‘That’s unlike us’ – Howe reveals what cost Bournemouth against Arsenal

first_img1 Eddie Howe says slow start cost Bournemouth in 2-0 loss to Arsenal Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes his side’s slow start against Arsenal contributed to their 2-0 home defeat.Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored in quick succession to leave the south coast club five points above the relegation zone.“We were slow out the blocks today,” he said.“That’s unlike us and when you give players of their quality that time on the ball they will punish you.“The quality of the goals, especially the second one from a tight angle, made it difficult for us.“After that we were unable to find a goal that would get us back into it and put them under pressure.”Arsenal, meanwhile, closed the gap at the top of the Premier League to five points.WENGER: BOURNEMOUTH WIN IS A ‘BIG RELIEF’last_img read more

The Chelsea transfer rumour that refuses to die down

first_imgWhile Chelsea would indeed be keen to maximise Griezmann’s goalscoring ability, it’s his versatility across the attack that would be a huge boost for the club in their bid to return to the Premier League’s summit.While Diego Costa has been strongly linked with a return to the Calderon Stadium, it’s looking increasingly likely the striker will spearhead the Chelsea attack in the next campaign, with Griezmann capable of providing stronger competition for a starting spot than Loic Remy and Falcao. Football statistics analysts WhoScored.com take a look at a long-rumoured Chelsea transfer target. For more Chelsea stats, check out WhoScored.com, and read all about what they have to say on the subject of Antoine Griezmann’s rumoured move to Stamford Bridge…While the winter transfer window may have slammed shut last week, gossip columns are still dedicating inches to possible moves.One rumour in particular that refuses to die down is that of Antoine Griezmann and a move to Chelsea.The Frenchman added fuel to the fire this week by admitting he is keen to ply his trade in the Premier League, with the defending champions long-term admirers of the Atletico Madrid attacker. 1 However, a potential stumbling block in any deal could be Atletico’s upcoming transfer embargo, pending an appeal.Diego Simeone’s side would be unable to bring in a replacement for the 24-year-old if they do opt to sell in the summer if their appeal is rejected, which indeed throws a spanner in the works for any potential deal.Nevertheless, if Chelsea can convince Atletico to sell their prized asset, they’ll have at their disposal one of the most promising attacking talents in Europe.Only four players have scored more goals in La Liga since the start of last season than Griezmann (34), accentuating his statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘finishing’.Meanwhile, of the 41 players to score 20 or more goals since the start of last season, only three have a better conversion rate than the France international (25.4%), so one can understand Atletico’s reluctance to cash in on the striker. Antoine Griezmann The Blues and their Spanish counterparts have regularly done business in the past and, if reports are to be believed, the two parties could once more enter negotiations at the end of the season for Griezmann, whose WhoScored.com rating (7.48) ranks among the top 10 players in La Liga this season. Of course, it’s possible that Griezmann could start on the right flank, thus allowing Willian to move to a more central position in a destructive attacking three, providing Eden Hazard remains at Stamford Bridge amid rumours linking him with a switch to PSG.The Atletico star has developed a statistically calculated WhoScored.com style of play indicating that he ‘likes to cut inside’, with the Frenchman carrying an impressive goalscoring threat from wide.Of the 34 league goals Griezmann has scored during his time for Atletico, 25 have been with his left foot. Only Lionel Messi (37) has scored more left footed goals over the same period. Indeed, the attacker is one who would significantly improve Chelsea’s attack, though is unlikely to arrive cheaply should they convince Atletico to sell.Nevertheless, while Griezmann would cost a hefty amount to snare from Atletico, Chelsea would be foolish to pass up the chance to secure his services should the opportunity present itself.He would significantly improve Chelsea’s misfiring attack and the new man at the Stamford Bridge helm next season would indeed welcome a player of his quality in the final third, with the Frenchman’s current boss among those thought to be in the frame.For more stats on Antoine Griezmann, click here to view his WhoScored.com player pagelast_img read more

