first_imgLiverpool bank on stability over signings to end 30-year title waitLiverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Missing out on the Premier League title despite a record-breaking campaign was eased by winning a sixth European Cup for Liverpool last season, but ending a 30-year wait to be crowned English champions is now more important than ever on Merseyside.Jurgen Klopp’s men are expected to strike first blood in the title race when they kick off the Premier League season against newly-promoted Norwich under the Friday night lights of Anfield.However, unlike most of their competitors who have delved into the arms race for talent in another transfer window where Premier League clubs have spent over £1 billion ($1.2 billion), the European champions have been conspicuously quiet in the transfer market.Teenage talents Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott have been snapped up with an eye to the future, while Spanish goalkeeper Adrian will replace Simon Mignolet as back-up to Alisson Becker in three low-key arrivals.Klopp, though, believes the foundations are already in place for another tilt at the title after spending over £230 million in the past two years on the likes of Alisson, Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah.“You should never do transfers because other clubs are doing transfers,” Klopp told Sky Sports.“That makes no sense, it’s not about that. And if you sit back for a second and have a look at the squad, do we need more players?”On the evidence of last season, there is precious little for Liverpool to improve on. – Man City set the bar –A Premier League points tally of 97 would have won the title in any season bar the last two as Manchester City have set a new bar under Pep Guardiola.City have further strengthened the squad that won a first ever domestic treble of trophies in England last season with the club record signing of Spanish midfielder Rodri and will be the benchmark for Liverpool to beat.A 1-1 draw between the sides, with City edging a penalty shootout 5-4, in the Community Shield last weekend again highlighted how little there is to separate the English and European champions.Yet, in contrast to last season when Liverpool were the least affected of England’s big six by the late return to pre-season of players at the World Cup, Klopp has a tougher time in ensuring his side hit the ground running.The prolific front three of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were all involved in international tournaments again this summer.Liverpool have decided against investing heavily in back-up for that trio and their presence was missed in a bumpy pre-season that saw an under-strength side beaten by Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Napoli.But Klopp believes the squad he has assembled will be bolstered by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana and Rhian Brewster’s return to fitness, while Naby Keita can have a bigger impact in his second season in English football.“People think that players from other clubs, other countries, are better than the players we have here but without really having the proof, because those players haven’t played here,” he said.“It means whoever wants to start has to be at his top level. We have proper competition and that’s exactly what you need.”Winning the Champions League also booked Liverpool’s place in next week’s UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup in December, meaning they have five trophies to play for this season.However, it is ending 30 years of hurt by winning a 19th league title come May that will determine whether Liverpool’s season has been a success or failure.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 3, 2016)–Beaten 22 ½ lengths in the Grade I Pacific Classic on Aug. 20 and winless in 18 starts since winning the Grade II Charles Town Classic in April, 2014, Imperative rallied boldly from last to take Thursday’s $80,000 Big Bear Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths under Kent Desormeaux, who hadn’t been aboard in a year and a half. Trained by Richard Baltas, Imperative, a 6-year-old Bernardini gelding, got one mile in 1:35.98.“I think he can beat anyone in the world when he wants to,” said Desormeaux, who was also aboard for Imperative’s signature win in the Charles Town Classic. “He’s the kind of horse, he’s either gonna show up or he’s not. So I just (left him alone) until we got to the quarter pole and when I asked him, he just took off.”Owned by J K Racing Stable, Imperative was the 7-5 favorite in a field of eight 3-year-olds and up and paid $4.80, $3.00 and $2.40. In garnering his fourth win from 34 career starts, Imperative picked up a winner’s check of $50,400, which increased his earnings to $2,002,365.“He’s just a horse that’s hard to ride,” said Baltas, who has been the trainer of record for his last nine starts. “There’s a particular way to ride him and Kent knows how to ride him.”Pacesetter Conquest Cobra repelled a stiff challenge from eventual third place finisher Magic Mark, but was no match for the winner and had to settle for second, 3 ¼ lengths clear of “Magic.” Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Conquest Cobra was off at 7-2 and paid $4.20 and $2.80.Magic Mark, with Drayden Van Dyke aloft, was off at 3-1 and paid $2.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.15, 46.75, 1:11.28 and 1:23.54.Friday is day one of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Accordingly, Santa Anita admission gates will open at 9 a.m. and first live race post time is at 11:25 a.m.Friday’s main event is the Grade I, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff, which has been carded as the ninth race on a 10-race program. The Distaff will feature what looms an epic showdown between three Eclipse Award winners, the undefeated Songbird, Beholder and Stellar Wind.last_img read more

