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Former Everton manager Howard Kendall dies aged 69

first_img Howard Kendall 1 Everton’s greatest-ever manager Howard Kendall has died at the age of 69.Kendall won the title with the club as a player in 1969 as part of the famous ‘Holy Trinity’ along with Alan Ball and Colin Harvey, but undoubtedly his best achievements came when he returned to Goodison Park in 1981.Within three years he had won the First Division championship, repeating the feat in 1987, while also winning the FA Cup and European Cup-Winners’ Cup in the club’s most successful era in which the Toffees became a powerhouse of British football.“It is with great sadness that Everton Football Club has learned of the passing of Howard Kendall,” said a statement from the club.“The most successful manager in the history of the club and one of the greatest players to pull on the Everton jersey, he passed away in hospital in Southport this morning at the age of 69, surrounded by loved ones.“The thoughts of everyone associated with the club are with Howard’s family at this difficult time and it would be appreciated if everyone could respect their request for privacy.”last_img read more

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Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United target’s feud with Mancini could lead to Inter Milan exit

first_imgArsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United target Mauro Icardi will leave Inter Milan next summer – if Roberto Mancini is still the manager.The pair have reportedly had a falling out after the former Manchester City boss elected to leave the striker, and captain, on the bench for last weekend’s Milan derby.It led to rumours that Icardi could be sold on transfer deadline day, with a £19m price tag slapped on his head.No move ultimately took place but, according to Tuttosport, the relationship between Icardi and Mancini is now at breaking point.The 22-year-old forward, who was top scorer in Serie A last year, is said to have told the club’s owners that either he or Mancini must leave in the summer.The news is likely to spark major interest from the Premier League, where Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have been all been tracking the Argentina star. Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi 1last_img read more

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David Ginola EXCLUSIVE – ‘Wayne Rooney to China? Why not?’

first_img1 Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney David Ginola believes a big-money switch to China would be a good career move for Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.A host of top names have joined the football revolution in the mega-rich Chinese Super League in recent weeks, and Rooney is the latest superstar to be linked.It was claimed on Friday that the Red Devils are open to selling the England striker after receiving a huge offer from China – with some reports suggesting the fee could be the first to rise to £100million.And after 12 years at Old Trafford, former Premier League star Ginola believes there is every chance the 30-year-old could seek a big-money move abroad.“Should Wayne Rooney move to China? I don’t see why not,” the Tottenham and Newcastle legend Ginola told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He’s done everything he can for Manchester United and for the England national team and if he moves to China he’d be on £500,000-a-week, £2million-a-month!“Players go to the United States to play in the MLS, to Qatar, Dubai and Saudi Arabia, so why not China too?”The Chinese Super League has emerged as football’s newest super power in recent months after a huge cash injection, with China’s government announcing a goal to ‘create a domestic sport economy worth $850bn by 2025.’The money received by Chinese clubs from broadcasters also multiplied by more than 20 times from 2015 to 2016, rising from $9m to $200m as part of a five-season package worth $1.25billion.And former France international Ginola believes the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and the rest of the world’s top leagues should be wary of the revolution in the Far East.The ex-midfielder added: “Arsene Wenger said last week that the Chinese Super League will probably be the first league to spend £100million on a player.“And if they CAN put £100million on the table, I see the Chinese league as a real threat to the football world.”Argentina international Ezequiel Lavezzi became the latest European-based player to head to China earlier this week, when he joined Hebei Fortune in a £23.5m two-year deal, while Liverpool lost out on signing top target Alex Teixeira when he instead chose a £38million move to Jiangsu Suning.The likes of Colombia winger Jackson Martinez and former Premier League players Ramires, Paulinho, Gervinho, Nikica Jelavic, Mohamed Sissoko and Asamoah Gyan are other notable stars who currently play in the 16-team Chinese Super League, where the new season begins on March 4.last_img read more