‘They couldn’t… could they?!’ Best comments on Chelsea’s top four hopes

first_img Can Diego Costa fire Chelsea into the top four? 1 Chelsea, incredibly, have emerged as outsiders for the Premier League’s top four.The first half of the Blues’ campaign was abysmal, but since Guus Hiddink replaced Jose Mourinho at the end of December, the reigning champions remain unbeaten in England’s top flight.And with Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur stuttering in their fight for the title, some are pondering whether Chelsea really could make a late surge for a Champions League spot.To illustrate just how credible their challenge is, Hiddink’s side are closer to the top four (eight points) than City are to leaders Leicester City (10 points).So, is optimism rising with Chelsea fans? And are their rivals nervous?Here’s what some Premier League supporters think…last_img read more

Frank Girardot: The good word on reporting the news

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre And several? What number does that represent? Seven sounds about right, but it could also be four or five or 13 I guess. Plenty is clearly more than a few. I’d like to have plenty of money in my pocket, but I’d settle for a few dollars. A string? As in “The Detroit Lions have put together an impressive string of victories at home this year.” There are plenty of words we use in dozens of situations here at the newspaper. I can tell you we’ve had more than a few discussions about them. The problem with several of these words is that their meaning is unclear. Take dozens. How many is that, exactly? For sure it’s more than a dozen and less than a gross. Sounds like more than three, so it could be several I guess. You see the problem. No matter how hard reporters and editors try, there are certain situations that defy exact description. But the use of these words can be descriptive. Take this sentence: Dozens of protesters marching on City Hall were met by several police officers Sunday a few blocks from downtown. Its meaning can be changed by switching three words. A few protesters marching on City Hall were met by dozens of police officers Sunday several blocks from downtown. Finally there’s this version: Several protesters marching on City Hall were met by a few police officers Sunday dozens of blocks from downtown. Each evokes a different look at what could be the exact same situation. And here’s where we get into trouble. Let’s start with the protesters. Everyone’s read about a march, a rally or vigil where the organizers estimate one attendance figure and police or other officials provide a widely different assessment. Ultimately, as with most things in life, these words are more about perception than reality. Perhaps the real question here is how much should anyone’s perception of events influence the news. Over the past three weeks, I’ve written in this column about how certain bureaucrats have stymied the release of information about crimes occurring in various communities. These are tales of perception. City officials generally want to cast the best light on their communities. I understand the motivation. The perception of high crime rates may lower property values and make businesses want to move to safer locales. Enough said. On the other hand, residents want to know why detectives strapped crime scene tape around their neighbor’s home, or why deputies drew their guns near a busy intersection. You know that old cliche, where a motor cop stops a guy speeding and asks, “Where’s the fire?” Well, I can guarantee when the nosy neighbor with the bent Venetian blinds sees paramedics, firetrucks and police in her neighborhood, she wants an answer to the same question. When she doesn’t get that information, she perceives the authorities have something to hide. It’s that simple. I guess that’s where we reporters and editors step into the picture. We have to decide if crimes in any neighborhood are important enough to retell; not only the Internet but on roll after roll of expensive newsprint. And these tales occur in local cities from Pasadena to Irwindale to Whittier every day. When we tell those stories without all the facts, the safe words – like dozens, several and few – creep into the copy. It’s nearly impossible to do otherwise. Sure we could turn to a thesaurus for help, but a few of them say the word “pit” is a synonym for Hell. Irwindale has several dozen pits. I don’t perceive it as hell, though. Purgatory perhaps? frank.girardot@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717 Frank Girardot is city editor of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Visit his blog at www.insidesocal.com/sgvcrime160Want 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

Brutal! Arsenal trolled after Champions League exit – best tweets

first_img Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil can’t hide their misery as Barcelona open the scoring at the Camp Nou 1 Despite it not yet being over, it’s surely going to be another campaign of what could have been for Arsenal.Falling behind in the Premier League, an FA Cup exit to newly-promoted Watford, followed with a Champions League last-16 drubbing by Barcelona – the sixth season in succession they have been dumped out of the competition at this stage – has left rival supporters delighted.And after last night’s result, Twitter was as ever quick to poke fun at Arsenal’s failures, and we’ve put together the best reactions – check them out below…last_img

