Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and former first-team doctor Eva Carneiro 1 Former Chelsea first-team doctor Eva Carneiro is to take individual legal action against Jose Mourinho following her controversial exit from the club.The claim against the manager will come in addition to the action she is bringing against the Blues for constructive dismissal, and it is understood that legal papers will be served on Mourinho this week as part of separate but connected claims against him and against the club.It means the Portuguese manager will have to appear in person at an employment tribunal, unless the case is settled out of court beforehand.Under employment law, an individual can be personally liable for damages if victimisation or discrimination can be proved.The claim against Mourinho will be on the basis that he was instrumental in the actions against Carneiro in having her dropped from first-team duties and effectively demoted.The latest development will heap even more pressure on the 52-year-old who has seen his side lose six out of 11 matches in the Premier League – including Saturady’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool – to leave the reigning champions in 15th spot in the table.The controversy over Carneiro goes back to the opening day clash against Swansea, when Mourinho criticised her and head physio Jon Fearn for going on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard after being called on by referee Michael Oliver.The action meant that Chelsea were temporarily down to nine men against the Swans, and afterwards Mourinho called Carneiro and Fearn “impulsive and naive”.Carneiro did not appear on the bench again for first-team duties and is now seeking a claim for constructive dismissal after parting company with the club.Mourinho was cleared of using discriminatory language towards her following an investigation by the Football Association, which caused further controversy after Carneiro revealed she had not been spoken to personally during the investigation, nor asked to provide any statement.The FA’s chief executive Martin Glenn and head of governance Darren Bailey are to be quizzed about the handling of the case by the governing body’s Inclusion Advisory Board later this month.The IAB’s chair Heather Rabbatts is under investigation by the FA following her comments criticising officials for not speaking to Carneiro in person during the Mourinho investigation.Meanwhile, it has been reported that Championship club Charlton could be preparing an offer to Carneiro to work for them, but no one at the club has yet been available for comment.
Arsene Wenger believes Newcastle should keep faith in manager Steve McClaren.The former England boss has struggled to achieve consistency since being appointed at St James’ Park in the summer and takes his side to the Emirates Stadium still stuck in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.The 54-year-old McClaren has already come under pressure from some quarters despite recent wins over Liverpool and Tottenham.But Wenger, whose side will be looking to maintain top spot with a win over the Magpies, feels his counterpart deserves more time.“He has only just joined the club,” Wenger replied when asked about speculation over McClaren’s future.“Newcastle is a very exciting project because it’s a very big club and it’s a fantastic and exciting job for a manager like Steve McClaren, but it is a long-term job.“(Newcastle) has a huge potential and in six months it’s impossible to transform a club of that stature into a club competing for the Premier League. Give him time.“I know that patience is not the first quality in our society but, unfortunately to be successful, you need it.”A Fabricio Coloccini own goal was all that separated the sides when they met in the north-east back in August.Newcastle had to wait until October for their first league win but Wenger reckons McClaren’s squad possesses the quality to cause problems to his side.“They had a difficult start and they lacked a little bit of confidence,” he said.“That always shows at home more than away from home. Away from home they have had quite good results and performances.“If you look at their squad, they have good players in all areas. Up front they have Papiss Cisse, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez.“In the middle of the park they have players like Moussa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum who can make a difference as well, so they are a dangerous team to play.” Steve McClaren and Arsene Wenger 1
Mesut Ozil scores for Arsenal against Bournemouth Two goals in a first half minute were enough to give Arsenal victory at Bournemouth and put the Gunners back on course in the title race.It was an end to end battle between two exciting sides attempting to slice the other apart with intricate passing.Both teams needed the three points – Bournemouth to put themselves clearer of the relegation zone and Arsenal to close the gap on Leicester at the top to five points.But it was the home side who suffered the first cuts of the match when Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored in quick succession to end an Arsenal goal drought that had lasted 328 minutes.Olivier Giroud nodded the ball down for Ozil to smash in the first and then Oxlade-Chamberlain doubled the lead moments later.A shell shocked Bournemouth, though, simply dusted themselves down and hit back immediately and Harry Arter forced Petr Cech to tip his fierce long range drive over the bar.When the sides returned for the restart, the hosts appeared determined to fix the wrongs of the first half and were almost back in the game through Adam Smith.Turning inside on the six-yard line, the defender’s effort crashed against the side netting.Then it was Arsenal’s turn to attack and Alexis Sanchez forced Artur Boruc to turn the ball wide of the post.But despite finding themselves presented with half chances, Bournemouth were struggling to find the back of the net.Arsenal continued to block and were able to keep their opponents at arm’s length, with Cech being largely untroubled in the Gunners’ goal.It was exhausting for both teams and managers Eddie Howe and Arsene Wenger made changes with just over 20 minutes to go.Francis Coquelin replaced Oxlade-Chamberlain; while a double substitution for Bournemouth saw Joshua King and Junior Stanislas replace Dan Gosling and Matt Ritchie.However, the cohesive unit that looked like it might cause Arsenal some damage earlier in the game had disappeared and the visitors seemed keen to defend their lead in the final 10 minutes, when Sanchez made way for Kieran Gibbs.Bournemouth continued to look for that elusive goal right up until the final whistle and finally tested Cech in the closing stages.Steve Cook’s shot produced a brilliant save and the goalkeeper then got down low to keep out Arter.Those shots aside, Arsenal never looked like surrendering their lead and the win puts them level on points with second-placed Tottenham’s 48. 1
Join Geoff Peters for the latest Up The League podcast.This week, we check on the progress of Derby Country after their recent managerial change, and hear from former Rams striker Craig Ramage.Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis also joins the show, while we bring you a preview of the weekend’s Football League action and replay some of the best interviews on talkSPORT this week including Joey Barton, Alan Dunne and Paul Tisdale.
