, third or second. Eventually you want to win. But you have to be realistic as well.“We were eighth. Last year we were seventh. If we can stay clear of injury and continue to improve our football, let’s see where it takes us.”Rodgers installed Suarez as captain in the absence of Steven Gerrard who is sidelined with hamstring problem and the Uruguay forward responded impressively.The manager said: “He’s captained one of the most iconic clubs in European football in Ajax. It’s not new to him.“I wanted someone who could represent me and the club in that tunnel before we step on the pitch.“If Luis Suarez is standing with the armband on, everyone knows this is a team who’s ready to go out and fight.“I spoke to him a few days ago and told him it was an honour for him to do, and he’s really enjoyed it. He’s relentless in his work, his quality and goals were fantastic.”Suarez’s efforts were matched by Henderson and Rodgers believes the England midfielder is starting to demonstrate his full potential after a slow start to his career at Liverpool following his £16 million transfer from Sunderland in 2011.“It’s all down to him. I saw him play for England against France a few years ago and I felt sorry for him: he was a big talent but the game just passed him by, tactically,” said the manager.“That wasn’t his fault. I’d always heard he had a brilliant attitude to learning. Kenny (Dalglish, the former Liverpool manager who signed Henderson) didn’t set the fee, but he’s a young player who’s eager to learn.“He is 6ft 1in, 23, physically very strong and technically strong. He’s a terrific player. Just needs confidence, constant work. He’s been outstanding for me.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Manchester derby in China called off over weather

first_img“The International Champions Cup China, Manchester United v Manchester City match is cancelled due to the extreme weather events in Beijing over a multiple day period,” said a statement by the organisers.“The Committee and both teams make the decision together in the interest of player safety.”Both managers, Jose Mourinho of United and Pep Guardiola of City, had told reporters Sunday they were worried about the state of the pitch at the 2008 Olympic venue following flooding in and around the Chinese capital.“Due to recent weather events, tournament organisers and participating clubs have decided to cancel tonight’s International Champions Cup game,” said a statement jointly issued by City and United.Mourinho had hinted 24 hours earlier that the match might be called off after training was switched to another ground in a fruitless attempt to preserve the Bird’s Nest turf, which was reported to have been recently partly relaid.“The pitch and the conditions of my players are more important than results in pre-season. It’s not a problem for me to lose matches in pre-season,” said Mourinho Sunday.“It is almost the end and we can go home and train in conditions where the players are safe.”Guardiola was similarly blunt when asked what he wanted from the match. “No injuries,” he replied.– Final indignity –It was the final indignity to follow a chaotic weekend in China for Mourinho’s new club after losing 4-1 to Borussia Dortmund Friday night in Shanghai in their opening, and now only, China tour match.Half of United’s squad were on a plane which had to make a forced landing between Shanghai and Beijing on Saturday because of a violent storm in the capital.Striker Memphis Depay tweeted a video of himself outside the plane in Tianjin, saying they were “lost in China”. The players eventually made it to the team hotel in Beijing at 1:00 am.Meanwhile Sunday’s makeshift training venue struggled to cope with the invasion of hundreds of media to cover the teams’ every move.Mourinho refused to attend a news conference in an overcrowded and stiflingly hot press room, instead holding a bizarre press chat amid a scrum on the running track where he struggled to be heard.The cancellation means that fans will now have to wait until the English Premier League derby on September 10 for the bitter rivalry between Mourinho and Guardiola to be renewed.The two coaches became foes while Mourinho was in charge at Real Madrid and Guardiola at Barcelona from 2010.Flooding is not uncommon during summer in northern China, but rains have been unusually heavy, driving over 300,000 people from their homes. More than 200 people are dead or missing in Hebei province bordering Beijing.United will now leave Beijing to return to Manchester late on Monday night as originally planned, while City will fly to the southern city of Shenzhen on Tuesday for Thursday’s game against Borussia Dortmund.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s incoming boss Pep Guardiola (right) and United’s Jose Mourinho will renew their rivalry. PHOTO/DM.BEIJING, China, July 25 – Manchester United’s showpiece pre-season derby against Manchester City was cancelled just hours before kick-off Monday after recent torrential rain made the Beijing pitch unsafe.Organisers of the International Challenge Cup tournament, which also features Borussia Dortmund, confirmed the match had been called off because of concerns over player safety.last_img read more