first_imgOns developed its incidence: “I suggest not to begin enjoying the Australian Open, since we performed it this 12 months … We might begin from Indian Wells, the place everybody stopped. It could be the fairest factor for the opposite Grand Slams, for the rating factors and for every little thing, “she stated from her house, the place she entertains herself amongst different issues making movies with Tik Tok, the primary Arab tennis participant to attain the quarterfinals of a significant, who was coaching earlier than the event with the Spanish Alejandro García Cenzano.Jabeur believes that if the sport is performed once more ultimately, it is going to be, on the earliest, “in September”. “Let’s say we even began in July, what in regards to the different tournaments? What in regards to the different Grand Slams if we are able to play two or three a 12 months and simply skip the opposite? Is it truthful for the factors and for the opposite gamers? displays, earlier than acknowledging that “everybody has misplaced many issues.” In today of confinement, the place tennis gamers are very energetic in expressing their concepts about the way forward for tennis, Ons Jabeur has had one that’s not less than curious, in addition to fascinating, though it’s doubtless that it’s not as properly obtained because the one which Federer’s proposal had a few potential union between the ATP and the WTA. The 25-year-old and 39-year-old Tunisian from the world, who had a exceptional efficiency on the final Australian Open (reached the quarterfinals), thinks that “It’s not a good suggestion for the season to resume this 12 months.” “Let’s begin in March subsequent 12 months,” Jabeur stated on the vodcast. Tennis Legends, by Eurosport.last_img read more

first_imgAUCKLAND, New Zealand (CMC): Former West Indies cricketer, Franklyn Rose, has been deported from New Zealand, the country’s Immigration Department has confirmed. Rose, who played 19 Tests for the West Indies, was deported after living in New Zealand without a visa for four years. His legal representative, Ramya Sathyanathan, said a last-minute request to suspend the deportation on humanitarian grounds failed. The right-arm bowler has been in a New Zealand prison for the past five weeks after being detained. Sathyanathan says Rose suffered depression, which worsened as a result of his five-week detention at Mount Eden prison. Rose was originally granted a work visa when he was offered a position as coach for the University of Auckland Cricket club, but has not had a valid visa since 2012. He was told he would be deported in 2014, having worked for the Salvation Army and a number of Auckland Schools in the interim in a coaching role. The former Windies player was deported on a flight to Jamaica.last_img read more

first_imgIn December 1979, Steve Tolbert Jr. was leading a life very different from that of most other 13-year-old Liberian boys. After all, not many Liberian pupils attended a boarding school set amid the ruins of a monastery in the southeast of England. His parents, although separated at the time, had reached the peak of Liberian society as successful entrepreneurs and diplomats.His father, Stephen Tolbert Sr. was the founder of the Mesurado Group of Companies, the largest and most successful homegrown Liberian enterprise. His mother, Neh Dukuly Tolbert, was Liberia’s Ambassador to France, a polyglot just starting her career as an international diplomat. His father’s elder brother was Liberian President William R. Tolbert Jr., who was about to visit London on a state visit. Steve, in his own words, was feeling “extremely proud and very happy…and being very cool about it” as he prepared to take the train (all by himself) from Dover College to meet his Uncle.While many Liberian youth would have given anything to be in young Steve’s place, the young Tolbert had already experienced great tragedy. When he was just nine, his father died in a plane accident after which Steve says he “had to grow up very quickly.” The evening of December 10 and the following morning would be the last time that the two Tolbert’s, born more than a half century apart, were together. The Tolberts would deal with much more tragedy after the President was unceremoniously killed during the coup of April 12, 1980, and surviving family members were placed under house arrest or imprisoned.From 1979 to 1980, President Tolbert was the Chair of the Organization of African Unity, in which capacity he represented the continent where he was born, but to which his father, young Steve’s grandfather, had immigrated from the US state of South Carolina as a young boy in 1878. In the mind of young Steve, his uncle’s “whole life and responsibility were the affairs of state.”President Tolbert had continuously served in government since 1943 when he was elected to the House of Representatives and was visiting London to lend the weight of his office at a crucial time during the Lancaster House talks that would eventually guide the British colony of Rhodesia to independence as Zimbabwe. Liberia’s outsized role in promoting the independence of Africa is often overlooked, although both President Tubman and Tolbert dedicated significant energy, time, and treasure to facilitating the total liberation of the continent. These efforts were recognized by their contemporaries however. A briefing prepared by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the British Prime Minister noted that President Tolbert “takes a close interest in the problems of southern Africa” and could be expected to “speak forcefully on what he sees