It took me four days to realize that baseball season is finally over. That’s understandable since the season that ended this week with Boston murdering the Rockies has been going since 1952. Seriously, if it had, who would notice? It’s baseball, after all, an unchanging continuum and the only professional game where some fans actually knit, the only game where players can eat while they’re playing, a game where leaning on the dugout fence has been elevated to an art form, a game that I miss like I already miss summer. Call it my yearly rage against darkness. Still, it’s true. When baseball ends, early-evening darkness descends and I hate it. Which can only mean that I hate the tilt of the Earth on its axis and love it when spring training forces Japanese reporters to stand in bitter cold outside Yankee Stadium to show Hideki Matsui that they are worthy of some future small attention. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.You got to love the Japanese for bringing their unyielding cultural imperatives to a game that was actually played between horrific battles during the American Civil War. In pictures and words, in the vast statistical archive of baseball, it is always summer and hot. We carry these images always, especially those who remember a time before kids played 10 different sports, when what you had between the end of school and the start of school was baseball. Or something like baseball with no umpires, no parents and 30 guys standing with their hands hooked in the tall chain-link along the first and third base lines saying terrible things about each batter’s sister in an effort to hurry the clock-free process and get their ups. You know, “Nicky, it’s your ups after Fat Dominic.” I spent summers like that, in the place where America came from, where it was born, along base lines and down in wood-floor, grass-smelling dugouts carved deeply with initials and obscenities. I frequently make far too much of this, of the game’s rich mythology, especially now when we’ve all noticed how the cynical owners use it to cover their tracks, to justify new ball parks and gloss over salaries that seem too big for talent so small. Still, it stands. This is what we have, the game and the game’s myth, what Joseph Campbell called “the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human manifestation.” I believe that I am right in thinking that we still need both to help stabilize the shaky and brief history of a nation cut from whole cloth, a nation of human imports built on imperfect memory and Hollywood movies. Watch “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” to see how we came back after Pearl Harbor. Better yet, to understand this country, watch “The Pride of the Yankees,” a 1942 rendering of the life and death from ALS of the Iron Horse, Lou Gehrig. Filmed the year after his death at age 37, the film stars the legendary Gary Cooper and features the legendary Babe Ruth. It also elevates a baseball player to sainthood, following a singularly talented immigrant’s son from slums to the top of America’s game. Along the way he marries pretty Eleanor (played by pretty Teresa Wright) and hits two World Series home runs for an ailing little boy named Billy and, just when he had it all, he takes a fall like a champ. See him standing bent and diminished yet somehow taller than ever in Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939, giving one of the greatest speeches ever delivered by an American, a speech that begins, “Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.” What else do we need to know about striving and modesty, about talent, sportsmanship, courage, and goodness, about behaving like a real American and facing death without flinching? And that’s just one of the enduring myths of a game codified by Alexander Cartwright Jr. (not Abner Doubleday) in 1845 and played ever since on the same 90-foot diamond that has produced more heroes than any war. A game whose relics could cause grown men to stand awestruck and wet-eyed with young sons at a Cooperstown exhibit staged a few years ago at an L.A. museum. In glass cases were the gloves, bats, caps, balls and shoes touched by Shoeless Joe, Don Drysdale, Cy Young, Jackie Robinson and Reggie Jackson along with a curious sign hanging above a $2 million Honus Wagner card stating that all baseball memorabilia is essentially worthless except for the value we attach to it. So tell me, what’s the value of national identity and the value of summer itself? I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at [email protected], call 310-543-6681 or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA. 90503-4077.160Want 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsOne young man indicated he was leaving, but drove back and rammed his car into Pipho, then got out and stabbed him several times before running him over with the car, witnesses said. Stevens does not live in the condo complex where the fight broke out, but in a nearby neighborhood, Rosendberg said. The lieutenant also said authorities expect to make additional arrests in the case. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! STEVENSON RANCH – An arrest warrant has been issued for an 18-year-old Stevenson Ranch man suspected in the slaying of another young man in a weekend brawl, officials said today. Sheriff’s Lt. Dan Rosendberg said this morning he hopes Michael Stevens will be arrested by the end of today on suspicion of murdering Joshua Pipho, 20, of Canyon Country. Investigators searched Stevens’ family’s home on Tuesday afternoon, Rosendberg said, noting the teen’s father was cooperative, but adding that detectives do no know where Stevens is. Pipho died early Saturday in the parking lot of a Stevenson Ranch condominium complex where a fight broke out when one of the youth’s trucks was being vandalized.