Spector trial switching to forensics

first_imgBut first, the prosecution will present its own experts, most from the police crime lab and coroner’s office. Prosecutors will call no outside experts, although they could have some waiting to testify in the rebuttal if necessary. “Lana Clarkson will have to tell her story through the evidence and from the grave,” prosecutor Alan Jackson said in his opening statement. Clarkson’s body, with a gunshot wound through the mouth, was found seated in the foyer of Spector’s mansion. She had met Spector at the House of Blues, where she was a hostess, early that morning and agreed to accompany him to his home. Jurors have seen gory photos of her bloody face. Her mother and sister averted their eyes at the sight, but they and two lawyers representing them have been present for every day of testimony. Spector, whose once flamboyant image has been toned down with a series of frock coats in muted colors with coordinating silk shirts and pocket handkerchiefs, is a pale shadow of his former self. His hands tremble, said to be the result of medication, and his expression is flat. His appearance could be a plus for the defense. “He looks old and passive and not particularly threatening,” said Levenson. “He doesn’t look like a big bad murderer.” Defense attorneys say Clarkson shot herself. Spector, 67, rose to fame in the 1960s and ’70s, changing rock music with what became known as the “Wall of Sound” recording technique. Clarkson was best known for a 1980s role in Roger Corman’s “Barbarian Queen.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A gunshot that lasted a second will be dissected for days. “The prosecution has to show that the forensic evidence is consistent with their theory that Spector pulled the trigger or forced her to pull the trigger,” said Loyola University law professor Laurie Levenson. “This is a critical stage because this is where the defense has their focus,” she said. In opening statements, defense attorney Linda Kenney-Baden said science would be the silent witness. “We have one unimpeachable witness who has no motive to lie, no memory problems, no language problems, and that witness is science,” said Kenney-Baden, an attorney whose specialty is forensic evidence. Her husband, Michael Baden, a renowned forensic pathologist, is expected to testify for the defense. LOS ANGELES – The Phil Spector murder trial is going “CSI.” After five weeks of dramatic personal stories about the music producer and the B-movie actress shot to death in his home, prosecutors are shifting their focus today to science and the critical forensic evidence. There will be discussions of blood spatter, fibers, gunshot residue, DNA and the path a bullet took when it killed actress Lana Clarkson. A coroner and crime lab technicians are due on the witness stand beginning today to explain how such evidence can offer insight into what happened at Spector’s castlelike mansion in Alhambra on Feb.3, 2003. last_img read more

Swansea boss accuses Man United forward of deceit in Old Trafford draw

first_img Marcus Rashford: The Manchester United player is closed down by Lukasz Fabianski 1 Swansea boss Paul Clement accused Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford of having ‘deceived’ referee Neil Swarbrick to win a penalty in the 1-1 draw between the sides at Old Trafford.Swarbrick awarded the spot-kick, which was converted by Wayne Rooney to put United ahead, after Rashford went down in the box in first-half stoppage time as Lukasz Fabianski dived at his feet.Replays indicated Rashford was already on his way to the ground before there was contact between him and Fabianski.When asked about the incident after the game, Clement said: “Replays show the player deceived the referee – there is no other way to look at it.“You could say he has dangled a leg to get the contact, but he is [going] down before that, before there is any kind of contact.”He added: “Lukasz was furious. He said he had gone down to get his hands on the ball, could see he couldn’t get it so came away from it, and that he (Rashford) had gone down before the contact.”Clement said Swarbrick, who delayed briefly before pointing to the spot, had told him he had been “sure what he had seen” – something the Swans boss believed was not the case.“At the time, I looked at the reaction of my players first of all, and they were furious about it, so that puts a doubt in your mind as to whether it was the correct decision,” Clement said.“Also, the delay between the contact and the decision being given – there was a brief pause which normally would say there is doubt.“The referee said to me after the game he was sure what he had seen and was just confirming with the assistant. I don’t know why he even asked him, because he is almost as far away as I was.“I don’t know [if Swarbrick guessed]. I just felt there was doubt – I don’t think he was sure.“I only know myself, and if I’m sure about something, I don’t check with my assistants. I make the decision. That is it.”Clement feels officials should be assisted by video technology when making decisions over such incidents.“For me, it has to be done,” said Clement, whose relegation-threatened side equalised through Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 79th-minute free-kick.“For me it is unbelievable that in this day and age, with the technology we have available, that the only people that don’t get the help are the ones who most need it.“We can see it, you can see it, the fans can see it, everybody can see it – apart from the officials. It has to be done. It is long overdue.”Having claimed a deserved point, Swansea remain 18th in the Premier League table, two points adrift of 17th-placed Hull with both sides having three games left.last_img read more