Euro 2016: Power ranking all 24 teams at the European Championships

first_img 24 9. Switzerland – 6.84 out of 10 24 24. Russia – 6.43 whoscored.com rating (out of 10) 21. Czech Republic – 6.49 out of 10 24 1. Germany – 7.20 out of 10 16. Austria – 6.57 out of 10 23. Ukraine – 6.45 out of 10 14. Hungary – 6.75 out of 10 5. Croatia – 6.97 out of 10 24 24 24 18. Albania – 6.56 out of 10 24 24 11. Italy – 6.78 out of 10 24 4. Belgium – 6.99 out of 10 24 13. Iceland – 6.75 out of 10 24 24 24 12. Portugal – 6.76 out of 10 24 24 24 24 24 24 15. Northern Ireland – 6.69 out of 10 10. Slovakia – 6.80 out of 10 2. France – 7.09 out of 10 24 8. Spain – 6.88 out of 10 24 22. Sweden – 6.48 out of 10 24 20. Republic of Ireland – 6.52 out of 10 3. Wales – 7.06 out of 10 6. England – 6.89 out of 10 17. Romania – 6.57 out of 10 19. Turkey – 6.53 out of 10 7. Poland – 6.89 out of 10 24 24 The group stages are now over and eight teams have been eliminated from Euro 2016 while 16 march on to the second round.Some teams, such as Spain and England, have been punished with a tough run to the final after failing to top their groups while some of the smaller nations, like Wales and Northern Ireland, have excelled.But which team ranks as the best in the tournament after the group stages?Whoscored.com have ranked and rated all 24 teams based on their performance in the Championships so far.Click the arrow above, right, to see the Euro 2016 power rankings for all 24 teams who competed in the group stages.last_img read more

Marquette tops UConn in Big East debut

first_imgMILWAUKEE – Steve Novak had career highs of 41 points and 16 rebounds and Marquette won its first Big East game with a 94-79 upset of No. 2 Connecticut on Tuesday. The 6-foot-10 Novak set a record for the most points by a player in his Big East debut, breaking the record of 30 shared by Notre Dame’s Troy Murphy in 1998 and Georgetown’s Allen Iverson in 1994. The victory spoiled the return of Huskies junior guard Marcus Williams, who was suspended for the first semester over the theft of laptops from a dormitory. Jerel McNeal added 19 points for Marquette (11-3, 1-0). Rashad Anderson had 25 points for UConn (11-1, 0-1). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson At No. 5 Florida 92, Morgan St. 49 Lee Humphrey scored 14 points and Florida extended the best start in school history. The Gators (13-0) are unbeaten for the first time entering Southeastern Conference play. They matched their season-best victory margin. At No. 11 Boston College 91, center_img Massachusetts 62 Craig Smith scored 17 points to lead the Eagles to their sixth straight victory over their cross-state rival. Sean Marshall scored 18 points to help BC (11-2) win its fifth straight game since losing two in a row. No. 12 Oklahoma 50, at SMU 47 David Godbold, who had missed 16-of-17 shots over the last five games, hit consecutive 3-pointers in the second half for the Sooners (9-2) and then made two free throws with 34 seconds left. At No. 13 N. Carolina St. 83, UNC-Greensboro 52 Tony Bethel was 8-for-9 from the field and scored 20 points to lead the Wolfpack (12-1) to their seventh straight win overall and 10th in a row at home. Bethel was in a 4-for-23 slide over the previous three games before finding his touch against the Spartans. At No. 16 Indiana 70, Michigan 63 Robert Vaden scored 17 points, all in the second half, and extended his school record to 12 straight 3-pointers for the Hoosiers (9-2, 1-0 Big Ten). It was Indiana’s ninth consecutive victory over the Wolverines. Daniel Horton had 20 points for Michigan (10-2, 0-1). At No. 19 Kentucky 59, Central Florida 57 Rajon Rondo’s turnaround jumper with a second left helped Kentucky avoid the upset. Central Florida (6-6) tied the game with 25 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Mike O’Donnell, but Rondo, who finished with 13 points, hit the game-winner for the Wildcats (10-3). At No. 23 Wake Forest 58, East Carolina 54 Trent Strickland had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Demon Deacons. Eric Williams added 13 points, including the go-ahead, despite going 5-of-13 from the line for the Demon Deacons (11-2). At No. 25 North Carolina 82, Davidson 58 Freshman Tyler Hansbrough scored a season-high 23 points and Reyshawn Terry added 16 points for the Tar Heels (8-2). Brendan Winters scored 18 points for the Wildcats (7-5). 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

