Watford target Diego Perotti insists he is happy at Genoa

first_img Diego Perotti 1 Diego Perotti insists he is happy at Genoa – despite speculation linking him with a move to Watford.The newly-promoted Premier League side were chasing the midfielder all summer and reportedly lodged a £7m bid.Inter Milan also expressed an interest in the 27-year-old, who scored four goals in 27 appearances last season.However, the Argentine has now rubbished speculation he is set to leave Genoa by declaring his happiness.“Sometimes someone has called me but I have always been quiet,” Perotti told Premium Sport.“My family is happy here and my son will be born here, I could not be better.”last_img

‘We should do better’ – Premier League boss unhappy with Europa League showing

first_img Jurgen Klopp 1 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits he was less than satisfied with his side’s goalless draw in Augsburg.The German’s first return to his homeland fell a little flat in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie as they struggled to create chances against a side sitting 14th in the Bundesliga.Striker Daniel Sturridge had the best chance early in the second half but fluffed his kick six yards out.It makes the second leg next week, just three days before a Capital One Cup final against Manchester City, a challenging affair.“I’m not 100 per cent happy about this game,” said Klopp.“Doing the right thing at the right moment is important – we had a few good moments and in the second half we had three or four really good moves.“My problem is that I think, with our quality, we should do better, but I have to be patient.“It’s not too easy to find the right words. I could say it’s a draw, 0-0 away game, everything is ‘Okay, we can win at home, everything’s cool’, but in our situation I’m always interested in the performance.“We had great chances early on, good moments, good passing in second half, but other moments I wasn’t happy with – it’s 0-0 but I am not 100 per cent satisfied.“You saw the moments when we played the wrong pass, lost patience, took the wrong decisions.“I could say ‘0-0 top result, let’s go home’ but it’s important we speak about this as a team as things could improve.“It is a good result and we can use it, but I want that we play more often at that level.”Liverpool have a weekend off as they are not in the FA Cup but Klopp was confident about the challenge of managing the return leg with a trip to Wembley on the horizon.“A strong team in second leg? Yes, I think so. Maybe it’s a different team, but we should not think too much about the final,” he added.“I will not ignore it (the final) of course but it doesn’t complicate my plans.“We should be concentrated Thursday and Sunday will take care of itself.“The players didn’t underestimate Augsburg, when we play in the return we will be very well prepared – they may not be Munich or Paris, but we will be very well prepared.“We need to improve on things. We have a big final ahead of us.”last_img read more

‘Beast’ Conte can whip Chelsea stars into shape, says former Blues coach

first_imgFormer Chelsea assistant Steve Clarke insists it ‘doesn’t do any harm to have a temper as a manager’, as Antonio Conte prepares to take the reins at Stamford Bridge.The Italy boss’ appointment was confirmed on Monday, with the 46-year-old signing a three-year deal with the London club.But the Blues players may get a shock when ‘angry’ Conte finally arrives after Euro 2016.Guus Hiddink has rebuilt the team’s confidence following what was a nightmare end for Jose Mourinho, but Chelsea’s stars have been warned not to get used to the Dutchman’s gentle approach.Italian maestro Andrea Pirlo recently spoke of his admiration for his former Juventus manager, calling him a ‘genius’ but also admitting he is ‘a little mad’.“The man can be a beast, a dressing room when he is angry is one of the most dangerous places you can be,” Pirlo said.“I have been in his dressing room at half-time when we have been winning, but he comes in and will be throwing full bottles of water around because of a mistake we made, or because he feels we should be further ahead.”Pirlo also addressed his thoughts on Conte in his book, I Think Therefore I Play, saying: “When Conte speaks, his words assault you. They crash through the doors of your mind, often quite violently and settle deep within you.”And former assistant Clarke believes Conte’s combative style could be just what Chelsea need to put this miserable season behind them.“Most modern managers are a bit more placid and more calm around the players, but it doesn’t do any harm to have a temper on you as a manager,” the Scot told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“The players can be a bit precious nowadays, but I think they just have to get on with it.“The Chelsea players owe the club a decent season next year. The fact they’re stuck mid-table this term is not correct. They were champions last season and they should certainly be much more competitive than they are.“And I think with Conte going in there next year, if he does crack the whip the players have just got to respond.”last_img read more

