Swansea City 2-1 Manchester United: Jacks beat Red Devils as Bafetimbi Gomis strikes again

first_img Swansea star Bafetimbi Gomis 1 Swansea City brought Manchester United’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season to an end as they beat them 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.Juan Mata had put the Red Devils ahead just after half-time but two goals in five minutes from Andre Ayew and the in-form Bafetimbi Gomis, going into the last half-hour, earned the Jacks a brilliant three points on home soil.Swansea are fast becoming Man United’s bogey team, having also beaten them 2-1 twice last season, and it will certainly add to Garry Monk’s burgeoning reputation, with opposite number Louis van Gaal revealing he’d voted him manager of the year last season.Now, ahead of transfer deadline day, Van Gaal will want to add some desperately needed pace to a team who looked pedestrian at best in Wales.Ashley Williams did well to snuff out a Wayne Rooney chance with 18 minutes gone, as the striker looked to get on the scoresheet again, following his midweek hat-trick against Club Brugge.While Juan Mata also went close, snatching at a shot as he attempted to beat Fabianski at his near post following good work from Memphis Depay and Ander Herrera.Swansea City offered plenty of threat though as a sensational outside of the boot pass from Ayew put Gomis through, only for the Frenchman to crash a shot into the stands after getting in behind Daley Blind.Moments later Gylfi Sigurdsson sneaked behind the defence and saw his tame shot trickle wide and, after Sergio Romero managed to get back and save a long shot from Jonjo Shelvey, Gomis hit the post with a cute strike, leaving the Red Devils rattled.Rooney’s Champions League treble clearly boosted his confidence but two more poorly selected shots, one a tame chip, wasting some brilliant passes from his team-mates, before Bastian Schweinsteiger did well to block Ayew’s route to goal.Manchester United looked naïve against their opponents and soon Morgan Schneiderlin and Depay were booked, with the Swans frustrating their visitors who couldn’t find their rhythm.If Van Gaal’s side had been pedestrian in the first half they shot out of the blocks in the second period and, after a wasted Shelvey free-kick, Luke Shaw was able to fly down the left flank and flash a cross into the box which Mata gleefully tucked away.But the hosts were level on the hour-mark as Sigurdsson whipped in a cross from the right and a free Andre Ayew was able to beat Romero with a well-placed header, while captain Williams should get plenty of credit for starting the move with a exceptinal interception.And five minutes later the turnaround was complete as a sumptuous Ayew pass behind Chris Smalling allowed the on-form Gomis to slide the ball past Romero and unleash his panther celebration.Van Gaal looked to change the flow of the game by throwing Ashley Young, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini into the fray but their patient play meant it was hard to get any joy against a resolute Swansea backline.Man United poured forward but their long hopeful balls to Fellaini were unsuccessful while, at the death, Rooney took far too long to shoot, after some brilliant skill, with the marvellous Williams muscling him off the ball brilliantly when a goal looked likely.last_img read more

Steven Gerrard to rejoin Liverpool on loan? I don’t think so, says MLS chief!

first_img Steven Gerrard 1 MLS commissioner Don Garber believes there is little chance of Steven Gerrard rejoining Liverpool on loan.The 34-year-old ended his 17-year spell at Anfield at the end of last season to join LA Galaxy.With the MLS campaign over in December, he has been tipped to make a brief loan return to Merseyside this winter.But Garber appears to have quashed speculation Gerrard could link up with Brendan Rodgers’ side again after journalists asked if that is a possibility.“I don’t think so. And I had not heard that was something that was being contemplated,” he said.“That doesn’t happen as much as it used to now. David (Beckham) knows very well that I was really upset when he went and played (on loan) in Milan.“I don’t believe we are going to see many more off season loans happening.”last_img read more

Former Chelsea manager rules out taking Italy job next summer

first_img1 Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out the possibility of taking the Italy job if it became available next summer.Current Azzurri boss Antonio Conte is expected to leave his post after Euro 2016 as he goes in search of a job at a top European club.Ancelotti, who was on the shortlist to take over from Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool last month and has also been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge, gave his full backing to Conte and believes he is not suited to international management.“Me coming to the national team? I like to coach, I don’t think I’d like doing it once every three months,” he said to Radio Anch’io lo Sport.“As long as I have this thought – linked to Italy or any other national team – it will not be an opportunity that I will consider.“I support Conte and I hope he wins the Euros.” Carlo Ancelotti last_img read more

