Koeman: Saints will go marching in

first_img0Shares0000SOUTHAMPTON, December 21- Ronald Koeman is confident Southampton can rediscover the form that took them to second place in the Premier League after ending a run of five straight defeats with a 3-0 win over Everton.Koeman’s side surprised almost everybody with their impressive start that came to an abrupt halt when they were beaten at home by Manchester City last month. That defeat triggered an alarming run that saw them lose four league games and hit a new low with a midweek League Cup quarter-final defeat at third tier Sheffield United.The Saints manager admitted his players’ confidence had been knocked, but now he believes the emphatic victory over Roberto Martinez’s side at St Mary’s on Saturday will revive their campaign.“It was difficult because we had four or five defeats in the last few weeks. We were sometimes unlucky, we didn’t play badly,” Koeman said.“Maybe in the last few weeks we lost a bit of confidence in our ball possession.“But the best medicine is to come back to playing like we did in the first part of the season.”While Koeman was pleased with the improved performance, he was keen to insist the standards set against Everton must be maintained when Saints visit Crystal Palace on Friday.“It’s typical football that one day it’s black, the next day it’s white. I’m a long time in football,” he added.“You just have to prepare yourself for the next one and don’t say we’ll win today.“It shows we had a good spirit today but Friday is another game and we have to prepare the best way we can.”– Poor defending –Southampton made the most of poor Everton defending, taking a 38th minute lead when Romelu Lukaku diverted the ball into his own net and going on to seal the win with second half goals from Graziano Pelle and Maya Yoshida.For Martinez, the result came as a major disappointment after his side had secured a first win in five games with victory over QPR on Monday.The Everton manager acknowledged his side are struggling for consistency, but insisted that was part of their education as they battle to combine the demands of the Europa League with their Premier League campaign.“It is a setback -– we had a good result on Monday and I don’t think we’ve been involved in a good run of results like we did last season and that’s what we are chasing,” Martinez said.“Southampton have been in a bad run but now, from our point of view, we have to get ready for the game against Stoke.“In the league, we never had three or four good results that can help. We get heavily punished and sometimes we make an error that affects the score line.“It’s part of the learning curve. We want to be involved in Europe and it’s part of our learning process to be consistent in the league when we’ve got games in the midweek for other competitions.”And while Martinez claimed he was satisfied with some aspects of his side’s display, he conceded they cannot afford to repeat the defensive errors that cost them the game.“The most disappointing thing was the way we defended our box. We were a little bit soft and were undone by three balls that went into the six-yard box,” he added.“We are to blame for the defeat because we didn’t defend any simple ball into the box well.“Our record shows that we are normally a lot better in that respect and that is where we lost the game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Mkhitaryan tames Tottenham to stop Manchester United rot