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Reports – Newcastle consider Benitez as McClaren edges closer to Tyneside exit

first_imgNewcastle head coach Steve McClaren’s future appeared to be coming to a head amid reports he was meeting managing director Lee Charnley on Wednesday afternoon.The club are understood to have sounded out a series of possible replacements, including former Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez, as they consider replacing 54-year-old McClaren after just nine months in his job. The Magpies have slumped to 19th place in the Barclays Premier League.McClaren has battled all season to edge Newcastle up the table but, despite an investment in new players of more than £82million, they have continued to struggle and slumped to a 3-1 defeat against Bournemouth on Saturday.McClaren has taken training for the last two days ahead of Monday’s trip to leaders Leicester, but he did so as the club’s hierarchy assessed options, with a place in next season’s top flight at stake and the estimated £100million that will be worth.The former England manager was due to meet Charnley after training, according to Sky Sports News.Three members of the club’s football board – Charnley, chief scout Graham Carr and club ambassador Bob Moncur – met on Monday in the absence of the fourth, McClaren.Sources close to Benitez have indicated he would have a qualified interest in any vacancy.The Spaniard is available after parting company with Real in January, as are former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes and ex-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. 1 The Spaniard is available after parting company with Real Madrid in January last_img read more

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LAUSD enrollment down 2%

first_imgEDUCATION: This year’s decline is attributed to fewer county births and students moving to charter campuses. By Paul Clinton STAFF WRITER Los Angeles Unified’s total student enrollment has continued its expected decline, dropping 2 percent from 708,461 students last year to 694,288 this year, according to figures released Thursday by the district. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Although the Harbor Area also saw declines, school board member Richard Vladovic said it wasn’t as dramatic as he thought it would be. “It’s down 2 to 3 percent,” Vladovic said. “We anticipated more.” About 41,000 of the students – or 6 percent of the population – are enrolled in fiscally independent charter schools. Charter schools reduce enrollment at traditional LAUSD schools by about 1 percent per year. District officials attribute the drop to a decline in births in Los Angeles County, which have decreased sharply since 1990 but have now stabilized. The district saw a decline in each grade level, except for 11th and 12th grades. Economic conditions like job availability and housing costs also contributed to the decline, officials said. In Local District 8, Gardena High School reported the steepest decline, to 3,211 students from 3,428 a year ago. The school lost seven teachers and an assistant principal, officials said. At Carson High School, enrollment dropped to 3,466 from 3,508, forcing Principal Ken Keener to cut two unfilled teaching positions. The school also will lose an assistant principal, local administrator Myrna Brutti said. About 100 additional students are attending Westchester High School this year (1,837 compared with 1,733 a year ago), which reversed a three-year decline. The school has fallen from its peak of 2,369 in 2004-05, because fewer students filter in from other, more-crowded schools. To boost attendance, Local District 3 administrators implemented an open-enrollment policy that allows any student in the LAUSD attendance boundary to attend the school. Staff writer Naush Boghossian contributed to this article. 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

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Hillary Clinton scares up some votes as ’08 costume of choice

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Once again, Hillary Rodham Clinton leads in a poll. This time, she’s the top choice when people are asked which major 2008 presidential candidate would make the scariest Halloween costume. Thirty-seven percent in an Associated Press-Ipsos survey this month chose the New York senator, the front-runner among Democratic presidential contenders. Fourteen percent selected former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who leads Republicans in national polls. No other candidate exceeded 6 percent. Clinton was the choice of four in 10 men and one-third of women. While a predictable two-thirds of Republicans picked her, she also was the choice of 18 percent of Democrats. Among members of her own party, that made her second only to Giuliani as the scariest costume. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.About one-third of independents, nearly half of whites and just over half of conservatives and white evangelicals selected her. Giuliani was the choice of 17 percent of men and 12 percent of women. About one-fifth of minorities and city residents and one-quarter of Democrats also picked him. While many conservatives have doubts about Giuliani’s candidacy because of his moderate views on abortion and other social issues, only 6percent of that group said they thought he would make the scariest costume. That is about the same number who chose Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. Giuliani was also picked by 10 percent of white evangelicals, another largely conservative group that has had doubts about his candidacy. The poll involved telephone interviews with 1,013 adults conducted from Oct. 16-18. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.last_img read more