Gomez has scratch under eye as he trains alongside Sterling after England bust-up

first_imgSouthgate reiterated Sterling’s admission that he had become heated and absolved Gomez of any blame when he spoke to the media later on Tuesday.“Raheem in his post last night explained for a very brief moment his emotions ran over. It would be correct to say that’s not the same for Joe,” he said.“We are dealing with a very young squad in a sport where emotions often run high. These things happen in football. My priority is always the care and well being of all my players. All my players.“Then you have a decision to make as to whether there needs to be something further, which is my reasoning for not selecting Raheem for the game on Thursday.”The manager was also quizzed on the scratch visible on Gomez’s face, though he refused to divulge further details.“The reality is, I’m not prepared to go into details,” Southgate added. “There is enough conjecture and opinion and talk out there and we don’t need to add to it.“As a group we’ve decided the best way forward and we’re in agreement on that. We move on from there.“We have some excellent senior players who’ve played a part in bringing everyone together.” Gomez and Sterling were both pictured in training on Tuesday morning Getty Images – Getty 2 “We are in a sport where emotions run high and I am man enough to admit when emotions got the better of me.“We move this is why we play this sport because of our love for it.“Me and @JoeGomez5 are good, we both understand it was a 5-10 second thing, it’s done we move forward and not make this bigger than it is.“Let’s get focus on our game on Thursday.”His apology came after the Football Association confirmed an incident had taken place, with the governing body branding the bust-up ‘a disturbance in a private team area’.Southgate said of his decision to drop Sterling: “We have taken the decision to not consider Raheem for the match against Montenegro on Thursday.“One of the great challenges and strengths for us is that we’ve been able to separate club rivalries from the national team.“Unfortunately the emotions of yesterday’s game were still raw. My feeling is that the right thing for the team is the action we have taken.“Now that the decision has been made with the agreement of the entire squad, it’s important that we support the players and focus on Thursday night.” Getty Images – Getty center_img 2 Joe Gomez has been pictured in England training with a scratch beneath his right eye following his altercation with Raheem Sterling.The Liverpool defender and the Manchester City forward were involved in a confrontation at St George’s Park on Monday after linking up for international duty.The altercation occurred less than 24 hours after the pair had clashed during Liverpool’s win over Man City and resulted in Sterling being told he would not be picked for Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro – which is LIVE on talkSPORT.Both men trained on Tuesday and appeared in jovial spirits, but a scratch was visible on Gomez’s face in the wake of the incident. Gomez, pictured alongside Sterling, could be seen with a scratch on his face It is understood Sterling was initially sent home by Gareth Southgate, before the England boss changed his mind and decided to keep him at St George’s Park. He informed the forward of his decision via phone as Sterling was driving home.He will instead remain part of the squad but will miss Thursday’s match, although he remains available for the qualifier in Kosovo three days later and must wait to see if he is selected.Sterling, 24, sparked the confrontation, with Gomez not reacting to the provocation, and apologised for his actions via a social media post sent out in the early hours of Tuesday morning.“First and foremost everyone knows what that game means to me,” he wrote.“Everyone knows that I am not that way inclined and more to the point… Both Joe and I have had words and figured things out and moved on.Raheem Sterling-Joe Gomez bust-upSterling should have been sent HOME after incident, talkSPORT toldtalkSPORT caller brands Southgate ‘weak and pathetic’ over Sterling punishmentAn error to play Liverpool vs Man City before England game says ex-England strikerlast_img read more

Harps to host Rovers in EA Sports Cup tie on Easter Monday

first_imgSligo Rovers and Finn Harps have been paired together in round two of this year’s EA Sports Cup.The draw was made on Wednesday morning, with the Bit O’ Red set to travel to Ballybofey to take on Ollie Horgan’s side on Easter Monday, April 17, at 8pm.Harps beat fellow Donegal side Cockhill Celtic 3-1 in the first round of the competition on Monday night, while Rovers were given a ‘bye’ in the opening round.Harps and Rovers have already met in Finn Park this season, with an injury-time Ciaran O’Connor goal giving the home side the victory in a league tie on the Saturday before last.Harps also beat Rovers in Finn Park in last season’s league, while the northwest rivals also played out two draws at the Showgrounds.Elsewhere in the second round, Galway United host Derry City, holders St Patrick’s Athletic face Bray, last year’s beaten finalists Limerick take on Cork City, Waterford play Cobh Ramblers, Dundalk host UCD, Shelbourne play Longford and Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians have been paired together.last_img read more