first_imgIt was the Armenian playmaker’s second goal in two games, after he opened his account for the club against Zorya Luhansk on Thursday.He exited on a stretcher after turning his ankle in a late challenge by Danny Rose, but Mourinho said: “We don’t think it’s a serious injury. Maximum a couple of weeks.”Mourinho’s team remain 13 points below leaders Chelsea, but closed to within three points of fifth-place Spurs and six of Manchester City, who occupy the fourth and final Champions League berth.Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is stretchered off during the match against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on December 11, 2016 © AFP / Oli SCARFFUnited once again failed to convert their dominance into goals, but unlike in their recent 1-1 draws against Arsenal, West Ham United and Everton, they were not made to pay.“After so many matches playing well but not winning, we needed more the points than the performance,” Mourinho said.“But I knew against Tottenham it’s difficult to get a result without playing well. But we played very well.”Initially kept on the sidelines by Mourinho following his arrival from Borussia Dortmund, Mkhitaryan has become something of a lucky charm for the Portuguese, who will be relieved the injury is not grave.Defeat curbed Spurs’ recent revival, which had seen them beat Swansea City 5-0 and secure a Europa League place with a 3-1 win over CSKA Moscow.Mauricio Pochettino’s side remain without an away league win since September 24.“It was a disappointing result, but if we analyse the game I think it was a very competitive game and we need to take positive things from that,” Pochettino said.– Pogba smacks bar –Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld made his first start in eight weeks after a knee injury and he and his defensive colleagues quickly found themselves under examination.It took United less than two minutes to carve Spurs open, Zlatan Ibrahimovic teeing up Paul Pogba for a left-foot shot that was parried by his France team-mate Hugo Lloris.Mkhitaryan saw an effort blocked by Jan Vertonghen, Herrera gave Lloris some catching practice with a dipping volley and Michael Carrick whistled a shot over from range.Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on December 11, 2016 © AFP / OLI SCARFFUnited goalkeeper David de Gea had to deal with a zippy free-kick from Christian Eriksen, but the hosts looked the more likely scorers and duly went ahead in the 29th minute.Harry Kane played the ball straight to Herrera, whose inviting pass between the Spurs centre-backs freed Mkhitaryan to run through and smash a rising shot past Lloris.The Spurs goalkeeper was called into action again shortly after, dropping to his right and saving from Ibrahimovic.At the other end, Son Heung-Min cut in from the right and let fly with a left-foot effort that de Gea had to tip over, but the spring was in United’s step as the teams went off at half-time.Their failure to take their chances left them vulnerable to the threat of a counter-punch, however, and there were nervous moments early in the second half as Tottenham went on the attack.De Gea boxed away a shot from Eriksen before Victor Wanyama gave the hosts a big let-off, completely miscuing his header after Eriksen’s free-kick found him unmarked six yards from goal.Seeking to soothe the home fans’ frayed nerves, Pogba took it upon himself to try to extend United’s lead.The France midfielder left the Spurs crossbar shuddering with an arcing 25-yard free-kick and then stung Lloris’s palms with a crisp shot following a one-two with Herrera.De Gea had to claw away another Eriksen free-kick, but despite Mkhitaryan’s premature 84th-minute exit, United saw the game out.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan (L) in action against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on December 11, 2016 © AFP / OLI SCARFFManchester, United Kingdom, Dec 11 – Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored his first Premier League goal for Manchester United and was later stretchered off as Jose Mourinho’s side claimed a timely 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.Mkhitaryan converted Ander Herrera’s through ball just before the half hour to end a frustrating run of four successive home draws and give United just a second win in nine league matches.last_img read more

Manchester United fans are in shock as Ashley Young starts ahead of £12.7m signing v Watford

first_img1 Matteo Darmian Manchester United take on Watford at Vicarage Road for Saturday’s 12.45pm kick off and the teams have been confirmed.As ever with starting line ups, there is always significant reaction with the club’s fans, and Louis van Gaal’s decision to drop Matteo Darmian from his XI has caused much debate among Red Devils supporters.From fans suggesting that Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has sent the Italy right back to an early retirement to others describing the decision as simply bizarre, much has been said.Have a read of what United fans have had to say, on Twitter, below.last_img read more

Teacher will study AIDS rates

first_imgThe researchers, including Ricky Bluthenthal and Sohaila Shakib, professors in the college’s sociology department, will collaborate with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach and the city of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services. The first phase of the study will involve focus groups of 400 participants, where detailed questions related to communication between mothers and their children will be discussed. Research shows mothers are more likely to talk about sexual behavior with their children, although Steed hopes to secure more funding in the future to look at the fathers’ role. Steed hopes to receive additional grant money to follow the participating families on a long-term basis. The study will focus on families with junior high school-age children, with follow-up studies to explore how well communication within the families worked, he said. The second phase will include questionnaires to examine the role of family and culture on sexually transmitted disease, HIV risk and testing rates among the two ethnic groups. For blacks and Latinos, the statistics aren’t good. Despite new treatments and medications that prolong the lives of people infected with HIV/AIDS, African-Americans are 10 times more likely – and Latinos three times more likely – than whites to die of the disease, according to the CDC. Roughly 1 million Americans are infected with the deadly disease – about a quarter of whom don’t know they have it, CDC statistics shows. In Los Angeles County, Latinos are the fastest-growing ethnic group to contract the disease, according to the Department of Health Services’ 2005 Health Survey. About 80 percent of the 400 people who receive services through Amigos sin Barreras/Friends Without Borders, a South Bay nonprofit, are African-American or Latino. The disproportionately higher rates in these ethnic groups stem from lack of education and stigma within the culture, said Alma Martinez, founder of the social service program. “These are also the groups that are least likely to get tested,” she said. melissa.evans@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Carl Steed, an assistant professor who specializes in adolescent health behaviors, received a $1 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control to conduct the research using focus groups and surveys. Specifically, he and a team will look at the way parents communicate with their children about risky sexual behavior, and how those messages influence their children’s choices. Direct messages such as telling their children not to have sex, rather than implying such messages, have proved to be more effective in stemming infection rates among all ethnic groups, according to research. The Dominguez Hills team will focus specifically on the Latino and black families, looking for cultural differences in the way families communicate, Steed said. The research may provide clues as to why certain groups aren’t taking precaution against the preventable disease, he said. “If parents give their children direct messages of their expectations for sexual behavior, their child is more likely to remain abstinent,” he said, adding that little is known about the communication within minority families. DISEASE: Dominguez Hills educator will survey how the infection affects minority groups. By Melissa Evans STAFF WRITER A psychology instructor from California State University, Dominguez Hills, will spend the next four years studying HIV/AIDS infection rates in local black and Latino communities, which are vastly higher than other ethnic groups. last_img read more