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Pat Diroll: On The Town

first_imgThe difference is made up for by the annual fundraiser (and friend-raiser) – which this year doubled attendance and the amount raised – and by a federal grant. For their family’s years of support of the project, Maria and Don Bitonti, owner of Domenico’s Italian Restaurants – they also donated the tasty spaghetti dinner for the event – were the evening’s honorees. Others there were Hizzoner Bill Bogaard and his wife Claire; Dr. Don Bosch, chairman emeritus of the BWS project; The Rev. Pat O’Reilly, executive director of ECPAC; John DePew; Jan Ratliff; Roz Lindstrom; Jane K. Allen; Monica and Tom Hubbard; Jan Sanders; ECPAC board president Michael Bamberger; Walter Wright, Elwood Hain; the Revs. Paige Eaves; Marlene Pomeroy; Shola Giwa and John Kauffman; also Jan Ratliff, Roz Lindstrom, Jane K. Allen, Monica and Tom Hubbard; Winnie Lam; Wendy Gordon; Teresa Lamb Simpson; and Chris and Eric DeWeese. Former Star-News City Editor Jackie Knowles, an ECPAC activist, says there are several ways to help. One can donate to or volunteer at ECPAC and its programs – the BWS; the Friends in Deed Food Pantry; The Women’s Room at Friends in Deed, a hospitality center for women who are homeless or at risk, or offer assistance to the Homeless Prevention Program which aids people facing eviction. “A Friends in Deed motto is: `If you’ve got a little time to do a little task, we would love to hear from you,”‘ says Knowles. For more information, call (626) 795-7402. MUSIC CENTER OPENERS Three exciting productions for the holiday season opened at the Music Center this month. Award-winning playwright Alan Bennett’s “The History Boys,” a chronicle of students at an all-boys British grammar school in Sheffield, England, preparing for the angst-ridden college admission tests, opened at the Ahmanson on Nov. 14. This is a masterpiece – the winner of six Tonys – so don’t expect “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Bennett’s play is a witty and very profound allegory on the indelible effect a teacher can have on young men’s formative years. Following the final curtain call and a sustained standing ovation, first-nighters partied with the cast on the ground floor of the Farmers and Merchants Bank building at Fourth and Main. Now vacant, the site was as appropriately bleak as the setting of the play. There, the staff of Pete’s Caf , a popular downtown eatery across the street, provided the bill o’ fare. Last weekend at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, L.A. Opera opened two old crowd-pleasers back to back. Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” on Saturday night and Puccini’s “La Boheme” on Sunday afternoon. For those of us who are sticks-in-the-mud about opera, this version of “Don” is not our cuppa grappa. So the caveat is: close your eyes and enjoy the excellent voices and beautiful music. The staging and costumes are un peu avant garde for Mozart’s old warhorse. In fact they are downright cartoonish, e.g., cavorting nuns in red stockings; chorines with black tail-feathers; men in ludicrous commedia dell arte costumes – not to mention the women gliding around the stage in gowns that resembled giant tea cozies. The good news is we have opera’s newest stud-muffin, the marvelous Uruguayan bass Erwin Schrott as the great Lothario. He is properly satanic in shocking-pink satin when he isn’t canoodling in a boudoir (his RBI record is 2,065 according to his gofer, Leporello whose job is to keep count). Two hours and several dalliances later, the cad is finally plunged into hell in a cloud of cotton-candy pink smoke whereupon Leporello announces that he’s in the market for new employment and the Don’s spurned paramour, Elvira, vows to swear off men and enter a convent. Curtain. On Sunday, we were back to old-school opera staging with my favorite sniffler, “La Boheme,” a reprise of the Herb Ross production created for L.A. Opera in 1993 complete with its original – and now audibly creaky – Parisian-garret set. No matter. What’s not to like about “La Boheme” with its romantic arias that we all go home humming? Because it’s an ideal showcase for new talent, there are dual casts of young artists for