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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsWinds out of the north and northeast are expected to pick up overnight to 20-30 mph, and the relative humidity may drop below 10 percent at times, according to weather officials. “Northeast winds will likely strengthen to over 25 mph with gusts to 50 mph centered over eastern Ventura and western Los Angeles County,” according to the National Weather Service. Offshore winds and dry conditions are expected to return to the Southland today, prompting fire crews to go on high alert and the National Weather Service Fire to issue a “red flag” warning indicating a heightened risk of wildfires. The return of the offshore winds comes just a day after firefighters contained a 4,900-acre blaze that tore through Malibu and destroyed 53 homes. The “red flag” warning will be in effect until 6 p.m. in the mountains of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties as well as the region’s coastal and interior valleys and forested areas, including the Los Padres and Angeles national forests. The Weather Service predicted dry conditions and wind gusts of up to 50 mph.
Barcelona star Arda Turan in action Barcelona have no plans to sell Chelsea target Arda Turan this summer, according to Robert Fernandez.It has been reported that Turan, who arrived at Barca last summer but had to wait until January for his debut, had been placed on the transfer list.That news had alerted that attention of Chelsea, who tracked Turan during his time at Atletico Madrid.It has also been suggested that the 29-year-old could be open to leaving after managing just nine La Liga starts in the second half of last season.But now Barca’s sporting director Fernandez has drawn a line under speculation by insisting Turan will not be sold.Speaking at a press conference, he said: “Arriving at Barca, even if you come from a big club, is not a simple process. You face [getting into a team] a team that is very strong.“But we expect a lot from him, we have total confidence in him and hopefully he will be decisive next season.” 1
From his TV shop on Gaffey Street, Tony Pirozzi has witnessed firsthand the advances of technology over the past four decades.He’s watched as televisions evolved from using tubes to transistors to integrated circuits and before that, he dealt in radios when they were popular. In the 1980s he began selling only televisions at Tony’s TV, then went into repairs. “I saw every change that was possible,” Pirozzi said.Now, 42 years after he started, Tony’s TV is dark. Pirozzi has decided to close his electronics store and retire, hoping to get back to two of his other passions, traveling and soccer. “When you came into my store it was not just a TV shop,” he said.Customers, who were mostly residents from San Pedro or around the South Bay, were sad to see the shop close, but Pirozzi knew it was time to retire. “It’s a little bit hard for me not to go down to my place of business anymore,” he said. “I have a lot of free time now.” Pirozzi is looking forward to using that free time to travel and get involved with soccer.“Soccer is my passion,” Pirozzi said. “I used to play as a kid in Italy. When I came here, I missed it so much.”He came to the United States in 1956 from the Italian island of Ischia, the home of many other San Pedro immigrants.He’s hoping to travel to Italy with his wife of 46 years, Filomena, and the rest of their family.Much of his involvement in the community has revolved around soccer. Starting in 1958 and lasting 47 years, Pirozzi had a weekly radio program on which he discussed Italian soccer. He ended the show when the Internet made sports news more readily available.He also had a local television show and wrote soccer articles for an Italian newspaper in Los Angeles. In the 1960s and ’70s he managed soccer teams in the area and became a member of the Greater Los Angeles Soccer League in the 1980s. Pirozzi also played a large role in organizing local concerts featuring well-known Italian singers.“I’m going to get back to that,” he said. [email protected] 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 champPirozzi, who turns 70 this month, opened the store in 1965.“I was doing radio and TV in the beginning,” he said, “then radio disappeared.” Part of the reason Pirozzi said he decided to get out of the TV repair business is that the merchandise is not what it used to be. “It got so hard for me to do a good job with customers,” he said, noting that parts were not available for many repairs. “Today everything that they make is all throwaway merchandise.”The store, at 12th and Gaffey, had a unique flair, thanks to the postcards and flags that covered the walls.