Defendants ‘lied, stole’

first_imgMurphy said former Fleishman-Hillard employees – including Steve Sugarman, who previously pleaded guilty, and Monique Moret, who has been granted immunity – will testify about the defendants’ role in the alleged fraud that spanned nearly four years from 2000 to 2003. She said Sugarman will describe how Dowie referred to the $3 million-a-year DWP contract as a “cash cow” and how it was frequently and fradulently tapped to boost other faltering accounts. Ellyn S. Garofalo, Sugarman’s attorney, declined comment. Murphy said that when former company executive Fred Muir quit, he told Dowie in a heated conversation that the real reason for his resignation was the fraudulent billing practices, but that Dowie didn’t vigorously pursue the allegation. Muir on Thursday confirmed the conversation. Lawyers for Dowie and Stodder said the men weren’t “rogue” operators or “kingpins,” but midlevel managers in an international public relations firm owned by OmniCom Group, a publicly traded Fortune 500 company. They said the firm’s top executives in St. Louis applied tremendous pressure to maximize revenues, and the defendants kept them in the loop about their actions – in part, by sending them copies of e-mails. Fleishman-Hillard attorney Mark E. Beck said the company, which paid the city nearly $6 million to settle a lawsuit alleging overbilling, would have no comment during the trial. Dowie’s attorney described his client – a 58-year-old ex-Marine who served in Vietnam – as a hard-charging manager who may have misplaced his trust in subordinates who did wrong without his knowledge. “Maybe the people who are responsible cut a deal with the government to save their own skins,” said defense attorney Tom Holliday. “He trusted his people.” Holliday said Dowie, who resigned from his position as managing editor of the Daily News in 1990, was viewed by some as a “fish out of water” in public relations because of his demanding style. “But, being a tough, hard manager isn’t a crime, and that’s where the government wants to go,” he said. beth.barrett@dailynews.com (818) 713-373160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAmong those subpoenaed to testify in the trial are former Mayor James Hahn and former Deputy Mayor Troy Edwards who received extensive free public relations help from Dowie and the firm even as they benefited from the $3 million-a-year Department of Water and Power contract. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cheryl O’Connor Murphy argued that Dowie and Stodder padded the firm’s bills with hours that were not worked and “breached the trust” of their clients, including the city DWP and Harbor Department, architect Frank Gehry’s firm and the World Wide Church of God. “The defendants lied and stole,” Murphy said. “They made up hours that were not worked and included them in the bills.” The motive, she said, was “not to line (their) pockets” but rather to enhance their professional reputations and to allow Dowie to “shine” as head of Fleishman-Hillard’s L.A. office. “A stellar professional reputation is as good as money in your pocket,” she said. A federal prosecutor said Thursday that “fraud was rampant” in Fleishman-Hillard’s Los Angeles Office under former executives Doug Dowie and John Stodder, accused of bilking the Department of Water and Power of more than $300,000 and overbilling other clients. But in their opening trial statements before U.S. District Judge Gary Allen Feess, lawyers for Dowie and Stodder countered that while the defendants may have made management or other mistakes, they did nothing criminal. Any improper billings, they argued, were the result of subordinates acting on their own. The grand jury indictments charging Stodder and Dowie with conspiracy and wire fraud are the first to come out of a lengthy City Hall corruption probe by U.S. Attorney Debra Wong Yang and District Attorney Steve Cooley. last_img read more