Manchester United eyeing shock last-gasp raid on Arsenal

first_img Mathieu Debuchy 1 Manchester United want to sign Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy on loan, according to reports in France.The 30-year-old is itching for a move away from the Emirates in search of first-team football ahead of Euro 2016 this summer.Clubs in France have shown an interest, with the right-back’s former side Lille particularly keen.However, according to L’Equipe, Manchester United have now enquired about Debuchy’s availability.Louis van Gaal wants to bring the France international to Old Trafford on loan until the summer to provide competition for Matteo Darmian.Arsenal, however, are said to prefer a permanent deal for Debuchy if they were to let him go to United.last_img read more

Pochettino defends lack of Tottenhamtransfer activity – ‘I’m very happy with the squad we have’

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino had defended the club’s lack of activity in the January transfer window, insisting there is enough at his disposal to compete in both the league and cup competitions.The club has come under from fans after they again failed to recruit back-up for top striker Harry Kane.Spurs were linked with wantaway West Brom starlet Saido Berahino and were close to landing Fulham youngster Moussa Dembele, but the move fell through and they ended deadline day without any new additions.Supporters fear an injury to Kane, who took his season tally to 15 goals with a brace in a 3-0 win over Norwich on Tuesday, could derail their shining season, with the side now up to third and well in with a shot of the Premier League title.But while the England international remains fit and scoring, Pochettino believes Tottenham’s decision not to buy back-up will be vindicated.“I am very happy with the squad we have,” the Argentine said. “We have enough quality to fight in different competitions.“We are in a process when it is difficult to add the right player that can improve our squad. If we can find this player then why not? We are open and welcome.“But I believe in my squad and the players show we can trust them so my feeling is good.”Pochettino has urged his team not be distracted by the Premier League table as they pursue their first title in more than half a century.Spurs last won the league in 1961, but the north London club remain just five points adrift of surprise leaders Leicester following the Norwich win.“The gap with Leicester is five points and a lot can happen in football but our next game is against Watford and we need to keep this mentality,” Pochettino said.“We cannot be distracted by the table. It is important for the supporters, but for us it is important to arrive in the last few games with the possibility to fight for big things.“But for now we have a way ahead of us – and a lot of games – and we need to be focused every day, improve in every training session, and try to win every game.” 1 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino last_img read more

J.K. Rowling outs master wizard Dumbledore: He’s gay

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.She then explained that Dumbledore was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated long ago in a battle between good and bad wizards. “Falling in love can blind us to an extent,” Rowling said of Dumbledore’s feelings, adding that Dumbledore was “horribly, terribly let down.” Dumbledore’s love, she observed, was his “great tragedy.” Harry Potter fans, the rumors are true: Albus Dumbledore, master wizard and headmaster of Hogwarts, is gay. J.K. Rowling, author of the mega-selling fantasy series that ended last summer, outed the beloved character Friday night while appearing before a full house at Carnegie Hall. After reading briefly from the final book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” she took questions from audience members. She was asked by one young fan whether Dumbledore finds “true love.” “Dumbledore is gay,” the author responded to gasps and applause. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Victims begin wait for aid after devastating wildfires