Euro 2016: Wales player ratings v NI including Bale, Ramsey and Allen

first_img SUB ONE – Hal Robson-Kanu – 6 – He would have had a goal to his name had McAuley not put into his own net. James Chester, defender – 9 [man of the match] – The West Brom defender may have had a mixed season for his club, but he has been a rock at the back for the Dragons. Northern Ireland were better in the first half and Chester, 27, helped keep them out, keeping a clean sheet. 12 Ben Davies, defender – 7 – The Tottenham man has had in impressive tournament and he performed well again to see out a clean sheet. Joe Ledley, midfield – 6 – The Crystal Palace man was fairly quiet overall before being substituted on 63 minutes. Wayne Hennessey, goalkeeper – 7 – According to Squawka, the Crystal Palace goalkeeper completed more passes (12) than Bale in the first half. He made decent saves when called upon – including an early chance which he palmed away to deny Stuart Dallas. Ashley Williams, defender – 6 – The Swansea defender was disappointing but he led the Dragons to victory, setting an example late on when he picked up an arm/shoulder injury after a clash with Jonny Williams and he was determined to continue to see out the win. SUB TWO – Jonny Williams – 7 – Made an impact of the bench, looking lively and running directly at the Northern Ireland defence. Sam Vokes, forward – 6 – Missed a decent chance from a deadly Ramsey cross, but good hold-up play overall. 12 Neil Taylor, defender – 5 – The Swansea left-back was pretty poor overall but he made a vital late block to help his side to victory. 12 12 12 Gareth Bale, forward – 7 – The Real Madrid star sent in the cross which was turned into his own goal by Gareth McAuley, deciding the tie. 12 12 12 12 12 Wales booked their place in the last eight of Euro 2016 with a 1-0 win over Northern Ireland. Gareth McAuley’s own goal in the second half settled the contest after Gareth Bale sent in a dangerous low cross. Chris Coleman’s men will face the winner of Hungary v Belgium – live on talkSPORT. How did the Wales players fare in one of their biggest ever wins? Click the arrow, above right, to see our player ratings… 12 Joe Allen, midfield – 7 – The Liverpool man did not play as well as previous matches, as Northern Ireland dominated in the first half and overran the midfield. 12 Aaron Ramsey, midfield – 7 – The Arsenal midfielder had a first-half goal ruled out due to offside. A key part of Wales’ midfield. last_img read more

Marseille want former West Brom man to replace Tottenham-bound N’Koudou

first_imgMarseille are working on a deal for former West Brom winger Stephane Sessegnon.The Benin international is currently a free agent after his contract at the Hawthorns expired last month.The former Sunderland man has been linked with a number of clubs, including some from China and the Middle East.But, according to France Football, Sessegnon is in fact closing in on a move to Marseille.The French club are in need of a winger after agreeing to sell Georges-Kevin N’Koudou to Tottenham.Given the fact he is available for free, Sessegnon is seen as the best replacement on offer and Marseille hope to push through a deal for the 32-year-old by the end of the week. Stephane Sessegnon 1last_img