as the threat that South Africa poses for peace in the region.”Steve Tolbert recalls that the Lancaster negotiations had been covered in the British press and that he was “mildly aware” of what brought his uncle to England. Embarking at Kent and disembarking in London, young Steve took a taxi to Claridge’s hotel, an iconic mid-19th Century art deco luxury hotel where the President and his entourage (including current President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf) were based.Clad in his school uniform, Steve approached the reception and asked to see President Tolbert. After it was confirmed that he was indeed a legitimate visitor, he was escorted to the presidential suite by both Liberian and British security.His uncle was out, most likely wrapping up a late lunch at Downing Street with Prime Minister Thatcher and a number of high-ranking British officials. While the serious issues in Zimbabwe were a major theme of the lunch, the President still found time for some clever banter in his luncheon address. Tolbert adroitly availed himself of the opportunity to beseech the Prime Minister, nicknamed The Iron Lady, to grant Liberia most favored nation status because it was one of the world’s leading producers of iron ore.While his uncle was out pressing for African independence and investment in Liberia, the younger Tolbert says he was “being treated royally. I had drinks and food and candy and was watching TV, which was a luxury.” Steve was quite excited to see his uncle, an opportunity he had about once a year. While he recalls that the President was “famously not a ‘splurgy’ guy,” his uncle would usually give him about $100 when they met – funds which could go quite far in procuring snacks and toys in the 1970s. He believes that on this trip his uncle generously proffered an extra $50 to compensate for the fare and inconvenience of the train ride.Steve recalls his uncle asking, “what I was doing, how I was doing in school, if I was playing sports, if I was being prayerful, and all of that.” Steve adds, “you never talked about business and whatnot…when you’re a little kid and your uncle is President, you sort of listen, you don’t ask many questions.”Amid this conversation, he recalls his uncle taking a steady stream of phone calls and processing a stream of papers that required his urgent attention. Joshua Nkomo, one of Zimbabwe’s independence leaders who would lose elections to Robert Mugabe in a few months, was a name that Steve recalls coming up several times. He also remembers his uncle fielding a phone call from Lord Carrington, the British Foreign Secretary.In the short days of the British winter it became dark quite early. The President didn’t want his nephew travelling alone at night, so requested that Steve lodge with him. He relates that this “was fine with me. I’d get to stay in a presidential suite and…do room service and all of that.” His uncle’s entourage headed out to Covent Garden to watch the Russian ballet, Swan Lake. Steve dined alone, watched some more TV, and then went to bed early. When he woke early the next day for breakfast with his uncle, the President “didn’t say very much, at that point he was kind of pensive.” Steve adds, “he was clearly in a different mood. He was reading his Bible. It was a contemplative time for him, I believe.”Steve was driven to the Charing Cross railway terminus by his uncle’s security detail and boarded the train back to Dover College. Almost exactly four months later, his uncle would be killed in a coup. Six days after that, Zimbabwe finally gained its hard fought independence.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgCNOOC Gas and Power Group and BG International Ltd. have signed a memorandum of understanding. Now a joint study is planned for a plant that would have the ability to export 21 million to 29 million tons of super cooled gas every year. In 2013 BG filed plans with Canadian regulators for a proposed $16 billion natural gas export terminal at Ridley Island near Prince Rupert, which would be  capable of processing up to 2.9 billion cubic feet of gas a day, or 21.6 million tons per year. It has partnered with Spectra Energy on a pipeline that would go to the coast.- Advertisement –last_img

first_img Luis Suarez in action for Liverpool last season Joe Allen believes Liverpool have finally overcome the loss of Luis Suarez and are now even better than they were with the Uruguayan leading their attack.With Suarez in sensational form last season, the Reds only narrowly missed out on the Premier League title.His summer departure to Barcelona left a huge void and Brendan Rodgers’ side, also rocked by the absence of fellow striker Daniel Sturridge through injury, made a disastrous start to this season.But Liverpool have been vastly improved in recent weeks, with a ten-match unbeaten run moving them to within touching distance of the top four, and Allen reckons they are now at the top of their game.“At the start of the year we talked about how losing Suarez was going to have an affect but now we have overcome that,” the midfielder Allen said.“It took us a little bit of time to overcome that because the injury problems we had were not ideal.“We are certainly back up to that level and if anything with the different system we play this season we might even have taken a step forward.“Sometimes (criticism) gets taken out of hand but I don’t think it was unfair. There was no hiding places and we were not delivering as players.“There was no excuse from us. We knew there might be a difficult patch early in the season and that probably went on longer than we hoped and expected.