Villas-Boas defends misfiring Torres

first_img0Shares0000NORWICH, United Kingdom, January 22 – Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has declined to blame Fernando Torres for his side’s latest setback.The Spain forward, a £50 million signing from Liverpool a year ago, failed to add to his tally of just two Premier League goals this season. Chelsea were held to a goal-less draw at Norwich City in the Saturday lunchtime game but had created enough chances to have won.The clearest fell to Torres midway through the second half but he could only stab wide with the goal at his mercy.The result meant Chelsea had failed to put pressure on the three clubs above them, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham, who all play on Sunday.It also left them vulnerable to a challenge for the fourth Champions League qualification spot by Arsenal, Newcastle and Liverpool in the coming weeks.Television footage had shown a frustrated Villas-Boas reacting angrily to the Torres miss, which was at least not as bad as the open goal he failed to find at Manchester United in September.Yet afterwards the former Porto manager was calmer and insisted he was satisfied with Torres performance.“He worked really hard, we were happy with his play,” he said. “We can’t be hypocrites and not take into account what he did in the last game, against Sunderland when everybody praised him.“He couldn’t find the back of the net but we are not just looking for that. He had a good couple of chances, and for you to have chances you have to position yourself to have those good chances and he was there present. With a little bit more luck he will find the back of the net.“We created enough opportunities to win the game, not only for our striker but for our midfielders coming through. I think we are in the top three for teams creating goal-scoring chances. It’s just finding that efficiency. It’s been happening all season.”There was more bad news as England midfielder Frank Lampard suffered a calf injury and had to be substituted in the 35th minute.“It looks like a muscle tear, we need to do an MRI to assess the full extent of the damage but from what I’ve been told by the doctors it doesn’t look that bad,” Villas-Boas added.Juan Mata hit a post late on and Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy was kept busy throughout the 90 minutes as Norwich recorded their first clean sheet of the season.The Canaries were deserving of a point however with forwards Steve Morison and Grant Holt both coming close to scoring early on and the result further enhanced the growing reputation of Norwich manager Paul Lambert, who steered the club to successive promotions in his first two seasons.“John Ruddy was excellent but it wasn’t just him,” Lambert said. “I thought the whole group from the lads up front, to the midfield and the back four put their bodies on the line when they had to.“It was a huge point for us. Two years ago we were playing Yeovil, Walsall and Stockport and now we are playing against Chelsea, who are used to being in the Champions League, and competing with them.“I thought first half we were excellent. Second half, Chelsea had a lot of the ball which they are entitled to do as I think they are a fabulous side. You make no apologies for defending as strongly as we did in that half but in the first half I felt we gave as good as we got.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Lewandowski headed to Man U

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, December 1- Striker Robert Lewandowski is heading to Manchester United the Daily Mail claims in an exclusive report.The Poland star has indicated to friends he has set his sights on the move from Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season. After rejecting overtures from United last summer, the German club have reluctantly accepted they are about to lose their leading marksman.With his Dortmund deal running out at the end of next season, United hope the fee will be little more than the initial £12million they paid for his former team-mate Shinji Kagawa last summer.Sir Alex Ferguson believes pairing 24-year-old Lewandowski with Robin van Persie — and Wayne Rooney operating just behind — would give him the most lethal attack in the Premier League.As well as picking up Lewandowski, Ferguson has told Rooney he needs to get back towards the top of the scorers charts.The Englishman has only three in 14 games for United, one of which was a penalty.– DailyMail0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Pedro still adapting in England

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea’s Pedro celebrates after Chelsea scored during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea at The Hawthorns Stadium in West Bromwich, Britain, 23 August 2015. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, January 20 – Chelsea forward Pedro Rodriguez admits that he his still adapting to English football, while retaining belief that the club will rediscover their best form.The 28-year-old Spaniard joined the Blues after more than seven years in the first team at Barcelona, where he made over 200 La Liga appearances before opting for a new experience in the Premier League. “I’m happy living here. It’s a great city and a great League to play in, although the Premier League is very different to La Liga,” he told the Evening Standard.“There are lots of differences, the main one being the type of game that most teams play. In Spain it’s more tactical and here it is much more intense and competitive.“In Spain, you always try to give the ball to someone in the middle of the pitch and they take it from there to build up the play. But here, teams play longer passes to stretch the game. I’m slowly adapting and we practice a lot in training, so I try to put what I learn into my game during matches as well.”Having won plenty of trophies during his time with Barca, Pedro finds himself in a team struggling to pick up points despite last season’s triumphs, but his rhetoric is optimistic when speaking about their ambitions for the rest of the campaign.“We’ve been having some good results, the team has been improving and hopefully we will move towards the top of the table, which is where we should be,” he added.“I’m not sure how much our early results this season really affected people, but what I can say right now is we are very confident we will see an improvement.“[New manager Guus Hiddink] is a very calm man, who talks with the players well. He has clear ideas of what he wants from the team and he makes us play well together. The team has adapted well to his methods.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Sheffield Wednesday close in on deal for French midfield ace