first_imgRAMONA – Nichole Booth’s hands were stained with ash from picking through the blackened and twisted pieces left of her life after an inferno engulfed everything she owned. She tried not to cry in front of her four children. But in the few moments she can steal away, the tears spill down her cheeks. Like so many others, Booth took the first steps toward rebuilding her life Monday, a week after a firestorm destroyed her San Diego County home and business. “I feel ashamed. I’ve never had to ask for help. I don’t know what to say to people,” Booth says, her voice dropping to a whisper. “For them, I think the wrinkles can be worked out, but it’s going to take many agencies, and probably going to take volunteer agencies to step in, too,” said Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman Michael Raphael. Typically, only property owners are eligible for FEMA’s maximum $28,200 payout for lost homes. But Raphael said the agency looks at each loss on a case by case basis and would take into consideration that the Booths say they pay a mortgage, even though they don’t own the home. FEMA has already received nearly 8,300 applications for aid and visited 641 homes to assess damage in the seven counties declared a major federal disaster area. As of Monday, the agency had paid out $600,000, and was on pace to settle about 75 claims a day. Fire victims have said FEMA apparently learned lessons from the confusion that arose after Hurricane Katrina about where to turn for federal assistance. The agency has sent scores of neatly dressed agency representatives to the San Diego area. Large signs and tents bearing the agency’s name direct victims to one-stop centers where victims can redirect their mail, apply for building permits and register for FEMA disaster assistance. But the scale of the disaster here is much smaller than in New Orleans, where hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless. Hector Valazquez, 52, who lost his home in Delzura said he’s felt reassured by his first interactions with friendly FEMA workers, but the proof of how well the agency deals with the disaster has yet to be seen. “They are going to show us that what happened in Katrina can be done better here,” Valazquez said. “Until we have a home, there’s no proof.” If FEMA denies their request, the Booths could apply for up to $40,000 in loans from the Small Business Administration to replace the contents of their home. For the Southern California fires, the federal government has already offered a 2.937 percent interest rate, and homeowners can have up to 30 years to repay the loan. It isn’t just the Booths’ house and all their belongings that were destroyed. Their business, Booth’s Pump and Crane Service, also burned and so did all of the equipment. To restart their business, the Booths will have to apply for hefty loans to purchase new equipment and cover their lost income. One of the biggest challenges is showing proof when important paperwork went up in flames. Business owners can apply for up to $1.5 million in loans from the Small Business Administration, which come with a 4 percent interest rate. The agency aims to approve loans within two weeks of receiving applications, said spokesman Phil Duncan. For victims who had fire insurance, insurance agents can provide initial money for hotels and apartment rentals. Homeowner’s insurance will usually cover a year – or even two – of expenses for temporary living quarters while customers rebuild. But that’s not a solution for the Booth family, who like so many others in the area, had their fire insurance canceled after devastating blazes in 2003.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The wildfires, which destroyed more than 2,000 homes, continued to burn Monday. With more than a dozen blazes fully surrounded, firefighters were trying to gain control of six others that were at least half contained. The flames have killed 14 people and blackened 809 square miles from the Mexican border to north of Los Angeles. In the weeks ahead, the Booths and hundreds of other families who lost homes will be at the mercy of the federal government for grants, loans and other assistance. Some help can be offered quickly, but larger decisions about the future will take weeks, and be decided by federal workers shuffling mountains of loan applications in Texas and Maryland. A week ago, the Booths ran for their lives – carrying only the essentials: clothes for the children and oxygen tanks, a wheelchair and medication for a daughter paralyzed by brain tumors who survives on life support. The fire swallowed their house as they pulled out of the driveway. The family lived in a modest home that was passed down to her husband, Robert Booth, from his father, and they never put their names on the deed, which could delay aid. In the meantime, the Booths will have to depend on charity. The Red Cross is the only agency still providing hotel assistance for fire victims. last_img read more

Flawed call warning system has victims wanting sirens

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAmong other things, calls won’t get through in some households if phone lines are down, the power is out, the circuits are overloaded or people have call-blocking activated. Even if none of those glitches gets in the way, it can take hours for these systems to plow through lists of phone numbers. Now, some residents are calling for low-tech backup warnings like sirens and bullhorns. SAN DIEGO – Barbara Levine went to sleep Oct. 21 believing she would get an automated phone call from the city’s brand-new emergency notification system if a wildfire raging miles away threatened her home. The call never came – at least not before flames hopscotched into her suburban neighborhood, destroying her house and 372 others. Other homeowners in San Diego’s Rancho Bernardo neighborhood are telling similar stories of computerized warning calls that came too late or not at all. They were awakened by neighbors, the screech of fire engines or by the sound of embers pattering against windowpanes like raindrops. In the aftermath of this fall’s devastating wildfires in Southern California, San Diego’s “reverse 911” system was widely hailed for helping to mobilize the biggest evacuation in state history. But the disaster also exposed serious flaws that can render such systems useless in emergencies. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Jerry Brown seeking to reduce emissions from airplanes