We won’t let the facts get in the way

first_imgAre you going to believe U.S. intelligence or the president’s? The National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s nuclear weapons program contradicts White House claims that Iran was in the throes of developing nukes, but President Bush won’t buy it: “No matter what it says, it won’t keep us from being aggressive. Just as soon as we discover who in the NIE let this out, we’ll make sure to out his wife.” Bush continued, “Right now I’ve got the entire Cabinet down at Cheney’s office drawing straws.” “Heh-heh,” he added. Festival of Lights threatens never to end: “It seems like Hanukkah is lasting a lot longer than normal,” said one exhausted West Hills parent. “It started sometime last week and it gives no sign of ending. It’s supposed to be a holiday, not a holimonth. We’re running out of gifts and candles. Help!” Running for president isn’t child’s play … unless: Hillary Clinton has accused Barrack Obama of wanting to be president as far back as kindergarten. “By first grade he was push-polling against my run for president of the Wellesley College Young Republicans organization,” said Sen. Clinton. “Is that what you want as president … a vindictive 5-year-old?” More Obama-drama: Demand for tickets to see Oprah Winfrey appear with Sen. Obama in South Carolina was so high that the campaign moved the event to an 80,250-seat football stadium. Not to be outdone, Hillary Clinton is moving her night with Barbra Streisand to the 100,000 seat L.A. Coliseum. Meanwhile, presidential candidates Dennis Kucinich and Joe Biden’s appearance with Pauly Shore has been moved from The Comedy Store’s Main Room Stage to the Belly Room upstairs. t could have been worse: British schoolteacher Gillian Gibbons was pardoned by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for “insulting Islam” because she had let her first-grade class name a teddy bear Muhammad. “To tell you the truth, the kids voted for `Yentl,’ but I thought the government might think we were naming the bear after the movie,” said Gibbons. “Even I think 200 slashes wouldn’t be enough for that.” How do they afford to live? Last week, Sacramento’s lawmakers, who are already the best-paid legislators in the country, got a payroll increase of $3,111 a year to $116,208, not including the per diem, state cars and office staffs. “The cost of not getting anything done goes up every year,” said one nearly starving legislator. “And as for the one thing we are actually good at, remember, raising taxes is heavy lifting.” Last leap: Daredevil Evel Knievel died last week at the age of 69. His management set tomorrow night in Las Vegas as the date they promise he will jump completely over Purgatory and directly into Heaven. Last-minute shopping tip: Is there a more heartwarming gift than a star from the International Star Registry that will be registered with the gift-getter’s name in the U.S. Copyright Office and will … I’m sorry. I can’t keep a straight face. Steve Young is author of “Great Failures of the Extremely Successful” (www.greatfailure.com).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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champTurn about: In a shock to the cable TV opinion world, an undocumented worker admitted to having hired CNN’s Lou Dobbs to mow his lawn. “To tell you the truth, I didn’t realize who he was until I got cable last week,” said the longtime anonymous illegal immigrant. “I’ve used a lot of out-of-work talk-show hosts to do odd jobs around the house, but I never expected Lou Dobbs to show up.” “I’m not proud of it,” said Dobbs, “but I needed the money and I didn’t realize he didn’t have papers until I was just about finished raking up the leaves. The fact that he didn’t even have a riding mower or a blower should have been a giveaway.” It’s the American way: Credit-card companies were called before a Senate committee investigating the companies’ policy of raising interest rates to customers who were paying their monthly bill on time. While there are those who think the practice is criminal, the companies differ. “Calling our practice criminal would be like calling gas companies criminal for raising their pump prices when their profits are already at all-time highs,” said credit-card VP Visa Chase. “I mean they weren’t complaining when we paid for their $10 Timex that’s cost them $3,000 … so far.” What was I supposed to write here? Researchers report that chimpanzees who were pitted against college students in a series of memory tests performed at a better rate than the humans. “The apes had an unfair advantage, dude,” said one of the college students. “They all studied before the test. What is that about?” Researchers had felt that the incessant scratching of their privates and refusal to use eating utensils would somehow enhance their memory … but the college students lost anyway. last_img

Time to resign?