“At the same time we always knew we would come through it and I think that was the biggest sign we would be where we are at this stage.”As well as edging closer to a Champions League qualification spot, Liverpool are through to the FA Cup quarter-finals and travel to Besiktas on Thursday looking to secure safe progress to the Europa League last-16.Allen says everyone at the club is “digging deep” to cope with their three-pronged attack, epitomised by the resilience showed in winning 2-0 at Southampton on Sunday.The St Mary’s encounter was not without its controversy, though, as referee Kevin Friend waved away three strong, first-half penalty appeals from the hosts.Dejan Lovren handled after Filip Djuricic twice went down in the box, first under pressure from Emre Can and then Allen’s challenge.“If I am being honest I didn’t get contact on the ball, which was disappointing because I felt I could get it but missed it,” the latter said.“I didn’t really take him down either so it is one of them where my heart was in my mouth a little bit but at the same time I can see why it wasn’t given.”Those incidents along with others at the weekend led to widespread discussion about the merits of video technology – something Southampton captain Jose Fonte would back.Asked if he would support the introduction of such the measure, the Portuguese centre-back said: “Yeah, I think so, I think it would be a good solution.“It’s one of those days. Nothing went our way. We kept trying, we kept working hard.“They got a great goal really early on and then we put the pressure on them, and we just didn’t have any luck today, either with decisions or in the game itself.” 1last_img read more

first_img 15. Jesus Navas (right wing) 22. Gael Clichy (left back) 11 13. Willy Caballero (goalkeeper) 2. Bacary Sagna (right back) – find out who else makes our predicted line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 6. Fernando (central midfield) 11 11 26. Martin Demichelis (centre back) 11 14. Wilfried Bony (striker) 11 11 11 Manchester City host Hull City in the League Cup tonight looking to maintain their bid for an unprecedented quadruple.Manuel Pellegrini’s side got their title challenge back on track with a 3-1 win over Southampton at the weekend and now eye a semi-final berth with the Championship outfit in their way.The hosts could welcome David Silva back into the starting line up after two months out with an ankle injury, while some of their established stars could be granted a rest ahead of Saturday lunchtime’s trip to Stoke City.So, with Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham all out of the competition, how will the three-time winners approach the game?talkSPORT takes a look – click the yellow arrow above, right, to who made the cut… 11 21. David Silva (attacking midfield) 30. Nicolas Otamendi (centre back) 11 11 7. Raheem Sterling (left wing) 16. Fabian Delph (central midfield) 11last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe system, said Chief Garry Couso-Vasquez, is designed to enhance the overall operational efficiency of the department. “It’s a new proactive community-oriented deployment policing plan,” he said. Wilsey said the new strategy provides a stable policing and tactical operation that is flexible so officers can quickly respond to spikes in crime or any unusual crime pattern that develops. In fact, Detective Ismael Navarro, head of the graffiti task force, said the department has had no problem assigning an officer to help with investigations. “I have all the resources of the department to do any operation I need,” he said. MONTEBELLO – The Montebello Police Department has established a new plan to deploy officers, based on the community’s needs, officials said. The plan will be in full force by the end of the month with the addition of a new officer, Capt. Greg Wilsey said. “The intent is to have a seasoned officer be reassigned to our new Crime Suppression Unit once the new officer has finished training as in place on patrol,” he said. The unit, which currently has six officers and a sergeant, handles graffiti and gang problems. The new officer would be assigned, through the crime suppression unit, to graffiti, Wilsey said, to aid Navarro on a daily basis. “The officer will help do research, go to schools to educate children and be trained to testify in court,” Navarro said. “Our goal,” Wilsey said, “is to get rid of tag bangers that terrify neighborhoods; they’re thugs.” Navarro said taggers are no longer just those who deface property, but are part of gangs. And the punishment is changing to fit the crime. “Tagging is no longer just a misdemeanor,” he said. “They can be charged with a felony and sent to prison if the damage is extensive enough.” Other units in the new plan includes a retail enforcement officer, a narcotics unit and a counter officer. Residents and businesses will see an overall increase in service with the implementation of this plan, Wilsey said. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 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

first_imgBrendan Rodgers endured the worst possible start to his Celtic career, as the Scottish giants were defeated 1-0 by Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar in his first competitive game.Looking to qualify for the Champions League group stage, the Bhoys were clear favourites to overcome the minnows with ease, but Lee Casciaro’s goal just after half-time sent the Parkhead club to arguably the most embarrassing defeat in their history.A long punt downfield fell to the Gibraltarian international forward, and after flicking the ball over Efe Ambrose’s head, he sent a composed finish past Craig Gordon.Celtic found no way back into the game, and although they are likely to win the return leg of the qualifier, this defeat will go down in infamy.You can watch the historic goal above…last_img