Forget the planet–save the people

first_imgI don’t care about global warming.There. I said it. I don’t care. I don’t want to hear anything more about it. I’m done.And no, I’m not going to quote experts that say that global warming isn’t happening or that it’s not the fault of humans. Actually, I am not going to quote any experts at all. The argument has been framed wrong.There are scientists and documentaries on one side and scientists and documentaries on the other side. Global warming and climate change has turned into the “he said, she said” issue of the new millennium. It’s like a trial with no witnesses and only expert testimony; the jury must decide the case by which side it hates less. It’s a wonder recipe for a stalemate. It’s happening … it’s not happening.Meanwhile, U.S. cities have suffered from the ironically named “Clear Skies Initiative,” which is like naming a double-bacon double-cheese butter burger, the new “Diet Sandwich.” Just because you call it something doesn’t make it true.It’s happening … it’s not happening.Smoke and mirrors … heavy on the smoke.I think I’m going to blame the environmentalists. Yes. They’re easy to pick on, I know. In L.A., environmentalists are held in the same esteem as the homeless. “If we could just partition off a piece of downtown for the environmentalists. Then they can just annoy each other and leave us alone.” I blame them for trying to raise hysteria over global warming while driving vehicles with “Save the Planet” bumper stickers on them.Pollution isn’t ultimately going to hurt the planet. It’s going to hurt humans. Don’t set your goals to save the planet. Get a less lofty agenda and save us. Save our species. We’re the ones that need saving, especially after two terms of the apocalypse as an environmental policy. (Much like “I hope I die at 50” is a retirement plan.)So let’s talk about something dirty, folks. Like our air and our water. There is no room for argument there. You can’t come to Los Angeles and tell me pollution doesn’t exist and if it does it’s not the fault of humans burning fossil fuels. You don’t have to be an expert or do extended studies. The air here is dirty. The air from L.A. that creeps to Riverside and Bakersfield is worse. It’s all pretty gross. That is a problem that affects everyone.So believe in global warming, or don’t. The Legislature has passed a law restricting greenhouse gases, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has agreed. That’s nice. Better would be ending the debate about global warming and beginning the dream of having a night sky in Los Angeles that isn’t that hazy pale purple color.That’s my suggestion. My environmental campaign in Los Angeles would be called The See-More-Than-Two-Stars-A-Night Initiative. Let’s get some sunsets that are less psychedelic. Let’s lower asthma rates. How about an end to those days where you clean your windshield only to find out that that’s the actual color of the sky?I have a suggestion for a new bumper sticker for the campaign: “Save the Angelenos.”Tina Dupuy is a stand-up comic and a writer living in Los Angeles. She’s the author of the blog www.sardonicsideshow.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 MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleForget about global warming. Since we started hearing about global warming, we have all but stopped talking about pollution. All we hear is:It’s happening … it’s not happening.America ducked out of the Kyoto agreement.It’s happening … it’s not happening.Oil execs made record profits.last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal family have decided to put their private lives on show in a quest to find happiness again.Michael and Natalie Cannon and their two daughters were at rock bottom two years again when they split up.But now they have joined two other families facing breakdown as they appear on RTE’s Families In The Wild. The programme, which is presented by psychologist David Coleman, is a warts and all look at difficult family life in modern Ireland.Each of three families, including the Cannons, are taken out of their natural environment to the wilds of Kerry. Here each family member has the opportunity to get a fresh perspective on how they get on with each other and with David’s help they can begin to understand each other’s issues and needs as well as begin to communicate in a more positive way.Over the course of the week, the family participates in outdoor activities that challenge them to work together as a team, communicate effectively and build trust and reliance upon each other. After a week of David’s help as well as an action packed week of activities, it is his hope that the families will return home with new found communication skills which will help them to get on better on a daily basis and help improve their family life.Once each family returns home from Kerry, David continues with his therapeutic work as there will be bumps along the way but he will strive to keep them on a steady path and to support their efforts in building a better family life for each other.EndsDONEGAL FAMILY EXPOSE THEIR DIFFICULT FAMILY LIFE FOR RTE SHOW was last modified: March 15th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Poch tells Levy ‘to find a magic guy’ if he wants Spurs to win the Premier League