first_imgRe “Mahony takes hit for church” (Viewpoint, Dec. 9): Doug McIntyre raises an interesting point shared by many people. As a retired clinical psychologist, I propose another. Being a leader of any top organization (whether corporate, political, religious, educational or military) is very difficult with many tough decisions. Many good people and well-intentioned leaders simply are not equipped to handle the pressure and crack under the strain. Perhaps it is time to compassionately realize when a leader of any group can no longer do the job and have some exit strategy built into the organization that would not lead to international disgrace. It should be socially acceptable, without condemnation, to resign a top job in the middle of a term of office. – Mary Anne Rust – Paul A. Klinger Granada Hills Retention dispute Re “LAUSD: Failing up” (Viewpoint, Dec. 9): As a teacher with over 10 years’ elementary school experience in LAUSD, I would dispute two of Mr. Kujawsky’s points. First, more than causing feelings of shame, research has shown that for the most part (unless the child is barely age appropriate and would benefit by the extra year of maturity), retention does not result in meeting the standards. Often there is a behavior component that must be dealt with aside from the standards. Far more effective is intervention. Second, to say that “many will choose the path of least resistance” assumes far more willfulness in 8- and 9-year-olds than I have witnessed. Mr. Kujawsky implies that these children will work harder/do better if threatened with retention, and this has not been my experience. – Isaac Weingart Northridge A key question Re “Waterway going from eyesore to city jewel” (Dec. 8): Why is it that nowhere in this long story on the revitalizing of the Los Angeles River is mention given to the measures being taken to prevent massive flooding in Los Angeles once “tearing up the concrete and restoring the river to a functional natural state” is accomplished? Before the river was lined with concrete by the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950s, Los Angeles experienced disastrous floods. Where the concrete lining is ripped out, as envisioned by the current powers that be, what will be put in place to ensure the floodwaters drain out as well as they do now? – Gene Pomerantz Tarzana Fiduciary duty Now that the Fed is expected to lower interest rates, the focus should be on the banks. The banks have not lowered the mortgage rates commensurate with the discount rates. Had the banks done so, a 30-year mortgage would be at 5.5 percent or lower. The lack of movement in mortgage rates shows the banks continue to be the culprits here, either by failing to disclose the effects of “neg am” loans, or their involvement in manipulating rates in the indices which they used as a basis for adjusting rates upward. The so-called loan consultants betrayed their fiduciary duties to borrowers as well by failing to disclose bank marketing practices using teaser rates. – Leigh Datzker Woodland Hills A blaze, all right After the Omaha mall shooting and school shootings in Colorado and other places, it’s obvious that sick people in our society get the idea that this is some kind of easy out. They want to go out in a blaze of glory. If they could only think ahead, they would realize the only blaze they are headed for is the one in Hell. – Ron Sellz Chatsworth160Want 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champWoodland Hills Good on paper Re “LAUSD: Failing up” (Viewpoint, Dec. 9): Teacher Paul Kujawsky’s argument in favor of stricter enforcement of retention guidelines may sound good on paper, but the reality is that repeated retentions will not result in students working harder or reaching proficiency any quicker. Rather it will just increase the already too-high dropout rate dramatically. Few teenagers will be willing to remain in elementary or middle schools to age 18, and making remedial classes available at all grade levels in all high schools would be prohibitively expensive and take up too much space. Perhaps the “one size fits all” and “teaching to the test” mentality of the No Child Left Behind Act needs to be fine-tuned; or better yet, eliminated completely. last_img read more

Laos coup figure lauded in Fresno

first_img“As a former soldier this is so meaningful for me to be able to see my leader,” said Nhailong Vang, who marched in the new year parade wearing fatigues. “He will be the one who will help us move forward in America.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FRESNO – A leader of the Hmong immigrant community urged his people to remain united in his first public appearance in California since he was arrested for an alleged attempt to overthrow the government in Laos. Vang Pao addressed thousands of supporters Wednesday at Fresno’s Hmong International New Year celebration. He thanked Hmong immigrants for their support, but did not address allegations that he helped lead a coup attempt organized by Laotian refugees in the United States. Vang Pao, who led thousands of Hmong mercenaries in a CIA-backed secret army during the Vietnam War, is one of 11 men who was accused in the alleged plot and arrested by federal agents in June. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonSince July, when he was freed on bail, he has rarely left his home in Southern California. A crowd of people dressed in clothes traditional among the hill-dwelling ethnic group parted as his limousine arrived, and they clapped as he ushered in the Hmong new year, which began Wednesday. Among those charged in the indictment is the founder of Fresno’s annual new year celebration, who didn’t attend Wednesday’s event because he was under orders not to associate with Vang Pao and other defendants if lawyers weren’t present, a friend said. “Everybody feels that we have been betrayed,” said Pao Fang, executive director of the Lao Family Community, which provides vocational training to the area’s sizable immigrant community. Though Vang Pao’s guerrillas ultimately lost to communist forces, most Hmong veterans still regard him as a hero. last_img read more