His hands outstretched, rookie sensation Alex Ovechkin fell to the near boards after slipping the puck past Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere late in the second period. Replays showed that he merely lost an edge and fell forward. But to the naked eye it looked like the 20-year-old Russian winger was doing his best Superman impression. And why not? His efforts resulted in three goals his first career NHL hat trick that led the Washington Capitals past Anaheim 3-2 in overtime Friday night at the Arrowhead Pond. The Ducks were stymied in the first period by Caps backup Brent Johnson, an unorthodox goalie who has been fairly pedestrian this season. He halted rookie winger Corey Perry, who played his second game since being recalled, with two spectacular saves. In between, Johnson slid across and kicked away what looked to be a sure goal off the stick of Moen. “Maybe we tried to make plays that were too cute,” Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer said between periods. Johnson, making his first start since Dec. 28 in place of a resting Olie Kolzig, returned to his mediocre form in the second about a minute after Washington took the first lead of the game on Ovechkin’s first tally. Joffrey Lupul skated in from the blue line and sent a shot from the top of the far faceoff circle that was headed wide of the Caps net before Johnson reached out. The puck glanced off Johnson’s glove and deflected into the net for Lupul’s first goal since Jan. 1. MIGHTY DUCKS NOTES: With half the season to play, Ovechkin is two goals from surpassing Bob Carpenter (1981-82) in goals scored by a Washington rookie. His 55 points is 12 shy of the all-time team rookie mark, which is also held by Carpenter. … Forward Rob Niedermayer missed his fourth game since suffering a concussion on Jan. 1 against Nashville. He’s expected to resume off-ice workouts as soon as this weekend and could return to practice as early as next week. Ovechkin’s second goal in which he fought off Ruslan Salei in front of the Anaheim net and fired in a tough-angled goal for No. 29 on the season gave the Caps a 2-1 lead with eight minutes remaining in the second. Travis Moen, an offseason acquisition from the Blackhawks, pulled the Ducks even with 2:16 left in the second. He took a lead pass from defenseman Keith Carney, skated to the middle of the near faceoff circle and fired the puck just under the crossbar. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Hurricanes 5, Predators 4, OT: Frantisek Kaberle scored on a penalty shot midway through overtime to lead Carolina past visiting Nashville in overtime. Kaberle was awarded the chance when Scott Hartnell who was trying to stop a rush up ice by Carolina threw his stick along the ice to slow Kaberle as he skated in for a breakaway against Tomas Vokoun. Kaberle didn’t get off a shot then, but took advantage right after. Kaberle hesitated as he took the puck to the left side and flipped it by Vokoun at 2:31 of the extra period. Rod Brind’Amour scored two goals for the Hurricanes, who won their sixth game in a row. Andrew Hutchinson and Erik Cole also scored for Carolina, and Cory Stillman had three assists. Martin Erat scored a pair of third-period goals for the Predators. Devils 3, Canucks 0 : Martin Brodeur made 26 saves for his second consecutive shutout, leading New Jersey to a victory over visiting Vancouver. Brian Gionta scored two power-play goals in the third period and Viktor Kozlov also scored for the Devils, who won their fifth game in a row. Brodeur earned his 78th career shutout and third in five games. Thrashers 2, Blues 0 : Kari Lehtonen made 37 saves and Atlanta beat visiting St. Louis for its fourth consecutive victory, tying a franchise record. Lehtonen picked up his first shutout this season and the second of his career. Patrik Stefan gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead that stood up from the first period until the third when Ilya Kovalchuk scored his NHL-leading 34th goal with 5:39 left on a power play. Lightning 4, Blue Jackets 2 : Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist to lead Tampa Bay past visiting Columbus. Tim Taylor, Ruslan Fedotenko and Vincent Lecavalier also scored for Tampa Bay. The victory was coach John Tortorella’s 143rd with the Lightning, which moved him past Terry Crisp for most in franchise history. David Vyborny and Nikolai Zherdev scored for the Blue Jackets. Blackhawks 4, Penguins 1 : Andy Hilbert scored two goals, and rookie Adam Munro stopped 28 shots as Chicago defeated visiting Pittsburgh. Hilbert recorded his first multiple-goal game in the NHL. :Roundup of other games from AP. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!