this production. For the opener, Italian tenor Massimo Giordano and Latvian soprano Maija Kovalevska made their debuts with the company as Rodolfo and Mimi. The second cast, slated for Dec. 8, 14 and 16, will feature Mexican-born tenor Arturo Chacon-Cruz and Argentine soprano Virginia Tola in the same roles. After the Saturday and Sunday performances, opera supporters gathered in the Grand Hall for supper with L.A.’s Placido Domingo and the cast. Lots of locals were spotted in the crowd: Alice and Joe Coulombe; Charlotte and Stuart Schoenmann; Alyce Williamson; Carolyn Oliver; Carol and Warner Henry; Maria Antonia Horne; Nancy Baxter; Carolyn Miller; Rebecca Bowne; Alicia and Ed Clark; Veronica and Bob Egelston; Avery and Andy Barth; and Lorraine Saunders.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ever think about what it’s like to be homeless? I do. Every day I pass the denizens of our neighborhood park – idle, basking in the sunshine and seemingly content with their stress-free lifestyle. That impression couldn’t be farther from the truth. For homeless people, every day is a challenge. It is a full-time job according to Kitty Galt and Ruben Gallegos, seasoned mental- health staffers with Pacific Clinics at Passageways’ multiservice center by day, and “night prowlers” after sundown. As a team, they have been on the streets for nearly 10 years seeking out those in need of help. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“When you’re homeless you don’t know whom to trust; how to stay safe; where you are going to lay your head at night or where to store your belongings,” says Galt, who specializes in counseling the homeless. “Because it becomes like a full-time job, it is hard to get out of.” “The longer one is on the streets the harder it is,” notes Gallegos, whose focus is substance abuse. “The data show that if a person is homeless for seven years, the chances of getting off the street for any significant period of time are not very good. People think they are there due to alcohol or drug abuse. That is not the case. The reality is that 72 percent of the people on the streets are suffering from some form of mental illness.” Galt and Gallegos were the guest speakers at “Stormy Weather,” the annual fundraiser for the Bad Weather Shelter and other programs sponsored by the Ecumenical Council of Pasadena Area Churches (ECPAC). The event was held Nov. 15 at Pasadena Covenant Church, where the BWS has been housed after people were found sleeping under the building in 1980s. Since that time it has been the site of a 150-bed shelter during the winter months starting right after Thanksgiving, continuing through February and weather-activated into March when necessary. Thanks to 22 groups of volunteers (some from churches, some not) who rotate each night to prepare and serve a hot dinner, the cost of maintaining the shelter is $900 a night. The city provides $60,000 a year for the BWS. last_img
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Club colours BANNED from posh seats at Wembley for FA Cup final

first_imgSupporters watching Wembley’s showpiece FA Cup final from executive seats will NOT be granted entry if they are wearing club colours. Manchester United and Crystal Palace fans will descend on the national stadium this Saturday, but those heading to the corporate areas will not be allowed in wearing shirts, scarves or anything else which reveals their allegiance. There are 15,000 season ticket holders in the Club Wembley and Bobby Moore Club sections in the middle tier of the ground and all have been informed of the changes to the rules ahead of the Emirates Fa Cup final. Team replica shirts, pin badges, scarves, foam hands, flags etc. are all on the banned list.The email from the Club Wembley Team to season ticket holders reads: “This rule has never been extended to other items than replica shirts; however, due to a number of incidents at recent events, a ‘No Club Colours’ policy is being introduced and will be strictly enforced from the Emirates FA Cup final.“Should club colours be worn, you may be refused entry or be removed from the stadium for your own safety.” Fans in the middle tier of Wembley Stadium will not be allowed to display club colours 1last_img read more