A brain ‘tuneup’ ahead of an epic fight

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita His name is Dr. Arnold Bresky, and he spent the better part of his 45-year medical career delivering babies in the San Fernando Valley – almost 10,000 of them, by his own count. Now he’s working the other end of life’s spectrum in a pilot program at the home called “Dr. Bresky’s Brain Tune Up.” The name draws laughs, but it’s as serious as a heart attack. The brain is too important, too valuable to the quality of an elderly person’s life, to ever take for granted, he says. So the 60 seniors in his class at the Reseda facility walk in carrying their homework assignments every Thursday – ready for their weekly tuneup. They spend an hour laughing, learning and being constantly challenged with mental games and physical activities to use their brain more and more. The 60 seniors in “Dr. Bresky’s Brain Tune Up” class refuse to give up their memories without a fight – without doing everything in their power to beat or delay this insidious enemy called Alzheimer’s. They’ve all seen what it can do. How it robs the names and faces of loved ones from you, and steals even the simplest of answers from your brain. No, these seniors in their 80s and 90s with early memory loss living at the Jewish Home for the Aging aren’t giving up those memories without a fight. Not as long as the brain tuneup doctor is around. That’s how you fight this enemy called Alzheimer’s. The six-month project, funded with a $45,000 grant from the Jewish Community Foundation, is aimed at improving cognitive and behavioral function in seniors in the beginning stages of memory loss. If it works – and the test results so far are good, Bresky says – look for a “Dr. Bresky’s Brain Tune Up” center in a neighborhood near you. Go ahead and laugh. It’s OK. Humor is on the doctor’s daily “to do” list, along with exercise, good food, Mozart – preferably Concerto No. 21 – and at least 15 minutes a day of kindness toward someone you know. “Every day, 365 days a year,” the doctor tells his patients. “You can’t take a vacation from it.” Not when you’re fighting Alzheimer’s. Dorothy Creager walked into her session with 20 other seniors Thursday and handed Bresky a newspaper. There’s a story about how Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 is being played around the clock in the hospital room of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who is fighting for his life after suffering a stroke. The story validates for the seniors what Bresky has been telling them about how brain scans have shown the brain responds to Mozart. If it’s being played to help stimulate the brain of a fallen world leader like Sharon, why not them? “I remember numbers and names a lot better since I’ve been coming to this program,” Creager says, echoing the feelings of the other seniors in the room. “You learn to listen and think about what you’re doing instead of just doing it. I don’t go to the refrigerator anymore and stand there wondering what I came for. I know.” It may be a small thing, but small things like not standing in front of a refrigerator wondering what it was you wanted now bring a smile. It shows the brain is still working just fine. Bresky, medical director of the Camarillo Springs Holistic Medical Center in Camarillo, started transitioning his practice in the early ’90s from delivering babies to the quality of life at the end. “The way you judge society is how you treat your very young and very old,” he says. “I know a lot of the babies I delivered will live to be 100 or older, but what will their quality of life be at that age? “I started reading everything I could get my hands on about the brain and immune system, and what we could do to fight Alzheimer’s.” While Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia cannot yet be prevented, its onset and many of its debilitating symptoms can be delayed, Bresky says. The mental tests he has given these seniors at the start of the project will be repeated at the end. Neither he nor the seniors in the program say they have any doubt the results will show an improved mental status and quality of life. “I always thought I had a decent memory, but I can already see how it’s improved so much since I’ve been in the class,” Ann Henken said. “He just doesn’t let people forget. He pushes us, makes us use our brain to its maximum. It’s exciting and fun.” Bresky will train staff members at the Jewish home in his techniques so they can continue the program after he leaves. Then, the brain doctor will start knocking on the doors of convalescent homes and care facilities in the area. Looking to see if there are any seniors in the beginning stages of memory loss who would like to laugh and listen to some Mozart. For more information on “Dr. Bresky’s Brain Tune Up,” e-mail abresky@earthlink.net. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com 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