Valley’s first new year baby upstages celebrity dad

first_imgWEST HILLS – “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” announcer John Melendez was upstaged early Sunday by his son Oscar David Melendez, who appears to be the first baby born in the San Fernando Valley in 2006. Oscar was born at 12:27 a.m. on New Year’s Day at West Hills Hospital and Medical, weighing in at eight pounds, two ounces and measuring 21 inches. He was due later this month, but he made his appearance early after being delivered by cesarean section. “It’s just funny that my husband’s the one who usually is in the spotlight,” said mom Suzanna Melendez, 39. “To pick how you come into this world and have it be New Year’s Day is pretty funny to me.” Oscar has two sisters, ages 9 and 5. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “Three kids already, I might have to ask Jay Leno for a raise,” said John Melendez, 40. “That’s a lot of mouths to feed.” Melendez is better known to Howard Stern fans as “Stuttering” John, who carried out caustic red-carpet interviews for Stern’s irreverent radio show before moving to the “Tonight Show.” Anthony Cervantes, born at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, missed being the first baby born in the Valley by only two minutes. Anthony was born to Roberta Cervantes, 24, of Sylmar at 12:29 a.m., weighing in at exactly eight pounds. Roberta Cervantes said she is happy her baby is a boy. “I just figure that girls you have to – it’s more work, you have to get them their nails, their makeup, their little hair pins,” she said. “And boys you can just get them a little cap and some jeans and they’re really cute like that.” The Valley’s first twins of the year, a boy and a girl who were not yet named on Sunday, were born at Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center, according to the medical center. The girl was born at 8:13 a.m. New Year’s Day and her brother was born a minute later. Mom Brenda Croy, 37, of Valley Village also gave birth to fraternal twins three years ago. She is glad to have another pair of twins. “It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Croy said. “Noisy but a lot fun.” Roberta Cervantes said she hopes her son Anthony grows up to play football at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks and that he attends church regularly and becomes a good Catholic. Suzanna Melendez and her husband, John, have been joking about what the name they gave their son – Oscar David Melendez – could mean for his future. “He’ll either be a boxer or a fashion designer,” Suzanna Melendez said. The baby has already distinguished himself. “He’s a beautiful kid,” John Melendez said. “This is the first time we did the c-section so he doesn’t have the cone head.” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 [email protected] 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

Professor honored for ‘Excellence’

first_img Manley was instrumental in establishing the college’s career center, and he led the committee that searched for a new college president. Raised on a farm, Manley taught and worked as a counselor at community colleges in Illinois and Texas before going to work in Antelope Valley College’s counseling division in 1988. His Illinois work included seven years teaching psychology and career-development courses inside Joliet State Prison for the local community college. Manley, a Palmdale resident, wrote a book about surviving cancer, “Portrait of Healing,” published in 2003. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Antelope Valley College counselor and psychology professor Richard J. Manley has been honored by state education leaders for his work supporting students, his college and his profession. Manley is one of the four statewide winners of the Hayward Award for Excellence in Education, which recognizes top faculty at California community colleges and includes a $1,250 prize. “I feel deeply honored, very appreciative and very fortunate,” Manley said. “This is something I’ll remember the rest of my life.” The notice comes just months after Manley received Antelope Valley College’s top faculty award, Scholar in Residence. The Scholar in Residence is awarded to a faculty member who brings credit to the college, is a compassionate and skillful educator, demonstrates persistent dedication to innovation and excellence, and increases knowledge in his or her academic discipline. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “After Scholar in Residence, I thought it was the end of the accolades. When this happened I was floored,” Manley said. “I’m still trying to get my arms around what this means for me.” Manley is the fourth AVC faculty member to receive a Hayward Award since the award was created in 1985 by the state community colleges board of governors. The previous AVC Hayward recipients were Bruce Smith, Martha Wengert and Patricia Sandoval. AVC President Jackie Fisher Sr. said Manley’s contributions to the college include developing the college’s shared governance policy and revising the college board’s policies and procedures. “This is a great honor for Richard and a tribute to the fine faculty at AVC,” Fisher said. “This college holds the distinction of having the most Hayward Award winners of any college in Los Angeles County.” In 18 years at Antelope Valley College, Manley has counseled an array of students – recent high school graduates, women getting off welfare and workers in their 50s and 60s retraining for new careers after losing jobs or pensions. last_img read more