first_img Stuart Gray, the Sheffield Wednesday manager 1 Sheffield Wednesday are on the verge of signing French midfield ace Florian Tardieu.The 22-year-old impressed last season – and was named on the list of the 50 most talented players in French football – but could not prevent Istres’ relegation from Ligue 2.And now he is ready to test himself in England, with Wednesday close to finalising the deal.According to reports in France, Stuart Gray’s side have agreed a fee with Istres and personal terms are almost agreed.last_img

Crystal Palace table £10m bid for Lille star Ibrahim Amadou

first_imgCrystal Palace have made a £10million bid for Lille midfielder Ibrahim Amadou, according to reports.Eagles boss Sam Allardyce is still looking to add depth to his squad in the January transfer window, and have also been linked with former Sunderland man Yann M’Vila.Frenchman M’Vila is currently plying his trade on loan with Rubin Kazan in Russia and can be snapped up if someone meets his £11m release-clause.Palace are open to doing that but, according to reports in France, they are keeping their options open by tracking Amadou too.Indeed, the Eagles have reportedly made a £10m offer for the 23-year-old in the hope they can persuade Lille to sell.Amadou is highly thought of by the French club, though, and they are said to be reluctant to let him go. 1 Ibrahim Amadou in action for Lille against PSG last_img read more

Manchester, London, Liverpool – Which City is favourite to win Premier League?

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Which city will take home the Premier League trophy this season?London representatives Chelsea may be defending champions, but Coral have Manchester as the odds on 8/11 favourites with City and United aiming for glory.It’s even money for the title to return to the capital, where Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham will compete, while it��s 10/1 to go to Liverpool and 150/1 to any other city.Get all this and more in the latest Coral Daily Download!Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

Community served by program

first_img“We’re ecstatic with how it’s going,” said Assistant City Manager Mark Bozigian. “We’re already seeing results.” james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want 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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’In the burglary case, a CSO was able to canvass much of the neighborhood, eventually locating a witness with information that led to the arrests. Uniformed but unarmed, community service officers can take reports on minor and nonemergency crimes, answer phones, issue parking citations and direct traffic at crash scenes and special events. Of the 90,000 calls for service received a year at the Lancaster sheriff’s station from city residents, more than 10,000 of those could be handled by community service officers, saving the equivalent workload of five full-time deputies, according to city and sheriff’s officials. The city this summer took over staffing the community service officer program from Los Angeles County and expanded it from eight positions to 15. City officials said they could speed up the hiring process and pay more than what the county could pay. Under the county pay system, CSOs have a pay range of $1,802 to $2,246 a month. Lancaster’s pay scale for CSOs is $2,769 to $3,537 a month. LANCASTER – The city’s takeover and expansion of the community service officer program is beginning to show results for improving service and easing sheriff’s deputies’ workloads, city and sheriff’s officials said Monday. After three weeks on the job, the 15 community service officers have taken close to 700 crime reports, freeing deputies for other calls and helping cut response times for routine calls by 10 minutes, to seven to eight minutes, said Capt. Carl Deeley, commander of the Lancaster sheriff’s station. “They are really coming along quick,” Deeley said. “They should soon be taking up to 1,200 reports a months.” Deeley said in one incident, a CSO helped in a burglary investigation that resulted in five arrests. In many cases, a deputy taking a burglary report would have time only to get the basic information and maybe knock on a couple of neighbors’ doors before having to go answer other calls. last_img read more