GroceryGuide Saves You Money on Food

first_imgjosh catone 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Users can create a printable shopping list, which is automatically segmented by store. Members are also invited to rate and review products and stores. For most food products, the site suggests recipe ideas, and users can create alerts around specific items and be notified when things go on sale — so, as the site suggests, if you find a recipe you like, you can find out when the ingredients can be had on the cheap. I do wish the site allowed you click through directly from ingredient lists to search your local shops, though.GroceryGuide is a helpful local site that makes planning your shopping trips easier. With a little visual love to make browsing through sale lists a more pleasant experience, and mobile support so you could check sale items in the store (i.e., to find out if an item is on sale at Store B while shopping at Store A), it would be even better. Related Posts Tags:#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Utah-based GroceryGuide is a local information site that aggregates grocery store sale circulars and local coupons from around the US and makes them searchable. The site also rates sales based on 19 years of grocery store sale data and displays a historical price chart (which goes back almost 2 years) next to each sale item so that you can see if the deal you’re getting is really a deal — according to GroceryGuide, just because something is on sale, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting your money’s worth.For example, the site told me to steer clear of a sale for “Empire Kosher Fresh Chicken” at my local supermarket, presumably because the price chart showed that just a couple of months ago the item was a full dollar below the sale price, and because the same item from other brands is priced lower this week by about two dollars.I was surprised to see that GroceryGuide has good coverage in my area (which is fairly rural). They had up-to-date sale data from all of the major local grocery store chains, though were missing a couple of the smaller, locally owned markets. The site lets you search up to two grocery markets in your area at once, and for up to three items (or all items on sale). Results can be organized by rating, brand, category, store, or sale ending date. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Two Brothers, Plus 1 Arrested in String of 23 Store and Restaurant Robberies

first_imgRobbery concept. Man in balaclava is aiming on woman in store.A pair of brothers and a third man face federal charges after being arrested on suspicion of committing at least 23 armed robberies in the Phoenix, Arizona, area over the last two months. Phoenix and Tempe police officers arrested Donovan Bergen, 33, and Lamentino Bergen, 29, January 15 during a traffic stop. The next day, Phoenix officers arrested 39-year-old Ricky Alvarez, according to the FBI.An FBI release said the bureau began investigating a series of armed robberies in Tempe and Phoenix December 7. The robberies detailed in the FBI’s complaint began on that date and included robberies of cell phone retail stores and restaurants. In each robbery, the suspects have been armed with a handgun or revolver, demanding money from the register.They’ve also taken cell phones or wireless headphones during the robberies. The FBI announced Monday that the Bergen brothers each face charges of violating the Hobbs Act, a federal statute related to robberies that affect interstate commerce. Alvarez faces one such charge. Those federal charges are in addition to the local charges the trio faces for the armed robberies.   [Source: NBC12 News]- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Colorado ~ Personal Income Tax: Applicability of Credit for Sale of Intangible Interest in Pass-Through Entity Discussed

first_imgFor personal income tax purposes, the Colorado Department of Revenue has issued a private letter ruling addressing whether a Colorado couple was eligible for credit on taxes paid in another jurisdiction. Generally, gains from the sale of an intangible, such as interest in a limited liability company (LLC), are sourced to the state where the pass-through entity operates if the taxpayer has actively participated in that pass-through entity’s business. In the case at hand, the taxpayers, a husband and wife, were owners of an LLC which provided services both inside and outside of Colorado. They sold their interests in the entity and made taxable gains. The state of Ohio taxed only the husband’s portion of the gain as the wife’s did not meet certain threshold requirements. To determine the portion of the gain sourced to Ohio, the taxpayers were required to use Colorado’s single sales factor apportionment ratio since Ohio’s sourcing rules are different to that of Colorado. The gain attributable to Ohio was more when calculated under the Colorado apportionment rules than under the Ohio apportionment rules. Accordingly, the taxpayers were permitted a credit on the amount of the Ohio tax liability associated with the sale of the husband’s membership interest.PLR-16-006, Colorado Department of Revenue, April 12, 2016, ¶201-335last_img read more

Louisiana ~ Sales and Use Tax: Tax Clearance Required for Resale Certificate and Approval of State Procurement Contracts

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportA tax clearance from the Louisiana Department of Revenue is required for an issuance or renewal of a sales tax resale certificate and for the approval of certain state contracts for the procurement of personal, professional, consulting, or social services or the purchasing of food, supplies, or major repairs. The tax clearance must show that the resale certificate applicant or the proposed contractor is current in filing all tax returns and paying all taxes, interest, penalties, and fees owed to the state of Louisiana.A tax clearance is not required for purposes of bidding on or solicitation of a procurement contract. New provisions describe the types of state procurement contracts that require a tax clearance prior to approval, list certain contracts that are exempt from the requirement, and set forth the procedures for requesting a tax clearance and disclosing tax information.The tax clearance provisions shall apply to any request for issuance or renewal of a resale certificate submitted to the Department of Revenue and to any approval or request for approval of a contract submitted to the Central Purchasing Agency on or after October 1, 2017.Act 211 (H.B. 307), Laws 2017, effective June 14, 2017, and as notedlast_img read more