first_imgTwo months after asking federal officials to crack down on greenhouse gas emissions from ocean-bound ships, California Attorney General Jerry Brown will demand the same restrictions on airplanes today. Brown will announce at Los Angeles International Airport this morning that he is petitioning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to enact tougher standards on pollution from airplanes. Joining in the petition are three states, including New Mexico, several environmental groups, the District of Columbia and New York City. “Aircraft are subject to only the most rudimentary emission controls for a limited set of conventional pollutants and no control whatever for greenhouse gas emissions,” according to Brown’s petition. Brown has called aviation “a large and rapidly growing source” of greenhouse gas emissions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe petition also says California is particularly at risk from melting ice caps, declining precipitation and rising temperature. The number of devastating wildfires will increase if global warming is not tackled, according to the petition. Representatives from the EPA were not immediately available for comment. The EPA has the legal authority to set such regulations because it already limits the emissions that cars produce, according to the petition. Brown said the Bush administration’s lack of action on global warming is why it took so long to focus on pollution from airliners. When asked if this current petition would make any immediate difference, he said, “I think it’s very important to lay out the record. Let Congress know. Let the world know.” The agency typically takes six months to respond to such requests. The petition asks the EPA to begin the formal process to limit greenhouse gas emissions from all aircraft arriving or departing from U.S. airports. Domestic flights accounted for about 97 percent of flights in 1999, according to the Attorney General’s Office. The petition also cites a Massachusetts Institute of Technology report to Congress that recommended several methods of increasing fuel efficiency and reducing aircraft greenhouse gases, including: increasing capacity at airports, use of single-engine taxiing and use of continuous rather than stepped descents. Both the European Parliament and the International Civil Aviation Organization — a United Nations agency — have approved some proposals dealing with aircraft emissions. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Cal Poly women coast to 23-point win

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The downside? Cal Poly even after allowing a season-low 38 points turned the ball over 24 times and missed 15 of its 29 foul shots in another inconsistent game that served as a microcosm of the Broncos’ entire season: Cal Poly had answered a program-worst defeat to Western Washington with a victory over then-No. 19 Minnesota Duluth. Then two wins in a row were followed by two consecutive losses including a new program-worst defeat to Bakersfield before the victory over the Warriors (5-8, 1-5) on Saturday. “I thought we made progress this week,” said Thomas, whose team had chances to knock off No. 12 Chico State in Friday’s 66-60 loss. “I’m not into moral victories. I would never say that. But we played harder (against Chico State). We played with more energy. We played with more effort. Then we came out tonight and played pretty good in stretches.” Those stretches were good enough for a 23-point win because the Warriors played worse all night. Too many steps and too many errant passes played a prominent role in 29 turnovers for Cal State Stanislaus and the Warriors (5-8, 1-5) could not capitalize on 14 steals because they couldn’t hit shots. What the Warriors did in the first half alone was enough to lose the game. They shot 25 percent from the field (5-of-20) and committed 18 turnovers in gift-wrapping a 16-1 run that helped Cal Poly take a 36-16 halftime lead. Carelessness with the ball and poor free-throw shooting a night after sinking 21-of-24 from the foul line kept Cal Poly from making it a complete blowout. The Broncos, though, focused on the win and the positives afterward. “I think we’re improving,” Blevins said. “We have nowhere to go but up.” NOTE: Ashley Moody, injured in last week’s loss to Cal State Bakersfield, had an MRI on her knee before Saturday’s game. Results likely won’t be known until Wednesday, Thomas said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The good teams become great when they bury the competition that is not at their level, and that’s what (Cal State) Bakersfield did to us (last week),” Thomas said. “Tonight, I said that we have to extend the lead at halftime. I said it after the first timeout. Then I didn’t say it again. This team is not ready for that.” DeJa Blevins scored a game-high 16 points, Shanika Perkins added 11 and the Broncos (6-7 overall) coasted to a win that evened their record to 3-3 in California Collegiate Athletic Association action. center_img POMONA — Three years ago Paul Thomas would have watched the Cal State Stanislaus Warriors trip over their feet, throw passes out of bounds and miss shot after shot. And Cal Poly Pomona’s one-time National Coach of the Year would have implored his team to step on the gas pedal. On Saturday, with the Broncos trying to find their way through a transitional year, Thomas let his women’s team coast in neutral, routing Stanislaus 61-38 at Kellogg Gym. last_img read more