Brothers honor father

first_imgCALABASAS – Viewpoint High of Calabasas boys’ basketball and volleyball coach Mike Talamantes Jr. and his younger brother Matt have brought programs in both sports to new heights. The way they see it, there is no better way to honor their father’s legacy. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Matt Talamantes, a standout junior shooting guard, is among the area’s leading scorers, averaging 22.4 points and 8.1 assists for the Patriots (7-8, 4-1 in Liberty League), who have already equaled their win total from last season, when they were 7-15. Viewpoint was 3-21 last season. “Everything I do as a coach is to honor my dad’s memory,” Mike Talamantes said. The two brothers moved to the Valley in the summer of 2004, a year after Mike Talamantes took a coaching/teaching job at Viewpoint. Mike Talamantes commuted to Viewpoint from his home in the Long Beach area, while Matt was enrolled at St. John Bosco of Bellflower his freshman year. “My brother wasn’t happy and I wasn’t happy,” Mike Talamantes said. “Our dad was a big influence in our lives and it was a hard time for us because we barely got to see each other.” These days, the Talamantes brothers barely spend any time apart, and are cherishing every moment. “We’re both very stubborn and we did butt heads a few times in the beginning of last season, but this year, (Matt is) more of an extension of me on the court,” Mike Talamantes said. Matt Talamantes has had several big games, including a 40-point performance in a 68-58 victory over league rival Yeshiva of Los Angeles on Dec. 15, the school’s first win against Yeshiva. Facing a smothering defense in a 89-77 loss to league favorite Buckley of Sherman Oaks on Jan. 10, Talamantes was held to eight points but managed 20 assists. “Even when he’s being guarded by three or guys sometimes, he’s still puts all the pressure on himself,” Mike Talamantes said. “It’s not that he’s selfish, it’s just that he has a tremendous will to win.” Coming together: After an 0-3 start, Village Christian of Sun Valley’s boys’ basketball team won eight of its past 11. The Crusaders have emerged as the Alpha League’s team to beat after opening league with a 60-46 victory over Windward of Los Angeles on Jan. 10 and a 62-45 win against L.A. Baptist of North Hills on Jan. 13. Standout Wayne Robinson, a 6-foot-5 junior forward, is averaging 23 points and 11 rebounds. “We’ve had some guys come back from football and some of our younger guys have really stepped up,” Village Christian coach J.C. Carter said. “They’ve really come together.” Enrollment issue: Valley Torah of Valley Village boys’ basketball coach Doug Yocum said an error in his school’s reported enrollment has his team competing in Southern Section Div. IV-AA instead of the smaller Div. V-A. The Southern Section has the small Jewish school’s enrollment listed at 285. Its actual attendance is 235. Yocum hopes to have the issue cleared up by next season. “We’re eager to get this resolved,” Yocum said. “I believe we’d have a much better chance to go deep into the playoffs in the smaller division.” Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 gideon.rubin@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The Talamantes brothers moved to the San Fernando Valley together a year after former Cathedral of Los Angeles basketball and volleyball coach Mike Talamantes Sr.’s death in May 2003. Matt Talamantes was a setter on Viewpoint’s Southern Section Div. V championship volleyball team last fall and has the rebuilding Patriots’ basketball team off to its best start in years. last_img read more

MYSTERY GAMBLER SCOOPS €99,000 – PLAYING BINGO!

first_imgA mystery gambler has scooped €99,000 – on bingo.The unidentified player is believed to have won the windfall after playing a multiple bingo game at a Ballybofey bookmaker’s shop.Word of the win if rife in the Twin Towns which recently saw a lotto player scoop an incredible €5 million after their numbers came up. “It must be something in the water. This is just the latest win after someone scooped the €5 million.“Nobody knows who won the €99,000 but it’s a fair amount of cash.“Everyone is talking about it but nobody knows who it is.“Good luck to them – it’s a nice sum of money to win on the bingo,” said one resident.  MYSTERY GAMBLER SCOOPS €99,000 – PLAYING BINGO! was last modified: April 27th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:000Ballybofeybingo€99last_img read more