Glencar/Manor celebrate Leitrim SFC title

first_imgGlencar/Manorhamilton captured their seventh Leitrim Connacht Gold senior football championship title on Sunday in Carrick-on-Shannon, when Conor Dolan’s free in added time gave them a dramatic 0-16 to 0-15 win over 14-man Ballinamore Seán O’Heslin’s.It’s the north Leitrim club’s first senior title for eight years. Their six previous wins had come in 1977, 1999,  2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011.Listen back to the closing moments of the Ocean FM Sport commentary with John Lynch, Emlyn Mulligan and Aidan Rooney: play stop mute max volume 00:00 00:00 repeat Leitrim SFC final 13/10/2019: Glencar Manor 0-16 Ballinamore 0-15 Download Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Listen back for the full match commentary and reaction of the 2019 SFC final here: play stop mute max volume 00:00 00:00 repeat Leitrim Senior Football Final 13/10/19 Download Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Sunday’s final was a highly entertaining affair with very little between the teams throughout.Glencar/Manor came from 0-5 to 0-1 down early on to lead by 0-10 to 0-8 at the interval. Ballinamore were reduced to 14 players when Donal Feely was red-carded following a sideline melee involving players and mentors.Glencar/Manor joint-manager was also sent to the stand for his part in the same incident.To their credit, Sean O’Heslin’s performed strongly in the third quarter and the sides were level at 0-15 each as the game entered the closing stages.Then, in added time, Glencar/Manor were awarded a free and team captain (and Man of the Match) Conor Dolan kept his composure to slot over what proved to be the decisive score.Glencar/Manor’s Gerry Hickey tried to put the winning feeling into words, when he spoke to Ocean FM Sport’s John Lynch: play stop mute max volume 00:00 00:00 repeat Glencar/Manor’s Gerry Hickey 13/10/2019 Download Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.last_img read more

SCC, local libraries to offer Regional Job Fair Series

first_imgNext month, Southwestern Community College’s Career Services will partner with members of the Fontana Regional Library System to offer a Regional Job Fair Series to connect local employers with prospective employees in Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties.The series will run from Tuesday through Friday, May 15-18, and each event will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.The first job fair is scheduled for May 15 at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Subsequent events are scheduled for May 16 at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva; May 17 at the Mariana Black Library in Bryson City and May 18 at Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library.“The job outlook in our service area, and really across our whole region of Western North Carolina, is much brighter than it was a few years ago, and we want to help qualified individuals find fulfilling employment,” said Mike Despeaux, Director of Career Services at SCC. “We had record attendance by both employers and job-seekers at our college’s Job Fair earlier this year, so we’re very happy that libraries throughout our area have reached out to us about creating more opportunities to help businesses and organizations make connections with people eager to change careers or enter the workforce.”Employers interested in participating at any or all of the events in this series can contact Despeaux at 828.339.4212 or m_despeaux@southwesterncc.edu.For any other questions about the Regional Job Fair Series, contact Jodie Waldroup – SCC’s Career Counselor – at 828.339.4424 or j_waldroup@southwesterncc.edu.last_img read more

Holocaust Remembrance Week: I Remember

first_imgThe United States Congress created the Days of  Remembrance as our nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust.  This year, Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) starts on the evening of April 15 and ends on the evening of April 16. http://www.ushmm.org/remember/days-of-remembranceDuring the Holocaust, more than 11 million human beings were systemically murdered.  That includes 6 million Jews, 2/3 of the European Jewish community at that time.But the numbers would have been even worse were it not for the countless “righteous gentiles.” The term “righteous gentiles” is used to refer to those who are not Jewish and who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. They are specifically honored in Israel and throughout the world.And, of course, there were the millions of American and other service men and women who lost their lives in fighting Hitler’s machine.  They, too, cannot be forgotten.On a personal note, while my family tree is overwhelmed with tombstones for Holocaust victims, we have some survivors. My great aunt was saved by a Catholic Church in Poland whose inhabitants courageously hid her at their peril.  Her daughter, my cousin and friend, later adopted two children from that Church.  Yes, even in the horror of the Holocaust, there have been moments of exquisite ecumenical community.And, this leads me to HR.  Of course, one connection to Holocaust Remembrance Day is the “human” in human resources.   But it is more than just that.This is not a day or week in which we celebrate the achievement or contribution of any group or people. In remembering the Shoah in our workplaces, we are reminded of how important it is that we brook no hate. It is also a time to recognize those employees whose lives were affected and shaped by this horrific period in history.One way to do so is simply to post on your Intranet a remembrance statement. You can find words and images all over the Internet.This is also a great topic for a diversity and inclusion program.  The diversity in experience but the universal message that includes all: we cannot tolerate intolerance against any faith, race, ethnicity, etc.As Jews, we often say “Never Again.” And, when we say that, we mean to anyone–at any time–anywhere. As is my tradition, I will go to the Holocaust Museum in D.C. this week to read with others the names of those murdered. I will include a long list from my own family. I also will reference collectively the children slaughtered in Kenya. They remain in my thoughts and prayers.last_img read more