first_img 3 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 SORRY Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City huge blow Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Dele Alli and Harry Kane have been linked with moves away from north London latest 3 “It’s a similar situation but I don’t have all the answers. I am not the owner of the club, I don’t know the business plan for the future but what the club is doing now is fantastic.“The ambition of the players change. Every season it changes. The goals, the challenge. [Heung-Min] Son’s ambition has changed since he first arrived as has Harry Kane’s.“It’s like with an injured player. Every day can change. One day they can be negative and tomorrow they are fantastic. You need to judge, every six months, every season or every week.” GETTY 3 tense MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Mauricio Pochettino admits Spurs do not have the resources to win the Premier League center_img revealed Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Despite looking capable of challenging Manchester City and Liverpool for the title this season, Pochettino has claimed he does not have the resources to compete with the bigger clubs in the division.He said: “Maybe, if (chairman) Daniel Levy said to me next season ‘We need to win a title, we need to win the Champions League or Premier League’ maybe I say to Daniel you need to find another magic guy that can do this because we are not going to change how we operate.“We can be there? Yes. Are we going to fight? Yes. Are we going to be competitive? Of course. But you can’t say we need to win if we don’t fight with the same tools.”Instead, the Argentine wants to be compared to teams who spend a similar amount of money on players, and not to those who fork out large sums for players. Mauricio Pochettino has suggested Daniel Levy should replace him as manager if he expects Tottenham Hotspur to win the Premier League.Spurs have seen their title chances completely ruined in the past week and now face north London rivals Arsenal on Saturday, a game you can hear exclusively live on talkSPORT. gameday cracker Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury The north Londoners opted against signing a single player this season, despite the impending move into their new stadium.Former Southampton boss Pochettino insists securing Champions League football was more important than winning trophies for next season.But a move to the Emirates in 2006 and a similar mentality centred on solely European football saw rivals Arsenal lose a number of star players, something Poch is hoping to avoid.He added: “I hope that doesn’t happen here. I don’t know why it happened there [Arsenal]. It’s complicated to know what really happened then. whoops Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Back-to-back defeats to Burnley and Chelsea have almost certainly taken the Premier League title from Spurs REPLY last_img read more

Klopp lauds Ox’s goal and says Tottenham ‘haven’t forgotten how to play football’

first_img LIVE on talkSPORT Jurgen Klopp says Tottenham obviously haven’t forgotten how to play football, ahead of Liverpool hosting the north Londoners on Sunday.Spurs are struggling for form heading into the Anfield clash, with only two wins in their past eight matches. 1 They did secure a Champions League victory on Tuesday, thrashing Red Star Belgrade 5-0, but whether that was a one-off or Spurs getting back to their best remains to be seen.Few have been able to offer explanations for Tottenham’s remarkable struggles, and Klopp admits even he cannot see what is happening at White Hart Lane to cause such problems.“Spurs‘ situation, I cannot judge,” said Klopp in his pre-match press conference. “I have no idea. Football is like this.“They have not forgot how to play football, Harry Kane, [Heung-min] Son, [Dele] Alli, [Christian] Eriksen, you cannot understand it from outside but they can play a proper performance.“It’s a football game between two really good teams. We will not be that confident that nothing can happen to us.“They will not play like a team with their points tally. They are a top side and we have to respect that.” Liverpool’s 100 per cent record was ended last weekend, and Klopp will hope to get back to winning ways on Sunday Getty Images – Getty Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Manchester City vs Aston Villa (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTSheffield Wednesday vs Leeds (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Chelsea (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Klopp also discussed other topics during his press conference, and you can read the best bits below…On Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s brilliant goal vs Genk“I didn’t see a goal like his second maybe ever. It was special.”On Dejan Lovren’s comments about changing Liverpool“I have no clue what I changed when I came in. Making the place you work the best place is an important part of success.“I didn’t tell the boys they have to say hello and goodbye but I asked them if they knew everyone working here. They now know them all, 80 people.”On Fabinho“It was clear [the midfield] wouldn’t be perfectly tuned, they have hardly played. Fab had a lot to do but the job of the 6 in football is so important. He is not just a gap-closer, he is a great footballer.“We can protect him more but he only flies in international breaks, he doesn’t play! I don’t want to create headlines in Brazil. So no comment.“Two others play both games like Gini [Wijnaldum] and Hendo [Henderson]. But we have others to play Fab’s position.”On injuries and team news“We just rested [Joel Matip]. He is fine and Trent [Alexander-Arnold] is fine, we have to see. I haven’t seen him yet. There is no setback, but he was ill enough to not travel.“That was not a good sign. He should be fine but I don’t know 100 percent.“I saw Shaq [Shaqiri] today, he is OK but he is not ready yet.”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our networklast_img read more